Car Spotlight>> Axle Draggers Ratrod Truck At Mooneyes

After attending the Mooneyes Christmas Party at Irwindale Speedway this past weekend, I think I discovered that I’ve become a big fan of super slammed lowboy rat rods; carefully planned and tastefully done of course. One of my favorite display vehicles from the show this weekend was definitely this rat rod truck, which was parked at the Cragar Wheels booth. This truck is part of the “Axle Draggers” crew, which is apparently from the South Side… of LA? Or SGV? Not sure. Wherever they’re from, the Axle Draggers defintely get my respect. For having a crew name that’s cool as hell, and for having awesome rat rods like this one in the crew!

Damn!!! Look at how low the body sits!!! Sick! Although I wish there was a bit more style put into painting the skull on the door, I thought it was only fitting that a truck like this would have a skull on the door… it looks like somewhat of a rusty steelcase coffin, with the area between the windows resembling an open wound with stitches! Bad ass! Look at the patina inside the car as well… dark and gloomy, with no view of the driver at all, just hands guiding the steering wheel…

In sharp contrast to the rusted out look of the body, I love the super clean, bright blue Cragar wheels and whitewall tires, especially with that matching air cleaner. Whoever built this rod has an awesome sense of style.

Damn!!! This rat rod truck just stood out from the crowd in my eyes. Look at all the cars in the background – they don’t capture my attention like this truck does!

The different shades of patina color on the truck’s body look super cool. They must have planned that carefully to get the right look. Isn’t it cool how the top of the rear tire is just about 1.5 inches below the top of the truck bed?! I love it!!!

I dunno if the single functioning brake light was intentional or not, but I think the owner of the truck should run two working brake lights, for safety! I hope the truck’s owner also finds a proper vintage license plate… they do have reproduction companies out there, that offer perfect reproductions of old school license plates! Then all you need to do is pay for a custom California license plate with the same number… they jailbirds will stamp out a brand new styled license plate with the same number as your old school plate… then you attach the old school plate to your car, and you’re all set!

I absolutely LOVE the Axle Draggers plaque hanging from the bottom of the bed, with chainlink! And the stitched “wounds” on the rear pillars… Awesome!

Here’s the front… I like the top mounted rearview mirrors on the doors… not sure if I like that grill though.

This ratrod truck just goes to show… a car or truck’s stance is extremely important, no matter what genre of vehicles you’re into. I absolutely love this truck. Much respect to the owner and the rest of the Axle Draggers crew! Who else agrees with me here? I think this thing is sooo incredibly bad ass!

-Antonio Alvendia

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Am i the only one that finds these things (i am not calling them cars) totaly retarded!


Lower than my s14, DAMN!


hehe... "mail"


I love these rats. I'm telling you guys, you need to make it out to Bonneville for Speed Week or World of Speed. It's the coolest biggest old hot rod car show on salt.

Agreed, stance is key. You can make any car look "cool" with the right stance and wheels.


damn, photo's are sickkk!


I want to build a crazy rat rod like this SO BAD.


I'm diggin' the blue steelies. Hey Antonio, If you like these cars you should check out Ol' Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe magazines, they are my favorite traditional/rat rod style cars and lead slead magazines. They have great coverage of all kinds of greasy car shows, rod features, music reviews etc.


you are not the only one that finds these things so horribly stupid and ugly


It it totally bad ass. I like the grill cause its weird. Real respect goes to those who drive these in the rain! While it rarely happens here in LA, I saw a Raw, Patina-ed rod in the rain yesterday. Not only scared of the acid rain on raw panels, I'm sure these cars aren't that "safe" iin the rain.

Sorry I missed this show. Looks awesome. Ever think of posting a schedule of the shows on the site so some of us can go to the shows also? Seems like you have your ears to the ground on all show/races etc etc.




god i love suicide rods, this is a great example, although I do agree with Antonio about the gril, the tractor grill..just doesn't fit. to STJ, this is what building cars is all about, these guys search for these parts, and handbuild all of this stuff, this is what car culture is all about, making a car your own, and you really can with these because you're literally building them from the ground up.


in that second picture... is it me or is that a cigarette butt right under the skull??? but damn that low



Cool thanks Bobberz, I'll check them out! Rod was just telling me about Car Kulture Deluxe the other day...

thanks for the compliments/comments guys!


love these real metal hotrods.


This is my current HOT ROD, I also built the crazy rat rod 34 sedan with the blower motor and the skull in the grill for bob duncan. I think it's pretty cool that you featured my creations on speed hunters.Oh by the way the rear axle is wider on the 34 anticipating much larger rear slicks for the track ( and I did replace the burned out drivers side stop lite bulb) P.S. the AXLE DRAGGERS are primarily a So. Cal group with members in Germany also, check out the site ( also if anyone wants a wild car built you can contact me at BANDIT CUSTOMS 310-704-1560 HOT ROD AL.


I love the fact the speedhunters is covering the hot rod scene. I love this style and scene more than anything.

If any of you ever have a chance to go to a show like this, or especially "Billetproof", by all means GO. You will have an absolutely AWESOME time.

Thank you Rod and Antonio!


Love these rediculous things. I want to build one some day.


I wanna see someone stretch some of those skinny old-school whitewalls. I can't even really picture how that would look!


that grill is a massey harris.this thought has crossed my mind in building.awsome


I love when people go with the blue instead of the red on their rats personally. Dig the skull on the doors as well.


if you dont like these old school hot rods than , your not a hot rodder