Archive for rat look

This Will Get People Talking Some Shit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by ekhatch

So let’s just get it over with, Mike Burroughs rust, Phase 2 bay, and euro rat loaded up roof rack. When someone copies your style you can look at it two ways; a compliment, people love what you’re doing and you’re setting trends, or; you can whine about it call them a biter and get all bent out of shape. I’m in the minority and go with the first of those, let it motivate you to step it up even more and reinvent things once again. The fact that this car was on Stanceworks.com home of Mike Burroughs rust BMW I think says a lot about Mike, all positive. Either way, it’s one of those “fun to look at but I wouldn’t do it” cars.

Clean Rat?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 11, 2010 by ekhatch

Very different, I don’t even have a good name for this style, it has rat touches but there’s no rust, the only similar car I can think of is Don Napier’s green coupe. I can’t call it clean old school, that conjures up thoughts of something like a minty 1st gen Celica. Throwback makes me think of Fast&Furious type stuff. To me more than anything it’s got a 50’s cruiser vibe to it. Retro rod?

BBSzero

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by ekhatch

This one belongs to Cliff, and I really can’t say enough about what a remarkable guy he is. Besides being a life long car guy, having owned 60 vehicles in the last 20 years he has been a true blessing to The Melissa Project, donating $5 from each sale of his wheel spacers and camber shims (well deserved plug, hit him up!) and donating last month’s raffle prize, Cliff has been down since day one. Cliff’s dad is an old school hot rodder and was Cliff’s first introduction to hot rods, kustoms, and rat rods but oddly enough Cliff’s dad was the first in the family to buy an xB, and that’s when the xB bug bit Cliff hard. He bought one for himself and started out the way most of us do, bolt ons, lowering, wheels, clean aero and he turned out a great car.

But he still wasn’t happy, he wanted to go all in and, drawing inspiration from his hot rod and rat rod roots, make it truly his car. First up was a coat of blue

topped with a coat of chalk board paint

then the top coat was sanded through to reveal blue and white flames and patina giving it a great three dimensional, textural quality that just adding more paint on top would not achieve

his latest touch is a checker board panel to pay tribute to the original european rat rodders who brought the whole rat look style to newer cars and cemented it’s place in the community

Cliff would like to thank GothBox, Black Box, and ShortBus8 for the inspiration for his build, out of all those 60 cars this is the one he says he’ll be keeping in his stable for a very long time. I’d like to thank Cliff for being an inspiration to us all.

Reader Challenge #2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 10, 2010 by ekhatch

Name that hood ride! Yes, this is a very difficult one so you get a couple clues. It was built between 1949 and 1951 and is powered by an air cooled VW engine, it is an exceptionally rare vehicle.

Rat vs Phat : Porsche 356

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 8, 2010 by ekhatch

Man we haven’t done a Rat vs Phat in ages, bout time for one

Rat Tastic 510

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 29, 2009 by ekhatch

Fenders

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 23, 2009 by ekhatch

Yep, fenders. Not hoods. Different.

Zach Wants More

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by ekhatch

Zach asked to see more of the “Mad Max” xB in my Hoods in the Hood post, and as you know customer service is job #1 here at Hatch Life. It’s actually owned by Black_Box and is currently undergoing a….wait for it….full chop top!

and getting chopped

and if you dig Black_Box maybe this one from shortbus 8 will interest you

and this one from GothBox