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Hot Rods Have you ever scraped the pavement with your hot rod??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mikec4193, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. HI Hambers

    I was just reading a for sale ad on here and it showed a really low to ground hot got me to thinking....

    Have any of you guys ever scraped the bottom side of your hot rod??

    Did it damage anything when you did hit bottom??

    I know some car cultures really enjoy scraping the pavement and seeing all the sparks...

    From my racing days...sparks never were a welcome usually meant you were pulling in the pits really soon...

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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,972

    Jalopy Joker

    **have bottomed out so hard going down the highway that actually found chunks of asphalt on top of battery mounted under the hood of my Fairlane - **wife's '50 Chevy PU won "The Road Kill Express" award, and then proceeded to drag bottom of suspension on way out of parking lot - no structure damage to either - neither experiences recommended - ** a friend with a '54 Chevy/small block, came so close to the pavement with oil pan on a trip from Calif to Laughlin, NV on the rolling hilly highway spun the oil pan plug off twice
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2020
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  3. I have scrapped a fender apron but not the frame. HRP


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  4. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,762


    If you don't drag at least on the speed bumps, you ain't low enough.

  5. dragged plenty of exhausts.. my 62 Merc was the worst.. 62 MERC.jpg
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  6. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,886


    My old Merc was pretty low, but I built it to be low and not drag anything but the frame. You kind of learn how to drive a lowered car and don't let a little frame drag freak you out.


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  7. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 485


    I've got skid plates on the PB booster and the oil pans and they do have marks on them.
  8. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,877

    from Minnesota

    Only when I rolled it
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  9. Fat47
    Joined: Nov 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,260


    Like partssaloon I put skid plates on the MC and anything else that sits below the frame and yes I have dragged and sent sparks but I am particularly careful on speed bumps.
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  10. Binkman
    Joined: Nov 4, 2017
    Posts: 253


    I had a Milodon 9 quart pan on my '34 for a while. The roads are so bad here in Calif. now that I had to take it off. Where I live there are actually ruts in the road like in the old days when they had covered wagon. I took the car out one Sunday and stopped at my local gas station. When I got out of the car in noticed a small trail of oil following the path of my car. While filling it up it occoured to me that it might be me .
    Sure enough it was. The pan was replaced with a 6 qt pan and the roads are even worse here now.
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  11. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,760


  12. This is as low as I go...I actually could work on the muffler system without a jack....I miss the ole guy.. DSCN3020_zpskbwcwim0 (1).jpg
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  13. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,114

    1. 1940 Ford

    Bottom of my bumper guards could tell more than a few stories. :eek:
  14. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,958

    anthony myrick

    I make sure the important stuff is tucked out of the way, Then all ya damage is sheet metal.
    I had a truck right after high school that I got stuck on the edge of a newly paved road.
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  15. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 617


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  16. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,107

    rusty rocket

    Damn who hasn’t. I like my stuff low so it’s inevitable.
  17. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,350

    from Minnesota

    Yep, on my 36 3W, I've wrecked 2 prestine grills. Also, destroyed the oil plug and lost my oil out of one of these stupid aluminum finned pans that has the plug on the bottom...

    I've learned that 2 inches from the bottom of grill on a 36 to the road is not enough !

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  18. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,782

    from New York

    No, but one of the local kids lowered a brand new Volkswagen so low that he tore the oil pan off the car, along with other damage, when he hit a raised manhole. He claimed the insurance company totaled the car.
  19. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,385

    from Oregon

    :p I am sure it’s hard to scrape the smile off Squirrel’s face every time he drives that Chevy 2:)
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  20. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,685


    I've never scraped the pavement in Clarence, but one day I approached a box turtle (some folks call them terrapins) on a smooth level stretch of highway. As is most folks' custom I just straddled it. The front crossmember didn't clear him though. After that I raised the front a bit.
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,423


    Yes, the bumper guards a couple of times, never the frame though
  22. I like low but drivable cars, they drag once in a while but not all the time
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  23. ENUF 41
    Joined: Dec 24, 2016
    Posts: 194

    ENUF 41

    Every Saturday going into the donut shop
  24. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,760


    But stockish cars...I've scraped some of them. Most recently, an Edsel, a Corvair, and a Hudson.
  25. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,907

    from Tampa, FL

    On both the lower lower 4-bar mounts on my truck's front end, I mounted wheelie bar wheels (inside the brackets) using XL bolts. They have grind marks all over them. They just happen to be in the right position to also protect my extra deep tranny pan, which has never been scraped. Otherwise, no other hits on the chassis. On my next build, nothing but suspension parts will be lower than the bottom of frame rails.
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  26. Yep ...On a homemade speedbump in a friends driveway..crashed the panel below the frame , below the front four link rear pivots...fab'd a new panel & respray...silver metallic is a real pisser to match DSC01163.JPG
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  27. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,907

    from Tampa, FL

    ^^^ Hey bud, still have the T? Gary
  28. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 692

    from N.W,Ohio

    Oh hell yeah
  29. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,614


    Who needs a speedbump in their driveway??? :eek: Must be a real grearhead!
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