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Claude Thibodeau

1932 Ford sedan L8 powered rat rod

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Hi!

I never ever dared to buit a "rat rod"... but I finally gave it a try.

Used a pile of mis-matched parts from the junk bins at the last 2 shows I attended... It is what appears to be a Revell 32 sedan body, with a junked 32 Ford frame of unknown origin, plus L8 engine, tranny & luggage rack from 32 Chrysler imperial (AMT), and wire wheels & IRS from a 39 Mercedes found in the same junk bin. Rear floor pan, dash, seats, windshield, radius rods, sun visor (made from the rear spoiler of a Revell '71 GTX !). steering linkage, column, door panels,  pedals, chain & padlock "seat belts" were scratchbuilt. Fully wired & hosed. The roof is a laminate of styrene sheets, opened, with wooden effect & chicken coop fencing for good measure. Paint is Tamya's acrylic with the hair spray technique. The licence plate is litterally suspended with wires...

Hours of fun with styrene!

CT

 

 

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I've looked through parts boxes, and give up.  That's just like the real thing, fake it until you make it!  You did a great job engineering that, other than the exhaust tip under the big hole in the floor. 🤢  Love the result on the patina.  The Lil'John's came from the Model T kit, which I did last century.

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Great lookin and well done. Don't know if I would want to own or drive the real thing but this one very cool and well executed model car.

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Just how a rat rod should be built! Like you (until now), I've never built a serious rat rod. The main thing that's kept me from it is I'm not good at weathering. Still, I want to give it a shot sometime. Nice work on yours!  

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Well done build. I like the little accessories, and the body weathering looks appropriate.

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Hi!

Thanks for the comments. 

It is true that the exhaust fumes could swirl back into the cabin. However, the hole you refer to is in fact in the stepped-up "floor" that fills the rear of the cabin. And just for good measure, I dispensed with all windows, except the opening windshield... Safety first! (just kidding!) This could be an issue only at stoplights, I suppose. Alas, I did not test the car in a wind tunnel to see the buffeting effect regarding exhaust fumes. I told you: building rat rod is hard...

A few years ago, at the North-East NSRA nat in Burlington Vt, a young army recruit at my hotel was hosing his rat rod with water at 6:00 am... to adjust the "patina", he admitted... He had no floor at all, barring a unique 2X2 xmember that supported the seats and belts. The "floor" was made of wire fencing, just like the one used in the roof of my model. Said he got a lot of slack from Patrolmen about it... but they ultimately always let him go with a "thanks for your service" comment. Exhaust fumes was the least of his worries, I guess...

CT

 

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2 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Nice work, that's an old AMT sedan body.... -RRR

Hi!

Thanks for the info. Your expertise is much more acute than mine. I will correct my descriptive form for the next show, in october. I would like to attend Classic Plastic in Lowell october 6. Schedule permitting... Otherwise, the Quebec City model show will be its first outing. 

CT

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Nice, er, ugly! I like it!

When I built a rat rod for the first time a few years ago, I was surprised to find that it took me a lot more hours to make it look “ratty” than what I usually spend building a “pretty” car. So, I appreciate the amount of work that you put into this one.

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Hi!

Thanks for the comments. I have a friend who has a real Rat Rod... Everybody is blown by the look of it... bu HE is terrified to drive it. It is therefore a "trailer queen". Go figure. At least, my rat has front disc brakes, and very strong "seat belts"...

CT

 

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I joined a hot rod club when I was twelve and was brought up to believe that you made every part as smooth and shiny as you could.  For that reason I struggle with many rat rods - why would you want to make your car look like a piece of junk?   But what I see here is a weathered hot rod that could possibly be driveable, at more than walking pace around a fairgrounds. Yeah, I would feel more comfortable with the exhaust out the back or the side but this thing has believable suspension, proper brakes, reasonable ground clearance  and a pretty cool engine. It's working for me!

And I especially like that you used an AMT Tudor - you just don't see those built often enough!

Cheers

Alan

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7 hours ago, alan barton said:

I joined a hot rod club when I was twelve and was brought up to believe that you made every parts as smooth and shiny as you could.  For that reason I struggle with many rat rods - why would you want to make your car look like a piece of junk?   But what I see here is a weathered hot rod that could possibly be driveable, at more than walking pace around a fairgrounds. Yeah, I would feel more comfortable with the exhaust out the back or the side but this thing has believable suspension, proper brakes, reasonable ground clearance  and a pretty cool engine. It's working for me!

And I especially like that you used an AMT Tudor - you just don't see those built often enough!

Cheers

Alan

Hi Sir!

Thanks for the comments. I build real 1/1 street rods for a living... therefore, I may have more sensibilities as to what might work or not in real life... But I admit some of my builts are a stretch (!), That's the fun of modeling: less boundaries, eh?

I see you live in Perth. Funny... a few years ago I sold a custom Engine cover to a rodder from Perth. The shipping cost more than the part... but he wanted it badly, so... I can't remember his name, alas. Getting older by the day...

CT

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