This 1929 Ford Model A rat rod is Lot 369 at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. It was built on the television show Monster Garage by host Jesse James and a crew from the Texas School for the Deaf. If you aren’t familiar with the Discovery Channel show, it ran from 2002 to 2006 and was very influential in the automotive hobby. Not only was the show wildly popular, but it also helped cement host Jesse James as an icon in the industry and spawned a ton of merchandise sales as well. If you haven’t seen it, most of the episodes can be found on YouTube and they are pretty entertaining. Let’s check out more of this awesome rat!
Here you can see the interior, which is very sparse. Part of the shows “rules” were the teams had very limited parts budgets to work with. It was perfect for building a rat rod where less is more! The engine is a modest factory-new Chevrolet Performance 350 backed by a TCI 3-speed automatic transmission. The rear end is a Ford 9-inch with Currie axles.
One of the cool things about this build is the body is real steel and it sits on a “new” 1932 frame. You can see this car has a great look and was executed very well in a short amount of time. After filming the car was kept and driven by producer Thom Beers. The ad doesn’t say who the seller is, but hopefully, this car will bring a good sale price at the auction. Speaking of the auction, there are some other really cool rat rods at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Look for a feature very soon highlighting some of these rides!