Archive for rat rod


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 19, 2011 by ekhatch

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GoodGuys Invade Orange County

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 22, 2010 by ekhatch

While the import guys were having thier fun at Eibach, GoodGuys were doing thier thing in the OC, everything from gassers to kustoms, rats to pro tourers


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.

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


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 4, 2009 by ekhatch

Another bavarian rat

Crazy Super Mega SEMA 2009 Coverage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by ekhatch

All pix courtesy of teal_dx from Ohio Hondas, complete lack of 2010 Camaros and anorexic models courtesy of me lol!

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JapRat’s Suicide Bomb

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 11, 2009 by ekhatch

This one stopped me in my tracks, not quite hood ride nor rat rod. To me this one leans more toward the traditional Kustom/Sled style, and it nails the look perfectly! There are a lot of rat style Hondas these days but very few are executed this well and so true to the inspiration they draw from.





Rad Rat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 13, 2009 by ekhatch



Rat Rod VW MKI

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by ekhatch

I’ve had a lot of rat rod VWs on here, maybe the term hood ride fits them better, but there’s no denying this is truly a rat rod VW.

rat rod vw 06

rat rod vw 02

rat rod vw 03

rat rod vw 04

rat rod vw 00