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Old October 5th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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Looking for rat rod ideas

A buddy and I are looking for a winter project and thought a rat rod would be cool. Thought if we found a 2wd rolling truck frame we could then put whatever tub/cab onto it we would like. Any ideas guys that would help us in the long run as far as what type of frame/setup we should be looking for? Front end setup?

Of course slapping in a V8 and heavier rearend would be a given.
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Old October 5th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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start with an S-10 frame...easy to adapt a V8 (plenty of kits) easy to mod the suspension (again, plenty of kits and parts) and the frame is plenty strong and easy enough to modify....

of course, I would find the body you intend to use first, and then decide on what will work for it...cant exactly start building a chassis for a 40 Ford unless you have a 40 Ford...
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Old October 5th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #3
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s-10 frame 350 th350 and 9 in ready to roll.i know where you can get a good 49 ford for your project
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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #4
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s-10 frame 350 th350 and 9 in ready to roll.i know where you can get a good 49 ford for your project
Ha your not callin my 49 a rat are ya?

X2 on the s-10, these chassis work really well for just about any truck from the 40's and 50's. Exspecially the 48-54 Chevy trucks. The wheel base is a dead match and the width of these chassis is just a little narrower, allowing you to drop these things on the ground. Check out the Jalopy journal board, I think youll find quite a bit of usefull info on that board.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #5
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if you need an s10 chassis let me know I have a 2wd frame.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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I started building one this year. 1938 chevy cab 4" chop , 2x3 tube frame , 4" drop axle , motor is gonna be turbo'd inline 6 with a powerglide.


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Old October 6th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #7
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Perfect chop on that thing cruzer! Very kool.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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Here's a body idea for you and I have it for sale with a title...

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Old October 6th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #9
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Holly sh!t its been like 8 minutes and unclebeaner hasent asked you how much for the bug body. That gonna be a new record.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #10
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The S-10 frame will work great, unless you plan on going fenderless. A-arms are ugly.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #11
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holy shit what do you want for the bug? what year was it?what come with it pm me
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Old October 6th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #12
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Speedway has kits to change the front suspension over. Sick stuff.
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Old October 6th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #13
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i'd love to build one with a super bell style front axle and open top. and one badass vw motor. draggin frame of course
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Old October 7th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #14
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I cant beleive it took you this long too see it Beeger!
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Old October 8th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #15
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Going to look at a 59' Ford f100 hundred tomarrow. Has rebuilt motor and tranner in it. Looks to be in decent shape and for $1300 a steal too!! Let me know if anyone has started anything with a 59' truck?

Also is anyone interested in a 59' body, cab, and box. We'd trade for a old ford or chevy tub!!
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Old October 8th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #16
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59'

The F-100's can be some really cool trucks, they have a very unique style, you either love them or hate them. Always thought this one was pretty cool. Might give ya some motivation, even though its not a rat.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:09 PM   #17
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Any more ideas guys, maybe a good old farmer's barn with some old tubs in it around the GR area?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #18
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My buddy has 2 cabs 36' Dodge and some International cab. PM me if you want his number. He lives in Allendale.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 04:55 PM   #19
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Studebaker or IH pickup.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #20
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Studebaker or IH pickup.
Its what I was told. I'll try to get some pics and you can tell me.
Its odd looking truck with a small split back window.

EDIT:

Found them ebay of his.

1936 Dodge

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1936-...spagenameZWDVW




50's IH

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Inter...spagenameZWDVW



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