On The Lighter Side: Jay Leno's Encounter with a Unique 1948 Ford Rat Rod
Written by: Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious
Published August 18, 2023
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Jay Leno, renowned for his extensive automobile collection and vast driving experiences, is no stranger to rare and unique vehicles. Yet, even he was left astounded by the latest feature on "Jay Leno’s Garage" — a 1948 Ford F6 rat rod tow truck. Leno humorously comments, "This is what people will be driving on the last day of gasoline," emphasizing its raw, apocalyptic feel.
Proudly owned by Brett Gregory, CEO of the Circle G Movie Ranch, this distinct truck fuses three of his passions into one: the aesthetics of a rat rod, the nostalgia of a vintage tow truck, and the power of a blower motor. Leno jests at the audacious design, remarking, "So you’re ready to die." However, it's evident that the truck has been meticulously crafted with a keen eye for details.
Although its heart is a 1948 Ford, this rat rod borrows elements from multiple American auto legends. Beneath the iconic Ford exterior lies a Chevrolet 350-cubic-inch roller motor coupled with a Turbo 400 three-speed manual transmission, revealing its crossbred nature. With eclectic additions like '42 Chevy headlights, Dodge motorhome wheels, and '50 Pontiac running lights, this vehicle becomes an ode to various eras of American automobile craftsmanship.
Its modifications don't stop there. The roof's chop and the adjusted axle positioning create a stance that's bound to turn heads. Despite its altered appearance, Leno notes its authenticity, with much of its original 1948 spirit still intact.
The brainchild of Larry Mason and Ed West, the rat rod boasts of quirky features like a World War II compass for navigation, antique brass fire extinguishers, a concealed modern stereo system, and even a fuel tank cleverly hidden beneath an old-style gas can.
This F6, despite its license plates cheekily reading BADNUWZ, is a crowd-pleaser, as Leno observes. Gregory resonates with this, stating the immense attention and smiles the truck garners. It isn't just a vehicle; it's a conversation starter, a testament to automotive artistry, and a time capsule that beautifully amalgamates different eras.
In an age where vehicles lean towards homogenization, this 1948 Ford rat rod tow truck stands as a testament to the wonders of automotive imagination, history, and passion.
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