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Old 04-28-2008, 08:22 PM
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55 Chevy Panel Crawler or Rat Rod?

Ive got quite a problem on my hands. I was given a 1955 chevy panel truck. I need a shop truck kinda, actually I need an excuse to build another toy. I havnt even got it to the shop yet but Im already starting to think about it. I have an Rod shop / Off Road shop so I was thinking maybe something like this photo shop pic.


Or stuff it in the weeds in a black primer.


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Old 04-28-2008, 09:36 PM
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Crawler.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:57 PM
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Oh MAN!
I'm sure glad that I don't have that problem...
Of course I would not mind having that problem...
So if you think about it, I could solve the problem for you...
Have it delivered here!

I would not go that high or that low with a "working" truck.
I think that the body of that truck deserves high gloss paint, and bright!
So I'd say a zz572, with an IR injector stack intake running a stealth EFI, into an automatic and then... Full-awn class-8 suspension!

No matter what
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:02 PM
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A nice clean crawler would look awesome. I vote up!
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:04 PM
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I have, drive, and build both, but I vote take it UP.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:30 PM
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I vote down. Put an air suspension under it. You can drive it at "normal" height, adjust for load, drop it to the ground, whatever. It'll be easier to use daily if you do that.

Of course, it'll be bad ass no matter which way you go!
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:33 PM
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Crawler 100%%%!!
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:05 AM
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I vote down -- having that thing off road will probably lead to scratches and dents on the precious body.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:11 AM
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Air suspension, LS-1, 6 speed 18 mpg around town,25 or more on the high way, black primer, some distressed lettering for that old school hot rod look. Man what a problem to have good luck keep us up dated.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:35 AM
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My vote is for up - but probably not as far up as the photoshop job.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:12 AM
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I think you should start looking for another one.... one up, one down.
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:28 PM
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Self & Company Pro-Motion

Dude, what are you talking about ? ? ? ? IT's all about the "Up" !!! Promote your company "Drive What You Build, Build What YOUR CUSTOMERS DRIVE." Show your customers that what you build is Built To Be On The Road & The Trail, and that it's Built to Last .

Cheers !!! Up The Irons !! Trucks that are built for the road are great too but if you drive what you build . . . . that says it all. BAM !!!

DUDE . . . . You have an Off Road Shop Right ?? Show it !!

sorry too much coffee this morning
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:55 PM
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DUDE . . . . You have an Off Road Shop Right ?? Show it !!

sorry too much coffee this morning [/quote]



Ive got a Hot Rod / Off Road shop... weird combo, but we do excel nicley in both areas.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:27 PM
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I would also vote UP. If you drop it down, you would have to cut the top and make the side window about 5" tall to make it look like a bad ass. I helped a buddy chop his '29 model A, side window is 5", rear is 2", and front glass is 5 1/2". GO UP UP UP ON A TRUCK.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:07 PM
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I'm gonna buck the trend here a little. This might be the first time I have ever said this, but I think you should drop it down. That classic iron has such itty-bitty fenderwells that you would have to lift it stupid high to get any real meats under there (of course the posers would love that and flock to your shop to get their stuff lifted stupid-high, and you would make lotsa money )

I would orient that rig to the hot-rod crowd. Show off your skills at fitting big fat drag slicks in the back. Make a clean heavy old rod that strikes fear into the heart of every tuner within a 100 mile radius :)

Then find yourself a Willy's wagon to lift and turn into an off-road monster, and showcase for your business....
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:48 PM
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Thanks for all the input here!!! I really appreciate the thought given, and commented on what I should do. While lowering does seem to make more since, Ive already got a few of the rod projects under way. I will probably just drive it stock until I get that Plasma Cutter Twitch... I will be sure to let you know what finally happens. Thanks again for the help.
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I'm gonna buck the trend here a little. This might be the first time I have ever said this, but I think you should drop it down. That classic iron has such itty-bitty fenderwells that you would have to lift it stupid high to get any real meats under there (of course the posers would love that and flock to your shop to get their stuff lifted stupid-high, and you would make lotsa money )

I would orient that rig to the hot-rod crowd. Show off your skills at fitting big fat drag slicks in the back. Make a clean heavy old rod that strikes fear into the heart of every tuner within a 100 mile radius :)

Then find yourself a Willy's wagon to lift and turn into an off-road monster, and showcase for your business....
X1028973

here i p-chopped you a low one.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:11 PM
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I would personally have to agree with joesCJ5, $ceep, and the others that say to drop it. It looks good in the lifted chop pic but you would really need to redo the fender openings to make it look right. Just MHumbleO.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:42 AM
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I vot for the drop. Those trucks look great on the ground.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:54 PM
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Lifted, 42's, 8274, 500" caddy, 1 tons

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