There were some incredible 4×4 vehicles built for the 2020 Deathwish Mud Buggy Adventure, but none of them got our attention quite like this 1949 Packard built by Michael Brandt of Garage Bound, LLC in Chattanooga, TN, and his build partner, Chuck ‘Lucky Chuckie’ Faught of Flame Tech.
As it’s known, Rescue Pig started out as a 1949 Packard passenger car body that was dropped on top of a ’96 Dodge RAM truck chassis. The duo built a big block Chevy pulled out of a motor home, and swapped in a dually rear axle scavenged from under a school bus.
- Body: 1949 Packard
- Chassis: 1996 Dodge 3/4 Ton 5.9 diesel truck
- Rear-end: 2007 Chevy Duramax short school bus
- Engine: GM 454 pulled from a motorhome
Pretty cool right? Well, that’s just where they started.
In the trunk of this off-road car is where the magic is. A hydraulic shelf actuates out of the back holding a ready-to-go MIG welder, generator, and plasma cutter so you can take care of whatever trail repairs you find.
There are cutting torches and oxygen and acetylene tanks under each side that act as rock sliders and all of the hoses and fittings to make everything work properly.
They can take the Rescue Pig out on the trails, through the mud bogs, or even to a mobile welding site. With all of the tools and machines, one would need for mobile repair and welding services, found right on the car.
Rescue Pig and Garage Bound, LLC Shop Visit
Dec 23, 2020 ~ While in Chattanooga, YouTuber Abom79 and a friend of Michael stopped by Garage Bound, LLC to visit and see the ’49 Packard Rescue Pig up close and personal.
This is a work in progress as they still have lots of other mods they will be doing to the car. Mike has also recently added a new plasma table to his shop and expanded his capabilities.