Its doors are made of discarded stop signs, its air cleaner’s an old pressure cooker. It has the heart of a Corvette and the front end’s from a ’39 Dodge Truck. It’s the VetteRod-Amino. This is its story.
This fascinating frankencar started life as a 1977 Corvette before morphing into the work of outsider automotive art seen here. It’s the work of a rural Alabama farmer, a mad tinkerer who who fabricates what he fancies without regard to modern restomod standards of perfection and quality.
Is this man a genius? Only in the necessity-as-Madonna sense, according to the car’s current owner, Dan Arthur of Talladega, Alabama.
“He dropped the bottom, didn’t have no insurance, just had the frontend laying around the farm and just stuck it on there. He just likes to weld and make stuff,” Arthur said.
And what a wild choice it was. The hood-less ’39 Dodge Truck nose, with its wide fenders, gives the car an almost menacing presence not diminished by the rusted red patina, the envy of any modern ratrodder who has spent a week attempting the same rustic look. After adding the rear of a ’50s Chevy truck, a matching Chevy emblem was added — mostly because someone gave him crap for driving a Corvette with a Chevy rear and a Dodge front.