Let us introduce you to the World of RAT ROD’s and our Version in the Shape of a 1937 DKW F7.
Rat Rods and Hot Rods have been around since man could customise his vehicle to suit his look and style, but no one can really pinpoint what Rat Rodding is. Often when one sees a Rat Rod as a bare ladder type chassis with open wheels and often a bare metal body that has been aged to look all rusty but then it’s covered in a clear coat to finish it off, the case of ours its painted Matt Black.
Engine wise they are often open to view and insanely powered for the vehicle its propelling forward and the craziest of exhausts.
Rat Rods come in all forms and shape from Mini’s, Beetles, all the way back to 30s Fords and Chevy’s and not forgetting the Bike and Trike ones too.
So, let’s investigate our RAT ROD. This creation started life as humble DKW Sedan F7 running a little two stroke engine upfront driving the front wheels, and for sure it wasn’t breaking any laws in its day. The F7 had a wooden frame body wrap in canvas to give its form, the bonnet grill and wheel arches would have been pressed steel when it was new. But today this DKW F7 lives on, only with some parts that resemble the original car.
Today this Rat F7 has been built on a custom chassis to carrying the DKW Body that is now Steel, the Chevy 350cu V8 engine, matched up to a 350 Turbo Gearbox, which in turn is converting the power to the road through some 22inch wheels. And then there is the load bay, its quite simply just carrying the large milk cans of fuel and the battery.
So how does it drive? Its very direct and responsive, and you don’t have a second to make a mistake with this Animal. The stopping power is provided with disk brakes all round, and then there is the engine. The powerhouse of the DKW is a Chevy 350 V8 with a ram-air induction scoop on top of a 4 Barrel Holley Carb. The fuel mixture is been ignited by a modern electronic distributor which in turns it into power and noise out of the straight short exhaust. This Rat Rod is an experience to drive.
There are other neat bits like the custom Taillights, the windscreen that opens up for natural AC and the Skull on the top of the grill.
Summing this up everything is a custom-made on Rat Rods and 2 two cars will never be the same, so we think you should come see and experience this DKW F7 Rat for yourself!
Interesting trade-in’s will be considered.
Location – Johannesburg
Marc : 082 322 9784
Shane : 076 943 5579
Landline : 076 099 9051