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74 n Performance & Hotrod Business n December 2014 HOTROD P lans and direction on this little build have taken a drastic left-turn (see PHB October 2014, page 72.) Partially, it's due to getting absorbed into looking up other truck builds that are the style I like; and partially it's due to some complications my parts have presented. As the photos show, on rollers with the cab sitting flush on the frame it just doesn't have the stance I want to look at for the next few years. A Killer Eye Scott Simpson, my good friend and owner of Po' Boys Rod Shop in Chrisney, Indiana, volunteered to come over and give me a hand at setting up the sheet metal and drivetrain. To me that's what this whole build is about: getting together with bud- dies and having fun with it. No deadlines. No customer input. Scott primarily builds radical and tra- ditional rollers along with a few rat rods. His style is what brought us together as buddies several years ago. He has a killer eye for what's cool. He was merciless with his taunting on ride height and similarity to stock. I couldn't handle it. It got my mind churn- ing. So we laid out some measurements, a couple sketches and tossed around a few ideas. What really sealed the deal was the chassis we had on the lift. The stock-style replacement Lucky 7 chassis appeared to be a high-quality piece and would probably make the original idea pretty easy to accomplish. But after look- ing at it closer and trying to implement all Nothing goes as planned . . . By Ace eckleBerry Part 2 Visualization of the stance and cab mount. Scott mating the engine and transmission for mounting.

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