US Army Rat Rod stealing the spotlight at Hot Rod Riot 2015!

Custom US Army Rat RodUS Army Rat Rod stealing the spotlight at Hot Rod Riot 2015! This custom Rat Rod has guns instead of fenders! Darrik Hooper from Carthage, Texas started his project with only the cab that he bought at Pate Swap Meet in Fort Worth. He was told it was a 1940’s model when he bought it, but once he got it home, the main plate showed the make and model: Ford G8T date of delivery: 7-7-43. So, when he started working on this 1943 Ford, he decided to go big and build something spectacular.

Custom US Army Rat Rod with guns instead of fenders!

Custom US Army Rat Rod

It’s suffice to say that he succeeded in his intention. The radiator overflow is an old canteen, the shift knob an old hand grenade. He used destroyer headlights with blackout pods and old jeep tail lights. The fronts are military jeep tires, and the rears are 20″ spare tire rims from a 2010 Dodge flipped around and mounted backwards. The battery is housed inside some old ammo boxes, as well as lots of other military accents. Of them, his favorite is the lettered significant dates, battles and events from WWII on the doors. He also paid tribute to some family members and friends that served in the war and listed their battalion numbers. There are guns instead of fenders, but fortunately, they’re not functional 🙂

Darrik built the blower motor himself and it turns out 700+ hp. All totaled, he spent about 16 months on the build. Check out this patriotic ride featuring a 460ci engine and 671 blower in the video below and tell us what you think of this hand built custom US Army Rat Rod!