Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The R’s (part 1)
Rack & Pinion: A form of vehicle steering system that utilizes a simple pinion gear on a flat “rack” with gear teeth to provide left-to-right steering motion. Rack & pinion steering is considered to be a simpler and more precise design that older system designs that remained the standard on domestic vehicles well into the 70s and early 80s.
Rake: The downward angle of a car with a dropped front suspension.
Raked: A design in which the front end has been lowered more than the back.
Rail (or rail job): Dragster with exposed front frame. Usually refers to early short-wheelbase cars, and not usually to Altereds. In drag racing, also refers to the guardrail.
Rat: Big block Chevrolet engine.
Rat Rod: A style of classic vehicle that is typically left either unpainted (displaying rust) or in primer. Such vehicles are often intentionally built to look like they were put together with scrap or leftover parts of other vehicles or even common household items.
Rear End: Rear axle assembly.
Rebuilt: Often confused with “remanufactured” (and some rebuilders hock their wares as “remanufactured”). But, unlike remanufactured items, rebuilders typically only replace parts that have clearly worn out. Any parts that can be considered “serviceable” are put back into the assembly.
Remanufactured: Used parts (usually assemblies, such as starters, alternators, etc.) that have (or are supposed to have) been disassembled, inspected, and rebuilt using all new parts to replace any parts that typically wear out.
Repaint: A paint job that is applied over an existing paint job.
Replicar: A completed reproduction of an existing automotive design, usually sold only as a 100 percent completed car.
Reproduction: Parts that have been produced by aftermarket manufacturers – either using original tooling purchased from the OEM manufacturer, or made via their own tooling. Fit and quality can vary widely – especially when the original manufacturer’s tooling is not used.
Respray: A paint job that is applied over an existing paint job.
Resto-Mod: A style of classic auto where the restoration includes any number modifications from original.