Car Spotlight>> Steam Punked Model A

It's likely that Henry Ford would roll over in his grave, if he could see what people were doing to his beloved Model As. It makes you wonder what people will be doing to Honda Civic shells eighty years from now. Transformed into flying cars? Recycling bins? Teleportation pods?

This 1930 Model A sedan has been so severely recreated as a zombified Hot Rod, it's hard to see much of the original machine. But I think this is the appeal! It's a great example of the Steam Punk styled creativity we're still seeing in the untraditional Hot Rod scene. 

Check out how low it sits next to the waist-line of the onlooker! Interestingly the '30 uses air ride to achieve its ground-scraping stance… It's not a set up you normally see on hot rods.

Here's a snap of the black glossy steels wrapped with classic Coker white walls. Pure class.

Powering the Model A is a freshly built 355 small block, breathing through a pair of CFM Holley carbs. If I were to be critical, I'm not a fan of the modern looking ignition… 

Also notice the gusseting on the frame rails. It's a nice detail theme which is repeated across the car.

The Patina finish sits under a layer of clear coat, giving an interesting sheen to the visual texture. It's an unexpected combination of elements: shine and grime.

No effort has been made to cover up the metal work used to sink in those Cadillac tail-lights. It's all part of the visual style. The cut lines from the chop have also been left unpainted.

Looking at the Mickey Thompson cheater slicks reveals that this Rod appears to be largely unused. In fact it's a going to be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in January 2012.

The interior has been entirely constructed from 16 gauge sheet metal. It's perhaps not so safe in the event of a car accident, but it's the inherit anti-health & safety aspect of this car which carries the appeal.

This Steam Punk-mobile is the exact opposite to all the shiny, high dollar PR cars that fills the halls of SEMA, and it's exactly why I've chosen to spotlight it for you :) Dare to be different!

BTW any other ideas for usages of Honda Civic shells in the year 2100?

:Rod Chong

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Absolutely brlliant, one of the best looking hot rods I've ever seen! PS as for the toyota prius, it will make a better recycling bin than a car


first picture says it all. these old sedans have such gorgeous rear shapes.


"Drive-able Work of Art"? Um, with a ground clearance of nil, it'll be lucky to find a race track to run around on.


Article says it's on air ride so ground clearance can be changed.


The fact that this thing is a trailer queen and will be sold an an auction for rich guys goes against everything rat rods stand for. Poser.


Wallpaper please! I want to stare at this thing all day.....


Amazing tuning! Really nice!


Top 100 list of things I like about Speedhunters reason #23: Seeing something I wouldn't go looking for myself. This car was a perfect example of something that isn't at all my style, something I'd never google search for but really interesting to look at. Nice job Speedhunters keep it up.


One of the best looking rides at SEMA period!


Car is sweet, but steampunk it isn't... being neither steam powered, nor remotely victorian looking.


The points-style ignition isn't really that modern though.


Not my cup of tea. It is different though!


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


There's a big difference between "steam punk" and "making a car look like shit on purpose"

If the distributor and plug wires were "patinated" would that be more agreeable? Or maybe the electric fan shroud as well?



lulz learn to proofread


That car was built by Slaughter House Customs in Indiana!!! not by Joel Baker whoever!! pretty ballsy claiming that you built something like that which you really had no part in.


We recently received an email from Daryl Scott, a photographer Seymour, Indiana correcting a recently published story on the "Steam Punked" hot rod I recently shot at SEMA. It turns out that I had incorrectly credited my favourite SEMA 2011