(1940 GMC Rat Rod)
“Jimmy The Rat”
Building a rat rod is all about creating something unique and different, and Dennis McFarlane’s 1940 GMC Rat Rod, “Jimmy The Rat,” certainly fits the bill. The owner’s inspiration for building a rat rod came from his interest in building model cars and a desire to create something scratch-built that would stand out from the crowd. Dennis has been building hot rods and rat rods for over 10 years now, and this is his third truck.
Dennis purchased the cab of the truck for just $400 and built the rest of the vehicle from scratch. The truck is powered by a Chevrolet 1980’s small block with a 350 displacement and came with an Edelbrock intake and carburetor. The engine has been running strong ever since he bought it, and he has not made any modifications to it.
The chassis of the truck was built using 2×3 tubing, and Grahm’s Garage in Windfall, Indiana, welded all of the suspension components. The frame features a zeed in the front and a slanted kick-up in the back. The truck has a static drop of about four inches, with chrome Speedways in the front and coil-overs in the rear.
The rat rod features a New Holland Red paint job, which Dennis mixed up himself and painted in the metal shop driveway using a Wagner electric spray painter. Pin striping by “Skully” of Bradley, Illinois, adds a touch of character to the truck. The interior features tuck and roll seats, a red glitter steering wheel from Speedway, and a homebuilt console with a shifter boot made from a toaster.
Dennis’s 1940 GMC Rat Rod has a unique and eye-catching look that reflects his passion for building hot rods and rat rods. He plans to continue building custom vehicles in the future, with a 1949 Chevy coupe and a 1931 Chevy four-door sedan street rod on the horizon. If you’re a fan of rat rods, Dennis’s Jimmy The Rat is a must-see.
Owned by: Dennis McFarlane
Photos by: Chris Gosda