Volksrod

Volksrods are modified Volkswagen beetles. They are used as an alternative to traditional Ford-based hot rods. Classic Ford Model Ts and Model As are becoming more scarce and more valuable than ever. VW Beetles are much more affordable, easier to find, and easier to find parts for. It is also a 1930s design, which is well-suited to hot-rodding’s roots & tradition.
Volksrod.
Red Volksrod with a beam axle showing, mounted on coilovers.

As with all types of car customization, lots of different modifications are practiced in different combinations. One popular method of conversion involves removing all body molding, bumpers and fenders, then installing a classic Ford front axle to move the wheels forward and give the car a low, stretched look. Another popular customization is to move the stock Volkswagen axle beam forward or reverse the trailing/torsion arms and re-work the steering linkages. A Volksrod might be finished off with a chopped top and original VW wheels. Paint jobs may be flat black, or more elaborate, including with pinstriping. While Volksrods may be very elaborate, like any hot rod, many are built with few or no expensive chrome-plated or machined aluminum parts, but handmade by a “cut, weld and drive” owner, with simple mechanical tools, welding equipment and basic parts.

Car tuning Car tuning is modification of the performance or appearance of a vehicle. For actual "tuning" in the sense of automobiles or vehicles, see engine tuning. Most vehicles leave the factory set up for an average driver's expectations and conditions. Tuning, on the other hand, has become a way to personalize the characteristics of a vehicle to the owner's preference. Cars may be altered to provide better fuel economy, produce more power, or to provide better handling and driving. Car tuning is related to auto racing, although most performance cars never compete. Tuned cars are built for the pleasure of owning and driving. Exterior modifications include changing the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle via side skirts, front and rear bumpers, spoilers, splitters, air vents and light weight wheels. A tuned Toyota Mark II. Tuned Audi TT Origin Cars have always been subject to after market modification. The golden age of car tuning was the decades betwee...
Custom car A custom car is a passenger vehicle that has been substantially altered to improve its performance, often by altering or replacing the engine and transmission; made into a personal "styling" statement, using paintjobs and aftermarket accessories to make the car look unlike any car as delivered from the factory; or some combination of performance modifying and appearance changes. Although the two are related, custom cars are distinct from hot rods. The extent of this difference has been the subject of debate among customizers and rodders for decades. Additionally, a street rod can be considered a custom. '32 three-window with a classic-style flame job and Moon tank, reminiscent of Chapouris' California Kid. Custom '51 Merc with red "ghost flames" and Appletons "Rat rodded" Model A with Edelbrock head and chrome carb hats on late-model flatty. A pre-war custom car by Coachcraft The iconic "T-bucket" custom. E...
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Boy racer A boy racer is a motorist of any gender who drives an automobile that has been modified with aftermarket body kits, audio system and exhaust system, usually in an unlawful manner. It can also mean a compact sporty coupe that is heavily modified for racing. Wealthier motorists who drive sports cars, or those with costly modifications, often seek to distance themselves from the culture. Responses to the boy racer phenomenon range from laws prohibiting cosmetic modifications to vehicles such as decorative lighting and window tint, restrictions on recreational driving ("cruising"), to vandalism such as spraying expanding foam into cars with loud "big bore" exhaust tips to stop such cars driving around emitting loud droning noises. "Poser Mobile", a commercial parody of common boy racer mods, created by T-Mobile Boy racer spotted in Malaysia. Culture Publications for boy racers included Max Power, Fast Car, New Zealand Performance Car Magazine, MTV's Pimp My...
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