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Old 03-31-2009, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default When Did the "Bobber Truck" Style Begin?

Maybe a stupid question, but as I've begun to see things through a more traditional lens, the question occured to me: when (and where) did the "bobber truck" style begin?

I'm trying to think of all the old magazines I've looked through, and I can't seem to recall seeing a bobber truck.

Is this a relatively new thing? How long has this style been going on? Who made it popular? Can a builder today forge a bobber truck and call it traditional?

Any help you could provide would be great.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:45 PM   #2
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Look up rudy's truck. theres a lot about it on here..
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: When Did the "Bobber Truck" Style Begin?

Well, I did some searching around, and I'm still kind of confused. Whenever I see a post about general information on the bobber trucks, it sounds like most everyone hates them, and wishes they would go away. Then I see all the bobber truck builds on here, and most everyone seems to really dig them.

So maybe all the idiots on here have me disillusioned. But, from what I've seen on here, it sounds like the bobber or "rudy" trucks are pretty untraditional.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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Its a NEW thing, as traditional as billet IFS. I hate those damn things, I cant understand why people think there traditional!
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In the beginning there was Rudy. Then he made the sun and the trees and the grass and the bobber trucks. Oh, and then he created the hookers on the door.
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Who's rudy????
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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Rudy is credited with the first bobber style truck, and with a couple of exceptions ( 1 being Laurie Peterson's) is the only one that looks "right". His sense of proportion & humor pulled it off, and it is really difficult to duplicate without turning a truck into a cartoon.................... Rudy is Rudy Rodriquez out of L.A and is one terrific builder/fabricator! Oh, by the way, I don't particularly like bobber trucks either!
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yeah....bobber trucks.

it might feel good, but do you want your friends to see you doing it?
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Soooooo, are the traiditional done how the should do it, or is it just a personal idea of neo-traditional????
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:14 PM   #10
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Soooooo, are the traiditional done how the should do it, or is it just a personal idea of neo-traditional????
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are we talking about trucks with short beds? Because those have been around since the 50's, from what i've seen in the little pages.
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Huh, ahh never mind, i mean are they right or wrong, in your own opinions
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:18 PM   #13
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yeah....bobber trucks.

it might feel good, but do you want your friends to see you doing it?
I thought it was Fat chicks and Mopeds.....
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:19 PM   #14
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Dumbasses, chopped,channelled trucks with shortened beds have been around for decades. Study, read and observe our past. The truth is out there.
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first rat rods, now we gotta deal with this?
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61 tbird yeah but i didnt want to offend.....my wifes a big girl and she just got her vespa on the road after replacing the shocks she blew out.

and i agree about chopped, channeled, and shortened trucks. i just think doesnt look as good when you start getting into the "turret top/fat fender" trucks of the late 30's and 40's. they just look better as a full fendered truck IMHO. its kinda half assed to just take the fenders and hood off and run a generic lookin tractor grille or 32 grill shell.
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61 tbird yeah but i didnt want to offend.....my wifes a big girl and she just got her vespa on the road after replacing the shocks she blew out.
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I like the style...sometimes. I think the goal is to put them on a chassis that is similar to what you'd put under a model A, and thats why people call them traditional. If i got a way cheap cab, I'd build one right now. I'm sorry I'm behind the cool people, and would be doing it while it's "trendy". The cool peoplebuilt and sold them 2-3 years ago and talk shit now. I'm not a tradition nazi. I just like the machines.
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i like the machines too and by no means have to have everything traditional. and i agree about the 2-3yrs trend thing. i just feel it kinda hit big when people got tired of shoving 20's under S10's.

and i was joking about my wife. she doesnt have a vespa. she has let herself go a little though.
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Ohh damn, i searched it nisce excicution, to me you can build whatever you want, just know people talk fast...
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The vast majority of those kind of trucks that I have seen fall flat on their face. It's so easy to miss the proportions. That being said there are a few I really like...


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Old 03-31-2009, 11:51 PM   #23
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I don't even like 33-34s with their grille hanging out and laid back let alone on these things.
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Who's rudy????

