Russell Smith Sculpture
HotRod: a sculptural pun. In the spirit of shade-tree mechanics and American Ingenuity, a Mossberg .22 rifle becomes the foundation of a HotRod Roadster.
Gearshift is the trigger. Base of 5 shot clip can be seen in center top of dashboard.
Hot Rod Front
Bullet exits through the crank hole in the grill, and gasses escaping from the drilled barrel exit through the exhaust headers.
Hot Rod Bottom
Pulling rear bumper cocks the slide. What once was the top of the rifle barrel is visible between rear bumper and engine crankcase.
The remaining series of pictures show Hotrod under construction.
Hot Rod Body Frame
Hotrod frame prior to adding body panels, with steering and rear axles.
Hotrod frame and engine
Frame, showing rifle section with Engine slid over pierced barrel. Pulling the rear bumper cocks the slide.
Frame, engine and wheels before attachment of body. The rifle barrel forms the backbone of the piece, and the 5-shot clip can be clearly seen.
Showing roughed-out body with ejection chute for spent shell casings
Engine Block and Body
In progress, roughed engine and body.
Slide is back and clip is removed so chamber can be seen. A spring serves as the universal joint for steering.