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Some fairly simple questions

When channeling/knotching a body to make it sit extremely low to the ground on a ratt rod are the frame rails exposed on the inside of the cab? and when making the chassis sit low, is this down with the typical drop spindles, springs, shocks, blocks, ect? pictures are always helpful

this is about the ride height im looking for.

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I hope your pool table is big- 'cause that's what you'll need to drive it on- to keep from bottoming out on every pot hole, ripple or speed bump.

Some guys who actually drive their cars that sit that low, use hydraulics to lower and raise the stance as needed. Higher to drive it, lower to pose it. Or have skid plates to protect the undercarriage.

One safety consideration w/a radical set-up like that, is you DO NOT want any part of the chassis to contact the road, should you get a flat.

Any chance you can reduce the size some? I need two moniters side by side to see it!
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I believe in most states it is illegal if there is anything below the "scrub line". In other words, nothing can be lower than the bottom of the rim.

Rat rodder, you need to get out and see some of these cars in person.

One of the trends of the ratrod scene is to have all the mechanics of the car exposed. So, yes, the frame rails, transmission, rear end and drive shaft are OFTEN right next to you exposed in these cars!

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Yes, the frame rails will come into the cab space. You'll have to fabricate the floor to go around them if you don't want the frame exposed.

I did a 6" body drop on my build, which is a bug body on a S10 chassis. You can see just how high or how much the floor comes into the cab. The body is basically mounted flush with the bottom of the frame. The transmission crossmember also comes into the cab about 2". Notice the black part coming up into the floor patterns.

I have 2" dropped spindles upfront so I really wont have too much clearance issues. The body is flush with the bottom of the frame. I just didn't want it to look like a 4x4. In my mind, you do a body drop so you don't have to use drop spindles, springs, leafs, blocks, control arms, etc. You get that lowered look with the benefits of a stock ride.

You also have to consider the reduced amount of headroom. Don't want to brake your neck if the car rolls over. Unless you drive like those people who look like they're taking a nap.
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A couple of things, you might find it easier to get low by "Zing" both ends of the frame. Just like the T bucket frame only with a kick up in the front at the spring as well. Also I don't know how many you've seen but I posted about 300+ pictures in my gallery of fenderless hot rod pickups. Some of these pictures show pretty well what's been done. But be sure that safety is the first thing you plan for.
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