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Old 02-20-2019, 08:28 AM
Hoserhead57 Hoserhead57 is offline
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My name is Kevin. I live in Arkansas (retired). Looking forward to building my first rat rod. I did some hot rodding on late 60s and early 70s muscle cars many moons ago. Can't afford those anymore. I am planning to build the frame and body myself and buy a drop axle with most of the goodies for it and also a limited slip rear axle (8.8 Ford?) I am in the process of mocking up the frame using lumber. Plan to use lumber for the body skeleton and card board for the body panels. Hoping to fine tune the body and frame dimensions in cheap materials and then start buying front and rear axles, wheels and tires and then build the frame and body. Already have an old 1969 472 Caddy (high compression) that so far looks to be in great shape and the Turbo 400 auto trans that was originally behind it. I figure to spend about 3 years to start to finish and keep the cost to around $9000.00. Trying to be realistic and stay under budget.

I found this web site while researching frame designs. I am here to learn from your experiences and share mine as well.

Anybody here live in or near Arkansas?

Thanks for letting me in,

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:48 AM
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welcome to undead sleds from bama. we do have some members that live there.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:49 AM
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Welcome to the site
Sounds like you have a realistic budget.
Start a build thread so we can follow along and be sure to post a lot of pics.
There's a huge amount of talent on here that you can tap into.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:53 AM
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Location: NW Washington
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Welcome from Washington. Folks here are helpful and have much experience. Your project sounds terrific. Like the big Cad engine.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:24 AM
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Location: Central Tejas
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Welcome from Central Tejas! Be careful... once that rust gets in your blood... there's no known cure!!!

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Old 02-20-2019, 12:38 PM
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Location: Southern Ontario
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Welcome from Southern Ont. Like the others have already said, there's lots of experience here, and everyone is willing to share....
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:45 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Alberta, Canada.
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Welcome to Undead Sleds, from northern Alberta, nowhere near Arkansas. This forum seems to be all about the build, so you are at the right place. Good luck.
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:48 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Greenwich R.I.
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Welcome from Rhode Island to the best car site on the web. Lots of helpful folks here. Sounds like you have a good plan. You can check out my frame mockup if you click on signature at the bottom of this reply.
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:44 PM
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He's rockin' the "Nuttin Special"!
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Welcome from Flawda!
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:09 PM
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Welcme from SoCal.
Your build sounds great. Pix are always fun.
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