Sinners Rat Rod, showcased at the 2021 SEMA Show, has truly pushed the boundaries of custom car design. This remarkable creation takes a 1930 Ford Model A and transforms it into a unique masterpiece with half tracks at the rear and a powerful 5.9 Cummins diesel engine.
The first thing that catches your eye is the intentionally rusty appearance. Although it may seem like this Ford is falling apart, it’s actually the result of meticulous craftsmanship. The car features extensive custom metal work, a chopped roof, drilled-out sections, and distinctive bullet-shaped bolts, even securing the steering wheel in place.
To preserve the rustic charm, the bare metal bodywork is coated with a clear protective layer. However, a subtle rust-flavored paint job is also evident, adding to its overall aesthetic. The graphics adorning the car, such as the German cross, skulls on the doors, and the Ouija board theme at the back with Baphomet, the goat of madness, embody the spirit of a classic rat rod. After all, a rat rod isn’t complete without a touch of the satanic!
While the attention is often drawn to the half-track setup at the rear, it’s easy to overlook what lies beneath the front exterior. Concealed behind an old truck grille is a massive 5.9-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, fitted with custom piping. The concept of “rolling coal” aligns perfectly with the devilish theme, adding an extra touch of infernal atmosphere.
A glimpse into the interior, as shown in ScottieDTV’s spotlight video at SEMA, reveals a cabin straight out of the Mad Max universe. The gear stick is a shotgun, and a giant fuel cell shares the space with the driver. Safety may not be the top priority in this creation, but it undeniably makes a bold statement about the builder’s vision and creativity.
However, it’s important to note that this extraordinary vehicle isn’t meant for everyday driving. Track swaps became a popular trend in the custom car world a few years ago, with enthusiasts upgrading their trucks. Westen Champlin and even Ken Block, with his Subaru WRX, experimented with similar setups. These half-track systems are designed to fit on a drive axle, but there are limitations on their speed capabilities. Pushing beyond those limits would inevitably result in the tracks falling apart.
Sinners Rat Rod has shattered the conventional norms of custom car design with its 1930 Ford Model A. It embodies the rebellious spirit of rat rods by combining unconventional elements such as half tracks, a powerful diesel engine, and a striking visual aesthetic. This truly one-of-a-kind creation showcases the builder’s daring imagination and stands as a testament to the limitless possibilities within the custom car community.