Burroughs explains his process in a post at StanceWorks, saying he wanted to build something for fun in a traditional vein, even though he didn't know much about Model As or any other vehicle from the '20s. A bit of Craigslist searching revealed a '29 Ford Model A pickup which Burroughs paid $2,200 for — and would eventually be all but fully rebuilt from the frame up as a self-taught project in metal forming:
I started the project never having laid a weld on anything that mattered before. My welding experience tallied up to a couple of hours spent playing with the machine in my high-school shop class one afternoon when the professor let me stick pieces of scrap steel together. But I knew I had the hang of it, and understood the basic mechanics behind it. After some practice and the "okay" given by a fellow welding friend, I started cutting, grinding, and welding my way to a completed truck frame. Within a couple of days, I had something that loosely resembled a bent ladder. It also loosely resembled a truck chassis, which was the direction I was heading in! ... It felt good. Really good. I felt like I was mere months away from bolting everything together and having a finished truck, and I was only a few weeks in.
Ten months later, Burroughs was only halfway there. The rest of his story, including the choice of a 300-hp BMW V-8 from a 1995 740, will sound familar to anyone who's ever started a project without knowing exactly how they would finish it. It's not the kind of car that will grace a magazine cover, and despite the rust Burroughs rejects the label of "rat rod." But it's a unique effort, and there's nothing more traditional in hot rodding than being proud of doing things your own way.
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