Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – Supplement
5-Footer: A car/truck that looks good (few, if any, flaws visible) when viewed from 5 feet away or further.
7-Day Wonder: Refers to cars that were restored in just 7 days – as on a popular reality television show. While that show worked wonders to bring the hobby and profession of classic auto restoration into the homes of millions, it did many of us professional restorers a great disservice by creating unrealistic expectations in the minds of potential clients. It is certainly possible to restore a vehicle in seven days – if you have a crew of 20+ people attacking it 24-hours a day and the top parts and components suppliers eagerly waiting to drop off whatever you need at a moment’s notice so they can get some exposure. But, in the real world, the “crews” working on a restoration range from an individual to a small handful of people. And, sourcing parts is a much more involved and time-consuming operation. Lastly, since most body fillers and primer products require days – if not weeks – to fully cure, a quality body/paint job that will still look great a year or more down the road just can’t be done in less than several weeks’ time.
10-Footer: A car/truck that looks good (few, if any, flaws visible) when viewed from 10 feet away or further.
20-Footer: A car/truck that looks good (few, if any, flaws visible) when viewed from 20 feet away or further.
Adjustment Tool: Any tool, item or device that is used to adjust or “persuade” parts into proper position or alignment. Various types are specified below.
Air Compressor: A machine that takes energy produced in a power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into compressed air that travels by hose to a Chicago Pneumatic impact wrench that grips rusty suspension bolts last tightened 40 years ago and rounds them off.
Electric Hand Drill: Normally used for spinning steel POP rivets in their holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling roll bar mounting holes in the floor of a sports car just above the brake line that goes to the rear axle.
Micro-Fine Precision Adjustment Tool: Large hammer – or small sledge hammer.
Nudger: Palm of the hand.
Precision Adjustment Tool: Standard hammer.
Subatomic Particle-Accelerating Precision Adjustment Tool: Large (10+ lb) sledge hammer.