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06-05-2013 11:43 PM
496CHEVY3100 Let me see if I undersyand ,he ask for opinions ,,you say build it your way Not the way everyone says ,Then you turn around and tell him how to build it different from what he wanted ,,Even how to paint it ,also different than what he wanted..i guess im just confused .Have fun with your build whatever You decide.
06-05-2013 11:32 PM
NEW INTERIORS This truck don't even fall in a rat rod class.... You have to build what YOU want,, Not what everyone else want's.... Building it into a rat rod... No way I would do it... Building it like this truck,, I say go for it... If you try to build it to please everyone else,, YOU WON'T BE HAPPY....Build what you like..OH !!! And the raw metal look.. Don't do it... Put some paint on it..

This is not rat rod...Sorry..

06-05-2013 11:15 PM
496CHEVY3100 Install the cab on a 90s dodge 3500 frame with a Mecanacal cummins diesel no computer not the electronic over 20 MPG and all the power you will ever need and last forever ,IMO just a thought
06-05-2013 05:19 PM
killeratrod Hey wait a second , you should not do anything to the truck!! I am on my way to buy this puppy.LOL
06-05-2013 08:48 AM
AutoGear Theres a guy on here I believe with the name Flyin Brian. Hes a superb builder and has been featured in Hot Rod magazine. Recently hes been working on a Diamond T pick up truck as a street rod. I highly suggest you look at what he did, because Diamond T pickups are huge by comparison.

I wish I had a picture, but theres a guy that goes to the Syracuse Nationals with a dually work truck on modern frame rails, with a Ford Super Duty dualie bed and fenders and tailgate grafted on the back.

I believe FlynBrian48 used fiberglass Auburn boat tail speedster fenders on his Diamond T truck. Below is his project journal; The Diamond T build starts on page 39 - entry #58.
05-31-2013 06:41 AM
dinger I'm in Techs corner with this truck. Find some stock rear fenders, maybe switch the rear end to single tire, lots of room that way for some wide meats. Slap a GMC six cylinder in there with a 5 speed, proper gearing in the rear and drive the hell out of it. Te patina is great, I wouldn't touch that body, maybe, just naybe straighten the grille a bit. If there is no rust through, you have a super neat, one of a kind truck hat will be dependable and gather a lot of attentio. Value will be higher this way, you won't have a ton of money in bodywork. pay attention to safety, brakes, brake lines, exhaust (split exhaust of course) and have fun.
05-31-2013 04:44 AM
Originally Posted by techinspector1 View Post
I'm very sorry to hear that you plan to turn this sweet old truck into just another piece of crap.
Me too don`t break that truck
05-28-2013 10:27 PM
charlie's projects

Here is a pict of charlie's VW trike under construction at the UVU booth at the Salt Lake autorama. when he gets tired of working on the UTE he can form some more aluminum for the trike.
05-28-2013 09:55 PM
truck mods

A buddy of mine is building a 36 "Ute" roadster pickup. A company used to build a fiberglass 36 ford pickup body to fit on an older ranger chassis. He found a 36 ford 1 1/2 ton Ford farm truck, a ranger frame and went to work. He enrolled in the "Grandpa" program at UVU.. Over 65 and rates go from a grand a semester to $ 100, NO CREDIT ..He built dies for the college pulmax and made new panels to lengthen the cab 8 in. and to make the UTE pickup bodysides.. He plans on a SBC, he looked at the 302 in my ranger and decided a chevy engine would be a lot easier. In the pict he is building new rear fenders from scratch at the college shop. Check out "chris davenport aluminum 40 willys" he built as a student project at UVU. Those are the front fenders that were on the 1 1/2 ton farm truck
05-28-2013 09:34 PM
itsjusti I say do what ya want. Everything has its unfortunate qualities. I wouldnt worry about what other people think as long as your happy with it. Just curious but why a sbc? There are ford motors that are as easily accessible as a sbc...or bbc as your now interested in. There are motor options like crazy from every manufacturer from their beginning to choose from. Throw the whole drivetrain from a mercedes slr into it or two 4 cylinder drivetrains from a kia rio. Yeap im going to get a font pounding for this but idc. Im particular to side on the mod it side if you dont then its not your imagination its the designers. Everyone mods an auto in their own way whether it be a minor scent tree to a cell phone holder or all the way up to a full deconstruct..reconstruct being something that only you know what is. Its to suit your imagination let it flow....
05-28-2013 08:11 PM
Originally Posted by killeratrod View Post
tech i got you here!! Check my name i think ratrod is in it!! So with that a will let loose the dogs!!
Like I said, monkey see, monkey do. Nothing original about you. Same old crap.
05-28-2013 07:53 PM
killeratrod tech i got you here!! Check my name i think ratrod is in it!! So with that a will let loose the dogs!!
05-28-2013 07:31 PM
Originally Posted by lapoza View Post
The only thing I was planning on doing is chopping the roof about 3 inches which I would do regardless.
DAMNIT, that's exactly what I'm talking about. First thing you yayhoos want to do is chop the top, chop the top, chop the top, chop the top. Isn't anything sacred? Couldn't we have AT LEAST ONE nice old truck running around with a stock height top? As I've said before about chopping the top, it's monkey see, monkey do. There is absolutely nothing original about it. If you want to do something fairly original, section the body and leave the top alone.
05-28-2013 07:05 PM
gearheadslife I agree with tech,,and not because of chop/cut/rebuild.
If I was the o/p I'd go to a show and ask to ride in one of the rat rods,
then see if thats what you want, they ride like junk..

Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5 - YouTube

^^^ THIS WILL give you an idea of what it's like to live with what you want to build, good luck
05-28-2013 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by Richiehd View Post
Im thinking what he is trying to say is it would be a shame to chop up a body such as you have there and turn it into a rat rod.
If it were me, Id paint it up nice and redo the doors as they were in 1936. Repower with a nice SBC. Hang a single wheel truck rear under it Make some rear fenders and take it from there. I was never a fan of chopping good usable bodys into ratrods.
I'm not planning on "chopping it up". The only thing I was planning on doing is chopping the roof about 3 inches which I would do regardless. Other than that I didnt have any plans to do anything to the body, it could always be painted in the future. I did realize after I posted that this is more of a finished hotrod style forum rather than a ratrod forum. But i will also say 99% of rat rods I find hideous myself. Something about Billy gibbons ratrod caught my eye. Had I found a nasty rusted truck as a base I would be all for painting it. But this truck has that awesome logo on the doors, i would hate to get rid of that.

My main reason for this post was looking for transmission suggestions, axle and rear end, stuff like that, not really to discuss aesthetics. I know for the finished vehicle I want disc brakes, manual transmission, heating and AC, etc. Just looking for advice and mistakes to avoid. Like what would be a good transmission and driveshaft/rear end to get with this truck, that matches with a Chevy 350 Sbc? Also, would a 454 fit on this truck? Im not worried about the engine covers, they can go, but would a 454 just be overkill for this truck?

Ill probably start a new post once I start tearing it down with progress pictures, but picking an engine to go with would be a good idea to do now, it's not that much of a price difference between the 454 and the 350 for a turn key engine, i would rather spend the extra money and get the 454, just wondering what problems would arise in this truck if i decided to do that.
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