Rat Rod Parts You Need to Start With

Parts You Need To Start Building A Rat Rod

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Chassis and Suspension Parts

  • Frame: The foundation of your rat rod, the frame provides support for all other components.
  • Suspension: The suspension system absorbs shock and provides stability while driving.
  • Axles: Connect the wheels to the suspension and provide support for the vehicle’s weight.
  • Shocks: Dampen the suspension’s movement and provide a smoother ride.
  • Springs: Provide additional support for the suspension and absorb shock.

Engine Parts

  • Engine block: The base of the engine that holds all the other components.
  • Pistons: Move up and down inside the engine block to generate power.
  • Crankshaft: Converts the energy from the pistons into rotational energy.
  • Camshaft: Controls the valves that allow fuel and air into the engine.
  • Cylinder head: Covers the top of the engine block and contains the valves.
  • Intake manifold: Connects the air intake to the engine’s cylinders.
  • Exhaust manifold: Connects the engine’s cylinders to the exhaust system.
  • Carburetor or fuel injection system: Delivers fuel and air to the engine.
  • Ignition system: Provides a spark to ignite the fuel and air mixture.

Wheels and Tires

  • Wheels: Connect to the axles and provide a surface for the tires.
  • Tires: Provide traction and stability while driving.


  • Brake pads or shoes: Rub against the brake rotors or drums to slow or stop the wheels.
  • Brake calipers or wheel cylinders: Apply pressure to the brake pads or shoes.
  • Brake rotors or drums: Spin with the wheels and are squeezed by the brake pads or shoes.

Transmission and Drivetrain

  • Transmission: Transfers power from the engine to the wheels.
  • Clutch: Connects and disconnects the engine from the transmission.
  • Driveshaft: Transfers power from the transmission to the rear axle.
  • Rear axle: Connects to the driveshaft and supports the rear wheels.

Body Parts

  • Body panels: The exterior of the vehicle that provides its shape and style.
  • Fenders: Cover the wheels and protect the vehicle from debris.
  • Hood: Covers the engine.
  • Grille: Covers the front of the vehicle and provides airflow to the radiator.
  • Bumpers: Protect the vehicle from impacts.

Interior Parts

  • Seats: Provide a place for the driver and passengers to sit.
  • Dashboard: Houses the vehicle’s gauges and controls.
  • Steering wheel: Controls the direction of the vehicle.
  • Pedals: Control the vehicle’s speed and braking.

Now That you Have Your Rat Rod Parts

Building a rat rod can be a challenging but rewarding project. Knowing what parts you need is the first step to getting started. Remember, you can always customize and add your own personal touch to your rat rod as you build it.

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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