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Old 10-14-2006, 05:19 PM
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1934 ford p/u ratrod

i would like to get some help or info on how to get started on my 34 ford truck. id like it to have the look of a ratrod (chopped, channeled) but id like it to be on a modern chassis with modern or new parts.. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks alot

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Old 10-14-2006, 06:42 PM
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The general opinion of the members is that a modern chassis is to big and ugly for a fenderless hot rod. See this thread:

extreme budget t bucket

Have a read and come back with any questions or discussion you may have.
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Old 10-15-2006, 09:03 AM
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just because you chop n channel a rod.... does not make it a rat rod

buy a welder and make your own chassis....

mine may be considered modern, but there is no other like it!
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Old 10-15-2006, 05:54 PM
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i see what your saying about being too big. but would it still be possible and look good to buy a complete rolling chassis and just work off of that? or if not what do you reccomend i do? to get a tough solid chassis that will work well for it and be able to hold a 460 id like to put in it. another problem with building up a chassis is the time involved which i would love to spend on it but i just dont have it..
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Old 10-15-2006, 06:21 PM
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www.speedwaymotors.com sells rolling chassis!
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Old 10-15-2006, 10:34 PM
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A T bucket or Model A type chassis will work for you. You will probably have to build some type of X member cross member into it to stop the frame from twisting from the torque of that 460. If you want to get it real low like most "rat rods" you will have to Z the frame in the back and possibly in the front. Build your own. It will probably be faster than trying to modify a manufactured one. If you are willing to not have it really low than you can just channel that 34 body over a T or A frame. Reply back with more information or questions.
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Alright so a T-bucket chassis will work for my 34 pickup? and i see that speedway sells the complete rolling chassis which would make life very nice for me. http://www.speedwaymotors.com/xq/asp...qx/Product.htm will this work? but if i do get the t-bucket chassis. what other modifications will i have to do to it so it will be able to support a 460 and will it have the "stance" of a ratrod? considering it will be channeled.. thanks alot for your help so far home brew. im learning alot

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go to www.jalopyjournal.com , go to the tech archives , there is an excellent post about a frame build up there
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go to www.jalopyjournal.com , go to the tech archives , there is an excellent post about a frame build up there
Just don't call the goddamn thing a "ratrod" when you get there.
That subject has been beat to death and gets more posts locked than the SBC argument.

The HAMB is for guys who live traditional hot rods, where primer was put on before a paint job. It's not much into the greaser, ratrod, rockabilly thing.

Fantastic source of information.
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Just don't call the goddamn thing a "ratrod" when you get there.
That subject has been beat to death and gets more posts locked than the SBC argument.

The HAMB is for guys who live traditional hot rods, where primer was put on before a paint job. It's not much into the greaser, ratrod, rockabilly thing.

Fantastic source of information.
those guys scare me... i made a remark about someone on there being homosexual... and everyone got pissed.... dont know many "hotrodders" that stick up for them type... but... whateva!!!
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I can understand you wanting to go with a rolling chassis. What kind of skills and knowledge do you have? Welding, fabrication, design? What type of cars have you built or worked on? This will give us a bit more info so we can point you in the right direction. Here are pics a couple of frames. One is a basic Model a frame and the other has an x member added to give a lot more rigidity. If you can weld you would be able to add an X member to your basic t bucket frame for extra strength. After all that many T buckets have those simple frames and run blown big blocks. I do not know how they hold up. Perhaps some of the T bucket builders/members can fill us in on that.
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:24 PM
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h0trod389 - How's your build coming along?

RNAmerican - check out his site:

http://www.lemanz.net/
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slow man ... slow!!!!!!
for the past 1/2 a year ive been goin thru woman problems n such!
just getting back into it.. and purchased a lincoln 275 precision tig...

dont have enough power in my house to use it here, so im hookin it up in my shop that needs to have permits n such... becomming a pain in my *****.

i did make some minor changes tho... replaced the straight 6 with a pontiac 389. gonna use the 6 for a 26 ford roadster pickem'up!!!

ive made engine mounts n tranny mounts.. driveshaft loop done and i also have aquired some 52 olds hubcaps!!! and they fit perfectly in the rear shinny rims!!! hides em perfect!

made a tail pan, and still trying to find a visor for it!! brake lines are done.
chassis still needs final weld.
it will get done one day!!! someday soon i hope!
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Do you need an Olds visor or will something else do? Just looked up a 30 Olds pic. Sure looks like a 30/31 Chev. Check out these pics, would they work?
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anything pre 32 GM will do.
i found repo ones on the east coast... but the guy wont do COD and i aint payin for it unless its infront of me!
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