LABOUR OF LOVE: Merv Pearson built this hot rod from scratch.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Merv Pearson built this hot rod from scratch. Michael Nolan

Merv's hot rod is one of a kind

IN THE world of hot rods it's all about customisation.

It's about who can have the fastest engine, the lightest rig or the chromie-est castings.

Given those requirements, few petrol heads can claim the degree of individuality Merv Pearson achieved when he built his vibrant orange beast.

The engine came out of a 1932 Dodge pick-up but everything else was built by hand in his backyard workshop.

"I started building it five years ago,” Mr Pearson said.

The shell is made of rolled sheet metal and has an all wooden interior and tray back.

"It's dedicated to my father,” Mr Pearson said.

"He was always pulling cars apart and putting them back together and he passed the passion down to me.”

The vehicle has been approved by the Australian Street Rod Association, which makes it 100% bonafide.

In order to be approved the vehicle had to go through three stages.

The first check assessed the chassis and notes on what to fix were passed on.

Once these alterations are made the association returns for a second inspection that looks at the racer's safety.

A final inspection takes into account all the trimmings, the dash, the interior and checks the rod is ready for the road.

The vehicle needs to pass all of these inspections before the Department of Main Roads will consider registering it so Mr Pearson hasn't been able to take it for a spin yet.

But once it is on the road it will soon start featuring on the region's show and shine circuit.

"I just have a few little things I need to touch up,” Mr Pearson said.

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