Most types of custom cars follow certain guidelines from within the community. But not rat rods, where everything goes, from flamethrowers to Ferrari engines. However, I don’t think there’s ever been anything like what Sinners Rat Rod built and showcased at the 2021 SEMA Show, a 1930 Ford with 1/2 tracks at the back and a big diesel engine.
The rusty look is nothing new here. However, it probably took a lot of time to make this Ford Model A look like it’s falling apart when it’s actually not. There’s a lot of custom metal work here, a roof chop, some drilled-out sections, and the obligatory bullet-shaped bolts, which even hold the steering wheel in place.
The bare metal bodywork is treated with a clear coat to protect from corrosion, but it also appears to be a subtle rust-flavored paint job going on. The graphics are typical of a rat rod too, with the German cross and some skulls on the doors and a Ouija board theme at the back, capped by Baphomet, the goat of madness. It’s not a rat rod unless it’s also satanic!
With the half-track layout replacing the back wheels, it’s easy to miss what’s going on at the front. Behind what looks like an old truck grille sits a gigantic 5.9-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel engine with some custom piping. Rolling coal makes sense in the context of Satan and hell if you think about it.
The SEMA Show spotlight video from ScottieDTV also gives us glimpses of the interior, which looks like it’s from Mad Max. A shotgun serves as the gear stick, and the cabin is shared with a giant fuel cell. Nothing about this seems safe, but that’s clearly a statement its builder was willing to make.
And it’s not like you can daily-drive with those tracks. The custom car world went crazy for track swaps a couple of years back. It was a popular truck upgrade, so Westen Champlin had a lot of track content with his Raptor. Also, Ken Block did this to a few of his vehicles, including a Subaru WRX, if I remember correctly. The systems are designed to fit on a drive axle, but there are restrictions on what you can do with them. Past a certain speed, these will fall apart.