Tag Archives: Hot Rod

Ho-Ho-Hot-Rod

Santa is a pretty rad dude, rockin’ a mega beard, some wicked bling (bells), and owning very probably the fastest vehicle ever made (a sleigh that can get everywhere in one night!). It’s no surprise to see that in his down time he likes to kick-back with a properly cool whip, in this case a gloriously festive hot rod complete with a red nose radiator emblem. Flickr’s ianying616 is the builder behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream here!

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T for Two

It’s been a hot rod heavy few days but we’ll sneak in two more before a bit of a gearshift. This neat pair of Town-scale Model T hot rods comes from Tim Henderson who has captured both ends of the hot rodding scale circa 1973. Both the ‘Resto-mod’ and ‘Fad-T’ replicate their respective trends superbly and there’s more to see of his mini-figure models on Flickr via the link.

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5541 Redux

Following his lovely 5510-inspired Jeep Renegade CJ5 featured here over the weekend Flickr’s Havoc is back with another Model Team set redux. This time it’s the 5541 Blue Fury set from 1995 that gets the update, becoming a smooth Ford T-Bucket complete with working steering, opening suicide doors, a trunk and an enormous engine. there’s more to see at Havoc’s photostream – click the link to make the jump!

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Black Knight

No, not that Black Knight. Or that one. This is a Ford ‘Tudor’ hot rod, so called because it had two doors, and not because it has anything to do with the English royal house that was in power for a century from 1485. But the tenuous link does enable us to write a title that lets us include pointless Monty Python clips, so we’re pretty happy.

We have Redfern1950s to thank, and his excellent (and very black indeed) Model Team Ford Tudor hot rod. Head to Flickr via the link to see more.

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Big D

Diesel has become a bit of a dirty word of late. We have Volkswagen to thank for that, but the fuel from the black pump was dirty anyway, they just got caught being particularly loathsome. However diesel is still useful, being much more suited to high-torque applications than petrol whilst producing less CO2 (the key driver behind climate change), and being more energy dense too, thereby making it more efficient.

We expect none of that thinking went into the D-Rod, a rat rod built for the ‘Welderup’ TV show from a 1920s Dodge that uses an enormous Cummins diesel truck engine because, well… why not? The result is, er… just watch this.

Fun as that looks we wouldn’t fancy breathing what comes out of the D-Rod, so this superb brick-built replica by Redfern 1950s will do us nicely instead. Red’s Model Team replica of the ‘Welderup’ D-Rod captures the look of the real car beautifully, yet it won’t give everyone standing near it lung cancer. Head to Red’s photostream via the link above for a closer look, and you can read his interview in TLCB’s Master MOCers series by clicking here.

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Hot Duece

The Lego Car Blog staff writers and Elves are in rare agreement today; we all want this wild M35A2 (Deuce and a Half) rat rod for real. Based on an M35A2 military truck, Tim Inman‘s rat rod has been ‘lowered, chopped, channeled, stretched and bobbed’ according to the builder, and – most importantly for the Elves at least – it includes skull rear light assembly. We don’t think we’ve ever wanted a vehicle more. You’ll find us on Flickr via the link above, dreaming of whether we could create a vehicle with the same effect using TLCB’s old LDV delivery van

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Paddy Wagon

Apparently police vans are known as ‘Paddy Wagons’ because cops were often Irish (with ‘paddy’ being slang for Irish nationals). Or the people in the back of them were often Irish, we’re not sure. Whatever the reason, it was the name given to this wild Tom Daniel’s-designed show rod from 1968, which became a huge selling plastic toy kit thanks to Monogram models.

This incredible recreation of the iconic hot rod is the work of previous bloggee, Master MOCer, and TLCB favourite Andrea Lattanzio (aka Norton74), who has captured Tom Daniel’s design wonderfully in his trademark Model Team style.

Head to Andrea’s ‘Paddy Wagon’ Flickr album via the second link above to see more of the build, and you can read his interview as part of the Master MOCers series here at TLCB by clicking on the first.

