Any fabricators in the automotive industry know that in order to make a name for yourself, you must merge innovation with inventiveness. Now, pepper that combination with a bit of post-apocalyptic aesthetic and you get this Trophy Rat hot rod pickup, thanks to the minds over at Northrup Fab. Let the drooling commence.
The build began as a blown 5.7L GM LS6 aluminum-block V-8 engine and a 1937 International pickup the fabricators at Northup were eyeing out for some time. In reality, the only thing from the International that was salvaged were its classic panels, now used to encase its new metal frame. The result is an A-Arm independent front suspension, controlled by custom-valved 2.5 King coilovers that provide the Trophy Rat with six inches of upwards suspension travel. Its machine-worked engine now pushes out 300 ponies and a CBR Racing radiator was squeezed behind the grill to keep everything cool while pushing the vehicle’s limits.
Those monstrous shoes on the Trophy Rat are the aptly named Nitto Trail Grapplers, affixed to a set of 17×9 TrailReady HD beadlocks. All told, the project took a little over 2.5 years to complete. Their goal? According to Northrup, “[It] was to have a hot rod, rat rod, trophy truck, and road-worthy toy all in one.” Well, Northup Fab, mission accomplished.