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Old 07-10-2012, 01:24 AM
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Well here is my build thread Going to be a slow start butProjects are never fast and never done for that part.


I picked this up a couple weeks ago as an incomplete project. Story goes a guy sold it to a guy and the front end was a suicide style front end that needed new bushings, bearings etc. This guy takes the truck home and decides he wants a better suspension and power steering, I assume. He then proceeds to cut the front end out and attempt to put a 2wd jeep straight axle front end in it. He never finished it.

So his friend buys it from him and has to make it stable to tow and brings it home then has some personal problems and never gets to start on it.

so it has sat for around 2 to 3 years

Now its my project

First step was to get rid of the cobbled up jeep crap front end.

Next step is to get it mechanically sound so the normal new parts, plugs, etc and get I running and check out the trans

I plan on pulling the rear out, I have a Dana 70 Dually setup to put in it.

It has been body dropped way to far. Looks great outside but has that go cart feel and well I may never be able to bend my knee like that again
so I have to raise the cab some.

I have to rebuild the front section on the frame and I am going to go with a model A style suicide front end with a pair of 19 inch model A wire wheels.

We will go from there with more stuff to add later.

any pointers would be great (I am new to the rat rod scene)


sorry for the story I have been cooped up for 4 days.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:25 AM
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As of the first Night no more jeep Front end
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:26 AM
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:16 AM
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looks solid, l don't think the wire wheels go with the body style, the rear wheels and tires look good, l'd go with them as they fit the theme better.

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Old 07-10-2012, 06:27 AM
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any pointers would be great.
I know you are new, so some better terminology is a good start. "Body drop" is a new mini-truck term that doesn't really apply (and sounds kinda silly IMO). The proper way to describe that on a hot rod is channelled.

Other than that good job getting rid of that cobbled up front end. There are some options on what you can do, just depending on your budget and skill set. I wouldn't put a dually rear under it or use wires. Use the rear you have and put some matching narrow steelies up front.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:14 AM
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[QUOTE=Blue Eyed Devil;292056]I know you are new, so some better terminology is a good start. "Body drop" is a new mini-truck term that doesn't really apply (and sounds kinda silly IMO). The proper way to describe that on a hot rod is channelled.

From what I have always been taught there are 3 terms

Body Drop--when the floor is left stock and moved up to a higher point on the cab to give that low look sacrificing leg room.

Sectioned--when a section of the cab is cut out to give the lower roof line look and retain a factory floor and leg room

Channeled--when a floor is removed and cab lowered and floor rebuilt around frame and drive line.


As far as the front end thank you that jeep stuff had to go.

What other options would I have to give that look?

Right now I am looking at the drop axle kit from RPM. And 1000 is about all I have to spend for a front end setup and I still have to do steering.

As far as the wheels I got the image in my head and I like it so we will see how it looks when complete. After all it is a rat and that's what I have laying around.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:56 AM
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As far as the wheels I got the image in my head and I like it so we will see how it looks when complete. After all it is a rat and that's what I have laying around.
I agree that they won't fit the look of the truck, but if you are going to run them, just make sure they are in good shape..they were never intended to carry a vehicle of this weight..I would check them thoroughly, then often..they are 80 year old wheels
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:16 PM
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Great project material there. One good thing about this hobby is that nothing has to be finished and can be changed anytime to suit your mood. Please keep the reports coming and welcome to the board.
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Every time I hear "Body Drop" I think of the dude from Monster Garage. I guess it has two meanings for him.

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Body Drop--when the floor is left stock and moved up to a higher point on the cab to give that low look sacrificing leg room.

Sectioned--when a section of the cab is cut out to give the lower roof line look and retain a factory floor and leg room

Channeled--when a floor is removed and cab lowered and floor rebuilt around frame and drive line.

You are correct on the definition for section, but when the floor is cut to lower the body - it's a channel. Doesn't matter if the stock floor is used or a new one is fabbed. That's the hot rod term. A while back someone posted a good reference for hot rod lingo. A search would help you out. Leave the "body drop" to guys like the one pictured above...
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