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07-08-2012 02:02 PM
skullworks hey guys. i have built a roadster body from scratch. i had a bunch of scrap steel laying around and i put it together and ended up with scrappy the roadster. i have a book out on amazon on how to build it, complete with prints and measurements, both for the kindle as an ebook and as a paperback. it is doable. i totally respect anybody who fabricates their own stuff. thumbs up all the way.
08-11-2009 06:33 PM
RustyRatRod
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Originally Posted by cboy
Looks like JerryMopar's last post was more than a year ago (4/19/08) so my guess is this project is dead in the water. Scratch builts are no different than normal hot rod projects. Lots get dreamed up...some get started...and a few get finished. JerryMopar puts his on hold...and RustyRatRod steps up to tackle his own plan. The fun part is we get to learn something from each and every one of them.

For those who are new to Hotrodders.Com or who might be discouraged or disappointed by the fact that the project in this particular thread never got finished (at least no reports of of it being finished), let me toss in a couple pictures here of scratch builds that DID get finished...or are within a few weeks of being finished. They do take time when you build them this way, but there is no question that you can build a decent looking rod using the scratch build approach.

Here's New Interiors Pickup (from the thread he sites above)



Here's a beauty built by Australian member Rob (Chuck) Berry (more pics in his journal)



And a couple of my own from the journals linked by New Interiors above.





And this one, which I own but did not build myself.


The first picture is the type of body in shooting for. I love the look and with my own additions, it should be bad ***. My idea has been drawn up several times by myself and my Brother so Now its time to build. I have downloaded many pictures and lots of info on frames and bodys. I did lots of homework. This will be my first attempt at building a car from scratch.All of the cars pictured are cool and I hope mine is half as nicely done.
08-11-2009 07:47 AM
cboy Looks like JerryMopar's last post was more than a year ago (4/19/08) so my guess is this project is dead in the water. Scratch builts are no different than normal hot rod projects. Lots get dreamed up...some get started...and a few get finished. JerryMopar puts his on hold...and RustyRatRod steps up to tackle his own plan. The fun part is we get to learn something from each and every one of them.

For those who are new to Hotrodders.Com or who might be discouraged or disappointed by the fact that the project in this particular thread never got finished (at least no reports of of it being finished), let me toss in a couple pictures here of scratch builds that DID get finished...or are within a few weeks of being finished. They do take time when you build them this way, but there is no question that you can build a decent looking rod using the scratch build approach.

Here's New Interiors Pickup (from the thread he sites above)



Here's a beauty built by Australian member Rob (Chuck) Berry (more pics in his journal)



And a couple of my own from the journals linked by New Interiors above.





And this one, which I own but did not build myself.

08-10-2009 10:16 PM
NEW INTERIORS
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Originally Posted by RustyRatRod
Thats my main problem, all these ideas going off in my head like bombs.

My brain ''NEVER'' stop's...
08-10-2009 10:11 PM
RustyRatRod Thats my main problem, all these ideas going off in my head like bombs.
08-10-2009 10:06 PM
NEW INTERIORS
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Originally Posted by RustyRatRod
I know its hot there, I stayed in Diritter for a while a few years ago. I wish more people build homemade rods. I think its the future of the hobby, least in this area. there is no old tin around here at all. If you can find something, the owner wants a mint for it no matter what shape its in.

I too wish there were more doing it..But I do see more and more trying..I plan to do another one like I did,But the next one will be full fenders,And have a 454 with a tunnel ram.I can't wait...The only thing bad about doing homemade rods,Is before you finish the one your building,Your already planning the next one.. I also built the one in my avatar..I have a few idea's going around in my head..


I do enjoy doing custom car's,But the enjoyment you get from creating a car from nothing.Is a greater feeling..
08-10-2009 09:57 PM
RustyRatRod I know its hot there, I stayed in Diritter for a while a few years ago. I wish more people build homemade rods. I think its the future of the hobby, least in this area. there is no old tin around here at all. If you can find something, the owner wants a mint for it no matter what shape its in.
08-10-2009 09:53 PM
NEW INTERIORS
Quote:
Originally Posted by RustyRatRod
I plan to start when it cools off a bit. it has been 95 or hotter around here for a month or so.Humid as hell too.

I know what you mean.. I'm from South La..
08-10-2009 09:50 PM
RustyRatRod I plan to start when it cools off a bit. it has been 95 or hotter around here for a month or so.Humid as hell too.
08-10-2009 09:48 PM
NEW INTERIORS
Quote:
Originally Posted by RustyRatRod
Oh yea, I seen that thread. I got the idea to build my own Rod from the ground up from reading it.My Mustang project is a no go{sold it} so I decided to do a homemade rod.
Good luck.. I can't wait to see it come together..
08-10-2009 09:42 PM
RustyRatRod
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Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
Not sure what ever happen here, But here's one you can check out.. http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/new-...ng-138193.html

Check out Cboy's journal..He also has some very nice home made Rods..
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...66&action=view

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...81&action=view

Oh yea, I seen that thread. I got the idea to build my own Rod from the ground up from reading it.My Mustang project is a no go{sold it} so I decided to do a homemade rod.
08-10-2009 09:28 PM
NEW INTERIORS Not sure what ever happen here, But here's one you can check out.. http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/new-...ng-138193.html

Check out Cboy's journal..He also has some very nice home made Rods..
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...66&action=view

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...81&action=view
08-10-2009 09:11 PM
RustyRatRod
Quote:
Originally Posted by JerryMopar
Hello All.

I got this idea stuck in my brain to make my own Rat rod from the frame up. More or less making it scratch built.

I plan on using a mopar 318 (cheap and effective V-8 power) with a regular 3-speed auto.

Maybe then getting some cheapo bare Honda frame or other "minicar"frame , and chopping it up to what I need it to be.

Making my own "cockpit" out of L bar and sheetmetal.
Using a plain Dana truck transaxle, driveshaft, with the 318

Having rear leaf spings and front shocks and springs.

rear drum and emergency brakes

Haing a bare bones electrical system, with all applicable lights

Here are some sketches I made in school...





Has anyone else tried making one from scratch? What do you think??
The last post on this thread was 1-30-07, what became of this project ? Im interested in seeing what you came up with.
01-30-2007 03:12 PM
Good Frosty After running into a couple of F1's, I have enough chassises and axles to keep me busy.

So, its just a matter of getting the rest of it home, and getting a decent welder.
01-30-2007 07:07 AM
wishnevsky Well just personally, i dont want to drag race, and the only show i want to be in is the "Ugly Truck Contest".. I just want something funny looking to drive on the street. I'm over 60 too, and make guitars for a living, so you know i dont have extra money.

I just like playing with stuff, and even if i had $20,000.00 to blow on a toy, i think i would keep on messing around.Got to amuse yourself, don't you know.
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