Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The F’s
Fade-Always: Fenders that taper back into the body.
Fat Fendered: Fords built between 1935 and 1948 that were wide and rounded in appearance.
Fencer’s Mask: A term used to describe early radiator grills that look like the mask a fencer uses.
Fender Skirts: Body panels that cover the rear wheel wells.
Filled Roof: A roof that has a welded steel panel instead of the original wood-and-fabric insert.
Fixed Head Coupe: A hardtop coupe.
Flathead: An L-head or side-valve engine, including the highly popular Ford Flathead built between 1932 and 1953.
Flamethrowers: Tailpipes that shoot flames (unburnt gas).
Flat Rate: A method of charging for shop labor based on what a “flat-rate manual” states are the number of hours required to complete a specific task. While these are great for cars that are 10-years old or less, when you’re working on vehicles that are 30-60 years old, there’s no way to know how difficult it will actually be to disassemble, clean and reassemble the components involved in the job. Also, work done by prior mechanics is always a big variable and we’ve seen some “repairs” that have more-than doubled the amount of time required to do a job.
Flatty: Flathead engine (usually refers to a Ford; when specified, the Mercury-built model).