As a hobby, Willie Elder restores classic cars and trucks. So it wasn't too difficult to come up with all of the parts from a 1939 Dodge pickup truck (and other vehicles) necessary to make a functional grill:
The generous grilling area is encased in stainless steel resembling an engine block. It's tricked out with valve covers, exhaust manifolds, spark plugs and a water pump. The pump is from his son's '65 Mustang, the plugs from Elder's '49 Studebaker and the manifolds from his '70 Bronco.
Some of the accessories are purely functional. The grease-drippings pan below the propane-fueled grill area — which can simultaneously cook 24 burgers, 2 pounds of chicken and a dozen hot dogs — is an oil pan from his son's '77 Corvette. And the air cleaner on the grill's lid, serving as a smoke vent, is a modified stock part for a Ford Escort.
Article and Pictures via Born Rich | Photo: Willie Elder
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