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For me Scratch building is almost a low budget thing . I don`t like to built perfect cars with many bought pieces . I prefer to build cheap cars from spare parts lying around
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Today I want to show you a car which I had built in 2007 . As a member of the German Street Rod Association my eyes are always on Hot Rods and other Pre War cars . Okay , I built other cars too but I like this Pre War think most
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The plan was to put a 1/32 Carrera body from new to a rusty and used Rat Rod . It had to have pre radial tyres ( how is the correct word in english ? Cross Plies ? In german "Diagonal Reifen " ) . I found a cheap Stabo Car Formula Chassis from the 60s with axles , wheels & tyres and working motor . The 32`Ford Roadster body was exclusivly sold in the german Carrera Club some years ago and I bought 5 pieces when they were available
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It all started with this :





This Formula front wing was cut from the chassis and then I tried to get the body so low over the chassis I could go . They call it "Channeling" in real .



Part 2 in some minutes
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The left car is an original Carrera Evolution car . Hope you see the difference height
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With a fire lighter I put some dents in the body and with sanding paper some scratches which should be from rust .



I don`t wanted to use simply the 32`grille at this car so in my head was a picture from an american car :



I didn`t like to hammer one from alloy so I used a tyre valve cap from a real car for a look in this direction . Engine and blower is from Carrera . Only the exhaust is modified .



Part 3 is on the way
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I put the body on to the chassis with a homebuilt clamp at the front . At the rear I used a velcro fastener ( I googled this word , hope it`s correct ) between the Stabo Car motor and the body . All this work was done at one friday evening and after putting my Rod together I tried to test drive it . At this time I had a 18 meters 4 lane Carrera track called "The Streethawk Racing Circuit" . I put some drops of baby oil on the 40 years old rear tyres and had fun , fun , fun
. At least 400 rounds at this evening
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Some days later I put some colours on the body . First some red primer and some black pieces . At the end some brown paint for a rusty efect .





My Rat Rod doesn`t need windscreen , headlamps or rear lights so it was finished very fast .



There wasn`t any space for a real cockpit so I used a lexan one .





At the end the drivers head got some metalflake paint on his helmet and some blue shiny glasses . This was done by my girlfriend with gel for finger nails
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Well , 2007 the built ended with this . I couldn`t stop driving it
. Today I think I have to change the head against one without helmet , maybe with a stetson
and give the cockpit more colour . And put the left exhaust to the same high like the right one
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But maybe there is someone who likes my Rat Rod then I do
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Greetz , Ralf
 

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Great build there, can't get enough of rat rods and rat cars in general.
Watch this space for a Rat Karmann ghia dragster


Cheers Cabb77
 

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Thanks cabb77 .
There is still something lying around for another built :



Or whats about a Mercedes barn find
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Greetz , Ralf
 

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Hi there Ralf..

Great build, veru unusual and different....

Streetrods, Hotrods, Ratrods, Customs, etc, are just the type of cars I like, along with Vans, Pickups, Lo-Riders, TV & Movie related conversions, plus anything unusual, different and "Wacky"...


Lets hope we see some more.. Great stuff.

All the best.. Martin.
 

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Oh yes, so it is, far too small for my old eyes..

That is one crazy looking rod, I bet you get lots of attention wherever you go.
 

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Oh yes ,
some bizarr people love it
, most hate it because it`s ugly and not the usual Ford thing
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But it`s big fun
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Greetz , Ralf
 

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Hi there Ralf...

Yes, I love anything unusual 1:1, especially Streetrods, Hotrods, Customs, kitcars, etc..

Here are some photos of my own "Streetrod", which I built back in the 70s..

It now sits in my garage awaiting a repaint and rebuild.
I had fantastic fun with it back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. until I took it off the road.

It has a Daimler V8 Hemi engine, Jaguar E type/S type rear axle, Triumph Spitfire front suspension, etc..
The name I called it is "MACABRE"...I hope you like it..

All the best.. Martin.







 

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Hi there Mr Modifier..

Sort of... I have always been a great fan and follower of George Barris designed and built Cars, especially the Munster coach, and Batmobile. (along with other American customisers and car builders).
When I came up with the idea of this Streetrod build, I probably had inspiration from them all

Not only that, what other type of streetrod could I build with a surname like mine De'Ath (Death)...


All the best.. Martin..
 

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Hey Martin ,
very nice Rod and a surviver of the 70s
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I am a subscriber of the british CUSTOM CAR mag more than 15 years and I like when they search what happened with cars of the 70s and months later they show pics of those cars still alive
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So go on , put it back on the road
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Greetz , Ralf
 

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Hi there Ralf, long time no chat..
I have done a bit on my streetrod "MACABRE", by taking the 4 barrell Holley carburetor off and rebuilding it with all new gaskets and seals.
Unfortunately that is the only thing I have done recently..
I have been very busy with the home and family and still working on Slot Cars, as that is my main hobby now...
However I do have some plans to start on my C Cab next year, as my son (who will eventually inherit the car) and myself, plus help from others intend to start on the car next year..
Lets keep our fingers crossed..
All the best.. Martin.
 
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