Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The D’s
Drag Plates: Metal plates that have a car club’s name and logo identifying the vehicle and its driver as a member of that club.
Dago: A dropped front-end.
Decked: Chrome details and trim removed from the trunk and smoothed over.
Deuce: 1932 Ford.
Digger: Drag racing slang for dragster.
Donor Car: A vehicle used to provide parts and hardware for another project vehicle.
Dropped: A significantly lowered vehicle.
Dual Quad: Two four-barrel carburetors.
Dutchman Panel: The metal body piece between the rear window and the trunk.
Duval Windshield: A split V-shaped raked chrome-plated windshield designed by George DuVall.
Daily Driver: A class of rating a car that is reliable enough for daily use, but may not hold up to the scrutiny you might expect to experience at a car show or even a car club. But, most daily drivers are great cars to enjoy driving without undue concern about getting a rock chip or door ding. Actually, a well-maintained daily driver can be more fun than a show car that you might be afraid to drive.
Drivetrain or Drive Train: The system of components that convert the engine’s rotation into movement. While opinions may differ as to what is included, we consider a powertrain to be composed of a clutch, transmission, driveshaft(s), differential and rear/front axle (or half shafts). On front wheel drive vehicles, there is no driveshaft.