Just checking in as a newb from Tennessee.
I need a truck for hauling a couple motorcycles around but there doesn't seem to be a single new truck on the market that makes me want to drive it. Especially while making 5 years of payments on a new $35K loan. So, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be picking up a project truck this summer that at least looks rat rod ish.
I've just gotten started researching over the last couple weeks but I have a fair idea of what I want already. And that is big fenders on something most likely no newer than the early fifties. I grew up with a body shop in my back yard and worked for my old man for quite a few years rebuilding totals and doing most of the painting. So I have some ability but I've made my living banging on a keyboard for the last 20 years. What I don't have is a place to do a big project or a year to be without a truck while starting from scratch on a build.
My plan is basically to find something someone already put some love into but can't finish for whatever reason. Something I can have driveable with a few weekends of work, if it isn't already when I find it, then personalize it and make it reliable enough to haul bikes a few hundred miles in any direction for long weekend trips.
The ultimate for me would probably be a fat fender Willys pickup from around 1940. But I don't know how realistic finding one I can afford is. From the little searching I've done so far what seems very realistic is an early 50's Chevy pickup with a tried and true 350 CI SBC.
Whatever I end up with I'm having thoughts of air bags so I can drop it but also possibly raise the front and lower the rear while loading bikes. That's the kind of thing you guys can expect me to be buggin you about soon.