At last year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, fans of the rat rod culture got quite a dose of a Steampunk/Mad Max mixture that blew them away all thanks to Kenny Hauk of Haük Designs. As an outfitter for Jeeps, Hauk Designs works to enhance the off-road capability of the Wrangler, which actually appears to be an understatement for this monster.
Dubbed the Rock Rat, the build is based off a 1947 Willy’s CJ2A body that’s clearly been chopped and stretched into the beast before you. And, of course, since this apocalyptic Jeep had plans to romp around in the desert Kenny knew it had to host a diesel engine to power the whole project. So what he got was an old 12V from a school bus that he and the good people over at Industrial Injections and Turbonetics tuned up. Now, the Rock Rat boasts over 700hp and 1,200 ft.-lb of torque.
The beast also hosts 44” Pit Bull Tires on B.A.D Beadlock wheels, custom HID Projector headlights with etched skull logos, repurposed safety glass from an old house for the windshield, a shifter made from a 1960s fire truck pump handle, and a Kicker Audio system embedded in the wormy maple wood interior. And with such a powerful and piecemeal project, we have yet to find a more realistic off-road apocalyptic ride.