Hello everyone, New guy here from Springfield, MO!
Since a young age I have always admired rat rods / traditional hot rods, but always thought to myself "man I can't build a car... that's too much!"
Well, About 8 years ago I got into building custom bobbers, bought a welder and learned how to use it, and started building wilder and crazier bikes.
Eventually I started building bikes for customers, But while doing that, on deadlines and working a 48hr a week job as well... I quickly got burnt out on bikes.
I saw a nice traditional hotrod pickup cruising and thought to myself "You know... I havent thought about it in years, But now that I have all of this fabrication experience... I could totally build something like that!"
and then it began... I knew I wanted a pickup, so I went and looked at several before settling.
I picked up a 37 dodge cab for 300.00. In overall decent shape.
The owner knew the history on the truck, It was used as a delivery truck in his home town of Thayer, MO for a small scale machine shop, I really loved that he knew the history, and the fact that the truck still had the sign on the driver door. So I was hooked.
I've never built a hot rod before, and never really messed with a pushrod engine. So this is a learning experience every step of the way... But I'm having a BLAST doing it!
First thing I did when I got it home was brace it, and chop the roof off, Cutting out 4" and throwing it back together. Have a long way to go, But it is getting there.