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01-02-2008 07:18 PM Finished
Here are some shots of the finished "rat on a shoestring" roadster project. As documented in this Journal, the car was built from scratch for $5,000 and 1,700 hours of construction time.

Following these 9 shots of the completed project you will find an Index which will guide you to specific parts of the build which you might be interested in. If you want to follow the entire build in chronological order, click on "view from begining" and start on page 5.




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01-02-2008 07:11 PM Finished
More shots of completed roadster.


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01-02-2008 07:09 PM Finished
More shots of the finished roadster.


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01-25-2006 10:25 AM INDEX FOR JOURNAL
Since this journal has gotten so large and a bear to find specific information you might be after, I'm creating this index which will hopefully help you get around. Feel free to PM me regarding suggested ways I might improve the indexing. The numbers listed in the index refer to "Page" numbers, not "Entry" numbers.

NOTE: TO USE THE INDEX YOU MUST CLICK ON THE 'VIEW FROM BEGINNING' TAB AT THE UPPER LEFT OF THE PAGE.

The page numbers differ depending on whether you are reading the journal from begging to end or end to beginning. In order to allow for additional entries to the journal, I had to do the index using the page numbers which apply when reading the journal from beginning to end...thus the need to click on the "View from Beginning" tab.

Index

Item Page Number

BUDGET / COST 8,13,30,33,44
BODY - MOCK UP AND DESIGN 12
BODY - PAINT 36
BODY - PAINT PREPARATION 27,34,35
BODY - SHEETMETAL - COWL 28,29
BODY - SHEETMETAL - CROWNING 17
BODY - SHEETMETAL - DOOR PANELS 25
BODY - SHEETMETAL - FINISHED RAW 30
BODY - SHEETMETAL - FIREWALL 27
BODY - SHEETMETAL - REAR DECK 26,27
BODY - SHEETMETAL - REAR QUARTER 24,25
BODY - SHEETMETAL - ROLLED PAN 25,26
BODY - SHEETMETAL - TRUNK 26
BODY - SKELETON - COMPLETED 24
BODY - SKELETON - COWL 18,19
BODY - SKELETON - DOOR JAMBS 14,15
BODY - SKELETON - FIREWALL HOOP 19
BODY - SKELETON - MAIN RIBS 13,14,15,16
BODY - SKELETON - MOUNTING 19,20
BODY - SKELETON - REAR DECK 17,18
BODY - SKELETON - TRUNK 22,23
BODY - SKELETON - WINDSHIELD POSTS 18
BODY - WINDSHIELD 35
BODY - WORKING SKETCH 14
BRAKE LINES 33
CHASSIS - COIL SPRING MOUNTS 10
CHASSIS - ENGINE MOUNTS 11
CHASSIS - FOUR-BAR FABRICATION 8,9,10
CHASSIS - FRAME - X MEMBER 31
CHASSIS - FRAME FABRICATION 5,6
CHASSIS - FRONT SUSPENSION 7,8
CHASSIS - FRONT SUSPENSION - COIL OVER MOUNTS 9
CHASSIS - IFS TWIN I-BEAM INSTALL 6,7
CHASSIS - MOCK UP 5
CHASSIS - REAR SUSPENSION 10,11,12
CHASSIS - ROLL BAR 37
CHASSIS - STEERING BOX 7,8
CHASSIS - TRANSMISSION MOUNTS 11
COMPLETED PICTURES 40, 41, 43
COOLING - RADIATOR PLUMBING 42
COOLING - RADIATOR REAR MOUNT 36,37
COOLING - TRANSMISSION COOLER 38
DONOR STRIPPING 4
ELECTRICAL - WIRING 42
EXHAUST 34
FUEL CELL 37
HINGES AND LATCHES - DOOR HINGES 13,15,21
HINGES AND LATCHES - DOOR LATCHES 14,20,21
HINGES AND LATCHES - TRUNK LATCH 33
INTERIOR - DASH 42,43
INTERIOR - FLOOR BOARDS 31
INTERIOR - FLOOR SHIFTER 31
INTERIOR - GAUGES 42,43
INTERIOR - SEAT BELTS 39
INTERIOR - SEAT CONSTRUCTION 30,31
INTERIOR - SOUND DEADENER 39
INTERIOR - TRANSMISSION TUNNEL 41
INTERIOR - UPHOLSTERY 38,39
LIGHTS - HEADLIGHT MOUNT 40
LIGHTS - TAIL LIGHT INSTALL 35,36
LIGHTS - TURN SIGNAL MOUNT 40
MECHANICALS - FOOT PEDALS 28
MECHANICALS - MISC 41,42
MECHANICALS - WINDSHIELD WIPERS 30
RAT PROJECT CONCEPT 4
STEERING - COLUMN CHOP 32
STEERING - INSTALLATION 32
32 PICKUP - BED LINER 3,4
32 PICKUP - BODY FABRICATION 1,2
32 PICKUP - CHASSIS FABRICATION 1
32 PICKUP - COMPLETED 1,40,41
32 PICKUP - DELIVERY 3
32 PICKUP - ENGINE 2
32 PICKUP - INTERIOR 3
32 PICKUP - PAINT AND ASSEMBLY 2,3
32 PICKUP - TONNEAU COVER 4



