Rat rods buck trends; that’s what they’re known for. What they lack in polished paint and refined interiors, they make up for in wild engineering ideas and world-class craftsmanship.
One such example is the “Smoky F1” built by Scotty Birdsall of Chuckles Garage in Santa Rosa, California. The truck is a totally different take on how to rebuild an old 1949 Ford truck, and the world is better for it. He recently brought it to the Hoonigan garage in Long Beach, California.
The Smoky F1 runs on a diesel engine – because of course it does – and a 5.9-liter Cummins at that. What’s crazy about it is the extreme amount of engineering that went into the build. “XZibit was my chief designer on this,” joked Scotty, referring to the compound turbocharger setup with multiple Bell intercoolers.
What’s not a joke, however, is the 106 pounds of boost at the plenum. All of that airflow charging through the motor translates to about 1,200 horsepower and 2,000 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.
But that’s not all. Scotty can flip a switch and get another 375 horsepower whenever he wants. That’s thanks to the installed Nitrous Express nitrous system.
“With this kind of torque and power, you’ve got to have a full-tube frame race car, so there’s nothing 1949 Ford left,” commented Scott.
The video concludes with Birdsall doing the rite of Hoonigan passage. The guys do him the favor of trading out his Toyos for some worn-out rubber, and Scott gets down to business.