1928 Ford Model A Pickup Powered By a BMW V-8
Low-Slung Truck Rod Gets Bavarian Heart Transplant
Early-vintage trucks have become more popular as candidates for restorations or the basis of custom rods, even as so-called "rat rods" that are deliberately not pristinely restored to preserve some of that gritty rebellious attitude that defined the early days of hot-rodding. The formula for truck rods is much the same as the highboy roadsters, namely, vintage Ford body, and Chevrolet V-8 power.
But Mike Burroughs, editor-and-chief of custom auto site Stanceworks, wanted to break out of convention with his one-of-a-kind restomod of a 1928 Ford Model A pickup. The truck follows the basic hot-rod formula by being powered with a V-8 engine, but there's not much else that follows hot-rodding convention with this project.
Instead of the usual Chevy or Ford small-block, Burroughs' truck is powered by a BMW M60 4.0-liter V-8 out of a 1995 740i sedan. Producing close to an estimated 300 hp and an equal amount of torque, the Bavarian bent-eight has no problem motivating the truck's less than 2000 pounds. Adding to the truck's thrill factor is its ultra-low ride height, barely 2 inches off the ground, which is exactly what Burroughs was aiming for.
Click on the link below for a video showing the awesome classic Ford truck rod in action, but be advised the soundtrack to the video contains some adult language.