"We don't take ourselves too seriously," Bill Stout said of the so-called rat rod world.
Except "rat rod" is not quite the right nomenclature. Street rod enthusiasts in the know realize there are rat rods, and then there are well thought out and well built rat-style rods. With the latter, the lack of paint and "shininess" is part of a creative plan and attention to detail, requiring as much or more work than any other hot rod.
That's why Bill Stout isn't too serious about the term rat rod. He prefers "hot rod," in the classic definition, for his latest two builds.
We ran across his 1930 Model A coupe at the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky this past August. The more we looked, the more we liked this coupe. The inside door handles are little pipe wrenches. The seats are genuine cowhide, purposely dyed a different color from bucket seat to bucket seat. Even the hood ornament is unique
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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