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1961 Ford COE Street Rod Project

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Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in July or 2007:


Bought this odd looking street rod. After just a few days of looking at the bad work, I cut it in half and I am completely rebuiling it into a show quality wrecker. The bed will lift up and down like a dump bed via a low rider system. It is at the fab shop having a old style wrecker bed made for it.



Cut in half...that was the easy part.


New frame going on.



It started life as a Cab Over Engine stake bodyish truck. Then the body was lifted And a Chevy truck chassis was put under it and turned into a rat rod. 350/auto, disc's, camaro rear, traction bars, big 23" tires etc. Here is a pic with the wrecker bed almost done. And no the hand rails are not done in the back. I also added a bit to the wheel base so it does not look like a clownmobile.






Here are a few more pics. We decided to do a frame off show quality job.




Below is just after getting back from the fab shop. Hated to take it back apart.








After 1 year it is done. It was at the Cleveland Autorama and took first place and a special ISCA award. I made it look like our Heavy Wrecker.

Oh yeah, George Barris liked so much he signed it under the hood. Hope ya like it.










Localtowie said:

Thanks so much for coming back and updating your post....

I remember you first posting it....

Wow that truck is a masterpiece and a credit to you....



FMS Mike said:

Now That is Cool!! Awesome Work!


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