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Stagefright

Produced by Hot Wheels from the late ’70s to early ’80s, ‘Stagefright’ brought Jack Keef’s 1849 Concord Stagecoach hot rod to bedroom floors everywhere. TLCB debutant Tony Bovkoon has brought it back, capturing the insanity of the Hot Wheels toy (and the real car on which it was based) beautifully in Model Team form. A flip body, mid-mounted V8, and some highly dubious ‘suspension’ all feature, and there’s more to see at Tony’s ‘Stagefright’ Flickr album via the link above.

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Ratatouille

We like the look of Pat Lacroix’s garage! With a decidedly post-apocalyptic air Pat’s ‘Rat Trike‘ and ‘Rally Towing‘ manage to appear as if they’re assembled from junkyard parts and also look completely beautiful at the same time.

Superb parts usage and building techniques are in evidence throughout the models and you can see more of each bonkers build at Pat’s ‘Rate Trike’ and ‘Rally Towing’ albums on Flickr via the links above.

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Bend City Auto

We don’t often get to feature family builds here at TLCB, but today we can! This neat historic garage scene has been uploaded by Carrie Kokoska of Flickr who built this superb scene with her son, who was inspired by his grandpa’s vintage car garage. Based on an old pharmacy building in their town, the garage features a fully fitted interior (complete with lovely home-designed posters on the walls) and a funky hot rod. There’s more to see of the family build on Flickr via the link above, and you can vote for this garage to become an official LEGO set at the LEGO Ideas platform here.

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Hummerat

This is a Hummer rat rod, and it’s a vehicle is so manly that if you’re reading this and you’re a girl (what? We get girls here too) you’re probably pregnant. It’s based on a real car and comes from previous bloggee ianying616, who has used train doors, bendy pipes and a whole lot of black to recreate the insanity of the real vehicle. Head to Flickr via the link above to see all seventy-three (73!) images…

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Head Scratcher

We don’t know who Poe Dameron is, what a Head Starter is, or even where the head in this model by Flickr’s ianying616 has come from (is it LEGO?). However we do know it’s shiny, has a racing stripe, and an implausibly enormous engine, which means had we not have featured it the Elves would’ve started a riot. There’s more to see at ianying’s photostream via the link above where you can try to work it out.

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Beetle Drive

The Elves, driven by hunger and a strict ‘find us a bloody car’ policy have started to return to TLCB Towers. They’ve come up trumps too as this most excellent Volkswagen Käfer (or Kaefer) Racer comes from Lino Martins and is his first car for almost two years. Pictured alongside the Hot Wheels toy it’s based on, Lino’s heavily modified Beetle features a removable body, a mid-mounted V8 engine, and official LEGO decals. See more on Flickr at the link.

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Mod My Horse

It’s been a while since one of our the Elves found a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ creation, but they’re now all happily watching it in their cage room giving us a few hours of peace.

Their reward comes courtesy of Flickr’s Kale Frost, who has recreated the double-decker Cadillac from the post-apocalyptic movie rather well in Lego form. He’s also done so by basing his design loosely (very loosely) on an existing set, uploading a video alongside his model that provides a few hints to how the process to turn a LEGO set into something else entirely can begin. As the No.1 question we receive here at TLCB is ‘How do I build this?…’ it could prove a useful watch for many readers.

Head to Kale’s photostream via the link above for more images, and if you’re yet to try building your own creations and are unsure of how to start, take a look at the video – it could be the beginnings a whole new building chapter…

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Black Mirror

We continue yesterday’s chrome theme with, well… even more chrome. This is ianying616‘s ‘Black Onyx’ hot rod, and it’s really very shiny indeed. It’s also two cylinders short of the engine usually fitted to a hot rod, but ianying has made up for this with a delightfully impractical (and enormous) vision-restricting supercharger. Both it and the V6 engine underneath it turn, plus there’s working steering and suspension too. Head over to Flickr for the full gallery.

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