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Old 09-18-2008, 09:11 PM
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I've got a friend who is a hot rodder from year's ago and in watching my project come along he has re-kindled an interest in building a project.

I'm contributing my old 36 Ford frame and flathead to the project, but need some basic information around rat rodding as this will be a new type project for both of us.

We really want to keep it simple as in do not paint or chrome.

So, how wild can we go....Who can tell me what types of bodies they may have put on a 36 ford chassis?

We want to go fenderless and drop the body low. So, one question is what are the pros and cons to droping the body over the rails versus inverting suspension system? Or do we do both?

Are there websites that are more focused on rat rods?

Any and all ideas are welcomed?

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:22 PM
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You might get some ideals here.

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Old 09-26-2008, 12:13 PM
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Just stick to basics and one can build their own body in the pattern of a T that would work just fine..Suicide kick on the front we used to do and Z the rear of the frame will get it down low..

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Old 09-26-2008, 01:34 PM
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In the long run, it may be easier to build a frame rather than alter one. You can still use the suspension parts from the 36.
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Agreed, I purchased a build frame for my T-bucket and it is very fun. I am able to use any suspension I want pretty munch..

However, I have found out that I am creating alot of the parts: Brackets and Mounts being formost in my mind. It can be a nice thing to make everything look how I want it, but you could use stuff from the '36 frame to create yours.

Have fun man, and keep us posted!
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The 36 frame will accept any 35-40 Ford car body or any 35-41 Ford pickup body. A cheap way to build a "rat rod" would be to use a pickup body, chop it, channel it over the frame and shorten the bed.

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