In home décor parlance, furnishings that are supposed to look kind of ratty are called distressed, while when the same is done to something that has four wheels and flies, it's called a Rat. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy S10 has been majorly ratted out, but will you think its price is too much cheese?
Many of you equated yesterday's zebra striped '68 Moke with a golf cart, and while the little Brit might be good for a few rounds of 18-holes, few of you would be willing to pay its nineteen grand price to do so, hence it fell in an overwhelming 94.87% Crack Pipe Loss. Poor little Moke.
Today we're going with something just as stylish as that diminutive Daktari droptop, but a little more hillbilly in its execution. This 1988 Chevy S10 pick-em-up truck strangely, but seemingly harmoniously, melds a butt-load of old truck and car parts into its creator's Rat vision.
It's a funny thing about Hipsters and Rat cars and trucks - both are intended to present a visage that appears indifferently composed, but in fact is the result of meticulous attention to detail in achieving that specific and yet seemingly arbitrary look. What's funny about that is that while the intent of their appearance is similar, Hipsters and Rat Rods go together about as well as do skinny jeans and Mormon underwear. Plus, unlike Hipsters, we liked Rat Rods before they were cool.
This S-10 - at first glance - seems minimally, and perhaps amateurishly, ratted out. But then you look at the details. That's not an S-10 stepside box in back, oh hell no. Would an S-10's box present a spacious enough canvas to freehand ‘Frankin' Dodge' on its flanks? No, but a real-deal ‘48 B-series Dodge's bed does, and that's what this S-10 presently beds down with.
That ‘48 Dodge Pilot House also donated it's nose to the cause - you know, just because - and now this truck looks a lot more dodgy than Chevy from the font. Still, keeping the home team dreams alive, the windshield brow has been created out of a hood from a ‘57 shoebox, gunsights and all. If that's not enough, there's also a set of roof-mounted trumpet and the rat rod de jour black paint job with red accents, including some sort of scythe-wielding angel of death on each door that looks more Looney Tunes than last rites.
The interior design scheme is dominated by one of those awesome seizure-inducing patterned seat covers, here in a complementary blue. Other than that it's straight-up S-10 with the minor addition of a cupholder console. Mechanicals are also un-modded from this truck's factory days, and are comprised of the tried and true Chevy 2.8-litre V6 and three-speed automatic that is far less shiftless than would be the image this truck's new owner would aspire to project in its presence.
That new owner would need to shift $1,850 to the current one to attempt that feat, and it is now up to you to determine if this presupposing pickup is worth that much. What do you think, is that a price worth trapping this Rat? Or, is that just Mickey Mouse?
H/T to Jason Damm for the ratty hookup
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