The 1947 Chevrolet Rat Rod you see here looks as if the builder fused together an Ariel Atom and old rust-bucket. While that isn’t the exact DNA of this machine, it is a Frankenstein build with parts coming from three different sources.
The body is a 1947 Chevrolet half-ton with a chopped cab. According to the eBay listing the cab was stripped down to bare metal and clear coated with a copper pearl. The powertrain is a 5.3L V8 out of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, and it’s backed by an automatic Turbo 400 transmission. A 1995 Mercury Cougar was picked apart and used as the rear frame, oddly, with an 8.8 independent rear suspension and 3.08 gears. The front frame comes from a 1995 S10, and features Bullstein drop spindles.
A Frankencar, indeed.
Other features of the rat rod include a crescent wrench shifter handle, drift hand-brake, removable steering wheel, racing seats with 4-point harness, a tachometer with integrated oil pressure and water temperature gauges, and a removable exhaust baffles for open headers. The seller gave the option to purchase the rat rod with either 2010 20-inch Camaro SS wheels, or AFCO racing wheels along with asphalt tires, four of which were the “Support the Troops” NASCAR versions.
The seller stated that this vehicle was built to drive, and is a year old with thousands of logged miles. It’s the victor of multiple car show trophies, burn out contests (iffy sales point), and won its class at an autocross event. We would certainly like to see what this thing could do, but for now it looks like the project Chevy will stay with its owner, as the car didn’t meet reserve. Hopefully we see this thing again, or even in our garage. Because wow.