The words “rat rod” are thrown around a lot these days, but what exactly qualifies a build to fall into this category? Most would say that rust (lots of it) and a heap of old mismatched parts are enough, but when a full custom frame is fabricated for the car or truck in question, does that disqualify it from the label? Who knows? Better yet, who really cares?

Art Gomez of GO-EZ Customs in Anaheim, California, got his mitts on this 1938 Chevy in 2006 and tried to retrofit an existing frame for it, but tweaking and correcting it to fit proved to be an annoyingly painful process. The solution was simple: scrap the existing rolling chassis altogether and create one from scratch. The process proved to be simpler, and the truck now sits on a platform that makes more sense. Even though the “ratty” hauler is well on its way to rolling on its own power, it looks good mowing through traffic atop GO-EZ’s shop tow pig—a ’66 Chevy C-20 that breaks just as many necks. If you live in the Southern California area, be on the lookout for this rat rod at a local cruise night soon.

Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1938 Chevy truck
Owner and City/State: Terry Frost • Anaheim, California
Type: 327ci small-block
Induction: Offenhauser tunnel-ram intake with dual Holley 750 double pumpers
Exhaust: Custom
Built By: GO-EZ Customs
Transmission: 350 turbo
Rearend: ’70s Chevy Chevelle
Front Suspension: Ford straight-axle drop beam
Rear Suspension: Coils, will be ’bagged soon
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 15x6 Wheelsmith Smoothies (front), 15x8 (rear)
Tires: Firestone pie crust tires (front), 30x10x15 Hurst (rear)