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scheiderer68 10-11-2006 10:09 PM

munsters coffin dragster
wanting to build a street rod out of a coffin. and advice on where i can get steering parts? i have the box tubbing, motor trans and rear end

22068 10-11-2006 10:34 PM

This place might be able to help some....
A google search should turn up more.

RPM 10-13-2006 03:45 PM

maybe you could build it like a T bucket frame. I would look at speedway.

OneMoreTime 10-13-2006 04:22 PM

I would have to look at the pictures again but I believe it was just a t-bucket frame with early ford axle and just had the coffin body instead of a t-bucket..

Good luck


BonzoHansen 10-13-2006 09:15 PM

The original DRAG-U-LA was unfortunately sold years ago to the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Atlanta. You can still see it hanging from the ceiling.

wayneooo 10-22-2011 06:26 AM

your build
what kind of steering box did you get email me at im building one too maybe we can share info thanks wayne

dinger 10-22-2011 06:33 AM

He hasn't been here for a few years. Maybe drop him a p.m., he may have email notification. You can click on the profile link and see when a member was last active. Dan

DRS50 10-22-2011 08:48 AM

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I have been playing with the thought of building one, but I have the idea of using 2 caskets and putting them together side by side so that a driver and passenger ride together and so it would have a big enough fuel cell you would not have to stop every 5-7 miles for gas. I have been looking at Speedway for the steering parts. Have the 2 lids open from the side hinged in the middle or weld together in the middle and open like the corvettes with the hinges up front for the engine compartment. I get a idea and I kind of sketch it out and write it down. There is a article about the building of the original car on the net but not much detail about the build except how they fabed the coffin up from fiberglass. I have been collecting a little here and there for it. I should be able to start on it after I get my grandsons Camaro finished this year.

1932bantam 10-22-2011 09:31 AM

use a spe box for an altered run your steering arm out the side just like the original. there around 350.00

Northstar T 10-22-2011 09:50 AM


Originally Posted by DRS50
There is a article about the building of the original car on the net but not much detail about the build except how they fabed the coffin up from fiberglass. .

huummmm. I'd always heard the original car had a real coffin, and that it was very hard for them to purchase one when the funeral homes found out what they wanted to use it for. they had to go to several funeral homes before finding one that would sell them a coffin.
I'm old, so maybe my memory is going also....????? :D


techinspector1 10-22-2011 01:18 PM

Here's a ton of info on building a T chassis. It should work great for what you want to do....

OneMoreTime 10-22-2011 02:00 PM

I think I would just do the T chassis and the body can be anything you like...


LATECH 10-22-2011 02:06 PM

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Here it is at the track with driver and pit crew

JeffB 10-22-2011 02:54 PM

You can get special extra wide caskets too, I used to deliver to mortuaries and saw some unusual caskets the wide one I saw was for a obese 780 pound guy they were putting him in it with a cherry picker,the fanciest was for a Cubs fan it had baseball bats for handles and all done in Cubs colors and logos.

DRS50 10-22-2011 06:44 PM

The first casket was fiberglass from the prop room that they cut it in half and lengthend it from what I understand. found pictures but cat find the article. The next 3 were coffins that were purchased in Mexico. Heres the article with one of the builders.

theres nice old pictures of how they did it back in the day.

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