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9 21 3 years, 6 months ago



Lazy junior is just starting to build his first Ratrod build in Australia.

The base vehicle is a Triumph standard 10 pick up. or as the Australians call them “utes”

Unfortunately the chassis of the Standard 10 seems to be made of cardboard, well as strong as. Looking at different options to push on the build, and with the OZ rules on modified vehicles, we decided that it would be easier to put the Triumph body on a different chassis.A trip to the local breakers sourced a Mazda 2200 ute for a mere 800 bucks (£400). With a bit of careful measuring, the Triumph body will fit over the Mazda chassis if it is shortened and the Triumph body is widened by about 100mm. How hard can that be.

The power plant will be a v8, good choice, a Holden 4.2 with a 3 speed autobox. Purchased through Gumtree for 500 bucks (£250)

Yep you guessed it, Lazy is in Australia with his son Mark helping to build his first Ratrod, will be interesting how much we can complete in 4 weeks.

With a bit of luck and all fingers crossed I will try to upload some photos tomorrow.

See you soon ……..Lazy

Found some pictures of the start of the build………..see below;

marks Ratrod           Triumph                         Marks           Mark

Marks Ratrod




12 15 3 years, 4 months ago



Lazy’s Rat Rod Build

Check out my posts in this forum with step by step approach with picture illustrations – Lazy’s Rat Rod Build Taxi tear down to Rat Rod or learn how to get quick rust in the Technical section.  I will share any problems and difficulties I come across during the build with the solutions I have found perhaps you could do the same. I set myself a challenge of building a well engineered Rat Rod for under £1000 to achieve this I will be using bit and bobs laying around mine and friends garages – may have to beg borrow and swap to achieve this  Cheers Lazy ………………


Original Taxi photo before tear down…………

Lazy's Rat Rod Build

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Legal info for modified vehicles

Get a vehicle registration number

DVLA uses a points system to decide what registration number to give a radically altered vehicle.

To keep the original registration number.

Your vehicle must have 8 or more points from the table below if you want to keep the original registration number. 5 of these points must come from having the original or new and unmodified chassis, monocoque bodyshell or frame

Part Points
Chassis, monocoque bodyshell (body and chassis as one unit) or frame – original or new and unmodified (direct from manufacturer) 5
Suspension (front and back) – original 2
Axles (both) – original 2
Transmission – original 2
Steering assembly – original 2
Engine – original 1

Get a ‘Q’ registration number

You won’t be able to keep your vehicle’s original registration number if one of the following applies:

it has fewer than 8 points
it has a second-hand or altered chassis, monocoque bodyshell or frame
there’s evidence that 2 vehicles have been welded together to form one (ie ‘cut and shut’)

Your vehicle must pass the relevant type approval test to get a ‘Q’ prefix registration number.

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Members Rod or Rat look Builds and projects

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Rat Rod – Rat Look Photos

Rat Rod Photos of Rats with the wow factor.


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This is forum to talk about techinical stuff

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