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Old 11-16-2009, 05:53 PM
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Red face RAT Ranger Build

SORRY guys/gals, I thought I had already posted this on here, but went to update it, and realized I hadn't started it
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Official notice of what I talked bout at the Ranger Meet in Knoxville!

This is gonna be my version of a Rat Rod and I doubt it's what they (the Rat Rod crowd) will be expectin:

Startin with this, less engine, trans, wheels & tires:










Picked up a 2" fiberglass bolt-on hood cheap:


Unloaded after 4 months on the trailer & cleaned up for first time:






And of course the RAT:




Modified the radiator support for easier access:




Removed the bed for ease of access, tossed the PITA fuel tank, removed the rear suspension to include brackets:


And installed my NEW Explorer front spring mounts:


BUKOO room for Pro Street tires now:




Done for now:


SURVEY SAYS: WHOLOTTA ROOM for more tire inside the wheelwell:


But as most know with mods, things don't always go your way.......for my setup, I'm gonna have to fab up some shock mounts, as I can't use the original ones as expected....no biggy, AIN'T THE FIRST TIME!

Went with longer shackles to level it up some, frame is 19" from ground:


Made some shock mounts (1/4" flat stock & piece left from 2X4 rectangular tubin cut in half), haven't decided whether I'm gonna weld em on or bolt em:


Shock mounts installed........had to modify crossmember above the rearend to strengthen it for the shocks to mount to it:




Only thing left now is to weld up the spring perches after I set the pinion angle..................

Got my gauge panel made finally:


Also made my switch panel:


Motorplate tigged & intake powder coated:



Trucks sittin outside, on the back burner, as I've been workin on my Son's 95 XLT salvage rebuild............

Funds have been TIGHT, but I gotta set of 15x12 Weld Draglites w/7.5" backspacin yesterday:

Now I just gotta save for the 29x14.50 Hoosier tires.....


I still gotta pick up some centers & lug nuts, after I do, I'll putem on and take some pics to show the clearance.

My idea looked good on paper & thought, and so far, all has gone as planned with only a few issues that were easily resolved....

Would like to have it ready for summer Cruise-Ins, but with my hours bein cut at work, kinda slowed thoughts/progress of the build, so may be next year before yuns see it out!

Will post updates as I go along, within reason................

AND to all you diehard blue oval folks: I don't wanta hear any negative crap bout Chevy in a Ford, as most know, I've done it before, and if ya don't like it, don't read/view/comment on it!
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:24 PM
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i'll be following this closely. looks like a fun build.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:28 AM
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Hmmmm........I've seen this project somewhere before!

Looks good and I can't wait to see those big tires on the rear of that thing!
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:58 PM
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Hmmmm........I've seen this project somewhere before!
It's on all 4 of the Ranger sites I go too...

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Looks good and I can't wait to see those big tires on the rear of that thing!
My wheels are to be here Monday, so I plan on doin the test fit on Wed........
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:02 PM
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love love love the fact it's gonna have a real rat under the hood!


Oh...and for what it's worth, F-purists.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:51 PM
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Picked up some NEW tires today:

They are 12" wide (first groove to last groove)


They are 28" tall..............

Too chilly to put em on tonight, but will get pics when I do throw em on!
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:13 AM
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Nice...I can't wait to see them all mounted and ready to go.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:40 AM
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Holy crap! That's going to be SWEEEEET! I hope you trailer it up to Knoxville for a meet when you get it done.

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:51 AM
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Holy crap! That's going to be SWEEEEET! I hope you trailer it up to Knoxville for a meet when you get it done.
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I'll bring it up to the next one done or not, at least the guys will be able to checkout the suspension setup that accomodates the meats!
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:14 PM
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Thats tiiiiight..!!! cool build!
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:14 PM
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What size engine are you going to run?
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:23 PM
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Weather was descent today, so I through em on:


"Survey says" = Plenty of ROOM>


With the box on:


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Old 12-06-2009, 03:14 PM
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Yes!
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:21 PM
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just a lil info about the sb chevy it designer is the same guy that designed the flat head ford. that is why you see the 350 in alot of the older street rod fords they fit nicely
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:47 PM
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Wow! That's going to be one sleeper... Until you fire it up! Can't wait to see the finished product.

And, Stepside FTW!
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