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jclary
07-26-2009, 09:32 PM
:)It has been quiet a while since this was offered on eBay. Back then we (me included) were pretty brutal in commenting on this rod. I think the pictures are different from the last time, so enjoy the bidding. If anybody on the forum buys it...keep us informed.[^]
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Studebaker-Truck-1956-Studebaker-Truck-Rat-Rod-Hot-Rod-Custom_W0QQitemZ200367237195QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item2ea6d1684 b&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A3%7C39%3A1

John Clary
Greer, SC
http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/jconln/HPIM0372-2.jpg
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

Thomas63R2
07-26-2009, 10:01 PM
The passage of time (there hasn't been enough time passed!) has not improved that neanderthal kustom. It needs more rust, lots of rust -so that we will not feel bad as it is absorbed back into the earth.

Thomas

Long time hot rodder
Packrat junk collector
'63 Avanti R2 4 speed

barnlark
07-26-2009, 10:23 PM
I'd find a real front clip, cut, weld, give the seats back to the bass boat..and be happy.

Lark Hunter
07-26-2009, 11:05 PM
Boy! That poor truck's got a face only a mother could love... And I'm not a mother!!:D LH

JeffDeWitt
07-26-2009, 11:08 PM
There are a few details I would have done differently, just minor details like the front end, doors, seats, engine, wheels and tires... <G>

Jeff DeWitt
http://carolinastudes.net
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q33/Jeff_DeWitt/IM001571-1.jpg

candbstudebakers
07-26-2009, 11:33 PM
It was ugly the first time around and now is no different.

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/IM000994-1-1.jpg

Lothar
07-27-2009, 12:17 AM
This guy calls it a "rat rod" and this is a good representation of one. I wouldn't have done it this way, but more power to him if thats what he wants, as far as I'm concerned. It is pretty amazing that you can take 9" height out of the doors (if I read his description corrrectly) and still have a tall door.
If I was given this truck, I would refine the look with a hood of some sort, and yes, I would at least recover or replace the seats. By the way, IMHO REAL pick-ups ALWAYS have bench seats.

1950 Champion 4 Dr.
Holdrege NE

bridgegaurd
07-27-2009, 12:53 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

I'd find a real front clip, cut, weld, give the seats back to the bass boat..and be happy.
Yeah i would change the clip also, and a rod bench seat would go in. Other wise it's all RAT with me. And i'd hope i'd be welcome driving it onto the SDC field/

Sdude
07-27-2009, 10:05 AM
I really like rat rods and this one looks like a good buy at the "buy it now" price. I would also work an original front end back on the truck and put some fenders on the back. While the seats might be cool to look at, they don't look comfortable and I'm all for comfort.

If I had the extra money and the skill to re-do it, I would SO buy this truck. I would venture to say, it this truck showed up at a Studebaker event, it would get a lot of attention (good or bad). Hey, as long as we are keeping them on the road.....

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3108/2848527836_6f817c03fc_t.jpg

JRoberts
07-27-2009, 10:27 AM
Well, each to his own of course, but I like those seats. Jon is right about the fact that they might not be too comfortable, but still there is something there that I like.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

cool 1953
07-27-2009, 10:35 AM
Coolest ting I have seen in a while.

clayton-rip chicken hawk!

jclary
07-27-2009, 11:37 AM
It took several looks at the truck for me to realize that the "Original" grille is on the truck!:(...apparently, what he has done was to cut the grille in half, eliminate the headlight holes...and weld the two halves together to produce the vertical grille.[V]

I suppose it is a matter of taste, but the artistic flow of even a rat rod escapes me.[B)] I think the original grille with a bit of a chop from the bottom...along with front and back fenders would have made this a little jewel. As for now...it looks like what would happen if a '50's truck were to collide with an old school roadster rod.[xx(]

John Clary
Greer, SC
http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/jconln/HPIM0372-2.jpg
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

52-fan
07-27-2009, 02:58 PM
I never have liked open wheeled rods with an independent front suspension and there are other issues, but I bet that thing gets looks as it goes down the street and that is what most rat rod guys want.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg
1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
"I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."

bartikus
07-27-2009, 05:52 PM
wow that's terrible. i really hate rat rods and every thing they stand for. makes every one call traditional rods rats all the time. i love the traditional hot rods, i love restored cars, and true kustoms. but people like that bring a bad name to the hot rod crowd. all they care about is building a car that is unsafe as it looks. it causes the politicians to pass laws banning cars like that.

if it's too loud your too old

bridgegaurd
07-28-2009, 03:32 AM
quote:Originally posted by bartikus

wow that's terrible. i really hate rat rods and every thing they stand for. makes every one call traditional rods rats all the time. i love the traditional hot rods, i love restored cars, and true kustoms. but people like that bring a bad name to the hot rod crowd. all they care about is building a car that is unsafe as it looks. it causes the politicians to pass laws banning cars like that.

if it's too loud your too old
Aw shucks, the hot rod crowd has always had a bad name, it's what makes it fun. You need to come to Bo Huffs next meet or the redneck reunion in Lebenon this Sept. and take a ride. But beware them bomber seats are rough ridin, and those pin up girls are tempting. Most hot rods in the 50s couldn't make the classified in a hot rod mag. And were not pasted together from off the shelf parts.

bams50
07-28-2009, 05:11 AM
I just don't get picking on this truck[?][?] It says right in the title "rat rod"... maybe less people have heard the term than I thought. If one likes the rat rod style of vehicle, this one looks as good as any. I like 'em, and like this one, especially for that price; I just am not sure how much I'd like driving it, even with better seats, or I'd be tempted. Doesn't matter anyway, since somebody hit the BIN, and got a good buy on a fun truck!

I guess people that think the only good classic is a perfect, as-the-factory-built-it restoration with shiny paint and the correct sticker on the radiator cap. I love those too; but I never confuse (or compare) them with a completely different concept, and I like these too.

The new owner will be having lots of fun with that- and the bonus is thumbing his/her nose at the uptight Stude snobs[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131

Sdude
07-28-2009, 08:08 AM
Well said Bams50. Check out Tuesday 7/28 eye candy. It's a whole other world.....

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3108/2848527836_6f817c03fc_t.jpg

bridgegaurd
07-28-2009, 03:08 PM
The new owner will be having lots of fun with that- and the bonus is thumbing his/her nose at the uptight Stude snobs[8D]

[/quote]Totaly agree, and lets hope that the buyer puts aside all this bash someone else"s ride stuff and not only becomes an SDC member. But brings it to meets and is welcomed not only by the local chapter but but SDC as a whole.

Dare to be different is not a fault. Ain't America beautifull.