36 Dodge Ram – Click Here to Order a Print ~:0)
“Founded as the Dodge Brothers Company by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in 1900, Dodge was originally a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began building complete automobiles in 1915, predating the founding of Chrysler Corporation. The Dodge brothers died suddenly in 1920 and the company was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 before being sold to Chrysler in 1928.” Source: Wikipedia
Now it’s a High-Dollar Dodge
And all that happened before this bewdy of a 36 Dodge Pickup came on the scene. Now if only it were a King-Cab it’d be just about perfect. It’s got great looking paint on it. But is it $10,000 great? That’s right. The paint job on most show rods runs in that range and sometimes more. That can drive the price of a rod like this one to the stratosphere! ~:0)
Let’s Save Some Money!
“On this episode of HOT ROD Unlimited, The HOT ROD staff shows how you can trick your friends into a party so you can paint your hot rod in a weekend. Associate Editor Jesse Kiser and HOT ROD Magazine Live host Dennis Pittsenbarger shows how the staff painted their hideous 1967 Chevrolet Impala in a couple days. Using kits from Summit Racing and Eastwood Industries, anyone can paint a car almost anywhere, hot wings optional. HOT ROD Unlimited appears every other Friday on the new Motor Trend channel.” Source: http://www.youtube.com/motortrend
Back Yard Paint Job
Video Source: Motor Trend
Rod’s 36 Dodge Pickup
The video upcoming will give you an idea of what it takes to restore and build a vintage-based hot rod like this 36 Dodge. We’ll let Rod introduce his video and then we’ll have something to say after. “Here is a short overview of my 36 Dodge pick-up. I found it at the back of a dairy a few years ago. It has been a long time in the making too many interruptions. Sometimes the journey is just as good as the destination.” Source: DodgeBrothers36
Safe to Say Dodge Has Made Some Trucks
Well Ray made a pretty nice truck. I think he found and rescued that 36 Dodge Pickup at the last moment. To me it looked like Rat Rod material. And that would have been a great rod. But Ray showed us what he could do. He built a great rod from the ground up. You could probably do something like that if you wanted to. It’s always good to have an extra ride around the place. You couldn’t do much better than either of the 36 Dodges we’ve seen here. ~:0)
But What Makes it Go?
Whether you buy and install a “Crate Engine” or build up your own from a wrecking yard find – the engine can be the major expense on a rod build. There’s an old saying back where I come from. “Going fast is just a matter of money – How Fast Can You Afford to Go!?” Let’s watch this video on the kind of mill you might want for your rod build. ~:0)
Dodge Crate Engine
Video Source: Robinson’s Auto Repair
But Wait! There’s More! ~:0)
Yeah – there’s a lot of stuff to do when you’re building up a car by hand. We’ve only scratched the surface here today. That’s why these projects take shops months to build. And for a guy on his own – years. But it’s time well spent. You learn a lot about automobiles over the life of the project. You might even learn to weld! That’s fun! And you start making decisions about the next one before the paint on the current rod project’s even dry. That’s sort of how the game is played. It’s one step at a time. Methodical on-going work that you can’t stop thinking about when you’re away from the project. And you can scarcely wait to finish so you can get started on the next one. We’ll talk more about rod building and restoration in the weeks ahead. Maybe you should get yourself a subscription to Hot Rod Magazine in the meantime! ~:0) VivaChas!