Lar, I built this hot rod "t bucket" between '98 and '01. Home made frame, brackets etc. Store bought stretched body, replica of a 1923 Model T. 406 c.i. small block chevy, old chevy 3 speed automatic tranny, old jaguar rear end, plumbed, wired, etc. by yours truly back when I didn't have so many health problems. Probably put 100 miles on it today. Fun little car, what lots of folks would call a "rat rod." It is what it is.
If it's titled as a home built or special construction most states don't require a hood. In Louisiana you were supposed to run fenders too, but I never did. Cops usually don't write you for it unless you're showing your butt. BTW, the ones calling it a rat rod don't even know what a freaking rat rod is. really ticks me off when they call T buckets or roadsters, coupes, etc rat rods when they aren't.
Here's a couple of shots of my old roadster. Hand built frame & body, 9" kick up in the rear, body channeled over the floor 11", 8 3/4 Dodge rear axle, 440 magnum engine with 727 Torqueflite automatic. Everything was chromed... front axle, spring, shocks, and steering. Rear differential housing, coil springs, shocks, & ladder bars. Ran '56 Ford F100 brakes on the front with chromed backing plates and drums. No way could I afford the chrome work now a days. These pics were taken before I pulled the rear end and chromed all that.
VERY unconfortable to drive... seat was 4" high, the back of the seat housed the gas tank, and there was 5" between the bottom of the dash and the floor. You climbed in, placed both feet under the dash, one on the gas, one on the brake. Knees bent, almost like sitting flat on the floor with your legs pull up to you. Shifter was mounted sideways between your legs because it was the only place it could go without your leg whacking it every time you hit a bump. The car was not built to drive. I put about 15-16,000 miles a year on it though. lol
I plan on building a clone of this one one day as I can't seem to locate it now. The clone though will be over a severly Z'd frame witha belly slung gas tank to allow for more comforatble seating. I've added 25 years and 100 lbs since the first one and I just don't think I can handle that again at my age. lol
That's a cool looking hot rod Doug, and there's no reason you couldn't do something comfortable that would look very similar if you wanted. although those 8 3/4 mopar rears are great ones, and ya can't beat a 440 for c.i.!I didn't buy a t bucket mostly because the ones I could afford i couldn't sit in without my knees in my chest. So I built this with comfort in mind. It's a stretched body, 8" longer than the 1923 original and I think wider too. I can sit in this car with my legs stretched out in front of me. The steering, shifter, brake and gas are mounted in the same location as most any car you can buy. I focused on suspension and did good. IRS is the way to go if you can do it, it makes a wallop of a difference. I tore this IRS out of a 71 jag sedan and completely rebuilt it with a new pinon seal, modern bushings and such. It rides real good. Very little is chromed. I got plans for the chassis from California Custom Roadsters because the plans show how to mount a jag IRS. Seat is a middle seat out of a dodge minivan. Also, mine is registered as a 1923 Ford. It's a real long story.