Ford V8 Rat Rod Pickup
“Rat Rods” are meant to be driven and enjoyed. While they may look incomplete or unfinished to the traditional observer, the rough exterior and gritty outlaw character are all part of the appeal. It is a very elemental hot rodding experience and one that has enjoyed a boom in the 2000s, of which this particular truck was at the forefront.
Its builder Rudy Rodriguez was featured in American Rodder in 1991 with a ’34 Coupe. While readers decried what they thought to be a “half done hot rod”, Rudy was well ahead of the curve. By 2002, when this truck was completed, it was certainly one of the first rat rods to receive attention in a major national hot rod magazine and helped kick off the rat rodding craze and sparked its own subculture of “bobber” or “Rudy” trucks, which now dot car shows and cruise nights nationwide.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
239 cu. in 1948 Ford Flathead V8 engine with Harrell intake manifold and twin Stromberg 97’s, Ford C4 automatic transmission, 1932 Ford dropped front axle, live rear axle with transverse mounted leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel