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  1. Strange Agent
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    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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    Look up rudy's truck. theres a lot about it on here..
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I thought it was Fat chicks and Mopeds.....
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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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    Yer killin' me Smalls!
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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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    go away. and dont come back until you have read some more.
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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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    I don't even like 33-34s with their grille hanging out and laid back let alone on these things.
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    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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