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I've always thought slant back trucks were cool.  I guy I crewed for a million years ago used one.  The only downside was if you didn't bring a second street vehicle, you had to ride in it to go to dinner Saturday night.  Can any of you builders out there offer advice on DIYing one?  What chassis would you start with and how do you determine tubing size for the hauler? 

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26 minutes ago, tommytipover said:

I've always thought slant back trucks were cool.  I guy I crewed for a million years ago used one.  The only downside was if you didn't bring a second street vehicle, you had to ride in it to go to dinner Saturday night.  Can any of you builders out there offer advice on DIYing one?  What chassis would you start with and how do you determine tubing size for the hauler? 

Right before ChumpCar existed I finally sold off our ramp truck, it was a 78 chev 3500 dually 4 door cut in half and extended with red structural iron unceremoniously ark-butt welded to the cut frame rails, the "bed" was 17 ft long, pull out ramps with huge storage underneath.

 

Long story short, I bought it as a T bone wreck (driver/passenger door hit/frame bent below hit) bought a 87 4 door 3500, cut it behind the cab and copied the frame butt welding  technique but used a MIG and added plates to both sides. It drove perfectly and even could do 90mph safely with 305/th350/3.73 here in flat florida.

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10 minutes ago, Team Infiniti said:

Right before ChumpCar existed I finally sold off our ramp truck, it was a 78 chev 3500 dually 4 door cut in half and extended with red structural iron unceremoniously ark-butt welded to the cut frame rails, the "bed" was 17 ft long, pull out ramps with huge storage underneath.

 

Long story short, I bought it as a T bone wreck (driver/passenger door hit/frame bent below hit) bought a 87 4 door 3500, cut it behind the cab and copied the frame butt welding  technique but used a MIG and added plates to both sides. It drove perfectly and even could do 90mph safely with 305/th350/3.73 here in flat florida.

 

I like your style. 

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That thing looks like a goddamned death machine. You know how you look at cars from the '60's and '70's now and think, WTF? That's what I see with this truck. 

Holy crap...driving around with a car sitting over top of the cab, and that spindly box tubing supporting the whole contraption. :lol:

S. 

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I had a  58 C60 Apache with 350 car engine  . Made into a ramp truck from a 28 ft horse truck. Hauled 2 Buick Stock cars easy but stopped rather poorly. Used the shop pickup and little trailer  for one car races .  Truck and trailer rides 1000% better than any ramp truck.   

 Before the 58 Chevy, had the Dynosour, 47 Dodge cab on a 57 Chevy frame   Single car ramp truck.  Used a 110 volt scaffold winch mounted in the bed and carried 200 ft of cord... Ramp trucks suk if the car wont start. 

Both trucks just had to make the trip to Spencer Speedway from Rochester,NY 40 miles maybe.

 The secret service made me move the trucks from along the highway when the President passed.    1982, 83,84 maybe.

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