At Chrometech we are getting ready for a Hot rod show and the Auto salon. We have chrome-plated several fibreglass grills, plastic grills, Honda grills, Commodore badges, Chevrolet badges, gold-plated badges for RX3 (FOR
(Photo is from a fiberglass belonging to a Hot rod)
I wonder why they call a Hot rod a Hot rod. I looked up on Wikipedia and found the following information.
“Hot rods are typically American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. Nobody knows for sure the origin of the term "hot rod." One explanation is that the term is a contraction of "hot roadster," meaning a roadster that was modified for speed. Another explanation is that the mufflers were exposed and thus there was a "hot rod" or hot muffler neck when the vehicle was running. Open roadsters were the cars of choice to modify because they were light. Hot Rod may also refer to the connecting rods, cam, or pushrods inside the engine or to the exposed frame rails of such an automobile. It has also been noted that burning out the connecting rod bearings was a very common failure mode for souped up four-cylinder Fords, particularly the Model T, and "hot rod" could refer to that phenomenon. It was adopted in the 1930s or 1940s as the name of a car that had been "hopped up" by modifying the engine in various ways to achieve higher performance.The term can also apply to other items that are "souped up" for a particular purpose, such as "hot-rodded amplifier".”
Anyway I thought that that was interesting. Besides Chrome-plating plastic car parts, we are busy Chromeplating MTV awards.