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Just about any make and model vehicle can be turned from boring to hot. It does not matter what the engine size is or how many cylinders are under the hood. There are several steps to take from the exterior to engine modifications that will get the job done. The cost factor depends on the amount owners are willing to invest. Here are five ways to build a smoking hot rod.
Wheels and rims
Start with the low hanging fruit by changing wheels and rims. Tires with larger width dimension provide traction for those peel-off moments and parking lot doughnuts. Tread thickness is not as important as some racing tires have very thin groves. Bigger sizes are the guiding rule, because they make cars move faster. Install tires with the writing on the outside so everyone knows the brand. This requires whitewalls as black-walls will not have this distinction. Change the rims to sporty with decorative spokes or go for those with small circles on a full chrome background.
Another low hanging fruit option is to paint your car with a stunning color or design that turns heads. There are four types of paint choices with lacquer or acrylic being the oldest. It offers superior gloss, but is prone to chipping. The other three include enamel, water-based, and urethane. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, enamel is hard to apply, water-based has limited color selection, and urethane is very toxic.
If you plan on doing the work, water-based is the easiest as it can be used with a spray gun or comes in a can. It dries quickly like enamel and can be applied directly to surfaces without priming. In addition, it can be used for special designs such as words, swirls, or pictures.
Last of the low hanging fruit items is exterior accessories. There are several including side-exhaust vents, spoilers, scoops, and hood vents or louvers. They could be used in conjunction with stripes from a paint job or in a decorative symmetrical format. Scoops are the exception as its position is the hood’s center.
Regardless of the location for vents, quite a selection of styles is available. Spoilers are also a feature with lots of choices. They can have no, partial, or full-lighting on the assembly. Finding locations that have quality equipment can be challenging.
According to Findlay’s Auto, a car dealership in St. George, UT, it must sound like a hot rod to be a hot rod. This is the signature feature so everyone knows you are arriving and leaving the scene. The component that achieves this result is the exhaust system. It consists of pipes and mufflers. Engine size determines the pipe and muffler size. In addition, focus on the number of bends in the pipe configuration.
H and X pipes are the most popular style installed. Although, X pipes have a reputation for maintaining engine pressure integrity over the other types and shapes. When considering mufflers, make sure they match the new pipe size followed by their placement. Getting either of these details incorrect will result in a raspy noise and not the desired hot rod growl.
Add a rod kit
The last section is the most work, because it requires engine modifications. The simple part is locating a quality rod kit. It should be OEM or from a reputable aftermarket manufacturer with a decent warranty. Look for features such as double-drill and honed components that withstand big RPM numbers. Accessories such as pins and bearings should have ASTM ranking steel and cases within the 58-62 RC levels.
For owners, hot rods are toys treated like babies. They provide an exhilarating driving experience average vehicles cannot. Making the changes reviewed here will have that boring car in the driveway changing personality in no time.