I have seen a video somewhere on Youtube that gave me inspiration for building this. I was going to use a scrapped 1/24, but decided to go bigger and doubting on 1/16, I chose 1/12 in the end. I had a partial built ’57 sportscoupe laying around and other than just parting it out, I had nowhere to go with that kit. An ideal start.
The idea is to make a kind of Rat Rod, but different. Where I personally think that unibody’s don’t lend themselves for RatRodding, I am trying to prove myself wrong, although I will not leave the body intact.
I hope the pictures will make it more clear.
I started with cutting of the sides of the frame
Then I cut the body in somewhat uneven parts (to give it a Barn Rod look)
I also gave it somewhat a tapered look, so smaller in the front.
And some much needed reinforcements
I am going to make an air intake form both halves of the front fenders
The engine will get a major overhaul and make it nicer than it looked when I got it.
I cut off the front members and replaced it with a new boxframe
Instead of using the chrome covers, I am going with the stock ones.
The engine set up
And with the intake on top ( it needs to be made to fit, it is way to big now, but just for the idea)
Small update, because I am on sickleave I have a few moments to work on it. Progress will soon go a lot slower.
Because it is quite normal that the floor is gone in junkers, I decided to remove this floor as well
Added new suspension brackets
And got a new tunnel, using the old interior floor
I drew the wheel cutouts on the body
And got ’em out
I made new engine mounts
And testfitted the engine
Everything seems to be in order.