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Rat Rod
Full-stud bodywork, V8 engine, automatic gearbox, RWD with differential, steering, opening doors and adjustable seats.
About this creation


Street legal Rat Rod with working V8 driving the rear wheels through an auto gearbox (Drive, Park, Reverse) and rear differential. Detailed interior and engine, working steering and opening doors. Made using old-school Technic. Width: 24 studs, Length: 44 studs, Height: 13 bricks and 2 plates. (Click pictures to enlarge)



Doors open. The body panels are attached using beams and connector-with-stud bricks. This allows you to create larger, curvier bodywork with less bricks. It does mean studs are everywhere, but I quite like that- it is LEGO after all! Check out Tim Inman's CORR Truck to see how it's done (although his uses axels rather than beams).


Profile: My favourite view. The body is based on a 1930's Ford five-window (they don't count the windscreen) then roof chopped and channeled over the chassis.


Front 3/4: Full-stud bodywork, this is becoming quite a rare technique now.


Working big block V8 with timing chain and side exit exhausts, this would be loud! Inspired by Ruud Stam's Muscle Car engine. It originally had a massive supercharger but it looked a bit cartoon-y for a street rod so I swapped it for a dustbin lid air filter.


Rear: With the door open you can see how the bodywork is made. I was running out of bricks by this point so the rear is quite simple. Luckily as this is a Rat Rod simple is good!


Spartan interior with adjustable seats, working steering linked to the steering wheel and working gearbox.

The drivetrain works the same as a real car; the engine turns the same way whether the model is moving forwards or backwards (providing you're in the right gear), whilst neutral disconnects it from the wheels.


Top: The wheels are the same size because a) they're all I have spare and b) most street rods have equal or very similar size wheels front and rear whereas strip/drag rods tend to have skinny fronts and fat rears.


Inspiration: UK Rat Rod. Note same size wheels.


In true Rat Rod style this will probably continually evolve and be fettled with. If you like what you've seen check out the MOCpages Rod Club for more LEGO Rods.


LEGO Technic Rat Rod


Thanks for viewing, I hope you like it! Ape : )




