A great rat rod is all about an unashamed performance appearance
with secret cool rewards hidden throughout, and this 1930 Ford does
it perfectly. More than just a slammed outlaw presentation, you
have great details like four-wheel disc brakes and a custom
interior that keeps you in the middle of the action.
This Ford has an industrial toughness that cannot be denied. You see in how the body still shows the marks from where it was chopped, and also where it was channeled over the frame to give it that ultra-low look. Everything on this rat rod is done with a bit of a hidden purpose. For example, the roof might look like it has the classic vinyl top that came on the Model As, but unlike those factory cars, it also snaps away in case you want to be open to the world. The radiator has been relocated to the rear so that there's nothing that gets in the way of looking at that monster motor. Even those whitewalls are hiding a wide rubber with a modern tread. It all adds up to that perfectly patina package that looks fresh from a barn until people see all the hard work done in the details.
Open the door, and the full rat rod experience continues. There are Southwest-style tapestries on the doors, stickers on the dash, and a nation's worth of license plates covering the floor. Sitting low on the floor cushions and grabbing the tall gearstick will instantly make you feel like the Rat Fink. That's why this will always make a very charismatic first impression. But once again, take a moment to look at the details to find the really cool stuff. Since the driveshaft had to be routed through the custom center hub, they decided to put it on display. So there's a switch that will actually illuminate this center section that you and your passenger can marvel at the driveshaft while you drive.
We know you've been staring at that motor, and so will everyone else. It's a 350 cubic-inch V8 with enhancements like a Edelbrock Performer intake and an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor that's fed by the attention-commanding industrial stack. The wrapped headers add even more power, but really, we know you love them because they create a thundering sound from being cut out early by the frame line. What you don't really see is all the extra plumbing that had to be run inside the custom frame so that the radiator and electric fan could be relocated to the rear. People might not pick up on the hard work that goes into this important detail at first. But they instantly recognize how cool it is to have an unparalleled view of the V8 that they don't even get on shining big money hot rods. This is a genuine driver thanks to upgrades like the three-speed automatic transmission and coilover rear suspension. Plus, when you add four-wheel disc brakes to aforementioned modern tires, you soon see that this rough-looking rat rod is much more capable than people might think.
Complete with the build receipts, the consignor says that the is only about 500 miles on this thoughtful brute. So you know you've already fallen in love/lust with the idea of being the bad boy, especially since it's at such a nice price. Call today!!!
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