Occasionally life will surprise you, or this in case a rat rod. Many times someone will weld up a bunch of random crap, throw in a PBR keg tap handle, and call it a rat rod. Despite the negative connotations of rat rods, Chris Walker over at In The Weeds Hot Rods has put together a killer rat rod dubbed the Hulk Camino.
As the name states, this ’59 El Camino features a green patina exterior that is reminiscent of a Rob Zombie video. It is dark, powerful, and screams thanks to BDS topped blower motor. KDawgFilms produced a video documenting the natural habit of Hulk Camino, a tire destroying monster that runs on pump gas. As the video pans around the the Hulk Camino, viewers are treated to visual display of Chris Walker’s dreams. This machine displays a license plate which makes it legal for use on public roads in Minnesota, but it might be pushing the limits in states that are not as hot rod friendly.
Once the walk around is complete, an unknown driver (possibly Chris Walker of ITW Hot Rods) enters the vehicle. In the average El Camino one simply opens the door, but not with Hulk Camino; the driver and passenger enter by lifting up the hinged roof and stepping over the doors. It may not be conventional, but it is certainly cool.
Along with the custom entry option, with the Hulk Camino the driver fires up the blown engine and ratchets the B&M shifter into gear. The driver calmly guides the Hulk down the road and to the local gas station for a meal. As he lowers the tailgate to add fuel it is possible to catch sight of what appears to be a nitrous tank painted in a fitting Hulk green.
After the fill up, the beast is ready to show what it is capable of in regard to tire destruction. A montage of burnouts and driving footage featuring the unmistakable sound of a BDS blower delights viewers as the Hulk Camino returns to its home.
ITW Hot Rods’ website documents the humble beginnings of the ’59 El Camino. It shows the rusted remnants of what once was a car or truck – or whatever you consider an El Camino. As the shop is based in Minnesota, the years of snow, salted roads, and harsh conditions helped to create what appears to have been a considerable amount of cancerous rust.
Based on the shop photos, the cancer was cut out and metal work help to heal the old wounds. However, it appears that green patina started when the Hulk became a project car. As the build progressed a roll cage was added and along with more tubing to create a new stronger front end. Body work continued and slowly life crept back into classic car. Wheels were mocked up, body work continued, and eventually that wicked blower motor breathed life back into this machine. Based on the pictures, it appears this rat rod has traveled as far as the Las Vegas strip perhaps to attend the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly event.
Even if you have a bias toward rat rods, this El Camino may change your outlook. Walker is the creative genius behind many other builds at ITW Hot Rods, so check out their website for additional information.