Comments

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  November 12, 2013
I thought you'd be interested in this because its of a similar year as yours and a simiar scale http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/373896
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  October 29, 2013
Looks great!
Ape Fight
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Tyler Neuwirth
  October 21, 2013
Ive always liked lego cars like these, can you possibly make it R/C? as a matter of fact I challenge you to make it R/C! do that then I am even more impressed!
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  August 21, 2013
Interesting it uses steering bar in front like a model T
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  July 23, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is really great I see you don't mind showing off your studlyness . I get called old school a lot I should change my site name . Great looking hot rod
Quoting J Builder77 Man, love the nostalgic feeling of this model- both in design and actual bricks used! Way to go on a very original MOC!
It's so nice to see this old MOC still receiving comments! It makes me sometimes I wish I still had it.
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  July 23, 2013
First off thank you for the invite to join big 3 This is really great I see you don't mind showing off your studlyness . I get called old school a lot I should change my site name . Great looking hot rod
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  May 29, 2013
Man, love the nostalgic feeling of this model- both in design and actual bricks used! Way to go on a very original MOC!
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  September 14, 2012
Quoting John Daniels You're welcome! I actually joined in February and posted my first MOC in March, so it's a slightly belated welcome... But thank you! :) Are you competing in the MOC Olympics? --John
Hi John, yeh- I realised I was a bit late when I looked through your creations and recognised one I commented on months ago! No, I have too much other stuff on to be able to compete in the MOC Olympics, but I'm building something pretty big at the moment to keep me MOCing : )
  September 14, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight Wow, thanks John! - That's a real honor! Welcome to MOCpages and I look forward to seeing your work and progression : )
Your welcome! I actually joined in February and posted my first MOC in March, so it's a slightly belated welcome... But thank you! :) Are you competing in the MOC Olympics? --John
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  September 14, 2012
Quoting John Daniels Wow, I can't believe I didn't comment on this when I first joined MOCpages (I believe that you and this MOC were the reason I joined). This is truly amazing, the studded body is (in my opinion) what makes this look so awesome! --John
Wow, thanks John! - That's a real honor! Welcome to MOCpages and I look forward to seeing your work and progression : )
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  September 14, 2012
Wow, I can't believe I didn't comment on this when I first joined MOCpages (I believe that you and this MOC were the reason I joined). This is truly amazing, the studded body is (in my opinion) what makes this look so awesome! --John
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  August 29, 2012
Quoting David Roberts This is a great build, with its chunky, old Technic tires and its honest Lego studs all over the body. The shape looks good and an excellent reproduction of the car in the photo. The car looks really solid. It's the sort of thing that I would have loved to have been able to build when I built Technic cars.
Thanks DR and all the others below - it's nice seeing this thing is still getting comments : )
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  August 26, 2012
This is a great build, with its chunky, old Technic tires and its honest Lego studs all over the body. The shape looks good and an excellent reproduction of the car in the photo. The car looks really solid. It's the sort of thing that I would have loved to have been able to build when I built Technic cars.
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  July 18, 2012
This is a excellent build; all of the functions are very neat and really help to make this moc great.
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  June 30, 2012
Great functions and design! I love the studfullness.
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  June 24, 2012
This is really cool... Rat Rods are awesome...
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  May 26, 2012
awesome!!!!! can i enter the truck that is in my buds picture
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  February 12, 2012
Love the studs, dont see many models with studs on the body! Nice one!
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  February 4, 2012
This is so cool. Most of my bricks date back to the 70's and early 80's so I really like what you've accomplished with what you have (talent and bricks). Love those big wheels!
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  February 3, 2012
Quoting Peteris Sprogis The great Grand Father of all Technic rat rods :)
That's my favourite comment I've had so far : )
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  January 31, 2012
the great Grand father off all technic rat rods :)
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  January 25, 2012
Good solid looking build, love the old wheels - they bring back fond memories of the car chassis sets! Nice work on the functionality too, neatly done.
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  January 8, 2012
Wow. That is simply awesome. I love that body work and details. And gearbox is best. 10/10
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  December 15, 2011
Wooo! 25,000 visitors!! That's ridiculous! Thanks all : )
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  November 30, 2011
The Lego Legacy Scoring: Creativity: 8.5/10 neatness: 9/10 Overall: 18.5/20 GOOD JOB!
Ape Fight
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White Knight
  November 20, 2011
Fabulous !>.....well done.....
Ape Fight
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Dave Russ
  November 19, 2011
Awsome!
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  November 19, 2011
Congrats, this was a very well-deserved MOTD!
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  November 19, 2011
Wicked, I love cars, even though I'm no good at making cars out of lego myself. 5/5.
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  November 19, 2011
I love it, I think this moc looks better then the one in the picture, you have a extreme eye for detail.
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  November 19, 2011
Awesome opossum! At first glance I thought it was a mini, had no idea Lego made those tires in that size. That's hilarious and great. Really good rat rod, very minimal and totally has that DIY look, as it should. Definitely worthy of MOTD. Great build. ~cheers
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  November 19, 2011
