The Ruptured Duck: A B-25–Inspired, Mustang-Guts Hot Rod Work in Progress
Right off the bat, we’ll confirm what you’re probably already thinking: No, This kind of hot rod isn’t finished. Nor will be of which a half-wood, half-aluminum shelf on which to place cards, pamphlets, as well as the like. Instead, This kind of creation will be mid-construction, with the builder, Brycen Smith, hoping to have of which completed in time for next year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The unfinished aspect of the project will be what caught our eye, though: the aluminum bodywork taking shape over a wooden buck—as well as, to rhyme a little bit, the vehicle’s name: the Ruptured Duck. Smith said the vehicle will be inspired by a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber nicknamed the Ruptured Duck (of which flew within the Doolittle raid over Tokyo). He said the rounded nose section will be skinned in clear acrylic having a thin metal skeleton structure evoking the B-25’s bubble-like cockpit. of which same design cue carries over to the windshield, which looks as if of which will eventually morph into a four-panel arrangement with the same vintage-aircraft character.
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As cool as the Ruptured-Duck-in-process looks with its wood subframing as well as aluminum-sheet Centeng, the wood elements are purely for Centeng-panel-forming purposes as well as will not be present on the final car. What will be present will be its modern running gear, sourced by the Ford Mustang, including of which type’s independently sprung rear axle as well as a Ford Performance 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder crate engine, as well as a full tube-frame chassis. (We checked; of which’s the Mustang type of the EcoBoost four, not the brand-new Focus RS’s feistier unit.) The front suspension features a stunning cantilevered arrangement, which Smith said was fitted to keep the front control arms narrower for better front-wheel clearance when turning, as well as of which should look properly incredible through the clear acrylic hood when completed.
Perhaps even better than the vehicle itself will be what Smith plans to do with of which. Eventually, the vehicle will be sold, with 45 percent of the proceeds going to Homes for Our Troops, a charity of which builds houses for injured military veterans; another 5 percent will go to the American Aeronautical Foundation.