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Rat Rod Ford Model A Closed-Cab Pickup

A 1928 Ford Model A Closed-Cab Pickup, BMW V8 powered. This is a one of a kind, owned by a Belgian car-guy with a twist and a love for rust. The Rod is 100% built in the USA by Michael Burroughs of StanceWorks. Enjoy!

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Exterior:
The body of the truck is from a 1928 Ford Model A closed-cab pickup. When the body was bought, the top two inches of sheet metal, and the roof frame,
were missing. A new wooden roof frame was built, wrapped in weather-proof canvas, and mounted to the remaining sheet metal.
The cab is chopped, and the floor has been raised ~5 inches to channel it over the frame. The bed has been shortened,
and topped with a “tonneau cover” built with aged wood. The cover hinges up for access to all rear-end components and the 15-gallon fuel cell.
The nose panel of the truck was shortened, the hood was cut for room of the DOHC BMW engine, and the side panels were left alone,
and supported using the original hinge pins through the front. They do not hinge open as they did on the original truck.
The cab itself is not sealed, has plenty of gaps, no side or rear windows, etc. The bottoms of the doors are rusted through.
The underbody of the cab and the firewall are all shielded with proper high-temp reflective heat shielding.
The chassis is custom built, using 4×2 10ga box steel, which is realistically overkill for a truck this size.
The chassis has 6 cross-braces, and one triangulation brace underneath the cab. There are two driveshaft safety loops.
The wheelbase is the original measurement, and the frame’s total weight is around 150lbs.
The headlights are stock Model A components with new internals. The tail lights are classic BMW 2002 round tails, modified to fit.

Interior:
The interior is bare-bones and minimal. There are no gauges, except for a tachometer.
It is all bare metal, with two seats, and provision for a driver’s lap seat belt.
The windshield is shatter-proof lexan. The pedal assembly is a rally car pedal assembly – it is small for clearance purposes.
Due to the channeled floor and chopped top, interior room and visibility are very limited.
There are 5 switches for controls – lights, electronics, etc – and one starter button.
There is a master power switch on the cowl of the truck that cuts all power to everything.

Engine:
The engine is a 4.0-liter BMW V8 from a 1995 740iL. For the BMW savvy, it a desirable Ausil blocked engine.
It is run off of the factory BMW DME (ECU) which is housed, along with the truck’s fueses and relays,
inside of a waterproof box hidden behind the passenger footwell.
The engine is kept cool by a custom radiator and a pair of 7” electric fans which push 2200CFM.
The transmission is a Getrag 420 6-speed from behind a 2001 BMW M5, and it is using the stock M5 clutch and flywheel.
The shifter has been modified and uses the original Model A shift knob, and the shift pattern.
The driveshaft was made by Drivelines Inc in SoCal, and is a balanced, single-jointed slip-yoke shaft.
The rear axle is a Ford 8” rear end from a ’65 Mustang, standard Ford 5-lug pattern. It has been rebuilt with a brand new Yukon posi differential and 3.55 gear set.
She’ll spin both tires without hesitation.
The fuel system is a 15-gallon fuel cell, with a Walbro 255 fuel pump. Everything is routed with AN lines and fittings, braided hosing.

Suspension:
The front axle is a Magnum 5” drop axle, the front spring is a Posies Super Slide 2” drop reverse-eye spring.
The front spindles are one-piece drop forged 1928-1948 spindles, with hubs/rotors from Adams Rotors in standard Ford 5-lug pattern.
The front brakes are single-piston 69-77 Mid-Size GM calipers. The front wishbones were split and mounted to the frame on each side.
The rear suspension is an atypical triangulated 4-link with over-head mounted height-adjustable Competition Engineering springs and shocks.
The steering is comprised of a BMW 2002 steering box for cowl steering, mounted directly to the frame. From there, the linkages are standard.
The overall ride quality of the truck is great. It does not jar, shake, etc. It drives straight and true,
and you can easily let go of the wheel while driving without issue, even for long periods of time.

Wheel Specs:
The wheels and tires are custom-built set of BBS RS Motorsport wheels. The wheels were custom built to 17×4″ wide on all four corners,
wrapped in excelsior tires. The centers are 5×114.3 bolt pattern, and the centerbore was custom machined to match the hubs.
The wheels and tires are running Michelin tubes.

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4 Comments

  1. 24/01/2015 at 1:35 am

    Awesome photos.

  2. Drew
    24/01/2015 at 1:39 pm

    Mike Burroughs/StanceWorks needs to be credited for this build.

  3. Jeremy
    25/01/2015 at 1:35 am

    Owned but a Belgian car guy, hand built 100% in the USA by Michael Burroughs of StanceWorks. A parts list is cool but how on earth are you going to leave arguably the most important detail about the car out?

  4. B*A*M
    25/01/2015 at 1:36 pm

    Mike Burroughs build!