Rat Roaster

1932 Roadster

The trend in Hot Rodding lately has been to build a car with a ‘40’s or ‘50’s style to it. Now there’s nothing wrong with that but I have always liked the late ‘60’s era more. This is when some really wild cars were ripping up the streets and drag strips every night all across the country. Of course by the late ‘60’s, the home-built Hot Rod was rapidly being pushed aside by factory Muscle cars. Only the most hard-core Hot Rodder would dare to pit his home-made creation against a Hemi ‘Cuda or SS Chevelle, and if he did, that creation would have to be pretty special. 

So in the true spirit of Hot Rodding, we began to wonder if a guy were to build a ’32 Roadster in 1969 with the goal of it being the “baddest thing on the street”…what would it look like? That's the idea behind the Rat Roaster project! 

The criteria was simple.

  • ONE: It would have to outrun the hottest muscle car on the street by at least a second or two.
  • TWO: It would have to pack some serious “WOW” factor in the engine, paint and overall look.
  • THREE: It has to be realistic and affordable for a young Hot Rodder to build, so no exotic, high-dollar parts or engines.
  • Finally, it HAD to reflect the Rock & Roll mentality and style of the times.
Rat Roaster Guitar

Rat Roaster Guitar

When I showed the drawing for the concept to the guys at the Gibson Custom Shop, they said “there’s no way we can build that thing”. Fortunately Gibson Custom shop honcho Rick Gembar said that if I wanted to build it, they would do the final assembly on it. 

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  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster model
  • Rat Roaster - 1932 Roadster

Rat Roaster Partners & Products

Body

32 All-Steel Frame and Body, Grille Shell
Painting
Paint & Upholstery
Upholstery for Convertible Top
Custom Green Paint
Various Auto Parts
Rear Body Lower Corners, Rear Rolled Pan

F-Series Speed Grille Kit with Lights

F-Series Speed Grille Kit with Lights

3" Chopped Convertible Top
7" King Bee Headlights, 2" Chopped Windshield Frame

Engine

Finned Aluminum Battery Box
Cylinder Heads
Custom Exhaust
580hp 350ci Blown Small Block Chevy Engine
Pro-Flex Fuel Line, Speed Flex, Fuel Fittings
Prototype Wiring Harness
2 Four Barrels/Blower Carburetor
The Moon Tank, Tail Breather
Velocity Stacks
Crank, Rods, Blower Pistons
YellowTop Deep Cell Battery
Wiring Harness
QTEC - Quick Time Electric Cutout
Break in Oil
Finned Aluminum Valve Covers
Cool Flex Fluid Transfer Hoses
80 Amp Chrome Alternator & High Torque Starter Accessories
Z-491-2 Radiator
250 Supercharger, Air Scoop

Interior

Universal Floor
Pick Guard Material for Dash Panel
Gauges, Panel & Fender Insert
Competitor Series Throttle Pedal
Baja RS Seats
Shifter Handle, High Performance Short Throw Shifter
Bomber-Style Aluminum Seat w/ Holes
Custom Floor Mats
Universal Seat Bracket
Diamond Tuft Leather Seats

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

Firestone Frontrunner (Dirt Track 500-15) Firestone Drag Slick Tires
Fittings for Brake Lines
Brake Bleeder Kit
Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Fittings for Brake Lines
ET Dragmaster
Polished Brake System

Transmission & Drivetrain

Rear end Gear
Heavy Duty Driveshaft
Tremec TKO 5spd Transmission, Bellhousing, Flywheel, Pressure Plate

Miscellaneous

"The Last Rock & Roll Show"
Diecast of Rat Roaster
Model Kit of Rat Roaster

Chassis

Vega Style Steering Box
32" Straight Chrome Steering Columns & Accessories
Steering Stabilizer
Front Suspension, Ford 9" Rear End, Triangulated 4-link & Coilover Suspension, Gasket & Sealer
Cross Steering, Rack & Pinion

Project Episodes

  • Rat Roaster Pay-Off

  • The Rat Roaster Details

  • The Rat Roaster Final Assembly

  • Rat Roaster Exhaust - V8 Interceptor Updates

  • The Rat Roaster Details & Billy Cox

  • Return Of The Rat Roaster

  • The Rat Roaster '32 Ford

  • Rat Roaster '32 Ford Exhaust and Frame Work

  • Building floors for the Rat Roaster - Designing and installing seats

  • 32 Ford History and Body

  • The Rat Roaster - Building a late 60's hot rod

  • The budget hot rod - Building a '32 Ford on a budget