  [Entry #217]

01-14-2006 01:35 PM Final budget numbers
With the roadster running and on the road, here is how the final budget came out. You will note that, as I mentioned earlier in the build, I added a few "options" along the way that weren't exactly necessary to the completion of the project. I have included those items separately at the end of the budget so you can see what it cost to build the roadster exactly as it is shown in the final pictures of the journal. However, these items were not essential to getting the car on the road so I did not include them in the basic budget.

The quick capsule summery is that the rat roadster was completed for $4,360.95. This exceeded the original target of $3,500 but I think still "doable" for a younger rodder wanting to just get started if they spread it out over a couple of years.

Although there might be a better way to organized these categories, here are cost figures. If any of you have questions about the costs withing these categories, just PM me and I'll be glad to provide you more detail.

Donor vehicle - '81 Ford F-150 $400.00
Steel - chassis and body skeleton 961.17
Steel - sheetmetal for body 221.55
Paint & prep - resins & fillers 79.37
Paint & prep - paint & primer 275.82
Lubricants & fluids 21.39
Filters 3.17
Bolts, fasteners, hardware 217.25
V-belts (2) 27.77
Front tires (mounted) 141.56
Coil over shocks (front) 341.46
4-bars & rod ends 309.04
Dash board (MDB, flashing, oak trim) 35.89
Windshield (glass, seal, and bracket) 49.95
Floor shifter 70.99
Insulation & sound deadener 38.89
Brakes (prop. valve, hoses, lines, fittings) 158.24
Electrical - lights & switches 43.19
Electrical - headlights 49.45
Electrical - wire & terminals 21.20
Grill - grill shell 94.95
Grill - grill insert 16.87
Drive shaft - shorten & balance 165.99
Gauges (tach, oil, heat, amps) 47.37
Fuel - Carb rebuild kit 37.13
Fuel - Fuel cell 77.69
Fuel - Filter 2.31
Fuel - Fuel pump 22.52
Fuel - lines & fittings 32.58
Cooling - copper pipe & elbows 129.21
Cooling - Electric Fan 81.99
Cooling - Fan wiring 19.88
Cooling - Trans cooler lines & fittings 52.18
Exhaust - Pipes and bends 58.75
Exhaust - mufflers 35.90
Exhaust - clamps & hangers 17.78

Total to complete $4,360.95

Options added (not required to complete)

Moon disks 59.80
Naugahyde upholstery material 84.07
Seat belts to match naugahyde (replaced donor) 60.50
Chrome custom steering wheel 36.34
New rear tires (mounted) 194.81
Hi vol oil pump and pan gasket 53.67
Chrome license plate holder 7.99
Aluminum radiator 182.41
Roll bar (and bending) 75.70

Total with all options added $5,116.24

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