I haven’t check out a Bimmerfest event in a while, probably since my days running as editor for eurotuner magazine. If you don’t have a clue what Bimmerfest is, it’s basically the Super Bowl of Euro meets—the largest BMW-only gathering in the world. Having reported on this event for five years, you can imagine it’s easy for me to see a lot of the same shit over and over again. It’s nothing against the car owners and builders, but it’s simply hard to stand out when everyone is building the same M3. But this year, my mind was blown. I literally had to stop completely in my tracks and caught myself ignoring my cell phone for ten minutes because I was soaking in the awesomeness of this 1928 Ford Model A.
Now you’re probably wondering why in the hell a pbskids editor would care about a rusted-out rat rod. While this 85-year-old piece of metal might look like it belongs on the Bonneville Salt Flats, it’s got a modern twist I can respect and appreciate. This twist comes in the form of perfect stance and some Euro flavor—a BMW engine swap to be exact. This project’s imagination and flawless execution is the reason why it belongs here. I later found out the builder is also a familiar face, founder of Stanceworks, Mike Burroughs.
Mike’s previous project was a ’71 BMW 2800CS showcased in our 9/12 issue. Just a year later, he’s returned to pbskids with this off the wall yet incredible Model A. What we like about this hot rod is that it’s something a checkbook or a regular tuning shop couldn’t build. It had to be put together from scratch and required months of meticulous planning and hard work to get it where it is today. Mike has never attempted anything like this before in his life so he learned nearly everything along the way.
The Model A started out with its fair share of damage (rusted doors, cut door skins, dents, ducted tape pillars, mismatched colors) plus missing parts (no roof, fenders, bumpers and a chopped cab). It was never going to be showroom quality again but Mike’s mission was to make it as low to the ground as possible, with enough power to do some fatty burnouts and ensure the overall appearance would break anyone’s neck that saw it.
We encourage you to visit Stancework’s website and read Mike’s personal story behind the build. But to give you a quick rundown, some of the bigger projects included engineering a new steel tube chassis from scratch, learning how to weld and fabricate, and cutting and reinforcing the body and chassis so the car could sit only two-inches off the ground. The whole rear-end has also been replaced, plus countless other custom pieces were made to make sure the car was solid, straight and could rip down the street. As for the engine, it’s a BMW 4.0-liter V8 out of a ’95 7-Series. Making about 300hp, it’s not a crazy motor by today’s standards, but more than plenty to get a 1500-lb hot rod squirrelly. The six-speed comes out of an M5 that was retrofitted to run like factory along with the stock ECU.
Without a doubt, Mike has shown us that anything is possible. I’m not one to say that I know shit about rat rods but I can appreciate an amazing project when I see one. Our cars go only as far as our imagination and the work we put in it. Even if you don’t like Mike’s German-powered and stanced-out Ford, use it as inspiration to think big and know that anything possible.