This past weekend, I heard about a local car show Hot Rods & Hogs, put on by one of the community churches in the area. I had been to this show a few years ago, when it was a much smaller affair. Several people said this was going to be the biggest yet, and they were definitely right. Before I jump into that, though, I want to take a quick look at one of the vehicles that stood out to me. See if it doesn’t get your attention.
At first glance, this appears to be a 1958 Land Rover Series II Station Wagon with the Safari Roof. It also appears to have entered quite a few rallies in South America over the years. I always wondered what it was like, bouncing down some rutty dirt road in a foreign country; must be quite a rush. There’s something more going on beneath the body, however.
The frame and everything below the body looks like it’s been restored or replaced. The front axle doesn’t even have a driveshaft connected to it yet, as you can see in the pictures above. I don’t know what’s under the narrow hood, but it’s not anything that came from the factory; moving those massive tires and heavy steel frame would require something more powerful. Clearly this is not a standard Land Rover, but then a Land Rover is anything but standard, isn’t it?
What do you think of this old/new machine? Is it restoration or a rat rod?
[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]