7/30/08

We're Building a Rat Rod


This is how we found her setting.

She's a 1948 KB6 International. She was used on a farm for Hauling Haybales.
We bought 'er and had a vision of a Unique Rat Rod


We stripped her down and removed all the glass.
We chopped the doors first, They welded up nice and you can't even see the cut lines now. (had to put it on to see what she looked like.)



Off with her head, She got a 4" Chop.
Building the frame, Heavy Duty. Geting the Rear Axel set up. Running Old School Mags with Cheater Slicks...





Setting up the 4 link, It will also have a panhard bar, Don't want any side to side sway.


Yep it's got a 9" Ford rearend out of a 76 Ford Lincoln, It Will have a Detroit Locker. (The front spring is just on it to keep the axel from rolling over as we get measurements)


This is her so far, We set part of the bed on there to see where we're at and man she looks good! Anxious as hell to get her goin'. I will post more as we get it. Only get to work on 'er on weekends. So kinda slow going.
((Oh the rod behind this one is the Dunnegan Rat Rod...! See it in my sidebar pic. It is My Brother-in-laws. He got his done first..!
Will post more later...


Wow is building a Rat Rod slow or what?
It has been MONTHS since we worked on it or even looked at it.
I went up to the shed today, swung the doors open and there she sits- in h
er unfinished state. Begging us to hop to it. I took some new pics but such a small space i could not get good ones. It is Impossible to work on her right now as it rains every other day YES every other day!!

So just thought i'd update a few pics

Here is what we are going to use for a carb set up on the BB 460 - 2 650 Holleys, Weiand Tunnel ram and a way cool air scoop.




This will sit atop a rare set of Super Cobra Jet Heads we bought off ebay a week ago. These bad boys will add More horsepower to our stock 365 horse 460 Ford Big Block. whoa nelly........ she'll be chompin' at the bit...

We also decided to go with the original grille to the truck( i wanted that all along) and this is what it is.It will need to be cut and fit to the Rat Rod




The one on it now is a 35.36? IH grille but we will save it for another project.. Will update as we can.. like i said super slow going...... Take care all!
P.S. THE 460 MOTOR IN IT NOW IS JUST THE MOCK UP MOTOR AND IS A RUNNING ENGINE PULLED OUT OF AN OLD LINCOLN FOR A TEMP TRY OUT MOTOR WHILE BUILDING THE "HOT" ONE IT WILL HAVE!

Hang Tough folks, it has been super slow going building her. The Rain ir relentless this year in Missouri and I am not lying when I say it rains EVERY 3-4 days! Our goal of getting her ready for the 09 fall shows and cruise-ins is in reach. We just need a GOOD couple of weekends.



-------------UPDATE-------------
11/20/09
No new pics or any good news. Our summer/fall is gone and winter is upon us. It rained every god for saken day this summer  and i was Diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.. Begin chemo in January, followed with surgery and radiation. :( The rat is on hold and i am focused on Winning the battle and the Mr. lost interest in it.



******ANOTHER UPDATE******
12/12/09
Rat Rod is hibernating for the winter.....brrrr baby it's cold outside.
MERRY CHRISTMAS
& HAPPY NEW YEAR YA'LL.

Ratty Christmas





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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HELLO 
Chemo over. cancer gone, surgery was easy, radiation sucked!!! 
August 2010


Now back to this Fabulous RAT ROD. We have the fever again and just got a BOOST of excitement. On ebay we got a 429 Cobra Jet Short Block! oh yeah... Now we can mate it with those awesome scjh we bought on ebay as well. This old gal is gonna have a WHOLE HERD of horses in it.  I am soooo excited and now we have the urge to play with it and get it going...No promises for 2010 but lots of hope. :) Will put up more pics and some video soon. Stay Tuned.
Have an Awesome day.
  
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NEW PICS AND AN UPDATE 10/15/10

Well we got those pretty Torque Thrust wheels mounted and on, got the grille cut down and it fits perfect. IT MADE THE ROD. She looked ok with the other grille but this is the one she was born with and man oh man did it set up and look awesome. The bed is coming along nice and he had a couple new ideas for it so no pics with it on yet.
seeing this bad girl setting out in the early morning fog was quite a sight, we let her set out for a week so the cuts could rust. no shiny metal allowed :0

REMEMBER THIS IS JUST THE MOCK UP MOTOR


AND YES THE UGLY NEON GREEN PAINT ON THE GRILLE WILL BE  SANDED OFF ... YUK










UPDATE.....6/23/2012
HELLO RAT LUVRS.... wow where does time go? 4 years and Still do NOT have the Rat on the Road....  My Dream is to have this on the road and at some shows (before the rat rod phase dies off) lol...

Stay Tuned.... 


OCTOBER 31 2013  HAPPY HALLOWEEN YA'LL 
No progress yet!  BUT I am 3 1/2 years Cancer free and doing GREAT!!











6 comments:

Thunder Pig said...

Keep on posting.

I linked to you to help you out, and bet that you'll soon surpass me in people linking to you!!!

AL-DIABLO said...

i'm checking in! post up your progress!

Anonymous said...

You're on my prayers

Rat Rod Tony said...

Very cool! I love seeing the progress of the project. I will certainly bookmark your blog.

Jason said...

Hey – great job on the restoration of your rat rod!

We have several Rat Rod designs in our Rides collections at http://www.laidbackusa.com. You should check it out, I think you & your readers will like them!

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There’s plenty more – enjoy!

Keep up the great work!

-Jason
Marketing Guy @ http://www.laidbackusa.com

Anonymous said...

I'm the guy that sold you the 429 short block on Ebay. Following your adventures from afar, and glad you are doing well. Can't wait to see it on the road.