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.