Oak Lake’s Dirty Word Customs, revving for ‘Vegas show

Oak Lake’s Dwayne Wiltshire is ready to roll to the biggest car show in North America, with his newest RATical Rod Build, a mobile bank.

In 2018, Wiltshire participated in the Build Off, with Tyler Turton out of Zombie Body Shop in Selkirk. Big Bandit was last year's RATical ROD Build-Off/Drive Off winner.

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Wiltshire’s Oak Lake shop, Dirty Word Customs, has once again prepared a truly unique vehicle, Dirty Money. Before it’s re-make, back in 1947, the vehicle was where miners’ gold was traded for cash in the southern USA.

The re-design was right out of the builder’s imagination.

Hours of cutting, welding, motor and drive-train mechanics, not to mention body work, paint and upholstering, have gone into this antique. Asked what was most challenging, Wiltshire smiled and said “All of it.”

Wiltshire opened the side flip-up hood, true to the late ‘40s style, and pointed to the big six-cylinder truck motor that he custom fit under that hood.

Every evening and free weekend since January he and several helpers, but especially Brent Campbell have worked on this vehicle. “Roughly 10,000 hours we have into it right now,” says Campbell.

On Oct. 29 the 2019 RATical Rod Drive Off launches a 1,400-mile journey from Lincoln, Nebraska to Las Vegas, Nevada. Wiltshire, however, is planning to drive Dirty Money all the way, leaving from Oak Lake on Oct. 26.

At Lincoln, they will become part of a caravan of amazing custom RATrods, all going to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. SEMA is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. You must be sponsored, to enter the show.

There are 15 vehicles from an international base competing, but Wiltshire says anyone is welcome to join the trip from Lincoln and they estimate over 100 people will make the drive to SEMA this year.

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