• Apr 16, 2012
The enthusiast world typically falls into two camps: those who love rat rods and those that loathe them. As with every corner of automotive world, not all rats are created equally, but we tend to find ourselves firmly rooted in the former camp more often than not. That's especially true when we catch a glimpse of something as perfectly blasphemous as this BMW 2002. Crafted by the twisted minds at Atlanta Performance and Fabrication, the car actually started life as a running, driving round-taillight 2002 that owner John Lee had owned since high school.

During a slow day at the shop, Lee rolled the car in, busted out the plasma cutter and got to work with parts just collecting dust in the garage. After crafting a frame from spare tubing, the suspension went together using coilovers from a C5 Chevrolet Corvette, a steering rack from a Cobalt SS and control arms from a derelict Panoz racer. While not originally a right-hand drive car, Lee swapped things around to accommodate the newer components. The rat Bimmer even uses a roof-mounted shifter for reasons that remain unclear.

APF keeps the lights on with Corvette modification and small-block conversions, so it's no surprise power comes from an LS1 V8 bolted to a TH350 automatic gearbox. Throw in a set of custom fabbed headers and you have the beast above. Scroll down to watch a quick video of the BMW 2002 rat rod coming to life for the first time (Warning: there's some brief foul language), then head over to the StanceWorks forums for the full build thread.



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      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      as a BMW enthusiast and all-around American V8 engine lover, this is severely awesome Much love for this
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm... Generally I'm not a fan of chopping up something rare and with historical significance, but we don't know what this 2002 was like for starters. Maybe it was too far gone to restore and in that case I'm all for it. Either way I must give kudos to the execution and creativity of getting all those parts to work together!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty awesome, though personally I think it would have been cooler if they had used one of BMW's V8s (or a M73!) rather than settling for a generic LS1.
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      So its a Corvette with a BMW face?
      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhat indifferent to most BMW's, but from my collector knowledge, round tail lamp 2002's don't exactly grow on trees. If you're going to bastardize a car in this manner, please start with a contemporarily common and mass produced vehicle, not something with collector value, you know, something that no one will miss.
      Skipper
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm the guy in the video with the "brief" foul language. Glad yall are liking it!. Thank you all for the support.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Skipper
        Did you all really put a truck intake on a LS1, or is this another case of AB assuming every LS engine is a LS1?
      JAIME DUENDE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool.
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      so cool!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see no problem with it. It is a lot better off than a 2002 subjected to 24 Hours of LeMons duty.
      Leo Villacorte
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have used an M88 engine from the original M5 or at the very least an S54 from the E46 M3
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, that's another way to stuff a Chevy LS engine into a BMW ... and you don't have to worry about fenderwell clearance this way either.
      crshcrstr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is sad. I've got nothing against rat rods, but a perfectly good, driveable 2002? WHY????!!??
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