Awesome opossum! At first glance I thought it was a mini, had no idea Lego made those tires in that size. That's hilarious and great. Really good rat rod, very minimal and totally has that DIY look, as it should. Definitely worthy of MOTD. Great build. ~cheers
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  November 19, 2011
Quoting Lego Builders Have you had an MOTD before, or is this your 1st one?
Nope, first one : )
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  November 19, 2011
Have you had an MOTD before, or is this your 1st one?
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  November 19, 2011
very cool looks like a car from brutel legend:).anyway if you have spare time can you comment on my creations ty
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  November 19, 2011
Yay! A great car makes MOTD! Congrats, Ape.
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  November 19, 2011
My favourite of your mocs, it deserves to be MOTD
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  November 19, 2011
Woo!! MOC of the Day!! Thanks all : )
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  November 19, 2011
HAHA! I already commented on this MOC of yours, but I just want to congratulate with MOTD! ;-)
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  November 19, 2011
Well done on MOTD! Still one of the best 'rods on this site!
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  November 19, 2011
Congratz Mr. Ape Fight!
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  November 19, 2011
Happy MOTD!
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  November 19, 2011
Congrats on a well deserved MOTD. Fantastic build as per usual. Great stuff.
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  November 19, 2011
Cool! Can you check out this group i made??? http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/17926
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  November 19, 2011
Well deserved MOTD! Congratz!
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  November 19, 2011
Studs rule! A very well desrved MOTD Ape :)
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  November 19, 2011
Congrads on MOTD Ape!
  November 19, 2011
Congratulations on MOTD, Ape. You deserve the recognition. :)
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  November 19, 2011
Congrats to MOTD, keep it on!
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  November 19, 2011
ravishingly beautiful! *drum roll* 11/11 perfect score (whisper: Happy MOTD, Ape Fight ;-)
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  November 19, 2011
exalent
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  November 19, 2011
exalent
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  November 19, 2011
Hi Ape. Congratz with your MOTD!!
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  November 19, 2011
Great!
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  November 19, 2011
Happy MOTD, Ape :) Looks great!
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  November 19, 2011
Congrats to MotD.
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  November 12, 2011
I love old and classic custom cars!i.e. old mustangs,corvettes and rat rods(never understood why their called that).And i.m.o. this is awesome!If this were a set,I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
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  November 7, 2011
Great! looks realy good like the real one! I like the working gearbox and engine! Thanks for your comment one my creation! :)
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  November 5, 2011
Marvelous! Looks almost alike to the UK model. (Oh, and thank you for the comments as well) ~Ryan
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  October 26, 2011
Nice rod! Very nice building style. Some great details on this one. I really like the engine. Please check out some of my muscle cars. Here is one: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/280379
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  September 21, 2011
The studs look great on cars like this! I'm glad you didn't use SNOT! ;)
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  September 2, 2011
Nice Rat Rod, not many people build with studed technic anymore but you've done it really well
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  August 25, 2011
Quoting Rhys' Pieces Congrats on reaching 100 likes :D
Woo!! 100!! : ) Been watching that counter slowly ramp up... not sure why this model's got so many hits compared to the others though!
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  August 2, 2011
Congrats on reaching 100 likes :D I thought I had commented on this before, but obviously I was too amazed to be able to write anything. The full stud effect is very old-school, fitting with the rat theme. Of course the details are amazing; the engine, the steering, the interior, the door handles, the radiator, the air filter, oh I could go on and on! Anway, and amazing large scale rat rod. Great work, and I can't wait to see your next creation :)
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  July 26, 2011
I think u' re so good! I also use old used bricks...from seventys,too. I like your crations. actually. :-)))
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  July 15, 2011
amazing cool rod. i like the gearbox and interior. if you have time comment my new rod it name is: the hot rod.
  June 4, 2011
Nice inverse steering! BTW thanks Ape-Fight for the hint on joining groups. I just joined the 'bikers united'- group.
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  June 1, 2011
Come comment on my Dark Skull Rod, same size, not same wheels!!! :) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/263195
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  May 5, 2011
Well Done! I really like the looks of this ratrod
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  December 29, 2010
Awesome rod! More of that same nostalgia feel, this one looks like something perhaps from the '70s or '80s.
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  December 14, 2010
Quoting Josh Lucas I was wondering if you were planning on having anything new in the near future. It's been a while since your last MOC. (And this is your last serious one!) I'd like to see what else you're capable of!
Thanks for the nice comment! Some new stuff is coming soon. Lego building is juggled with other things, hence why I appear slow to post. Big model to post before Christmas... UPDATE: Probably after Christmas - it's taking a while! (it is about 80 studs long though...)
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  November 18, 2010
Just fancied seeing this again as it's so good.. I'm glad to see (below) that you're still building - looking forward to your next MOC :-)
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  November 7, 2010
Great job Im also more a "player" with the old bricks and so I like this vehicle very much. phantastic
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  August 24, 2010
cool! i building one too! could you comment on this please http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/221616
