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View Poll Results: Traditional or more modern?
Traditional Style 12 57.14%
Modern (big block, good handling, low w/ nice wheels and tires. 9 42.86%
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:28 AM
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My humble opinion?
you need to combine the two looks to get a really unique project that will be yours and your alone.

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Old 06-18-2005, 06:31 PM
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Like Rich says....it's up to you. I am more for the traditional look, but must admit....I am coming around on the bigger wheels with the low profile tires. Not sure that I could dig the ride though.
17" is the biggest I'd ever go on anything other than a Peterbilt or Freightliner, but that's my opinion.

I'd make a rod a blend of both, a EFI Buick nailhead/Olds Rocket v8, something other than "another black old hotrod with a 350". Nothing against 350s, they're an all around great engine but different is cool.
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Well guys here is an update on my decision. I think it's either a 454 or a Caddy 500 motor. I am trying to see which I can build cheaper. Only question I have now is... will air bags hold such a heavy car with a huge heavy big block in it? I am really liking the air bag idea now since I have never had them before and it would be nice to raise it up some of a few of the crappy streets that are on the way to my house from a lot of places (really bad roads in some area's with huge pot holes).
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Old 06-22-2005, 05:14 PM
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Well guys here is an update on my decision. I think it's either a 454 or a Caddy 500 motor. I am trying to see which I can build cheaper. Only question I have now is... will air bags hold such a heavy car with a huge heavy big block in it? I am really liking the air bag idea now since I have never had them before and it would be nice to raise it up some of a few of the crappy streets that are on the way to my house from a lot of places (really bad roads in some area's with huge pot holes).
Without a doubt, there are Semi's with air suspension. They come in all sizes.
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454 is going to be cheaper than the 500. As far as the suspension have you checked out Fat Man fabrications, they offer rack & pinion steering disc brakes and air ride at a reasonable price. Look at Wheel Vintiques for rims & tire ideas.
I would have voted on the poll but I prefer modern traditional - comfortable ride, drop spindles & blocks, big rims 17" or 18" with sport truck tires (larger profile), and overdrive.
Good luck with it
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Alright well I hear that the air bags will be ok even if I have a ton of power going to the wheels. Also yeah the 454 block will be more money but the parts to build it seem to be much cheaper than the 500. For wheels if I don't go with steelies and whitewalls then I will get 17" all around and a little bit lower profile but not much... Probably something like 60-70 series tires and as wide in the rear as I can go etc. About the Fat Man Fab, I think their prices are kind of high. Also a friend of mine went there to get a front end done on a 32 he has and they said it would cost something like 3 grand to build a jig for him to do it, etc. Rack and Pinion would be nice because I am going to have to do something about steering to make this thing fit. Any other suggestions on the steering for a cheaper but good way to do it to fit in a small spot and still have power steering. I wasn't going to go with power steering but with such a heavy car I will do it now. I am going to just use this front end I have on the car as well even though some people are saying it's too wide but I will do something with the fenders if that's the case.

Thanks again guys and keep em comming!
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In this day of high gas prices.....

have you ever fed a big block? Even in a rod they SUCK up the gas....I have a built 460/TCI C6 in my Torino GT and it really moves but can't pass a gas station without stopping in for a couple of drops of High Octain....LOL


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Yup sure have. Got one in my Chevy crew cab dually. It's a HUGE heavy truck and has a huge motor which equals TONS OF GAS. About 90 bucks to fill it up every other day. Pulls our 24 foot boat and huge trailors so I'm happy.
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Old 06-28-2005, 06:55 PM
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ideas

Go traditional. Six cylinder, a little custom work on the body, and you have a great looking chevy. Thats what im doing to my 48 chevy fleetline. I have a 250 six with a 3 speed trany, s10 rear end, power disk brakes, 59 cad taillights, shaved bumpers, all chrome removed and smoothed out. These cars can be made to really stand out. I do agree with the visor. These can be found, as i got mine for free from a farmer. Post some pics when you get started, as we would like to see it.
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Here's a link to alot of pics of 42-48''s.. '42-'48 Pics. Maybe you can find a look you like out of the selection there,, I found the look I'm working towards on there, hopefully mine will end up looking something like this, just a different color and a few other changes,,,

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i like this look
http://www.my48chevy.com/computerpics/my48/3c015.htm
with whatever comb u pick
just make it have good street behavior
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