Though some may fall into the category of "they're so ugly, only their mother could love them," others are just vehicles not a lot of people think about turning into a hot rod. We're talking about Odd Rods-the misfits of motoring.

Ford-based rodding is certainly the norm in the West and it seems the farther east you travel, you see more of a variation of makes and marques. Maybe non-standard rods are easier to come by, and they are almost always cheaper than what's popular in the moment, but whatever the reason for their existence, it most certainly takes a good imagination to go where very few have ever gone before.

Hot rodding an old Plymouth is nothing new (many were converted into drag cars), nor is building up a Rambler wagon (there have been a few, including one that won the Don Ridler Memorial Award at the Detroit Autorama a couple of years ago).

But the only way to judge whether or not someone nailed the concept is by the finished product, and we offer up two examples of the correct formula: Bob Rosencrants' '49 Plymouth coupe and LuAnn Lesher's '60 Rambler wagon. A large portion of getting it right has got to be attitude and, though it's accomplished by various means, the result is always the same: you wish you'd built it yourself.

Recycled Metal
Bob Rosencrants'
1949 Plymouth Business Coupe