This is what’s known as a rat rod – a hot rod-style car that’s designed to look unfinished, with deliberately rusted bodywork, weld spatter, and lowered bodywork so it looks as if there’s no suspension.
I designed and built it for my Extended Project Qualification because I’m set on becoming a car engineer and wanted to do something that would teach me some good skills.
To start, I acquired a chassis, engine and gearbox from an old Discovery 1. Then I bought a 1910 Ford Model T to use as the body.
To get it running, I had to replace the clutch system and the front brakes, build brake lines from scratch, make a new bulkhead and fabricate new brake, clutch and accelerator pedals – among many other jobs!
I was new to welding, so I consulted a professional welder and practised on off-cuts until I had built up some skills.
To lower the body enough I removed the springs and dampers on both axles, so the chassis is on the chassis bump stops. It’s not a permanent solution – I plan to fit air suspension soon…
My advice to anyone thinking of taking on such a project is that the skills, experience and satisfaction you gain more than justifies the time and effort spent on it.
Published in the March 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.