Jay Leno checks out a wild rat rod truck

When most automotive fanatics see an attention-grabbing automobile 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 bins 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 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 operating 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, operating 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 most likely a couple of would need in a rat-rodded 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 colour and a lightweight clear coat have been added, preserving the patinated look whereas permitting the surfaces to age naturally. The truck was bought with out a mattress; the present mattress and tow rig have been fabricated.

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

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