Nobody ever wants to be called fat, but a special place is reserved in the world of rodding for rotund rods, and nobody gets upset when you call their 1935-48 vehicles fat-fendered. The term comes from the bulbous styling of early vehicles that ended pretty much in 1949 when nearly all manufacturers switched to a decidedly "boxy" slab-sided design christened the shoebox by most enthusiasts.

While certain fat-fendered models, such as '36 and '40 Fords, have always been popular with rodders, today just about any make and model is fair play, and aftermarket suppliers have stepped up with pieces to make rodding all brands a possibility.

Fat fenders are gaining momentum because they can still be bought for a fairly reasonable price, and, once done, they're very comfortable to drive and have plenty of room for the family or fairground supplies. The prices are even better once you move away from the Fords and Chevys and start looking into the off-brands.

The fact that these rods have fat fenders helps keep the build costs down. There's no need for the budget-minded at-home builder to spend extra money on flashy suspension and chassis components because they're all out of sight. The money saved here can be put into the wheels and tires, bodywork and trim, or the interior. Their extra weight also makes them ride better in most cases and can give the passengers an added sense of security thanks to the mass of metal around them.

We've gone though and listed a few brief tips you should look for if you're starting your first fat-fendered project, as well as a list of suppliers we've had great experiences working with on our own projects. So embrace the fat and wear it proudly!

SOURCE
Art Morrison Enterprises
www.artmorrison.com
Flaming River
800 Poertner Dr.
Berea
OH  44017
N/A
4-40/-826-4488
www.flaming-river.com
Bob Drake
www.bobdrake.com
Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
111 Kerry Ln.
Wauconda
IL  60084
8-00/-841-8188
www.heidts.com
Chassis Engineering
P.O. Box 70
West Branch
IA  52358
3-19/-643-2645
Jim Weimer Rod Garage
Chevs of the '40s RB's Obsolete
Engineered Components inc. (ECI) Roadster Shop
EZ Boy Interiors
www.rodinteriors.com
Tanks Inc
Fatman Fabrications
704-545-0369
www.fatmanfab.com
Total Cost Involved
1416 W. Brooks St., Dept. SRM
Ontario
CA  91762