Joe’s 42 Dodge Surf Rat Rod

I drove out to the point on Friday to meet some people, drop some gear off for three time because he is that special. I dDecided to drive the whole point, because I forgot to ask where they were and assumed a usual spot,
Nope instead this rat rod was in that spot. So I jumped out of my truck and asked “Can I take a picture of that beautiful rat rod?” … Joe Elder, the owner said, absolutely. This thing is dope!

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The rat trap phone holder

It is a 1942 Dodge on a 1996 4 x 4 s10 Chevy chassis. Joe said this was his first build and he was really proud of how it came together. I told him I wanted to put this in the paper in my outdoors column in Delaware State News and the website. He jumped up out of his beach chair and gave me the 10 cent tour. He was beaming with pride showing me around the now dubbed Surf Rat Rod, by me.
He built a beautiful rat rod for his first build I am impressed and little jealous.

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iPhone set up for speedometer

Joe used some other parts to stuff the engine in the 42 dodge he explained. “That’s an alternator from a BMW and over here is a Volvo radiator, we stuffed them in to make it work.” I may have the parts backwards, but it went something like that. The speedometer is the probably the coolest feature.

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Joe Elder’s 42 Dodge Surf Rat Rod

The old dash is still in the Dodge but she is not working. An old wooden Victor rat trap holds his iPhone, That he uses as the speedometer. I mean who doesn’t try to get the high speed score on Google maps. You feel a little rebellious rolling in the red.
The windshield wiper is hand operated. “People were taking pictures of us on our way here all the way down the highway.
I was really impressed with this build, a Surf Rat Rod.
If you see Joe out on the beach ask him for a tour, he will be happy to show you his rod.

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Joe Elder’s 42 Dodge Surf Rat Rod
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He set up the 4 x 4 and the trans for easy shifting
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Joe Elder’s 42 Dodge Surf Rat Rod
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