Rat Rod Frankenstein: 1947 Chevy Pickup with 505 HP Ford Diesel V8

We think we may have found the American version of Frankenstein - this is precisely what the four-wheeled contraption in the adjacent video looks like. To put it shortly, we are talking about a blasphemous 1947 Chevy pickup with a Ford Power Stroke Diesel.
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This car makes us realize how many things we take for granted with our everyday vehicles - not one panel is in its original conditions, with the changes being split between customization work and rust. Still, it all looks attractive in a weird manner.

Perhaps its the manual labor required to open the window or those 8-inch exhaust pipes behind the cab. The agricultural sound is still there though.

As for what goes on under the hood, which is manually removable, by the way, the story is pretty black. Literally. Power comes from a 1996 Ford Power Stroke diesel, which was convinced to climb up to 42 lbs of boost.

This custom piece of machine now delivers 505 hp and a tire-tearing 885 lb-ft (1,200 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels. To cope with all that torque, the truck features a ceramic clutch for its ZF-5 manual transmission. Oh and let’s not forget the short-throw system.

The barn engineering means the thing isn’t particularly fast for its specs, pulling 14s quarter mile runs. Nonetheless, it looks like a ton of fun. Oh and according to its owner, that diesel power means you get an average of 21 mpg (11.2 liters per 100 km). While towing stuff.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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