Undead Sleds / Rat Rods Rule - Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Sleepers, Beaters & Bikes... since 2007!

Go Back   Undead Sleds / Rat Rods Rule - Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Sleepers, Beaters & Bikes... since 2007! > Builds!

Builds! Post your project here... show us what you're up to! Please Note: This section is for "Builds" ONLY!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 09-16-2019, 06:07 PM
soltz's Avatar
soltz soltz is offline
The Rat Captain
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Bloomfield, N.M.
Posts: 4,872
Default Fun

''''''
///\\\
__________________
Be Safe
and
Be Creative
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 10-27-2019, 04:03 PM
mikec4193's Avatar
mikec4193 mikec4193 is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: mechanicville ny (upstate ny)
Posts: 508
Default

finally got the roll cage kids to accept the old jalopy into the care...they are going to try and replicate the old roll cage...


so we loaded the old man up onto another flatbed ride over to the next town...



so it is away from the hood..had to keep tinkering away...

So there was this gas tank filler neck access hole...made the whole rear deck lid kinda wobbly...so I had some 3/8" brake line...hammered it flat on 2 sides and starting trying to get it to stick to the old deck lid...



crude and rude just like the folks would have done back in the day...

oh yeah the whole bottom lip inside was rotted so...it was raining outside so I started cutting thin scrap sheet metal that I had laying around...



it was kinda fun to not have to worry about getting is super smooth with butt welds and all that fancy stuff...it is an old stock car....stock cars are lap welded everywhere...



so the garage stall is almost empty with just this deck lid taking up the stall....

almost thinking about getting something else to keep me busy for the rest of the winter...

we will see...

MikeC
__________________
I am the squirrel...

Last edited by mikec4193; 10-28-2019 at 07:19 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 11-24-2019, 01:30 PM
mikec4193's Avatar
mikec4193 mikec4193 is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: mechanicville ny (upstate ny)
Posts: 508
Default

Been awhile...got a text from the roll cage kids and we chatted yesterday...he is ok recreating the old cage like it was...so we are moving forward with the build again...
the only real part of the sheetmetal that I still have is the rear deck lid...so...



Keeping with the flavor of this build...we want to keep everything old and lumpy...so..



this must have been a back marker back in the day...lots of lumpiness in the back end of things...the drivers side too...



I am so thankful that I decided not to drive this old heap...since then this has turned into a semi fun project again...old cars creep my out on the roadways anyways...

So until we do more...

KEEP ON GRINDING...my fellow rat rodders

MikeC
__________________
I am the squirrel...
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 11-24-2019, 10:37 PM
soltz's Avatar
soltz soltz is offline
The Rat Captain
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Bloomfield, N.M.
Posts: 4,872
Thumbs up

The old jolapy guys are smiling looking down at your work
==
__________________
Be Safe
and
Be Creative
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 11-24-2019, 11:47 PM
Burgerman's Avatar
Burgerman Burgerman is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: NW Washington
Posts: 1,726
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by soltz View Post
The old jolapy guys are smiling looking down at your work
==
Agree. Nice to see it saved.
Reply With Quote
  #46  
Old 08-09-2020, 05:38 AM
mikec4193's Avatar
mikec4193 mikec4193 is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: mechanicville ny (upstate ny)
Posts: 508
Default



So it has been a long time for any new updates....I delivered the old heap to the roll cage fab shop (October of 2019) and the lead fabricator there is now in the middle of a messy messy messy divorce....I can feel for him there...so nothing really new..I basically have been at a stand still...I did find a pair of 1940 Ford front fenders that I can cut up and make into Jalopy fenders...

So I have been talking to via facebook and email a bunch of people in New Jersey who are into vintage stock cars...well the other day I got via Facebook messenger this picture as it was raced...it was last raced in like 1963...it did win a heat race (at the Fort Dix Speedway now New Egypt) and was raced at several other tracks in New Jersey...from what I can tell the guy I am talking to (via emails) is the fellow in the picture..."JB Davis" and he lives across the street from the North Wilkesboro Speedway now. I think he was born in 1939 so he is not a kid anymore...

So that is about it...it did feel good to be able to talk to him about it..he thinks it last ran with a Ford 312 under the hood...

Now I am thinking maybe get it back from the shop and put all the old parts back on it and see if anybody from the New Jersey area might want it back and use it as parade car or something...

MikeC
__________________
I am the squirrel...
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 11-18-2020, 02:47 PM
mikec4193's Avatar
mikec4193 mikec4193 is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: mechanicville ny (upstate ny)
Posts: 508
Default

Finally got the heap back from the roll cage shop...







1 1/4" black iron pipe just like it had when it was built in 1963...



This is the original cage...booger welds were the norm then...I got to actually chat with the fellow that raced it back in the day...he is like 81 years old now...he sent me his original Cromwell helmet...



Really made me smile when it arrived from North Wilkesboro to Mechanicville NY...

working on the rear fender wells as someone after JB Davis raced it cut them out...I got a pair off of a clapped out 1940 Ford 4 door...



__________________
I am the squirrel...
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 12-13-2020, 06:08 PM
mikec4193's Avatar
mikec4193 mikec4193 is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: mechanicville ny (upstate ny)
Posts: 508
Default

We had some really weird stuff going on around this car and my hose too...so before we got back to work...we burned a little sage...it seemed to calm stuff down a lot....


Got the rear fender wells installed...I thought a set of 1940 Ford sedan inner fenders would be a no brainer...wrong wrong wrong...but we cut and chopped and they fit...what a hodge podge they are...

Next I found out where the rear fenders bolted was all rotted out...I am so loving how this was an old Jalopy from back in the day...we can lap weld all day long and not feel bad...and we did too...



the back of the body was just sorta hanging out in the breeze....it was not good at all...so we had some left over black pipe and we did some cutting and grinding and we had body mounts for the back of the body...



There was nothing on back as far as a bumper goes except some 4" steel channel that was cobbled on and then partially cut off with a torch...


I had some 4x4 steel tube that I had cut length wise for an old Willys Jeep project...well a little cutting and grinding and welding and "look mom...we got a rear push bumper"...

I still cant believe that the guys back in the day would race these things...I would not put my worst enemy in one of them...this thing a death trap...those boys they were crazy to race them...the former owner driver told me he raced it with a 312 Y block in it.....he told me "It would go like crazy down the straightaways but it wouldn't turn"....I wonder why??

MikeC
__________________
I am the squirrel...
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 12-13-2020, 06:41 PM
Torchie's Avatar
Torchie Torchie is offline
Rusty Rat Rodder
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 7,159
Default


A little smudging always helps.

Torchie
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Rat Rods Rule Inc.