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Hotrod Slang


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

A-bone: Model A Ford


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


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


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

Deuce: 32 Ford

Digs: Drag Races

Dig Out: Accelerate quickly

Digger: A Dragster


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'


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


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


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


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


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

Jug: A carburetor

Juice: Fuel, Electricity or hydraulic fluid


Kemp: A rod with a customized body

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


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)


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Uncorked: Running without mufflers


Vicky: See Victoria

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


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


Y Block: A cylinder block with deep pan rails


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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