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Jay Leno checks out a wild rat rod truck

Jay Leno checks out a wild rat rod truck


When most automobile lovers see an fascinating car driving round, they take a photograph. When Jay Leno sees a automobile 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 needed 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 had 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 had 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 automobile changed the inventory inline-6. It is detuned, working 8-9 psi increase and 91 octane gas, which Gregory estimates is nice for 400-450 hp. He claims the engine is able to making as much as ps of increase which, with 114 octane racing gas, may enhance output into the 600-hp vary. However that is in all probability a couple of would need in a rat-rodded Nineteen Forties tow truck with bias-ply tires. 

The truck would possibly look well-used, however a few of that patina was created by spraying an answer of muriatic acid and water onto new components. Some shade and a lightweight clear coat had been added, preserving the patinated look whereas permitting the surfaces to age naturally. The truck was bought and not using a mattress; the present mattress and tow rig had 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 effectively.

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



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