Video: Detroit Diesel Rat Rod

David Kirk’s 1940s Ford Coupe has been chopped, dropped, and narrowed in true hod-rodder fashion. The Rusty body is full of character and is sure to ruffle the feathers of purists everywhere, just how a rat rod should. The open wheel rear end appears to be the result of some chop work, the fenders were eliminated and flat plate fills the otherwise empty wheel wells. The front end features a solid beam suspension for that uniquely terrifying handling experience hot-rodders everywhere love. An open cowl shows the powerplant, and a brass radiator is retro-cool.

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Keeping with the diesel aesthetic, the wheels and tires are straight big rig, and are the only chrome visible on this beast. The interior is sparse and rough. A custom chain steering wheel gives the surely rough-handed driver something equally rough to hold on to while rolling this Ford down the road.

Modern sport bucket seats are the only comfort this car has going for it, but we’re surprised it even has that. The Detroit Diesel V8 is the star of this vehicle, growling through straight pipes exiting at a steep upward angle like a 1960s chopper. The post apocalyptic style of this build is the hip trend in rat rods and lends its own individual style to the huge movement. This car would look at home zooming across a lake bed, in an action movie.

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The diesel V8 powering this rat rod growls with the best of them!

This rat rod, stenciled “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” is a monument to American metal, power, and creativity.

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Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson comes from an eclectic background of technical and creative disciplines. His first racing love can be found in the deserts of Baja California. In 2012 he won the SCORE Baja 1000 driving solo from Ensenada to La Paz in an aircooled VW. Trevor is engaged with hands-on skill sets such as fabrication and engine building, but also the theoretical discussion of design and technology. Trevor has a private pilot's license and is pursuing an MFA in fine art - specifically researching the aesthetics of machines, high performance materials and their social importance to enthusiast culture.
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