An off-road hot rod made from an old Diamond T truckFebruary 13, 2020
Thanks to U.S. enthusiasts who found an old Diamond T truck in a landfill, the latter found a second life as a crazy hot rod for off-road driving.
Diamond T is a name that is known and respected among US truckers, especially in the south of the country. The company’s classic tractors became famous during the 1940s and 1950s and were common in World War II, but in the end, the automaker was forced to curtail production in the late 1960s. It is worth noting that at present it is rarely possible to meet a good instance of such a tractor.
But still, the guys from the USA found an old Diamond T tractor in a dump and decided to give it a second life. The cab from a 1946 Diamond T truck was welded to an off-road chassis with a frame. Fortunately, the guys knew what to do and did not have all the necessary tools and talent to do everything necessary, and the machine called Baja, which you see in this video from Hoonigan AutoFocus, is the result of their vision, their skill and two years after hours work.
It is noteworthy that the resulting car is insured and quite capable of driving on public roads, and it offers some amenities, such as heating and air conditioning, although the latter is not yet connected.
The iPad serves as the main control center for the truck, controlling features such as lighting and launching a 6.0-liter turbocharged V8 mounted behind the driver. It gives out 650 horsepower. An automatic transmission 4L80 from GM was installed as a transmission, but the transmission is equipped with high and low range gearboxes for “crawling” with all-wheel drive or can work with two wheels for a high-speed desert fraud.
The chassis of this monster seems to be well suited for conquering off-road. The tuners built and assembled everything on their own, and we really mean everything from non-standard headlight brackets to the chassis design and even our own brake rotors. The front axles from the Hummer H1 SUV are installed, the hot rod has its own independent suspension, and the rear is equipped with a special pump driven by a driveshaft to lubricate the gears to increase reliability.
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