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My father-in-law bought this for me for Christmas. I gotta fund the build and build it - as he makes sure i don't destroy the car and myself in the process. I have no idea how to build a car or where to even start - but luckily, he does. He has much experience building street rods.

Gonna start off and build it as a rat-rod - and hopefully down the road, very very far down the road, i'll turn it into a respectable street rod. But if i can get it running, and lookin' cool for now, i'll be quite happy.

I think it'll make a good rat - 1927 Ford Roadster - Turtle Deck - original body, no fiberglass. All i need to build a car excluding motor, tranny, and rear end. Even has the original fenders.

Old 12-25-2009, 08:38 PM J Mel is offline  
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Good luck! keep us posted...
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Doesn't look like much right now, but i'm sure it'll be absolutely BADASS when it's done!
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Any plans for engine?
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Thanks for the comments!!! I'm waiting for my father in law to clear another car that he's working on out of his shop ('55 Chevy gasser) so i can move this one in and we can see where we stand and what we're going to do with it.

I know i want it low - low as i can and still be drivable - not like a low-rider. Just want a low aggressive stance. Want as short as a windshield as i can get and still be able to put a primitive but usable removable top on it. Also want a hood, but want the side skirts open to expose the engine on the sides. I'd like to channel it, but i'm too tall, and legroom is already going to be an issue. Also, i'm not the skinniest dude to ever drive a small-ass car like this, so as much space as i can spare the better. It will be painted flat black - primer. And would like to find some steel wheels and would like to paint them red, slap on some baby moons and white walls to finish off the look.

The big decision that i'm torn on is whether or not to use the fenders. Before acquiring this car, i've always wanted an open wheeled rat-rod, with tall skinny white-walls. I love that look, think its bad-ass. But this car does have the original fenders, and are mostly in good shape, with the exception of the left rear which somebody did some ugly welding on at one point, but think that kind of makes it fit that rat-rod feel. I still am in love with the open wheel look, but after looking up many many many pictures of '27 ford roadsters, i see that there aren't that many people out there who use the fenders. So, the car could be fairly unique if i use the fenders - makes me kind of want to use them. At this point, i plan on using them, but that is subject to change.

As far as power plant - i've been instructed to look for an old doner car - Chevy Nova with Chevy small block is preferable. Beat to hell, and cheap as hell is also the idea here. Want something that looks like hell, isn't worth crap, but still runs and drives. Will use it as doner car, pull engine, tranny, and rear end out - clean it up, and get it running good, and dropping it in the '27.

I'm new to this sub-section - but i imagine i'll be in here quite a bit as i build this, and come up with questions and suggestions.
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I know where a flat head + tranny are, cant wait to go pull them out one day.
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I thought that was a go-kart at first
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Chevy small block is preferable.



As much as I like and respect the SBC, I'm kind of getting sick of seeing them in EVERY kind of rod/classic/whatever.
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As much as I like and respect the SBC, I'm kind of getting sick of seeing them in EVERY kind of rod/classic/whatever.


QFT. Leave the fenders off and be unique by throwing in a cool engine. Even a flathead in something like this isn't far from the norm. Maybe a cool old inline 6?
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As a ford guy its wrong just buy a donor ford for all the parts I like the Idea of a I6
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If you turn that into a "rat rod" I will spit in the air across the country and hope it lands on your head.

Start reading websites/boards like the www.jalopyjournal.com and learn about traditional rod styling. What people call "rat rodz" are usually traditional styled rods. Many times though rat rodz turn into rolling hunks of shit that are unsafe for the driver and others that are on the street.

I've been there and done what you're doing, just will full bodied 40's 50's cars. I'm still looking for a shell like you have there to build a true "hot rod".

Another page to check out is Suhr Speed and Custom. Young guy in central PA, makes VERY nice period correct A's.

http://www.suhrsc.com/pastprojects

Also, street rods are pretty much gay.
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Yea, my dad put a SBC in my brother's 46' Ford 'SD' Coupe, which disappoints me. I prefer the original flathead, which we still had at the time.
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I think the idea about using SB chevy's are that they are abundant, cheap, powerful, and easy to work on....but i could be wrong. I'm not a car guy, never have been. Since it seems that a vast majority use them in their street rods, there must be some good reason behind it.

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If you turn that into a "rat rod" I will spit in the air across the country and hope it lands on your head.

Start reading websites/boards like the www.jalopyjournal.com and learn about traditional rod styling. What people call "rat rodz" are usually traditional styled rods. Many times though rat rodz turn into rolling hunks of shit that are unsafe for the driver and others that are on the street.

I've been there and done what you're doing, just will full bodied 40's 50's cars. I'm still looking for a shell like you have there to build a true "hot rod".

Another page to check out is Suhr Speed and Custom. Young guy in central PA, makes VERY nice period correct A's.

http://www.suhrsc.com/pastprojects

Also, street rods are pretty much gay.

It'll be a traditional style. 50's-60's style hot-rod. I don't want it ratted out to where its unsafe, and downright silly. My intent is to eventually build this up into a nice car. But time, money, and experience will get me running it as a rat for a while.

My father-in-law has been building and restoring cars for 40+ years, he knows what he's doing, and he won't let me destroy this one.

Just for fun, this was his last car. Pulled it out of a creek bed, restored it to this condition, just sold it a month or so ago though. Was actually a sad day. The bed was completely rotten away, cab was in very bad shape. Turned it into a flat bed. Not the best picture or angle of it, but only one that i have at the moment thats convenient. '51 (i think) Willys pickup. Think he actually has a Buick engine in this...actually not a chevy. They also have a '49 Willys Jeepster with the same engine. He likes it, fit into that body nicely, and ran great.

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^^Very cool. The restoration shop I worked for a few years back had one of those. They turned it into a street rod after I left there, looks pretty cool.

Your project will definitely be one to follow. I like the idea of keeping the fenders.
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