Law breathes new life into hot rods


John Cañamar

A 1930s Fort Hotrod during the 2016 MLK parade.

John Cañamar, Sports Editor

Does the mention of Rat Fink put a smile on your face? Do you get chills when you hear the rumble of Magna-Flows hooked up to a 475 horse powered Chevy Big Block stuffed inside of a 1934 five window coupe Hot Rod?

If so, then one of your dreams has come true thanks to the 114th Congress.

There is a new law that is being called the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015.”

Bill H.R. 2675 reads as follows:

To direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish a program allowing low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to produce a limited number of vehicles annually within a regulatory system that addresses the unique safety and financial issues associated with limited production, and to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to allow low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to install engines from vehicles that have been issued certificates of conformity.

What does this mean to the Gear Head community? It’s quite exciting actually.

In short, you can now buy a turnkey 1932 Ford Coupe, instead of having to order all the parts and then building a kit car. Under the bill, manufactures are allowed to build up to 500 replica vehicles per year.

Here is the catch: the replicas will have to be emission compliant, and have an OBDII computer to qualify to be sold and put on the road.

It won’t be the same as having a six-pack mounted on top of your manifold, but don’t be disappointed. You will now be able to order a Ford High Boy from a company and pay the same as if you were to go to any dealership and buy an SUV. Now you can own your dream car.

Some may say that the fun in owning a hot rod is all the hours spent under, over and inside of the car perfecting every detail. Spending time along the side of your son, brother, dad and friends turning wrenches while cracking jokes and busting knuckles is a right of passage. There is the sheer euphoria when you first hear that motor turn over and stay on. While this is all true, the fact is there are less and less metal canvases available to build one from scratch.

There is also the other side of owning a Hot Rod: the cruising.

It does not matter if you are into a Rat Rod, Hot Rod, muscle car or classic truck the end game of owning one is driving it on the road either to get away from it all or to join up with others who share the same passion.

This is a great new bill. Think of all the good times you will have going to the Good Guys Shows in your 2016 ’32 coupe with your son looking for that perfect project that you can work on for the next five to ten years.

Afterward, you will still be able to meet up with your friends at the weekend car show and cruise with your sweetheart to 50’s night at the Burger Shoppe as well.