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When browsing the terms listed on this page, please do not try to learn all this jargon in one night....it is not good for your mental health and well being,  plus we have enough crazy rodders out there already. 

 

'A'

A-400:  A convertible two door sedan built by Ford prior to 1932

A-bone:  Model A Ford

'B'

B-400: A convertible two door sedan built by Ford in 1932

Balonies:  Wide bad ass tires, usually on the rear

Bang Shift:  To quickly shift a standard transmission

Beast:  A really ugly hotrod

Belly Pan:  Metal sheeting underneath a street rod, to streamline the bottom of a rod

Billet:  Aftermarket dress up components usually machined out of Aluminum

Binders:  Brakes

Blown Engine:  A engine that has a Supercharger or a engine that exploded

Blower:  Supercharger

Blower Drive:  The belt and pulleys that drive a Supercharger

Bobbed:  Shortened Fenders, sometimes applied to a shortened hood

Boost:  Intake manifold pressure generated by a  Turbocharger  or Supercharger

Boots:  Tires

Bored and Stroked: Engines that have had their cylinder walls enlarged and the crankshaft throw modified

Bottom End:  Refers to the lower portion of a engine and usually includes the crankshaft, flywheel, bearings and connecting rods

Box:  The transmission, but can also refer to adding reinforcement to the frame

Bucket:  Rod with a Model T  body also called a 'Bucket T'

Buggy Sprung:  Suspension based on front and rear solid axels and left over from horse and buggy days

Bull Nose:  Usually refers to a chrome trim piece for the top of a hood

Bullet Nose:  A Studebaker built in the late 40's and early 50's

'C'

Cam:  Short for Camshaft,  a engine piece that activates the valves

Cammer:  Usually refers to a single overhead V8 Ford engine

CC-ing: The accurate measuring of each cylinder or combustion chamber to equalize the volume in high performance engines

CCs:  39 Ford Teardrop Headlights

Channel:  The lowering of the body in relationship to the frame rails to reduce overall height of the vehicle

Chop:  Removing a section of the roofline horizontally to reduce its height

CID:  Refers to "Cubic Inch Displacement" of an engine

Coupe:  Basically any car with just a front seat

Crank:  Crankshaft but can also mean to go fast "Crank on It"

Cruise:  To drive in a laid back fashion

Custom:  Stock cars that have had extensive  body modifications

"D"  

Deck:  Removing the chrome and handles from the trunk or 'Decklid'

Deuce:  32 Ford

Digs:  Drag Races

Dig Out:  Accelerate quickly

Digger:  A Dragster

"E"

EFI:  Electronic Fuel Injection (replaces the carburetor)

E.T:  Elapsed time - the time it takes to run a quarter mile drag

Elephant:  A 1964 or later Chrysler with a V8 and  Hemispherical cylinder heads - a.k.a. 'Hemmy'

"F"

Fat:  A over rich fuel mixture denote by excessive black smoke

Fat Fender:  Street rods with bodies manufactured between 1936 and 1938

Fill:  Filling body seams with lead or body filler to lend a smoother appearance to the car

Five Window:  A coup body that have 5 windows,  not counting the windshield

Flathead: A engine that has the valves in the body of the engine rather then the head - also refers to 1932 to 1953 Ford flathead motors

Flamed:  Graphic representation of flames usually starting at the front a working towards the back of a hot rod

Flame Throwers:  A device to ignite unburned gases leaving the exhaust system ( very cool)

Floor Pan:  This just means the floor of a vehicle -

Fordor:  Ford name for a four door sedan

Four Banger:  A four cylinder engine

Four Barrel:  A four cylinder engine or a type of carburetor

Four on the Floor:  Floor mounted shifter coupled to a four speed transmission

French:  Usually refers to recessing the headlights and removing the seam of the headlight trim ring, but can apply to other recessing

Fuel Injected:  A mechanical device that 'injects' or introduces fuel into a engine

"G" 

Gasser:  A modified closed car that competes at drag races, but could mean your friend drank to much beer.

