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If you're not familiar with the "rat rod" phenomenon, you've been living under a rock for the past decade. I know true rodders hat the term rat rod, but how else do you describe something like this 1934 Chevrolet pickup truck? With pieces and parts from all kinds of different places, plus fresh mechanicals underneath, it's got patina and performance in equal measure.
What color is it? Well, I don't know. Is rust a color? It's legitimate patina and the look is purely intentional, but you already knew that or else you wouldn't be looking at it. The cab is '34 Chevy, but if you've got sharp eyes, you'll also spot a 1935 Ford truck grille shell, a modified and narrowed bed, and components from two or three dozen different sources. It's actually a lot better built than it appears at first glance, which is completely the point, and for a rat rod, it's actually a lot more functional than most. In truth, there's no major structural rust, it's all for show, and it looks as though the body wasn't twisted and wrecked before construction started and they finished thing things that most guys building vehicles like this just never quite get around to doing. For example, there's a floor in the bed, headlights, cab lights, and mirrors, and a full exhaust system that's both a styling element and a necessary evil. The more you look, the cooler this truck gets.
The interior has the same "use what you can find" look, starting with a set of mesh office chairs as bucket seats, and they're really quite comfortable. The crude look belies a comfortable driving position and with the mix-up of parts, it actually looks pretty cool. A big steering wheel is suitable for a truck and includes an accessory "suicide knob" for an old-school twist, and all of the factory gauges are functional, which is a real shocker. A modern Equus temperature gauge helps keep a more accurate eye on the engine's operation, but otherwise there's not much inside this truck that can be considered "new." The stubby shifter has an old-school look, there's a turn signal controller from the '50s bolted to the side of the steering column, and there's a "big foot" accelerator pedal to add some fun. The floor is a rubber mat, but that's all part of the charm and the minimalist atmosphere.
With a big block 402 cubic inch Chevy V8 up front, performance is beyond entertaining. It keeps to the unfinished look, but it runs like it was just finished thanks to a vintage Offenhauser manifold and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor. In fact, the whole chassis was built from scratch and most of the components are new, and there are a few pretty trick details. The block was intentionally left scabby to work with the rat rod look and the fabricated headers are uncoated to accelerate the aging process and enhance their look. The driveshaft-mounted alternator is an especially neat trick, but you'll also note a properly built frame, a new TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, and a full brake system from Speedway Motors, critical for safety. The rear suspension is a 4-link setup with a Ford 9-inch axle and 3.00 gears, so it's easy to drive and not at all high-strung. And the traditional big-n-little wheel combination involves new painted steelies and 215/70/14 front and 31x16.5-15 Hosier Pro Street radials.
A cool illusion, because this truck has a lot of new stuff underneath. If you like the look, you'll love the polished road manners on this trick pickup. Call today!
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