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Old 05-07-2005, 11:22 PM
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The rat gets a paintjob

For those who might not check out the General Rodding Forum, another benchmark for the Rat on a Shoestring. After a few weeks of body work the car is now in flat black and is beginning to look pretty close to the final product. Now it's on to the interior and the mechanicals. Many more details and pics in my journal. Note: This posting is a duplicate of the entry in General Rodding Tech.






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Old 05-07-2005, 11:43 PM
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Looking good man! Keep up the good work!


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Old 05-07-2005, 11:48 PM
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GOOD LORD that thing looks mean!!!!

If I only had an 1/8 the talent you have I would be doing pretty good.

The only thing I would have done differently is to put some zoomies on it.

I, for one, am jealous.

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Old 05-08-2005, 10:04 AM
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Hey CBoy....Are you within your budget or did you go over? BTW


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Cboy is a stud!
Uh.....did I say that? I mean that looks mean. I like it!!!
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That does look meaner than anything I have ever seen.
You could put a 6cly under a hood and no one would want to race.
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:48 AM
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Awesome

Good job...

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Hey CBoy....Are you within your budget or did you go over?
Hey Kevin,

Like most rods, the budget gets sorta slippery as the project progresses. So I guess it depends on which budget we want to talk about. My original target, when the project started back in October, was $3,000. After opting for coil overs on the front and 4-bars all the way around, I had to up that target budget to $3,500. Now, as I'm getting near the end and scrambling to get all the odds and ends you forget about when you first set down a plan, it looks like I'll end up in the $4,000 neighborhood.

One of the major causes for going over budget is that the body turned out better than I had envisioned. You wouldn't think that would be a "problem" but what happens is that you now want the rest of the car (engine, interior, mechanicals etc) to look presentable enough that they do not detract from the body. Back in October I figured the body would turn out crappy - but passable. In that situation rusty exhaust headers, crudded up block, blanket over cushions for upholstery, stock steering wheel, raw rims, etc. etc. would be perfectly in keeping with the overall ratty look.

When the body came together the way it did, I started changing my outlook. I decided I needed to sort of bring everything up to the same level as the body...thus I have opted for moon disks to dress up the rims, nice chrome headlights, some Naugahyde upholstery, new rear tires (when the old ones had a year's worth of tread left), some dash gages, an after market steering wheel, new seat belts to color match the upholstery, and a few other frills as well. What I will probably do at the end is post two budgets...one showing the bare essentials of what it cost to get the car running and on the road (this will probably be $3,500-$4,000) and a second budget showing the total cost as the car sits - with the moons, upholstery, and other upgraded items (this will probably be $4,000-$4,500). That may be cheating a bit, but I think it will give folks a good idea of what they might expect for their money should they take on a similar project. Clearly my original $3,000 target was a wee bit optimistic. But for me, at least, the overrun of $1,000-$1,500 has turned out to be worth it. And even at $4,500, I think this roadster would be within the financial grasp of most rodders, particularly if they spread it out over a year or two of work. And that was pretty much the point of this modest little experiment to begin with.

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Old 05-08-2005, 12:21 PM
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Dewey you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice grille shell by the way, is that aftermarket?




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GOOD LORD that thing looks mean!!!!
If I only had an 1/8 the talent you have I would be doing pretty good.
Chris,

One of the main points I wanted to make in building this car was that the ordinary back yard mechanic, with not particular metal working talents, can fabricate a decent looking hot rod without breaking the bank. Believe me, I am the world's foremost example of "lack of talent". I am quite certain that you, and most others at HR.Com, have as much, or more raw talent as I had coming into this project.

What I DO have, that others might lack, is the time to devote to such a venture. I am also fortunate enough to have the financial resources to tackle a project like this without having to postpone the building process for weeks or months due to lack of funds. That can be really discouraging to your motivation.

The other thing some rodders, particularly younger rodder, might not have is access to the tools necessary to do a build like this. Make no mistake, you need some pretty good tools - a decent welder, grinding tools, chop saw, metal band saw, media blaster, bender, compressor, paint gun, DA sander, and a whole assortment of other smaller hand tools.

But if you look at my journal you will quickly discover there were no hidden secrets or mysterious talents involved in building this project. Just your basic cut, weld, hammer, bend, slice, drill, bolt, grind, sand and polish. Like I say, I am living testament that you don't have to be particularly good at any of those skills to put them together into a passable hot rod.

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Nice grille shell by the way, is that aftermarket?
Mike,

Yup, aftermarket. I touched on this a bit in my last journal entry. After much debate I decided to go with the stock F-150 radiator but mount it in the rear. This eliminated having to fabricate a somewhat difficult grill shell for the low/wide stock unit. I then bought the '29 shell ($95) and it will be mounted in the normal position but "empty". It really came down to wanting to maintain the tradition look while not wanting to invest huge bucks in a new radiator.

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What Dewey showed!!

One of the main things is having a sense of discipline to make a plan and stick with the plan till it is completed..

Good job Dewey..

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That thing is lookin great
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For those who might not check out the General Rodding Forum, another benchmark for the Rat on a Shoestring. After a few weeks of body work the car is now in flat black and is beginning to look pretty close to the final product. Now it's on to the interior and the mechanicals. Many more details and pics in my journal. Note: This posting is a duplicate of the entry in General Rodding Tech.


where is the meat??it looks like 4 donuts on it compared to all the other ones I've seen j/k

looks good buddy

let get a pic. of it popping a wheely

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where is the meat??
I wouldn't mind fatter tires on the back but I'm running the stock, 6" rims (to save $) and them's the tallest/widest meats allowed within the factory recommendations. These are also a little more in keeping with the nostalgia theme.
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