Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Building a Mad Max Aristo Rat (Mad Rat?)

The moment I saw the Aristo Rat I knew I needed to own it an make it into a vehicle for my game system Shattered Highways. I decided to pick up a few (four so far...) and show what can be done both with just paint and with actual modifications.

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The starting point. This thing is basically a rat rod 356 Porsche, complete with a flat six engine under the bed.

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First step after drilling through the rivets was to find some appropriate wheels, and jack up the suspension. Using a cutting wheel on a dremel I carefully deepen these slots to raise the suspension easily.

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Next I cut out the fuel tank area in the front frame, and found an engine that would fit there. With a bit of trimming this supercharged Nailhead engine dropped right in (later trimming would make it fit even lower down).

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I cut off and flipped the front “metal” air dam, and trimmed it away on the ends to make room for the tires. This turned it into a skid plate, and worked even better than expected.

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Some metal mesh and I thought the custom work was done. Next up was paint work on both.

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The unmodified car received heavy rusting &coats of grime. The modified car had it purple paint partially ground off, and a lighter coat of grime & rust. Once I got to this stage I decided the cars weren’t different enough. So the modified car was taken apart again, and was attacked with the dremel once again.

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The rear wing was removed, and the resulting holes filled with 2-part putty. Once this dried it was sanded down, then some green milliputty was used to smooth the transition and replicate the 356 roofline.

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The roof work meant I couldn’t strip the paint and do a real metal finish, so I faked it with some chrome spraypaint, and washes of heavily thinned black . This removed some of the chrome and exposed a bit of the purple, which worked surprisingly well.

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I ended up with a modified version of a modified porsche, ready for battling on the shattered highways of the apocalypse.

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