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  July 24, 2010
I think it's cool i'm planing to build a ford t buket. .ps thanks for the comment.
Ape Fight
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Josh Lucas
  July 8, 2010
I've been aware of this MOC forever, but for whatever reason, I haven't commented yet. Obviously, it's awesome. Mostly, I was wondering if you were planning on having anything new in the near future. It's been a while since your last MOC. (And this is your last serious one!) I'd like to see what else you're capable of!
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  June 20, 2010
Spot on proportions and overall shape. Some nice details also. Good work.
  June 18, 2010
ape please can you tell me how to do that and how do you get rates and comments so easily
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  June 6, 2010
Ape i have only one thing to say...please start working at lego ASAP because the goons there have no skill compared to you. brilliant work yet again!!!
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  May 23, 2010
totaL ART
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  April 23, 2010
Nice. I like MOCs that actually look like they're made with Lego. Wear your studs with pride!
Ape Fight
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Conor McCarthy
  March 14, 2010
whats the difference between a rat rod and hot rod
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  March 14, 2010
Quoting Conor McCarthy whats the difference between a rat rod and hot rod
Scroll down the the bottom of the Rod Club front page, there's a section on the Rodding terms used - hope it helps : )
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  March 4, 2010
This is one great car! I love the look and the wheels. The steering and gearbox are excellent and inspiring. Also the fact it is full studded is special nowadays! Keep inspiring us and thanks for your comments.
  March 3, 2010
Nice with these older parts!
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  February 27, 2010
This is an excellent model. The proportions are spot-on for me and the details are very good. I really like the use of the old large technic wheels. By having them open in a hot rod style you get the scale without a heavy body. A model with total design integrity - super job.
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  February 19, 2010
having the studs out makes this look like a kit, not custom. Nice job
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  February 11, 2010
great car man,love the details
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  January 7, 2010
Nice design, and certainly true to the original. The engine (of course) is the crowning jewel of the moc - love the air filter design. Lee.
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  January 5, 2010
Extremely good design and functions. well done 11 out of 10.
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  November 1, 2009
i agfree with matt! you are the proof even old bricks can produce an awesome model! i love all the functionality! :-)
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  October 17, 2009
Great use of old-school parts. I like the shape, its pefectly proportioned. Makes me think of using those old tyres in a project someday. Nice work.
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  September 16, 2009
Quoting Paul Lee Your moc has been swiped by a user on Lego Universe. If you need any help or would like us to request a Removal for you, let us know.
Thanks for the heads up, well spotted!! I'm not really sure what I can do though. UPDATE: commented, it's now been removed. Thanks and keep up he good work!
  September 15, 2009
Your moc has been swiped by a user on Lego Universe. http://us.universe.lego.com/en-us/creationlab/DisplayCreation.aspx?id=9e6e4af7-fb5e-4115-8ad1-c4d52ce55490&challengeId=&SearchText=&SearchIn=&Sort=&MemberId=c8868b6c-d2a8-45a5-b945-76e66b9bf05a&Tag=&BackToPage=0 To file a Request for Removal, follow the link above to the LU page and fill out the comment section with a claim of ownership and a link back to your Moc Page. Please check out the Brick~Busters! Pool on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/legomymamma/3923700102/?addedcomment=1#comment72157622255502111 If you need any help or would like us to request a Removal for you, let us know.
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  September 5, 2009
Excellent Job on this Rod! Truely a masterpeice! I just want to know the size compared to Dan's Cala ;). By the way, can you come and see my new truck? Thanks if you can! Nice; EXCELLENT build yet again. ~Joe
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  August 12, 2009
WOW!!! This has to be the best rod in all of mocpages. Awesome engine and sterring!!! Great moc.
Ape Fight
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  July 7, 2009
hey ape fight were'd you get the wheels?
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  July 7, 2009
Quoting Darcy Guerin Hanlon hey ape fight were'd you get the wheels?
I was given a load of secondhand Lego as a present (which is where most of my bricks are from). These wheels are from the early '80s Technic sets- you can get them on ebay though.
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  July 2, 2009
looks great! this is a very well detailed rod! i like it!
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  June 11, 2009
awesome looking ratrod. I like the way you used the old school legobricks.
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  May 6, 2009
Quoting Petey Bird First of all, thanks for your comments. I really like this rat rod, the proportions are perfect! Furthermore, the grill is a great piece of work, very original. Ill upload one or two more hot rods tonight, so stay tuned :) Keep up the great work! Greetz, Pieter
Thanks Pieter. The grill took days (!!)- I struggled with the parts I had and the steering made mounting it very complicated!
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  April 24, 2009
I think I'll build a rat rod next. I added a trunk to "sunburst," and it looks much better
Ape Fight
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  April 20, 2009
im not a fan of rat rods but nicely done and there's tons of rat Rods down here in Aussie!
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  April 14, 2009
nice:D
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  April 13, 2009
First of all, thanks for your comments. I really like this rat rod, the proportions are perfect! Furthermore, the grill is a great piece of work, very original. Ill upload one or two more hot rods tonight, so stay tuned :) Keep up the great work! Greetz, Pieter
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  April 9, 2009
The glorious return of real Lego Technic. Would be an awesome set - NICE !!!
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  March 11, 2009
It looks very old school Lego but nevertheless It looks great! Nice shapes!
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  February 20, 2009
OK.it's look soo good and this detailed motor is really fantastic.Nice built.
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  February 14, 2009
