Post by krassandbernie on Apr 30, 2020 10:22:03 GMT -5
Overall, I think it has more of a modern "Street Rodder" rat rod feel to it; but the photo I am posting here is clearly from back in the day of a truck with a very similar look minus the engine. We'll have to let others weigh in here; or Bob in particular. I'm not opposed to your truck; and do think it's neat; if not 'traditionally' traditional! LOL!
That's a good question. The guidelines say "...each model is built with the styling of the 1940s-1969. This means your model looks as if it could have been built up until 1969." So, presuming that the engine year is pre-1969, and it probably is, then it seems OK to me. Hot rodders were known for using whatever was available. Even if no one has built a rod with this engine in real life, I tend to favor the "...could have been built..." part of the guidelines. The multiple carbs and the headers really make it look traditional. I don't see this as any less appropriate than, say, a Lincoln V12 or similar engine.
I'm not comfortable with the super low pick-up bed, though. To me, that screams "rat rod." It is a "...could have been built..." pre-1969 thing but I associate it with a look that is too new for the traditional theme of this forum.
I'm not the one who decides, and I'm not saying whether I think this model is TRAKable. I'm just offering my opinions. It should be interesting to see comments from others.
While it does follow many of the elements of a Traditional Hot Rod. I think that it falls into the "Neo-Traditional" or even Rat Rod category in part due to a couple of its design elements. First the severe lowness of the bed coupled with the extreme Zee'ing of the rear frame horns. Second, not sure what the manufacture date of the V-12 (Ferrari ?) engine is, but it was not something I've seen in any of the Pre-1969 magazines and books documenting that period show.
Not to say that it couldn't have happened, I'm just saying that in my pretty extensive collection of Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, & various Little Pages I've not seen a Hot Rod running an "exotic" engine such as a V-12. I'm in agreement with Ed and Chepp, if it were a Hemi or Chevrolet engine and the extreme rear suspension modifications (frame horns higher than the bed rails), it would probably fit.