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30 May 2019

The back-to-front Ford Model T hot rod

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

Most hot rods usually follow the same formula, chop up an old school Ford, Chevy or Dodge, slip a V8 in it and add an eye-catching paintjob.

Occasionally, people stray away from tradition and create something different, which really get people’s attention like Steve Grimes’ 1927 Ford Model T Roadster.

Isn't the engine meant to be at the front? (image credit: The Rodder's Journal) Isn't the engine meant to be at the front? (image credit: The Rodder's Journal)

The lime-green highlights and large white wall tyres are only the beginning, because Steve has put a unique spin on his hot rod by adding a rear-mounted straight eight-cylinder engine.

Originally from a ’48 Buick, the 4.1-litre “Fireball” engine is running eight individual motorbike carbs and is connected to a Turbo 350, three-speed auto

Despite the eight exhaust pipes, only one works. (image credit: The Rodder's Journal) Despite the eight exhaust pipes, only one works. (image credit: The Rodder's Journal)

The weirdness doesn’t stop there, at the front of the car you’ll notice an upside-down differential, which is also sticking out of the grille.

This is because the drivetrain has been installed backwards, meaning the hot rod is front-wheel drive and rear-wheel steer.

Believe it or not, Steve said his Ford is hard to steer. So, he doesn’t drive it often, meaning it’s racked up very few kilometres in the time he has owned it.

What's the wildest hot rod you've seen? Let us know in the comments.