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Old 09-29-2014, 08:52 AM
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Hi guys!

New here, and going to be putting together a rat rod truck of sorts. It starts with a 1994 Chevy long bed pickup with a 4.3L V6 (yeah I know) and auto trans that will be the chassis and drive train donor.



I've found a 1949 International cab with doors and dash that will go onto the chassis



and an old Peterbuilt (oops, Freightliner - good catch kenny!) front grille that I'll probably shorten.



As for the back end, I have a '91 Chevy dually setup with wheels and tires, but tempted to put that on my '88 Suburban. We'll see. Found an International pickup bed, Studebaker bed, but might just go with wood plank for now. All depends on budget and I have none! Craigslist and Home Depot are my parts sources.

Going to be learning a lot. I'm basically a backyard hack, new to welding and putting things together, but not altogether unskilled. I have built track cars and fixed up cars and trucks for the last 10 years. Starting late in life, but at least I am started!

I doubt I will go extreme "rat rod" on this thing since I want to be able to drive and enjoy it and not ruin my back and other body parts, but you never know. Since it's my first one, I have a lot to learn and a lot to explore as far as options. Probably start with getting the pieces together and working, then do a c notch rear and lowering the front. The only limits as far as that goes are the "speed" bumps (why are they called that?) and drainage ditches and rounded curb at the end of my driveway.

Looks like I have to upload some photos to post here, so will do that and come back to edit...
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:58 AM
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That sounds like quite the project! Be sure to post some pics as you go, and good luck.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:20 AM
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Thanks! I will update with photos as things progress. First will be to remove the pickup body, bed and front end, go pick up the IH cab, and start fitting that. Decide where the dually rear end goes (still leaning toward the 'Burban on this), go get the grille, etc. And I am REALLY liking the look of that Studebaker bed and FAT fenders ...

Day 1: Dismantle '94 Chevy pickup. MAN, I had no idea there was so much CRAP on this thing!
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Cool build . Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that grill might not be off of a peterbuilt.
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Good luck. Have fun.
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Cool build . Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that grill might not be off of a peterbuilt.
Oops! Say, you're right! LOL
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Sort of related to this build, and sorta not: I have that dually rear end (and picking up wheels and tires today) and trying to decide what to do with it. Two options; save it for the rat truck or slap it under the back of my '88 Suburban like this:



What do you guys think??? I really like the look without the fender extension. I've also ditched the side step rails (whatever they're called). Just didn't like the way they look...
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I like the idea of a dually full-sized 'ute...but it'd have to have dually fenders.
Having an extra set of wheels just flapping in the breeze on a truck like that would look totally unfinished.
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