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    Taxi-based Pick up

    All my rods are taxi based, weird, I know, but it started off cos I couldnt afford a rod chassis, so I bought a taxi chassis for £50, then it ended up like this

    This was great, but i then wanted something which I could drive on a daily basis, and be able to park on the street here in the East End of London, so I came up with this




    Well I sold the 32roadster in Sept 2010, the chopt cab I'm thinking of selling now so I can concentrate on my new project.
    And heres the story so far...

    I started off with an old cab

    Then I cut it off from the B pillars back



    Then I chopped the roof (or what was left of it) 6"

    I also made a start of rounding the door tops
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    Dose it stiil have the Std, engine in it ??


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    Always thought these old cabs would look cool as a rod. Love the rims and the stance of your chopped one.

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    i see the C 11 DPT taxi quite often coming of the a12 to leyton
    livin' on beer 'n' jaffa cakes -one box per pint

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    Thanks for the nice comments. The Chopt cab runs a Rover V8, the truck I'm building will have a Chevy 400 with 6-71 blower. I just sold the old diesel engine last night - thanks for taking it Neil, and all the best with fitting it into your Model A. I now have a vacant space at the front like so.

    Oh well cant add photos now, managed it earlier, dont know how to put them in from "reply to thread".
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    And, meanwhile, in our living room, next to the telly...

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    What kind of bed you putting on there

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    To get the b pillars to realign I cut the top of the pillar away from the roof and repositioned it

    Sorry the photos are poor quality, but you get the idea.
    Notice the naff welding here, this was when I was welding with the mig on "no gas", since I've got an Adams bottle and my welding has improved a lot. So its still not great, but I get by and by the time I've ground it down and filled it you wont notice. Hopefully.

    To fill the dirty great hole behind the b pillars I had a bit of a plan, well to be honest, I wasnt quite sure, but this is what I did in the end. First, I used a taxi back door, mounted in the middle, with the window area chopped by 8"

    The curved bit above the door is part of the original roof (the bit that used to be above the rear window) but reprofiled. That sounds posh, but actually i just drilled a small hole in the centre, threaded an old bit of throttle cable through it so the nipple
    pulled on the roof and clamped the other end inside the cab to pull the metal down to the curve that i required.
    Using the door at the back meant i could have opening back window.

    Compared to many of the other build threads, you can see I'm a bit of a "make do, make it up as you go along" merchant. Like the bits of wood holding it all in position prior to welding!!


    To bridge the gap between the door in the middle of the back and the b pillars, I cut up some more back doors, welding parts to the b pillar to line up with front doors, then I had some steel rolled up to connect with more bits of back door, which welded to the back door in the middle. Wow, can you follow that?




    The idea is to end up with a nicely rounded cab back, sort of mimicking a 50's pick up truck.

    Here's a couple of pictures which inspired this build...




    Mine wont look much like either of these, but it gave me the idea to try and acheive something vaguely similar from a humble London Taxi.

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    Pick up Bed will end up looking something like the one one on FTW2 in last picture.

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    To cover up that awful mess at the back of the cab, I had a piece of steel, 4' by 2' with a slight rolled edge at the top. This was welded on





    Back tracking now, when I first got the cab it had a sunroof, so I removed it and welded it up before any other cutting. Guess where I got the metal from to weld up the hole?


    Also I cut out the dimple in the front of the roof where the "for Hire" sign used to be.


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