Alright, there's only two things I can criticize. The first one is that the shifter and the near vicinity need a little work. The other is hardly worth mentioning, that is that the steering system on the front is slightly different than the one in the picture. Personally, I like yours better though.:) Other than these, this is a masterpiece. Great work.
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  February 13, 2009
Quoting Tterbo Magnesium Hey Ape, great rod! I have a question, I have an awesome rod almost finished, and was wondering if I could send you some pics (via e-mail) of it before I post it and have you see if it could be improved?
Sure! How could I improve mine? (besides the whole studless debate- I've heard that one!)
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  February 12, 2009
Hey Ape, great rod! I have a question, I have an awesome rod almost finished, and was wondering if I could send you some pics (via e-mail) of it before I post it and have you see if it could be improved? I think your probably the best constructive criticizer on MOC pages, therefor I am asking you. Thanks
  February 9, 2009
Nice rod. Thanks a lot for the nice comment on my latest masterpiece. It is red because that is what I have. And the side scoops, Lambo doors and tailfin were added to fill the 'unique' category. I've never been famous for being normal. :) Besides, I thought that a big expanse of red looked bad there on the side. Thanks for the encouragement about the bodywork--I like it myself. The engine is dear to my heart as well...took me about a month. And I'm thrilled that I made it into the Member's Rods section of ~The Rod Club~...you just made my day. -matthew-
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  February 9, 2009
cool but to make it better do it SNOT
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  February 6, 2009
To many studs!!!!
  January 28, 2009
Sweeet! Love that side profile.
  January 28, 2009
Tastefull, classic, well designed as well as photographed to perfection ! Steve
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  January 10, 2009
Very nice HotRod indeed. The way the sides are build is great, much curvier. You didn't have bricks for the back, here in Holland we can order seperate bricks on the internet, You don't have that in your country?
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  January 1, 2009
dude! thats the best darn car ive ever seen!!1
Ape Fight
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masterchief 1
  December 21, 2008
THIS IS FABULOUS!
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  December 17, 2008
Your rod is such a stud! (puns oh so intended!) I love it, thanks for reviewing my rod. I love your work, very unique style.
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  December 17, 2008
Very good Rat Rod. I like the combination of old technic and studded plates. Why try to hide the one thing that makes LEGOs great by going studless.
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  November 25, 2008
What!?! I haven't reviewed this?! But I swear I have! Oh my god! I'm so sorry! But I'm sure all along you've understood my appreciation for this awesome ride, right? It truly is a work of genious, the gearbox, the steering, the...blockiness... Anyways I think it's one of the best rods out there and easily a good looker! New wheels n'' tires would make this baby sizzle! Awesome!
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  November 10, 2008
Normaly I'm not a bit fan of having any studs showing but in this case it looks fine. (not that it wouldn't look better without any studs showing but..) Great job.
Ape Fight
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Nico71 -
  November 6, 2008
Wow ! great, I love the design in stud, very nice car for a very nice moc ;)
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  October 19, 2008
Cooooool. But how does the transmission work? Great job! I really, really like this car!
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  October 18, 2008
Reply: Yeh, I agree. I don't think they are too large (look at the picture of the real one- it has truck wheels!) but the tyres are too chunky, they really belong on an off-roader, but hey, that's what Lego was like back in the day!
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  October 18, 2008
um...i just noticed that the wheels are a tad too large..
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  September 29, 2008
Nice-can you e-mail me on how to get the tranny to work? oh and i got an idea- hot rod club 2-MUSCLE CLUB! email me on that.
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  September 19, 2008
I must say that your Hot Rod looks much better than the one you got inspiration from. Great work and thanks for your comment!
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  September 10, 2008
cuz im trying to make a rat with gearbox and pendular suspension (with controlled steering as well) and ive figured out every last technic bit just the gearbox size is sooo annoying...
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  September 10, 2008
can you some how show me a picture of the gearbox's side and inside...cuz i tried the same way with the changeover piece and the dog gear but my gearbox turned out 6-wide!!! if you cant show me then thats fine :)
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  August 10, 2008
actually man this is not that good............ ok, ok man just calm down, i was just kiddin, and yes this is NOT good, cause this is just GREAT, cause this is detailed, this is HUGE, and this is (so far) just the BEST of all your creations, really cool rod u got over here... i like the building technique soo much, this techniqes realise the pro. car builder, i wanted to comment about the wheels at first, but when i saw the real one i can't say a word.. and nice front grill technique.. ok, thats enough ;) just great work ma man!! keep it up.. peace.. fofo
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  August 10, 2008
yay! the interior is fixed. nice engineering too!!!!!!!!
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  August 10, 2008
thanks to you i just made my smallest auto trans. thanks for inspiration.
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  August 10, 2008
holy goodness its got transmition? dang. after i finich my hot-rod ill defenetly go for something ans big as this. im done with medium scale. but you mind changing the location on the gauges in the interior?
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  August 10, 2008
Oh ya! This takes me back about 20 years when I built my first Technic Drag Funny Car with working steering! Awesome job!
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  August 10, 2008
hey, I have those tires too, great job, the engine looks good
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  August 10, 2008
NEAT! I like the engine!
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  August 10, 2008
Dang, great accuracy on this one. The engine is amazingly accurate, well though out and put together perfectly, 5/5.
 
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