5 Easy Ways to Find Rat Rod Parts

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Building a rat rod can be an exciting and rewarding project, but sourcing rare and hard-to-find rat rod parts can be a challenge. Let’s face it, if you are an avid rat rod builder, this article is not for you. You already know where and how to find the parts you need or want.

For the individual who is thinking of building their first rat rod or already in the building process, this is for you. In this article, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for finding the parts you need to complete your rat rod build.

Online Forums

    Online forums are an excellent resource for connecting with other rat rod enthusiasts and finding hard-to-find parts. There are many online communities dedicated to rat rods, and these forums often have sections specifically for buying, selling, and trading parts. When posting a request for a specific part, be sure to include clear and detailed information about what you need, including the make and model of your vehicle, the year it was produced, and any other relevant information. Below are just a few of the Rat Rod Online Forums available,
    Rat Rod Nation
    Club Hot Rod – Rat Rod Talk
    Rat Rod Rules

    Social Media

      Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are also great resources for finding rare and hard-to-find rat rod parts. Many groups and pages are dedicated to rat rods and hot rods, and you can often find parts for sale or trade through these groups. When searching for parts on social media, be sure to use relevant hashtags and follow relevant pages and groups.

      Salvage Yards

        Salvage yards also known as Junkyards to some areas in the U.S., can be a goldmine for finding rare and hard-to-find rat rod parts. Depending on the age of the yard, these yards can often have a wide selection of vintage vehicles and parts. You may be able to find the exact part you need at a fraction of the cost of buying a new one. When visiting a salvage yard, be sure to bring any relevant information about your vehicle, including the make, model, and year. As some more modern yards may be able to help you find the part you are looking for, or one that will fit your needs.

        Swap Meets

          Swap meets are events where hot rod and rat rod enthusiasts gather to buy, sell, and trade parts. These events can be a great way to connect with other rat rod enthusiasts and find rare and hard-to-find parts. When attending a swap meet, be sure to bring cash and be prepared to haggle. Keep in mind many car shows pair up with swap meets at the same time. So the next time you attend a car show, check with the organizer to see if a swap meet was schedule at the same time and place.

          Online Marketplaces

            Online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist can also be a great resource for finding rare and hard-to-find rat rod parts. When searching for parts on these platforms, be sure to use specific keywords and filters to narrow down your search results. Be sure to read the seller’s reviews and feedback before making a purchase to ensure that you’re dealing with a reputable seller.


            Sourcing rare and hard-to-find parts for your rat rod can be a challenge, but with a little research and persistence, you can find the rat rod parts you need to complete your build. Remember to utilize online resources like forums and social media, as well as in-person resources like salvage yards and swap meets. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to building the rat rod of your dreams!

            Author: Jake

            My main passion is anything rat rod, cars, trucks, bikes and even lawn tractors. But I also just love anything rusted out, To me nothing makes a better lawn decoration then a piece of history (which happens to be rusty).

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