Brack­etry 101

Hot Rod - - Thereturnroad - Ja­cob Davis Net­work Ed­i­tor @ja­co­bross­davis

There has been a lot of dis­cus­sion lately as to what the def­i­ni­tion of hot rod­ding is, and with good rea­son: We’re in a time where there are more av­enues to get into the car scene than ever be­fore. Prior to my jour­ney lead­ing me to write sto­ries and take pho­tos for a liv­ing, I worked as a me­chanic and fab­ri­ca­tor build­ing cus­tom cars. One day, I re­al­ized all we were do­ing was cre­at­ing brack­ets to at­tach com­po­nents that were never meant to be there on each ve­hi­cle we were build­ing. Swap­ping in a dif­fer­ent en­gine? Build a bracket. Bolt­ing in a dif­fer­ent rear axle? Build a bracket, and so the list goes on.

Hot rod­ding bro­ken down to its most ba­sic level is sim­ply the build­ing of brack­ets, and who­ever builds the nicest brack­ets builds the nicest hot rods. The sim­plic­ity of it stag­gered me at first, but ev­ery day I no­ticed I was just build­ing an­other bracket to make some­thing else work. To some peo­ple, a bracket can sim­ply be a well-placed zip tie, while oth­ers need the bracket to be laser-cut, CNC-bent, and TIG-welded to per­fec­tion. Quite frankly, they both get the job done, so who’s to say what is the right way and what is not? The im­por­tant part is that you get out in the garage and work on what­ever project you’ve de­cided to take on. So what bracket are you build­ing next?

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