Is it Worth it….

I’ve built a lot of cars, but old GM’s are the worst, once the wood is gone your left with a bunch of floppy panels. I’m thinking of making the doors part of it -weld it shut and keep it low enough so you can just hop over the doors, but how do you slam a car and keep the fenders that low off the ground? 13″ 100 spoke wires! Maybe an SR20 motor… the seating area is huge and it has a rumble seat! -lots of room to splay out, I know it could be cool, but at what cost to my brain…


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Laser grills

As you may remember the 56 Cadillac has a square interlocking grill, since we’re using the Caddy bumper on the Pontiac /Chevy and the customer didn’t want to run the original grill we decided to make one similar to the Caddy. Painted black and a polished edge will look good in the Pontillac

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Louvers

Rather than punching the same old louvers, Ryan wanted something a little different for the hood of his truck. We laid out the pattern measuring at least 100 times then cut the lines with a grinder, then used the English wheel and the Louver Die I had made up to roll back and forth until the louver was fully formed. We had to remove all the inner bracing and reweld it back in once the hammer and dollying was done -might as well fix the dents while were at it

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George’s truck

George has got some whacky ideas… And I love them, don’t know how this one will end up because it changes every time he shows up

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Just a little off the top

Who needs all that head room anyway? It’s not like we are wearing top hats around anymore. With the chop done, everything comes apart for final welding now.

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This will be fun

Eugene asked me to build a sidecar for his GSXR 1100 -still in the mock up stage as we are waiting for parts to come in, the sketch provides us with a loose plan of the structure

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Mitchell asked me…

How the progress on my 39 Merc is going -it’s the pile on the left. Looking forward to starting on it this spring.

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It been a while

So I thought I’d post up a shot or 2 of what I’ve been working on lately.

Bruce’s car is now off the frame table, he wants a 5″ chop on this one -I think with all that head room of a un-chopped T you could wear a Top Hat while driving

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Got the Dagmar’s on the pontiac and replaced the floors, rockers, etc -typical 60yr old car stuff -getting ready for paint

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And finished up the roof chop on the 49 -now for everything else…

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We made it to the big time

1st time for me, I’m pretty stoked to have a vehicle at SEMA, I’ll update the info in the next couple of days, Hopefully Steve will send up some other shots as well, Hint hint….

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39 Merc…..

Did I need another car? When it’s a ’39 Merc –yes, yes I do……

David is kind enough to keep me posted on interesting projects that pop up on Kijiji, and when this one came through it blew me away –a ’39 Mercury… up here…. that still has metal on it!…. and an ownership!….and with keys! And after talking to the owner, I found that it had all the original parts right down to the hub caps –this I have to go see.

At 900am I picked up Dave and off we went. At that point there had been 489 views on Kijiji and I was getting worried that someone else might scoop it. We arrived in Cambridge at 1030am and it seemed like we were the first people to view it! First impression –it’s junk. It appeared that somebody had repaired it once upon a time, but all the welds were gas welded so it was most likely done a long time ago. The original taillights are gone, the rear driver side was hit and the trunk lid is tweaked a bit, but no creases (all easy fixes). I could see the floors although they would need to be replaced, as well as the inner fenders in the back (still nothing too major).

The owner showed us his Henry J collection and assorted muscle car parts in a old scrap yard he used to run back in the day. All I could think about was the car and if I really wanted to commit to another project for myself (it’s not like I don’t have a few on the go right now). But cool is cool! A deal was struck and the car was mine in an instant -woot!

Old school custom, how can it not become one –original flathead, drop the back, disc brakes, chop, nice paint and interior –seriously cool. Even if it was a Ford, I still would have bought it (although I find myself becoming more of a Merc snob these days).

I look forward to tearing it down and sinking my teeth into the metal work on this one. Maybe I should have an open house or something when we do the chop on it. How many people can say they helped out on a chop on one of the original customs?

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