Here's the truck he built. Its One of the few later model trucks that looks good proportionally. channelled, hoodless, fenderless.

I remember people flipped when he made it. It had a real 1800's pistol for the shifter, and the hookers painted all over the cab. The Coahuila is like the redlight district of Tijuana, so the people that knew got a good laugh.


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Saw 'em in the "little Pages", but those looked like the builders gave a crap about what they were doing. There was one here in Macon in the '60s that was in primer when I saw it. Was a channeled Model A cab with a shortened bed and a deuce shell. Ran a 312 Y-block with 2 AFBs...man was it fast! Also knew a guy in Martinsville, Va, in the 70s who used a '36 Ford cab on a similar style build to what we see now. It was finished, painted, and WELL built. He ran a killer, solid lifter SBC...man it was fast too! So, I guess, from my experience, these trucks are traditional. The RR ones still suck, in MHO.
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This is Laurie Peterson's (ratstu) truck.

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THAT is cool. Why do get upset with labeling something, anyway?
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Remember an ongoing article in one of the east coast mags,(in the sixties), about building a chopped, channelled rod out of a potato truck, it was out of proportion etc. but someone liked it, point being it was around alot longer than most of the experts around here have been. Seems like most of the stuff everyone likes to hate has been around longer than they'ed like to admit. l Iike the traditional creative stuff as long as it's well built. Bobbers too. It's the "kulture" stuff that ruins them.
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The label probably got started when the term Bobber became popular again. That was way back in the ........90's. As far a style, you're not going to do ANYTHING to an old vehicle that hasn't already been done a long time ago.
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The trucks pictured may be nice...........but, they are no way "traditional". This being a traditional site, some don't believe they belong here.
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Another famous "Bobber"!
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The trucks pictured may be nice...........but, they are no way "traditional". This being a traditional site, some don't believe they belong here.
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Bobber trucks are gay.
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Not traditional huh...
I believe we are talking about fenderless, post 1934 trucks............
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Norm Grabowski built the first bobber truck...
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Ohh damn, i searched it nisce excicution, to me you can build whatever you want, just know people talk fast...

Are you referencing Nietzsche?

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A coupe that is chopped,channeled, hoodless and fenderless is called a traditional hot rod. Why not a truck.
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I don't think everyone is on the same page here. The term "bobber truck" today means a post '34 pick up, fenderless and with out a hood. I have seen them built from '70's cabs.........not pretty.
Norm Grabowski built the Kookie Car, a model T. The truck from Car Craft, pictured above is a 1934............The 'Rudy Truck" ,also pictured above, is a good example of a 'bobber truck'. THOSE are the trucks we are talking about.
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Is it just me, or did all the hubbub around Jimmy Shine's truck influence the look of Rudy's truck, which was built outta what Rudy had laying around the back yard...?

Rudy's truck had just as big an impact as Jimmy's.
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bobbers are motorcycles.
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personally i like them but i might be some what non traditional cause i like everything chopped and low. here is a before and after
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Maybe my memories from childhood are clouded, but the later trucks being built in the "bobber" style were some sort of gasser truck evolution. Seen as an unskilled, underfunded atempt, the old guys of the time (the '70s in my experience) didn't like them though they were credited with being cheap and light along with ugly. We kids drew pictures of the idea, but those were mostly square "designs" similar to pre-35 Fords.
None of those times were before '70. I tend to believe the bobber truck idea is a result of the dwindling population of cheap old cars at the time along with the yet to depreciate value of muscle era cars.
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Damn, although relevant to the discussion, I think you might be on the wrong board. Have you ever thought about joining the "Existential Jalopy Journal"?
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they began right around the time i started really hating people
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..............this is why they make chocolate and vanilla !
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when (and where) did the "bobber truck" style begin?
In my neck of the woods, around 1963. Don't know when in other areas of the country.

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Not really. Those things just are what they are and sorry, they are not traditional in the way most people here think of it.
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