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Friday, September 5, 2014

820HP Chevrolet Pickup Rat Rod is Here to Terrify the Neighborhood


Back in 1947, this Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck passed through a dealership’s doors and embarked upon a lifetime of hard work and faithful service. It’s only fitting that now – having been reborn – it can live life with a bit more of a devious slant.

Like the ‘rat rod’ look? You’re in luck — this Chevy 3100 is up for sale at RK Motors Charlotte.


Somewhere along the fossil history of the aged pickup, someone decided not to restore this truck and instead created something a bit more devilish. Look beyond the rough and bruised body and you’ll find a rat rod that can beat…well…practically anything.

This 3100 pulls power from a race-proven Richard Childress Sprint Cup 358ci V8, which chucks out a mind-melting 820-horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.

 The engine shuttles power through a NASCAR approved EMCO four-speed manual gearbox to a Winters quick-change rear axle, and just to make sure it isn’t starved of vital fluids, the V8 sips from a racing-spec fuel tank and features a high-flow dry sump oil system out back.

While we don’t have any quarter mile or zero to 60 times, the truck’s previous owner claims the Chevy has notched over 160mph on track at Virginia International Raceway. And yes, that’s a spittoon-turned-air-filter bursting through the hood.

Underneath, the Chevrolet features a custom-built frame, which wouldn’t look out of place on a modern Cup car, as well as four-wheel disc brakes and an adjustable coil-over front and rear suspension.


Best of all, it’s 100-percent street legal. With that performance and those looks, why drive anything else? Take this ‘ol 1947 Chevrolet home for a cool $79,900.