Jason’s 50 ford Pickup

Jason’s Ford pickup

Jason came in with an idea about a truck, he’s a big guy and driving a chopped 30’s cab wasn’t going to work for him, he found a 50’s ford that would allow him to sit comfortably with his creature comforts in style.  The cab and box had the usual amount of rust which makes an excellent candidate for a custom; the unusual part of this build is the grill, a Hudson Terraplane. The Grill is narrow at the bottom and looks skinny compared the cab and as always the challenge is to get a project to flow right. I found these giant headlights that filled up the space nicely. Jason had procured a late model F150 rear end that we used in the truck with airbags and a 4-bar; with these rims and tires on the back the total width is 4” this side of an H1. We widened the box  6” to compensate, which makes it look like a Fleetside. The interior has all the nice stuff you’d expect, power windows, heat, A/C, a ton of sound deadening. It’s running a warmed over 354 Hemi backed up with a 5 speed. Jason has big motorsports history and expects a lot of his vehicles, he hasn’t broken the truck in half yet….. so I guess building things like tanks has paid off again!

Joe’s Olds

Joe…..is a funny guy, we’ve been talking forever about which car and what he wants to do to it, he found this 54 Olds in town, it needs work but it’s a hard top. I have to keep telling him not to chop deck nose slice, section –everything just to make this car different; it’s cool just the way it is -get it running smooth, fix the rust, etc before we get into it. I want to make sure he has a solid car, but Joe he’s an intense guy and he finally beat me down to do some work to it –nothing major just cosmetics –so then began the hunt –it’s funny how cars come together, you have an idea of what you want based on what you’ve seen around –I’ve said it before –these things build themselves the pieces you find along your journey are the pieces you use on the car; kind of like your fate brings the parts together –or something, I wonder how that works?…anyway where was I…ah yes. So Joe managed to scrounge up some really cool pieces and others from the bottom of a lake and it all worked out quite well. I was totally amazed how well those 57 Chevy fenders fit perfectly right over the olds fenders prior to cutting them in. The 1960-ish(?) Plymouth fins are an interesting choice but cool, he’ll have to do some work with the taillight arrangement so everyone can see him. Not sure what the front bumper is from, but the rear is a 56 Pontiac I think Joe said. Of course it all bolded on with no issues, like everything –it required loads of “massaging” to be straightened then modified and welded, then welded to the car –and repeat. I forgot, check the side profile shot see how he’s got 2” between the ground and the lake pipe –not anymore, we installed a 4-link as well to get it lower. He’s running a 2 pump hydraulic suspension with accumulators –his pipes were almost ground in half and that’s the way he likes it! For me this car is done and left for home today so he can get it ready for the summer. It’ll be back again for some mods, that’s why I can never settle on a paint colour, I’m always modifying it, why drop lots of cake on paint if you going to cut into it next week? Just drive it!

Rob’s Roadster

Robs car wasn’t the straightest when he got it, it was a mismatch of parts, he had the vision and stuck to it.  A “T” phaeton front end and the back half of a “A” roadster welded badly together, so we built him a high-boy style 2×4 frame with a Mustang front end. Then mounted the front half of the body, once we got it straight we cut the back end off and re-welded back so the body lines flowed better. I dig the way the upper trunk area flows onto the back deck.

Update -Rob has been showing me some new shots of how this car is coming together, I think him and his dad will have it on the road this year with the way there hustling on it. 

Kieth’s 69 Mustang


This car didn’t really look to bad, but when we started getting into it a pulled some measurements off of it -we could tell it was hit hard -really hard -the story from Keith was that it was hit by a snow plow. It was originally from BC which meant it is a solid car so it was worth saving. Both rear frame rails were bent and it seemed the front passenger side was pushed through the firewall. Nothing a dozen buckets of cheese and tar couldn’t cover; fortunately we can buy everything for this car, so the swapping out sheet metal hasn’t been too bad, just loads of it. Keith needs to have a solid base before he can start having fun with it, watch for the updates on this one -it can only get better!  I think the last two photos are awesome, these were pics he sent me while over sea’s on Tour, his Coyote was hit by a IED (everyone was good) HOLLY CRAP is an understatement!

Chris’s Shoebox

 typical Canadian car and another Soldier, solid guy! Floors, inner outer rockers, floor supports, tranny tunnel, body mounts, motor swap; Plus to top it all off it had been hit hard, so we ended up cutting the car apart and welding it back together in the right locations(crazy how someone can buthcher a car together)  Now he has a safe car that he can have some fun in when he finishes it up. Jamco makes some great conversion stuff for this car, so the fittment of a SB ford and tranny was no problem, disc brakes are a must in my book, I like to drive fast -but I also like to stop fast!

Chris’s roadster

This was a fun nostalgia project; one that Chris said was inspired by the fact that his Dad Ken was an original member of the Igniters Rod & Custom Club back in the day. The hi-boy roadster body, stovebolt engine, extended ‘32 rails, and cool stance give it a real late 40’s flavour. It’s nice to build one of these every so often to keep us grounded; otherwise I’d be off in outer 60’s show car space again. Chris found this amazing body in pieces, neatly stacked up against the wall of its previous caretaker’s garage. After countless weekends and many grinding discs later, Chris turned the body over to us for the final mock-up. Kind of like a giant ’29 roadster model kit –nothing a bit of time and some old fashioned ingenuity can’t sort out. He had also wanted to use this Inline-6 from his Mom’s old ‘58 Chevy and didn’t want to sink it into the fire wall, so we stretched the frame in front of the fire wall 6 inches, re-profiled the taper, boxed it and bobbed the rear frame rails. Presto! An extended wheelbase ’32 frame. Chris has lots of work in front of him now to finish it off -but when your having fun -is it really work?


32 Bucciali-ish

This is a crazy project, I’ve had a picture of that car on my wall for years, for me –to build a car like this would certainly be challenging, but I’m not doing a replica of it –I’m doing my version which I hope looks more like a future 20’s/30’s playboy car.

The base for this car is a 4 door Essex, the Essex has 4 suicide doors with Stainless hinges and brass pins( the workmanship of this car is way better than any ford, back in the day) Loads of mods already to get the scale right for the Bucciali dimensions, and loads more to go; I had to lean the A post back so the hood will clear the visor, I took 6” out of the rear doors, and added it to rear panel. This car will have 32” overall wheels with 22” rims, and right now without a chop it stands 57” tall. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on, I like to work from biggest to smallest and most of the unforeseen stuff has been sorted so now it’s just a matter of keeping on it till completion. We hope to have this car ready for Performance world and AutoRama this year.

I’ll update the shots as things develop.

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Visitor on the way

Pic from Honrio on the way up to the shop.