Ever go onto your local Craigslist and type in the word “Project” into the Vehicles for Sale section? If you haven’t done that, try it. It can lead you on an adventure into the world of cool stuff, terrible hacked tuner cars, and stuff that is just out there. Here, the term “Rat Rod” is synonymous with beater, and things can get real weird in a hurry. But every once in a while, you pull a real gem out of the pile of abandoned dreams, and this is one of those gems! This little guy is a Northwestern Motor Company Aircraft Tug dating from the Korean War/Early Vietnam War era. Here’s what the seller has to say in the ad:
LATE KOREA/ EARLY VIETNAM NORTHWESTERN MOTOR COMPANY AIRPLANE TUG FOR SALE. VERY GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH GREAT RUNNING DODGE FLATHEAD SIX CYLINDER. HAS ALL OF THE ORIGINAL PARTS WITH IT. HAS THE ORIGINAL SEAT NOT PICTURED. NEW TIRES ALREADY INSTALLED ON THE FRONT, THE REARS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION. GREAT EASY RESTORATION PROJECT FOR A MUSEUM PIECE OR PARADE USE.
Let’s have a closer look, shall we?
Ok, so it’s cool, but what would you do with it? The seller states that it would be good for sitting in a museum or parade use, but in my twisted brain, I’m having other ideas. I see this thing as a platform to do all sorts of weird things, like building it into a “dare to be different” vintage street rod or a very strange autocross toy. Maybe you could go for a Land Speed class win in the aircraft tug class? Throw a bed on the back and build a Trug? I’ve only driven one in the video game Grand Theft Auto V when breaking into the airport, and the one in the game is a tail-happy drifter, so maybe build a Formula Drift or Gymkhana track rat out of it? The possibilities are endless.
What would you do with this strange-yet-cool piece of equipment? Tell us below!