Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Anthony DelCarpine, left, and Gary Fisher are working with Team Resurrected Rust to prepare “Roadmaster Junior” for the Rat Hard event in Tennessee later this month. The distinctive grill is taken from a 1920s Roadmaster truck, a touch that reflects the many sources of parts and accoutrements that go into a rat rod.
As of Friday, September 5, 2014
Remember your first $3,000 car?
It didn’t look anything like “Roadmaster Junior,” a $3,000 car – well, a restored 1933 Chevy delivery van — about to head across the country for the 2014 Rat Hard Great American Blue Collar Build-Off, sponsored by Ratrod Magazine & Ride Hard Magazine, in Lebanon Tenn.
Team Resurrected Rust is hard at work to meet Wednesday’s deadline to trailer Roadmaster Junior and drive it to St. Louis, Mo. From there they will drive it to Lebanon, where the rig will face a week of judging for its “cool factor” and driveability, creativity, budget, and fan votes from around the country. The fan votes are a big part of the team’s success, follow them on Facebook.
“We’re six days out from leaving,” DelCarpine said Thursday.
“Everything’s a blur right now,” added Fisher of the day-and-night restoration job
“But it’s running,” DelCarpine said.
Rat rods are customized renditions of classic 1930s, 1940s or 1950s “hot rods” that are not replicas but are imaginative “unfinished” creations that evoke the original but employ only the vehicle’s bare essentials.
Also on the Team Resurrected Rust are Tony Freas, Brian Hoffman, RJ Sullivan, John Blosser, and Dave Keleher.
Fisher acquired the vehicle a few years back from a local wrecking yard, and Team Resurrected Rust was formed earlier this year when Fisher learned about the Rat Hard contest. He entered on line and the application was selected at random.
Then began the hard work: a 30-day window and an allowed budget of $3,000 to create a hybrid “rat rod” from parts.
And what parts: the Chrysler engine came courtesy of John Schlosser of Schlosser Machine, as did the rear end and transmission; the muffler is from Mike’s Muffler, made from old bus parts. The dash board is from a 1936 Chevy, and the team has used parts from a school bus, airplane, Model A, a horse buggy, and a horse collar. A 1930s makeup case will hold the battery. Again, “just the cool factor,” Fisher said.
And the name Roadmaster Junior? That’s for the bicycle with that model name whose frame was cut apart and refashioned to hold up the front headlight assembly.
The name Resurrected Rust was Fisher’s idea, a phrase that brings together spirituality and old car restoration.
“It’s taking it from old to new, kind of like God does for us. He makes those who aren’t worthy worthy in his love.” Norm Halsey, father of supporter Rick Hallyburton, painted on the vehicle. “Psalm 21” with its message of God’s presence.
But Fisher will leave some original rust in place, “because that’s integrity of it: rust is good when you’re building a rat rod.”
Team Resurrected Rest hosts a fundraiser barbecue Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at DelCarpine Automotive, 1465 Barker Rd. (near tucker Road a miles south of Hodo River).
The event will support the team’s trip to St. Louis, Mo., and on to Lebanon, Tenn., for the competition.
Any money gathered will help pay for food, lodging and gas along the way.
Enjoy a $15 tri-tip lunch plate, and purchase a raffle ticket for a tool box and tool box wrap; tickets are $2 and you don’t need to be present to win.
Jeanne’s Lov of Cooking and Smokin’ John’s will donate their services for the day.