December 1, 2023


Power Of Engine

Jay Leno checks out a wild rat rod truck

2 min read

When most automotive lovers see an attention-grabbing car driving round, they take a photograph. When Jay Leno sees a automotive that will get his consideration, he invitations the proprietor to his storage.

This 1948 Ford F6 rat rod was noticed throughout a shoot on the Circle G Film Ranch in California. It is owned by Brett Gregory, the ranch’s CEO, who explains within the newest episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage” that this construct checked many packing containers for him. He wished a rat rod, a tow truck, and one thing with a supercharged engine—and ended up getting all three in a single customized truck.

The truck’s cartoonish proportions have been created by shifting the entrance axle ahead 24 inches, chopping the roof 5.0 inches, and modifying the rear of the chassis so the mattress sits decrease between the twin rear wheels. The wheels are wrapped in period-correct bias-ply tires, and have been taken from a Dodge RV, as was the Dana rear axle. The headlights are from a 1942 Chevrolet, and the truck sports activities rear working lights from a 1950 Pontiac.

A 350-cubic-inch Chevy V-8 with a Weiand 6-71 supercharger from a Vega race automotive changed the inventory inline-6. It is detuned, working 8-9 psi enhance and 91 octane gasoline, which Gregory estimates is sweet for 400-450 hp. He claims the engine is able to making as much as ps of enhance which, with 114 octane racing gasoline, might enhance output into the 600-hp vary. However that is in all probability multiple would need in a rat-rodded Nineteen Forties tow truck with bias-ply tires. 

The truck may look well-used, however a few of that patina was created by spraying an answer of muriatic acid and water onto new elements. Some coloration and a lightweight clear coat have been added, preserving the patinated look whereas permitting the surfaces to age naturally. The truck was bought with no mattress; the present mattress and tow rig have been fabricated.

The weathered theme carries over to the inside, however hides some fashionable conveniences. A contemporary audio system sits behind the inventory dashboard fascia, and there is a backup digicam as nicely.

A customized car ought to be distinctive, and with its eclectic assortment of elements, that is precisely what this Ford is.

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