Traditional hot rods are where everything we do ultimately came from. While hot rodding may find a lot of its roots on the west coast, the east coast was super influential in the hot rodding and custom car culture as well. And while there are a ton of things that you will find to be more “east coast” vs “west coast”, once you see them you’ll recognize one over the other right away. In this video here, Matt from Iron Trap Garage is going to use one of his personal hot rods to give the lesson on what makes an east coast hot rod an east coast hot rod.
One of the biggest differences is the channeling that was done on these cars, and I love it. On the west coast they tended to chop the top and on the east coast they tended to cut out the floor and channel them. One thing I’ve never heard anyone talk about is the fact that this may have been more out of necessity than one might think. I mean, wouldn’t these east coast cars have had rust issues that would have been easier to just cut out? Hmmmm
Matt’s Pagoda City Coupe is a bare bones hot rod styled as an early east coast traditional hot rod. Matt gives us an in depth look at his 1930 Model A hot rod and all the parts he used to build it.