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A farmers rat rod.

The cab was a flower planter and a kids play house sitting under a spruce tree on an acreage my brother bought.
The frame and front axle is from a 50's chev 2.5 ton grain truck from the Bush parts pile.
Engine from 89 dodge
Trans NV4500 with PTO and hyd pump, Dana 80 rear, wheels and tires from mid 90's chev 3500hd.
Steering system from 60's Minneapolis combine.
I've been working on this thing on and off for 8+ years

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Finished..... well not finished, but driving and stopping under it's own power..... just in time to have it in westlock's annual Vintage Tractor and Machinery club's show.... here it is at the show...

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Right on !

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I built 4 link susp front with air bags, rear is triangulated with air bags. I would like to have aux hydraulics from the trans mounted pump (the donor truck had a dump box) to run like a log splitter or something in the future.
If I have time this winter I will modify an old international truck box to fit, get glass and lights and whatever I need to get it road worthy and registered.
I have been burning around the area where I live this summer... and it seems to be behaving ok.... considering I have no radiator fan wired up (the only wiring I have so far is a jumper for fuel solenoid and starter button)
It stays cool and is a riot to drive!
Enjoy the pics.... and hope they're inspirational!

PS... extra points if you can identify the cab I used..... I have not been able to in the 8 years I've been building it.... closest I've found is late 20's dodge brothers....
Enjoy!
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Thats awesome !!!
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It is inspirational! Have me pondering something to do now with my somewhat retired '81 GMC Bruin with 8v71 Detroit! lol

It's easy enough to be pleasant, when life goes by like a song. But the man worth while, is the man with a smile, when everything goes dead wrong!
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I like people who can build stuff like this with their own hands. Farmers long ago had to have mechanical ability and the tools to fix or redesign stuff with. Lots these days can barely change oil and walk around with a cheque book instead. It's a dying art to be able to build your own stuff with this upcoming generation. Got farm kids here driving new vehicles to school mommy and daddy paid for and the kid can't even change their own tire if they have a flat. I am sure your kids or grandkids you have are involved with this build. People like you generally have kids that hang around dad in the shop. Very impressed with your build. I love the cab and have no clue what its from. I like what looks to be copper rad pipes. The duals are what set this unit off. A short flat deck with hyd tilt would be cool too IMO. Great work Anvil
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Are you able to drive this on the street here in AB ? Can you insure it and register it? Does it have to align with the Transport Act like fenders etc?

Have a '54 heading in the same sort of direction, but if I can't drive it, I struggle with investing more time into it.

Really nice job, Weld R Up level of work! The epitome of Rat.
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Are you able to drive this on the street here in AB ? Can you insure it and register it? Does it have to align with the Transport Act like fenders etc?

Have a '54 heading in the same sort of direction, but if I can't drive it, I struggle with investing more time into it.

Really nice job, Weld R Up level of work! The epitome of Rat.
Let see it Brian.

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Here are my toys. Can't take credit for the majority of the work, but just love having and driving them! Nice to drive something that isn't all plastic.

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