The thing about being a hot-rodder is that there is always someone who comes up with something cooler than the next guy. Hot-rodders intrinsically push the boundaries of mechanical design to bring their automotive visions to life. These visions may be looked upon by others as outlandish, freakish or at times even downright dangerous, but that doesn’t stop fabricators from building some of the coolest creations to ever roll on four wheels. Take this 1962 VW Bus for example, the roof has been chopped 7-inches, the interiors been completely gutted and the original drive train was removed and thrown in the trash. The goal, according to builder Ken Prather, was “to build a mid-engine hot rod, and you know how it escalates once you start on something.”
Now the bus contains a blown 355 small block, full-manual 350 automatic, a Ford rear end and 10-inch wide American Racing five-spoke wheels. The main thing about the Bus is that everything that was done was done tastefully. Sure its a hot rod and fast as hell, but there are little touches that really set it apart from everything else.
Take a look at the custom steering wheel, the kitchen spoon gas pedal and the side exit exhaust. To some these look like pieces collected from a junkyard, but to those who think “custom” they are little pieces of insight into the mind of the builder. All in all this is one wicked little VW Bus that would make most hippies cringe with fear and run for cover. Well done Mr. Prather… well done.