Rat Style Camper – finding a suitable subject
The build spec for this project was a solid deluxe walk through Bus in a Rat Style – with an engine. Rat style and hoodride campers are all unique – no two will be the same – vintage accessories and parts, air cooled engines, custom or stock wheels are a given but its the bodywork and how worn it is that makes the statement.
What we wanted was a lowered Camper running some cool wheels, with the bodywork as solid as we can get – maybe with seats in it so we can do the school run, and a big engine. Rusted out Campers are fairly easy to find but this time we wanted a walk through. This is what we found – curtesy John Harper Carolinas Vintage Workshop – way cool walk thru front seating – now mother can climb into the back of the Camper to talk to the children;
Dash area confirms this is a deluxe model – the clock for the passenger to keep time with, and in this Bus a bonus in that the radio panel has not been cut – frequently done to put in a later style radio;
Quite the challenge. Unfortunately the original paint on the Bus was not saved – about 20% exterior visible.