Cummins Diesel Rat Rod Is a Killer Ride

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Don’t really know what you guys consider a rat rod, but the amount of work and details put into this truck here definitely moves it to the upper hot rod class for us. Yeah, it has a rusty shell, but everything else looks like it’s out of a swiss clockwork shop. Maybe we can call it a “hybrid”...
What you’ll be laying eyes upon here is JB Clegg’s rat rod made out of a 1929 sedan that got chopped into a truck and was one of the attractions at this year’s South Texas Performance Hot Rod Riot.

The front end comes from an Isuzu, which is quite unusual for this kind of American cult machine, while the rear end comes straight from a 1994 Dodge pickup and has big fat wheels taken off a hauler.

Everything else you see is custom metal work and paint that Clegg and his friends spent time on making. A truly impressive machine to look at, especially after discovering the reason why that huge pipe sticks out of the engine bay.

Surprise, it’s a diesel rat rod! Something that’s becoming quite popular in these days. Wonder when the first hybrid or electric rat rod’s going to show up. Imagine one doing a burnout with no engine noise or flaming exhausts. That’s going to be an eerie show.

This monster, however, packs a Cummins diesel fitted with a 62 mm Phat Shaf turbocharger which squeezes about 550 hp and hell-knows-how-much torque. Even so, the owner says it’s pretty hard to spin the rear wheels into a burnout.

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