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  1. fiftyv8
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    I was always fascinated by those underslung hot rod builds that were around way back when, but note that I have not seen any for ages.

    Are they not being built that way any more???

    Be nice to see a few posted albeit old or recent, just to get the nostalgia happening once more...
     
  2. I made one up about 25 years ago with a left-over 36 chevy pickup axle with reshuffled springs mounted above the frame. I never got it on the road but the guy who bought it did and drove many miles in it.
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  3. fiftyv8
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    I figure that there would not be much out there when it comes to these kind of builds, but 1 pic, is that it.
    No wonder I ain't see or heard of many of them these days.
    Must be that they are way out of fashion now...
     
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  4. Not sure it's what you want but I'm currently building a Model T speedster and I built an underslung rear inspired by the Laurel speedster 20170528_153021.jpeg 20171014_141628.jpeg

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  6. fiftyv8
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    Yes, you are right that is an iconic example of the underslung principle.
    I like that car very much and like you this the one I think of immediately.
    I did not know where to source any pic's of it...

    I guess one reason for not seeing any current builds around is possibly that folks shy away from the vulnerability of the chassis being so close to the pavement and the possibility of things going wrong if you were to experience a tire blow out.
     
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  8. fiftyv8
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    Thanks for the link AHotRod, I guess that pretty much answers my question unless others are holding back.

    Underslung hot rods are a thing of the past...
     
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  9. RMR&C
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    I plan on building one in the future, it would be a modified/speedster kinda like that Dodge...
    Mid 20's Overland body, 3 springer, banger motor of some sort.
    Biggest challenge I see is keeping stuff above the scrub line. Tall wheels are a must...
     
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  11. Rusty O'Toole
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    To me underslung means a car with the chassis frame below the axle. This was done to get a car low when large diameter wheels were in vogue. With 15, 16 wheels or smaller there isn't room unless you want the frame to drag the ground.
     
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  13. fiftyv8
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    That Dodge says it all.
    I just could never be sure whether it had doors.
    Some pic's I've seen seem to indicate that that it did, yet others show no door line or handles...
     
  14. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Just got mine on the road last summer after nearly two freaking decades after I first started collecting parts for it.
     
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    It appears that some of these guys don't quite grasp the concept of "underslung as it is shown in the photos that Socal34 showed in post 12. The frame is not only lower than the axle it goes UNDER the axle and that is a requirement of having a true underslung frame.
     
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    Neil East built a track roadster a couple years ago , it had a underslung frame on it. Its red in color . Was looking for pictures but unable to find any. Maybe some one on the HAMB has somme
     
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  19. This is Neal East's car. I'm pretty sure he crashed it, rolled it I think. I heard it was rebuilt, and the one with the scallops might be it rebuilt.
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    A neat car built by a unique man. Unfortunately Richard has left us.
    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pe/obituary.aspx?n=richard-dean-riddell&pid=106168402
    Yes it had a door, one on the passenger side.
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  24. That's not "underslung".
     
  25. Johnny Sparkle
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    Underslungs are silly and will never work.
     
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