The front half is mean. The rear half is business. The whole car means business.
About this creation
The Hob Rod is quite a monstrosity in the hot rod world - long pickup truck from the '30s, now with blown engine and a channeled, chopped and slanted body with door panels and roof mounted at a *slight* angle - the actual pickoupé in a premium size!
Crafted to handle the infamous salt flats races at Bonneville Speedway. This orange gas guzzler is powered by a supercharged twin carb V6 engine that is tad too big... Wait, no. There is no such thing as a "too big" engine when dealing with hot rods, is it? Torque is what matters.
She is a classic example of a hot rod touched by the kustom kulture, with classic elements as an overpowered engine plant, suicide doors, decorative elements and generous (well, in this case, 'extreme' is the better word) chopping.
► mountain V6 cammer engine with moving pistons and Iron Cross-decorated cylinder heads
► blower with rotating pulley* + Enderle-style bugcatcher & twin carburetor + external tachometer and oil pressure gauge
► radiator with a tiny-tiny puke can + a set of headers and classy exhausts
► working differential and transmission
► 30's classic link steering connected to steering wheel and a HOG (all featuring an intricate steering vs. transmission bypass system)
► detailed cockpit with a steering wheel, dashboard, custom skull-shaped gear shifter and comfy channeled couch for two
► slanted roof and roomy bed for that pickoupé feeling everybody desires
► locking, rear hinged "suicide" doors with shaved handles and slanted edges
► exposed suicide front axle + wide, leaf spring-suspended rear axle for perfect control at salt flats
► rolled pan rear bumper and a club plaque
Front quarter view.
The Hob Rod's not the best at cornering. But you ain't gonna find corners at salt flats anyway.
Front quarter view.
Featuring the open, reinforced "suicide" doors.
Rear quarter view.
Featuring the slanted, chopped roof and wide, solid rear suspension.
Good look at the bulky supercharged twin carb V6. Given the size of a whole vehicle, one could see this thing is monstrous and would run a small torpedo boat. A small puke can is added in the front.
It was a pickup truck back in the '30s. Now it carries only air... as long as said air is not too scared.
The hot-rodder had the cockpit cut out, hacked, chopped and channeled and then he installed if back with some parts of it at an angle and some scrap metal welded in the back to give the Hob Rod her distinctive aggressive look.
The hacked pickoupé roof provides little to none rear visibility with only a minor cutaway vertical window, but what you leave behind, you leave behind for good.
Raw cockpit features the steering wheel (duh!), light switch, speedometer, fuel level gauge, carb regulation and tasteful, skull-adorned gear shifter. Outside the cockpit, on the engine mount, a tach and pressure gauge can be seen, next to the engine's overdrive warning light.
Started as a simple mod of 42022 - the plan was only to put a differential in it. Welp. It ended with a lot of loose parts ordered on-line and now is a total and extreme remodeling, leaving virtually nothing untampered.
LDD model included, respecting your ability to assemble the 4 separate modules into one (actually, LDD has a kink that disallows connecting the whole thing together and the building guide mode would mess things up even more).
I just realized the differential is inserted in a way that the crankshaft rotates the supercharger to suck the air out of the intake manifold instead of sucking it in. Actually, the supercharger's pulley is on the wrong side, as most Roots-type superchargers have it on the left (seen from the cockpit). Will fix that in the 3D model in about 10 hours when I'll be back home, but won't upload new pictures. :)
Quoting Damon Corso
Great stuff, i like how it seems like a hot rod from the front and just BAM its a pickup too!
I'm a huge fan of both hot rod pickups (like Model A, Model T or V8 pickup versions) and Utility Coupés (like Chevy El Camino or Ford Ranchero) which are half mean and half business and fully mean business, so I decided to create a pickoupé Hot Rod. The idea was to make it look like it was chopped (had the roof columns shortened) and when I got stuck with the roof concept, something told me: "dude, try simplest way around - add the big panels at an angle!". And it worked quite well with the slanted door - it looks like the hot rodder had the cockpit removed, shaved and inserted back at an angle :)
Thanks for the comment and the like :)