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The Rat Rig FINAL UPDATE 02/19/12 **DONE**


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#1 kenb

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:52 PM

This something that I posted in Workbench Saturdays!! A few veiwers there asked that I make a build log of this so here it is. I started this project a while ago, but it has yet to really be glued together so I took it apart as far as I could to get a good start. This is a combination of a Revell 41 Chevy pickup and a Revell W900 Kenworth

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first I cut the frame up and removed the front leaf springs and any riveted brackets, crossmembers, details, etc. I built a box frame and put the front leafs on the rear and added crossmember detail.

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I decided to go with coil springs in the front so I fabbed up some spring perches. I loosely assembled the cat engine to get an idea of what it will look like and cut the battery box steps down to a realistic size for what I'm doing. Had an Orange Crate cab and grill laying around and tried it on for size

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To be continued.
Ken

Edited by kenb, 19 February 2012 - 07:37 AM.


#2 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:59 PM

Wow, you definitely have my attention. Very interesting.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:03 PM

Well, din't care to much for that cab. Seemed just a bit too small. Got the cab from the 41 Chevy pickup. It's much better. I think if i had car tires and wheels on it the Orange crate cab would be ok. I had to cut up the rear panel and box it to clear the frame. Opened up the drivers door an cowl vent.

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I need a different grill. I'm thinking something like a farm tractor type grill, or a 34 ford grill just larger. I layed the 5th wheel on the back of the frame an kind of liked it. My original intentions were to build wrecker hoise for the rear. This is all being built out of my head as I go along. Any thoughts, ideas or criticism are welcome. This will probably be a lengthy build as I don't build fast, but i don't build slow, I build kinda half fast. so you'll have to bear with me.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:13 PM

Ken, :D I am real glad you are putting this up because this really caught my attention the other day and I hoped you would run this through :wub: ...Thanks

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:23 PM

That just oozes COOL!

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:33 PM

big time cool

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:35 PM

Sorry about the way some of the pictures are coming out. Using my old trusty Fuji S5000 and there must be something wrong with it. It's not trusty anymore. aoto focus just isn't working at times. will switch cameras for all future pics. Sat for a small session tonight and built the hairpins for the front end. Removed 2 pieces of frame section from the W900 that had rivet detail and made the hangers from that. Ken

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:40 PM

Ken.....like the progress.......very cool looking so far.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:11 AM

This thing is beautiful as all get out, another artistry build that I cant take my eyes off ,will be waiting to see the finished product.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:37 AM

way cool..

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:48 AM

I gotta say that when I opened this, I expected something like the truck in the Dennis Weaver movie, Duel. This is certainly a cool surprise!

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:19 AM

Very cool.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:25 AM

Just amazing! Keep it going. Take your Cranky vitamins and keep it going.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:00 PM

An update on the build. Did some detail work on the engine. Added plumbing and cleaned up the seam lines. Then primed. After I was done I realized that I put the injector lines on the wrong place on the head. Oh well, Not gonna change that now. This is what happens when you don't print out your reference photos and go from memory. At least I got the firing order right.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:41 PM

These are the kinds of details that are going to pay off BIG! Great work!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:40 AM

Now that's one monster of a truck!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:20 AM

thankz for posting this! im paying attention to this definatly and will be doing something similar to one of my snap pete kits (once i get some of these others out of the way! :lol:

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:31 AM

This is a very cool build.
I have seen photo's of real rat rig's and even though I don't build rat rods I plan on doing one,one of these day's.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:55 AM

This is a very cool build.
I have seen photo's of real rat rig's and even though I don't build rat rods I plan on doing one,one of these day's.



here is some "INSPIRE" ation for ya' to get this thing built!



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Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:40 PM

Well, been slaving at the workbench. Trying to get the right look for this Cat 3406 Engine. Don't know if I did the right thing by hitting it with the flat finish. I lost a lot of the weathing after that. Might do a light wash and a little more dry brushing on it tomorrow. Will have to see how it looks in frame.

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