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1978 Dodge Lil Red Express


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#1 gautreau

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 03:47 AM

This is not going to be a purist type build.I tend to go with my mini-trucker mentality on most of my builds.So with that said here is a mini-truckers take on a Lil Red Express.
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I went with a backhalf instead of a full frame.
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More to come soon.

Edited by gautreau, 27 October 2012 - 03:48 AM.


#2 gautreau

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:14 AM

The ride height was set for 3" in the front.
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5" inches in the rear thatx to a height jig I made.
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Now for the heart of the Lil Red.
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Yeah its got a Hemi.
I too the hemi from the 2006 Chrysler 300 kit.Mainly for the engine cover.
Thanx for lookin'
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#3 gautreau

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:42 AM

Here is where I am currently.The chassis it at the roller stage.
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I mocked up the cab and core support to make sure everything fit.
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Teaser pic.
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The interior is done.
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Thanx for lookin'
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

That's soooo cool! Great so far. Can't wait to see it finished.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:37 PM

cool ! great color

#6 gautreau

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:27 AM

Thanx fellas.The assembly is not going so easy.I should have it together tonight or tomorrow.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 06:22 AM

Nice! You must have low rider playing in the back ground when building it? No a real nice build.

#8 gautreau

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

Thanx I appreciate that.I won't say just lowrider but there is a lot of music that influences my builds.Almost done though.I had one little hang up on this build.There was an injection tab that I didn't see until after I installed the windows.This caused the cab to not sit right.But thats all fixed now.I just need to install the grille and bumpers.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:41 AM

really like the overall result of this.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:18 AM

VERY nice job Jerrry! Nice and clean so far! It IS gonna look good!

#11 gautreau

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

Thanx fellas I appreciate it.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:35 AM

Really nice progress, nice vtouch on the engine and wheels...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:00 AM

I like what your doing here with lil red, I've always wanted to see one slammed. I'm all about the minitruckin' style. I personally would like to see the rear end come down some more and get that rim tuckin like the front but other then that it's a real cool build. Are you going to add the stacks? Keep it going, looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:07 PM

I have similar plans for mine, but not "slammed"...it's going to be more like a pro-touring stance. Yours looks pretty sweet!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

Thanx fellas I appreciate it.
Jason, I too would have liked to get the rear of the truck lower.But,with the wheels on it and the fenders on the box being molded on I was left with this stance.I will be adding the stacks.I also intend on building another one.That one will have a full frame,shaker,426 hemi,and who knows where my mind will lead it too.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:37 PM

Ahhh that's alright Jeremy, it still looks great with that stance. Like any normal mini trucker, I just wanted to see how low it would go...haha. The stacks will look good, make a hell of a difference with the overall look. So did I understand it right that your putting 3 stacks? Be sweet to have the 3 or just the 2 poppin out of the bed instead of on the outside. Sorry man, now you got my mind leading to places. Keep it going, excited to see what you have in store.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:48 AM

Thats the great thing about being a minitrucker.Our creative thought are endless.
Lil Red is almost done.I just need to do some clean up on the body and install the air system plumbing and components.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

sweet!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

Thanx I appreciate that.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

Coming along real nice Jeremy, lookin tough slammed with those pipes sticking out the side. Any plans on how your going to build the air ride setup? I'll keep my eye out for updates.