“It taught me about hot rodding - what it means to be a hot rodder and how important the essence truly is. It’s about motoring history and what makes up the Model A world. But most importantly, this truck taught me the reasons to build a car: for the challenge it provides and for the ways in which it can push me and make me grow as a car enthusiast. It taught me that if I don't push myself, I'll never grow... and for me, this is hot rodding. Now, with a car built from scratch under my belt, I'm ready for the next one,” said Mike Burroughs.
This is not your everyday hot rod. When it comes to putting power behind the wheels of an American classic there are really only two choices: Ford or Chevy. Mike Burroughs had something else in mind, though. Ever since he was a kid, Mike has had an Obsession with BMW’s.
He built a 1971 BMW E9 that turned heads, but always felt that something was missing. He wanted a project that would push him to his limits and this is how his hot rod project started.
While browsing Craigslist, Mike found something that really stood out to him. Between two fully built Model A’s, he found a 1928 Ford Model A pickup. This is where his project began. This car had the original 3.3-liter inline 4-cylinder, 3-speed manual gearbox, and mechanical brakes and linkages. The body was tattered and the roof was cut off, but for the price of $3,000, it was justifiable. Even though Mike was a car guy, he had a lot of reading to do to figure out just how to rebuild this piece of history.
The chassis was built from scratch. Not really even knowing how to weld, Mike was able to figure it out and get it looking like a truck. Mike wanted this Model A to sit on the ground so fitting the driveshaft, brake lines, and throttle cable was going to be tricky. However, as evident, Mike's plan came together seamlessly.
For power, Mike relied on Bavarian power in the form of a second-hand BMW M60 V8 from a '95 7-Series sedan. The 4.0-liter puts out 300-horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Pretty incredible for a build that only weighs around 1,500lbs. The transmission is a Getrag 420 6-speed, which was also pulled from a E95 BMW M5. That's backed by a Ford 8-inch rearend that was taken from a 1966 Mustang.
What makes this car so special is that it is a hot rod and through building it, Mike understood what it meant to become someone who builds their car literally from the ground up. Whether you like his Model A or not, not everyone has the blood, sweat, and tears that it takes to build something like this and that’s something that deserves respect.