The only limits on creativity and cars are what your budget can afford, and your skills allow. What we mean to say is that, even if you don’t have $100,000 to drop into a custom hot rod, as long as you’ve got the skills and wherewithal to see a project through, you don’t need a lot of money. You just have to be patient, creative, and handy with a welder…and if you can do all of that, well, anything is possible.
Like this custom Mercury Cougar hot rod seen in this photo gallery posted over at the H.A.M.B. Amatuer photog Richard Ramsey a.k.a. Flipper snapped a ton of pictures of the Redneck Rumble. But it was this Cougar hot rod that stuck out the most to us.
The pictures come from the Redneck Rumble, an annual hot rod show in Tenneesee. There are a lot of great pictures of awesome cars…but we keep coming back to this Cougar. They don’t make kits for this kind of custom work.
That is the unmistakable rear end of a 1960’s Mercury Cougar, whose distinguishing feature was sequential taillights. Up front we have a more standard fenderless hot rod look…with a skeleton stuck behind the grille, just for good measure.
It isn’t just the taillights of the Cougar on this hot rod though, but an entire body, sans the front, that has been substantially narrowed for the slim hot rod frame. And the trunk area? That’s been converted to a rumble seat, which we imagine riding in must be something akin to a bucking bronco and aircraft-downing turbulence.
Only the daring/crazy are eligible to ride back there. Check out all of Richard’s pictures from the Redneck Rumble, it looks like a damn good time, just like driving this Cougar hot rod must be. Imagine all the looks!