1931 Essex Rat Rod

East Hampton, CT 06424
United States

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1931 Essex Super Six Rat Rod A couple of buddies had seen the body of this car sitting in a yard for several years. They figured they'd make an offer and turn her into something driveable. When they approached the brothers who owned the car, they were ready to sell and let her go. The brothers had already done work to customize the frame, boxed it, etc. The two buddies brought her home to their garage and promptly dropped in a good deal of components from an 85 Corvette; Front and Rear .....
independent suspension, power rack and pinion steering and power disc brakes front and rear. They had a GM TH400 and a mid 70's 350 V8 (roughly 275-300 HP) kicking around and mated that with the TH400 and dropped that right in. They sourced as set of comfortable buckets from a mid 80's Camaro, custom cut sheet aluminum and diamond plate aluminum for the floors, roof panel and firewall, added headers and 3" dual exhaust, an aluminum radiator, Harley Davidson billet mirror, some cool looking bolt head covers and an OOOGAH horn to complete the deal. The body has been painted the standard Rat Rod black and has a special access compartment in back to house the fuel cell and allow access to the rear shocks and springs. Sitting on Wide 60's in the back and Nankang front tires, wrapped around red stealies in the rear and red Cragars up front. This car really gets up and goes and weighs nothing, so the torque and HP of the 350 make this car twist and squirm as she very easily gets out of her own way... She's quick! As with most rat rods, they are a constant work in progress as they change and morph into works of art. This one is ready to be personalized to your own wants and wacky desires, all the hard stuff already taken care of. There is an asking price of $10,200 or best offer. If you have any questions, would like to make an offer, for many more photos and video, or schedule a time to see her in person, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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