The origins of rat rodding are disputed, but one of the earliest examples is often credited to Jim “Jake” Jacobs, whose “Jakelopy” brought quick and vast attention at a Goodguys Pleasanton event back in the late 80s. His piecemeal monstrosity consisted of parts from both Ford and Chevy, ranging from the late 20s to the late 30s, and had yet to be painted when he arrived at the show proper. Nonetheless, it attracted plenty of attention from folks tired of seeing the typical gleaming, metalflake beauties that often appeared at these events.
Rat rods, you see, combine the artistic statement and eye-catching oddity all in one. They represent a change of pace, a different take on a familiar idea–getting back to the roots of the hot rodding culture that had been evolving since the 1920s.
The same could be said of the patchwork dually diesel rat rod we have for you today, as seen in the above video. Owned by Manny Gonzalez and Preston Wagner out of Kerrville, Texas, the spray-painted, powerhouse Chevy truck is a fitting example of the rat rod mindset.
A Datsun steering wheel, scissor doors inspired by Lamborghini, Chevy dually frame, Perkins diesel motor, 10.5-inch axles, ’39 Ford grille, a tool chest that uses a Holley valve cover as the lid–it all screams rat rod and it’s easy to see why the guys are so darn proud of it.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way of finding out more about this particular low-slung Chevy. But it’s got the look and style down pat–another video upload in the near future wouldn’t surprise us, and we’d sure like to see it perform a few stunts on the blacktop.