Gear Box:  Transmission

Ghost Flames:  See Flames, only these flames are usually the same color as the body only a few shades lighter or darker

Glass:  Short for fiberglass

Grab Rails:  Handles mounted on the body to help passengers enter the vehicle, usually a rumble seat

Grill Shell:  A decorative trim that goes around the radiator usually on cars built in the early 1930's

Grocery Getter:  A mild street rod that is used for a run to the store and back

Gutted:  A rod with its interior removed

"H"

Hammer:  Same as Chop

Handeler:  A rod that is easy to drive 

Haze the Hides:  To spin and smoke the rear tires

Header:  Specialized exhaust manifolds that help reduce exhaust back pressure therefore increasing  power

Hemi:  A monster high performance engine produced by Chrysler with hemispherical heads

Hides:  Tires

Highboy:  A rod with no fenders or running boards and the body place high on the frame rails

High Tech:  Rods that combine customized bodies with billeted or steel dress up parts

Hot Rod:  A vehicle that has been modified to improve its appearance or performance and most times both

Huffer:  Supercharger

Hydro:  Automatic transmission ( derived from the name  Hydromatic, a GM transmission used in the 50's

"I"

In the Weeds:  A really low vehicle or you have lost control of your ride and ended up in the ditch

Igniter:  The engines ignition system

"J"

Jimmy:  Acronym for a GMC and can also refer to a Blower or Supercharger 

Jug:  A carburetor

Juice:  Fuel, Electricity or hydraulic fluid

"K"

Kemp:   A rod with a customized body

Knock Offs:  A special wheel system that is held in place with one large, quickly removed nut

"L"

Lakes:  The dry lakes in and around Southern California where hotrodders raced their cars

Lakes Modified:  A radically modified racer designed for racing at the dry lakes

Lean it Out:  To alter the fuel mixture to improve engine performance and use less fuel - done to extreme will  fry your engine

Locker:  A type of differential that helps prevent tire spin and distributes the engines torque evenly to the rear wheels

Loud Petal:  The accelerator petal

Louvers:  Vents or slots cut in and raised in various body panels especially the hood and trunk areas

Louie: A left hand turn (see Roscoe)

Lowboy:  A rod that has no fenders or running boards that is lowered over the frame (channeled)

"M"

Mag:  Short for a wheel made with a  Magnesium alloy - can also mean Magneto, a self contained ignition system 

Mill:  Engine

Molded:  Filling and reshaping body panels and seams

Mood Disks:  Flat aluminum wheel covers

Mouse Motor:  A small block Chevy engine manufactured from 1955 to present day.

"N"

NOS:  Nitrous Oxide System - mucho big horsepower

N.O.S:  New Old Stock and refers to parts that are the original parts supplied by the vehicles manufacturer

Nail Head:  A 1950's Buick engine

Nerf:  Short for Nerf Bars - used to ward off tires in open wheel racing cars - also refers to little bumperettes 

Newstalgia:  Refers to a rod style that mimics the 50's and 60's and employs modern power plants, components and body panels

"O"

Overbore:  An engine block that has had its cylinder bore enlarge because it is badly worn or the owner wants more power

Overwind:  A bad thing and means to run an engine faster in RPM then its designed limits

"P"

Panel Delivery:  An early commercial vehicle with two doors in the front for people and two doors at the rear of the vehicle for cargo

Pearl:  Paint with  reflects 'Mother of Pearl' iridescent  colors  or maybe  its a  little white object taken from an oyster

Pit Pins:  Quick release pins that hold body panels in place

Phaeton:  An open two or four door sedan manufactured in the late 20's to the late 30's, that had no roll up windows

Phone Booth:  A 28 or 29 Model 'A'  closed cab pickup

Pin Stripe:  Long narrow painted  stripes usually running the length of a hot rod.  May also be done with narrow plastic (gulp) tape.

Ported:  Intake and exhaust ports that have been enlarged and polished to provide maximum flow through the heads

Power Parker: People that arrive as early as possible to events and shows to get prime parking spots, usually frowned on by hot rodders

Pro Street:  A hotrod made to look like a drag racing car

Puffer:  A supercharger

"Q"

Quick Change:  A  rear end that allows for rapid changing of rear end gear ratios,  or possibly a trip through McDonalds drive thru

"R"

RPM:   'Revolutions Per Minute' or how many rotations an engines crankshaft completes in one minute

Rails:  Refers to the frame side rails on cars before some idiot invented uni-body

