Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The P’s & Q’s
Pancaked: Hood modified to a lower profile.
Patina: A term used to describe a worn or aged finish or condition that is appropriate for the age of the vehicle. Patina can be used to refer to the condition of paint, interior and other aspects of a vehicle. It is not necessarily a bad thing if it is in-line with the age of an unrestored or “survivor” vehicle and would not be aged to the point of being considered to be “worn out”.
Peaked: A molded accent seam on a hood.
Phaeton: Refers to an open vehicle where the rear seat area is extended for added legroom or for an additional row of seating – typically used in ticker tape parades.
Pinched: To narrow the front frame to match the grill shell.
Pink Slip: Before the days of automobile titles, the portion of a California car registration that conveyed ownership was colored pink.
Pinstripe: A thin line of paint that is a contrasting color to the body color; originally called a coach-line.
Piped: Narrow, padded pleats used to trim the interior.
Plod: British hot rod slang for body filler. Also slang for the traffic police (after PC Plod in Enid Blyton’s Noddy Series).
Pony Car: A small, compact performance-oriented vehicle, like a Ford Mustang.
Ported: To polish and enlarge the intake and exhaust ports on cylinder heads.
Post: The pillar located between the front and rear doors of a four-door sedan.
Powder Coating: A coating process used instead of painting where powdered pigment is sprayed onto a metal object that has a metal charge. This causes the powder to be attracted to the metal object and helps to provide a uniform coating. The coated object is then baked in an oven to liquefy and then harden the coating.
Powertrain: The system of components that propel a vehicle. Opinions may differ as to what is included, however a powertrain is typically composed of an engine, clutch, transmission, driveshaft(s), differential and rear/front axle (or half shafts). On front wheel drive vehicles, there is no driveshaft.
Powerplant: Slang for an internal combustion engine.
Project Car: A vehicle that is in restorable condition.
Pro-Street: A street/strip-style vehicle that features large rear wheels and tires tucked deeply into the rear fender area.
Puke Can: A radiator overflow tank used to catch coolant.
QJ: Quadrajet (Rochester 4-barrel carburetor).
Quarter Window: The side window behind the rear door.