Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: waltham, massachusetts
#11,458 (SOLD) #11,123 FrankenRod Build
FrankenRod SSR Build Thread
For those of you not familiar with my latest Project, I'm taking the body of a 1950 Kansas Chevy Pickup and putting it on an SSR rolling chassis. Combining the Inspiration with the Reinterpretation.
The idea is to leave the Truck with a rusted patina, but use the SSR interior, for the contrast of old and new. The truck will be clear-coated, with all new glass and weatherstripping.
I've started this Thread to chronicle the Build, and will update it periodically.
A few acronyms for my SSR are:
_ Stovebolt Six Retired
_ Some Serious Retooling
_ Super Sport Retro
_ Salvage, Sort, Rebuild
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The winning name will be used in all the marketing material, and stainless steel laser-cut emblems made for the hood sides.
Here's a few shots of the donor SSR and Kansas Pickup:
In just under 40 hours I had the SSR body completely stripped, and a majority of the Parts sold in less than a week.
I Lifted the Pickup body over the chassis yesterday, and the alignment looks better than expected. I bought another SSR frame and body, and hope to cut out the firewall and cab floor and graft it into the Pickup, allowing for a quick bolt-up of all the SSR components including seats, console, waterfall, and dash. Unfortunately I didn't come up with that idea until after I sold the original SSR body! The existing 2004 frame was bent behind the passenger front wheel, so I opted to get another frame and swap over all the components.
Wheelbase is right on. The bed floor will have to be raised. The only issue so far is the front track being wider than the Pickup. I'll mount the cab before making any wheel decsions, but my first choice is to use the 7" x 17" Trailblazer spare tire wheels witht the big circle cutouts, for a millitary wheel look. At 7" wide that buys me some width. Otherwise I'll have custom steelies made.
Will post more pictures once I graft the firewall/floor.
Thanks to everyone for the support!