Raked:  A  rod that has been lowered in the front or raised in the back

Rat:  A Big Block Chevy V8 engine e.g.: 396, 400, 427, and 454 cid

Reacher:  A dependable street rod

Repop:  See Repro

Repro:  Reproduction parts to match or replace NOS parts

Resto Rod:  A street rod with a stock appearing body

Roadster:  A two seater to a 'Phaeton' - removable top and no roll up side windows and the windshield could fold down

Rod:  A short for Hotrod or Connecting Rod

Rod Run:  May mean an event open to pre 62 only or can refer to any pre-ordained driving route as in a "Poker Run"

Roll Bar:  A special cage made of round tubular steel and designed to protect the vehicles occupants in case of roll over.

Roll Cage:  See Roll Bar

Roller:  A chassis that is completed enough to be rolled around on its own.  Can also refer to a type of camshaft that uses roller lifters

Roscoe: A right hand turn (see Louie)

Rubber Rake:  A rake achieved by the use of  big tires in the back and little tires in the front or possibly an unbreakable garden tool

"S"

Sano:  A rod that is absolutely spotless (sanitary)

Saw:  See Chop

Scallops:  A graphic in the shape of a long narrow triangle usually starting from the front of a hotrod

Scatter Shield:  A protective enclosure at the rear of the engine to protect the driver in case a clutch explodes - also used on transmissions

Scoop:  A device mounted on the hood to force air into the engine at higher speeds

Section:  To remove a band of metal from around the middle section of a vehicle to reduce its overall height

Sedan Delivery:  A truck with two opening doors up front and one mother of a door in the rear

Slammed:  A vehicle or hotrod that is as close to the ground as humanly possible without actually touching

Skins:  Tires

Skirts:  Short for Fender Skirts which cover wheel well openings in customs and hotrods or a reference to the fairer sex

Smoothy:  A hotrod that has had all raised portions of the body removed including moldings and sometimes chrome

Spots:  Short for a spot light, also refers to disk brakes

Stacks:  Short for Velocity Stacks which are used on carbureted and fuel injected engines

Steelies:  Wheels made of steel or a marble made from knocking apart old ball bearings.  Really Big old ball bearings

Step Plates:  Pads mounted on running boards or fenders to keep the paint or rubber matting from being scratched or getting dirty

Stick Shift:  A floor mounted gear shift lever

Stone:  A slooooow car 

Stones:  Short for Firestone tires or an English Rock Band

Stove Bolt:  A nick name for a rod powered by a Chevy inline six cylinder engine

Stroker:  An engine equipped with a longer then  stock crankshaft throw with modified  length connecting rods

Stuffer:  Supercharger

Supercharger:  A mechanical device designed to force air into an engine at higher then atmospheric pressure

"T"

T-Bucket:  A short, fenderless opened 'T' body hotrod

TPI:  Tuned Port Injection

Tach:  Short for Tachometer and a device to read engine RPM 

Three On The Tree:  Refers to a column mounted three speed transmission  shifter

Touring:  See 'Phaeton'

Trad Rad:  A street rod built in the styles of the 50's and 609's rods

Tranny:  Short for Transmission

Tub:  A touring car or Phaeton can also refer to enlarging the wheel well size to accommodate very large tires, usually in the rear

Tubbed:  To increase the wheel well size to accommodate very large tires usually at the rear axel

Tudor:  Ford name for a two door sedan

Tuck and Roll:  A cool style of upholstery or a new kind of music

"U"

U Joints:  Short for Universal Joints and these are located on each end of a drive shaft

Uncorked:  Running without mufflers

"V"

Vicky:  See Victoria

Victoria:  A sporty two door sedan body that featured a different rear body panel style

'W'

Wedge:  A type of Chrysler engine with wedge shaped combustion chambers in the heads

Wide Whites: Wide whitewall tires

Wide Weenies: Large rear tires and I am not going there

Wires:  Spoked Wire Wheels

Woodie: A station wagon with wood paneling and no I am not going there either

"X"

X Member: The center portion of a frame where the frame rails meet or cross

"Y"

Y Block:  A cylinder block with deep pan rails

'Z"

Z'ed: Frame rails altered in a Z shape to lower the front of a hot rod

Zoomy:  A wild street rod with open exhaust pipes

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