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Exposed exhaust pipes with block- off plates that will divert exhaust back through the mufflers—for when the cops might be around.
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Originally a term to describe a hot rod modified for racing on dry lake beds, lakesters evolved into a specific, streamlined class of cars with exposed wheels.
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Exhaust headers that end near the cowl to allow exhaust to exit near the front edge of the door. They often include a bypass to route exhaust under the car through mufflers.of the door.
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A customized car with significant body modifications, in the old days incorporating lots of lead filler to smooth the seams. Often chopped and sectioned, the archetypal lead sled is a 1949–51 Mercury.
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A fenderless hot rod that’s channeled over the frame, as opposed to a highboy.
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A highly custom- ized lowered car, typically from the 1960s to the ’80s, with intricate paint graphics, an abundance of chrome, and an adjust- able suspension—either air or hydraulic.
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