1931 Dodge Rat Rod reaches finalist of 2022 Hot Wheels Legends Tour
Hot Wheels took the annual Legends Tour to Detroit, a city with one of America’s most vibrant car cultures, and the results don’t disappoint. The winner was a 1931 Dodge Rat Rod built by three members of the same family and powered by a twin-turbo Cummins engine. diesel oil engine.
While truck labeled as Dodge, we didn’t see much coming from the company’s parts bin. Hot Wheels explains that Jolene Smith, of Detroit, built the pickup from the ground up with her husband and son in their garage. It’s low, both in terms of ground clearance and height, and it’s built mostly of whatever piece of metal the family manages to get their hands on. The end result is a crew cabin truck with four hinged rear doors, small side windows and 20-inch Worx Off-Road wheels buried in the fenders.
The inside is just as wild as the outside. It’s built using materials sourced from local flea markets and hobby stores and it has an almost steakhouse vibe. There’s nothing stale about the engine, though: power comes from a 5.9-liter straight-six Cummins diesel equipped with two massive turbochargers and pipes big enough to shoot a grapefruit. The output of the motor is yet to be announced, but it can be very impressive. Also impressive is that the Smith family has put some 18,000 miles on the Rat Rod since its completion.
Alike everyone wins before (shown above), the 1931 Dodge Rat Rod will advance to the semi-finals of the Legend Tour scheduled for fall 2022. The winner will be immortalized at 1/64th, added Hot Wheels catalog, and sold around the world.