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Exploring Creative Automotive Design, Innovative Fabrication, Inventive Techniques, Custom Cars and Trucks and Hot Rod Culture

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1940 Willys Cabover Custom

1940 Willys Cabover Custom

Built by Chris Boggess, Hot Rod Technology Instructor at Utah Valley University

This is a very well photo documented build that combines a 1940 Willys Sedan and a 1992 Dodge 1 ton extended cab pickup truck, and a whole lot of metal work. There are 13 slideshows from start to finish, and a final drive video. The video descriptions below are as written by the builder/video maker.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

How To Install a Universal Rear Step Notch Kit

How To Install a Universal Rear Step Notch Kit

The Welder Series Universal Step Notch Kit is easy to assemble and install. The pieces fit together using alignment tabs to make clamping and welding a breeze. Now available in two widths: 2-5/8" and 3-3/8".

Typically used in the custom car, truck and mini truck market to drop the frame past the rear axle. 2 widths available: 2-5/8" and 3-3/8" wide outside. 6-1/2" from the top of the original frame to the top of the notch. Made from 3/16" pickled and oiled mild steel. Sold in pairs.

The notch depth will vary, depending on how tall the frame rails are, and what sweep the original frame rails have. The S10 we used for our installation article below, for instance, has 4" of axle clearance with 18" wheels when the frame is laying on the ground. Priced per pair.

  • Alignment tabs. No guesswork when it comes to squaring it up. Easy to clamp while you’re tacking it together. The original two piece step notch. Inner boxing plates are also included.

  • Weld it off the frame. The majority of the welding is done on your bench, where you can position the piece for the best weld. When you’re done welding the notch, just set it on the frame rail and weld it in place.

  • Sits on outside top corner of frame rail. If you choose to grind the welds, you’ll have a smooth transition from the notch to your frame rails.

  • Integral inner frame rail boxing plates. The inner plates weld to both the upper and lower flange of a C channel frame rail for strength.

Get The Kit: Welder Series Universal Rear Step Notch Kit

The Process Step by Step

Jeff shows step-bystep how to install the Welder Series Universal Rear Step Notch Kit, as pictured below.

These are the pieces to build one notch. The kit includes enough plates to make a pair of notches.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Flamed Fan Shroud

Flamed Fan Shroud

Flamed Fan ShroudThis beautifully done flamed fan shroud was seen at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY. The shroud is done in high gauge steel and I assume plasma cut, then rolled to fit. And fit it does. The fabricator did a stellar job fitting the shroud to the grill and blind mounted it quite nicely.

Flamed Fan Shroud

Friday, June 11, 2010

Studebaker Firewall From Spare Tailgate

Studebaker Firewall From Spare Tailgate

Studebaker Firewall From Spare TailgateThis piece of work came right out our own shop, Roadkill Rod & Custom. This is our shop truck, a 1949 Studebaker 2R5 Pick-Up.

I love the look of the Ford and Chevy firewalls when filled, nice and clean. This truck has the ugliest firewall around. As a matter of fact, because of this, I almost passed on the truck. Studebaker thought this was a feature because you had easy access to all in the dash, gauges and the like.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bent Tube Tail Light

Bent Tube Tail Light

Tail LightThe Beatersville Car Show in Louisville, KY dished up alot of creative work, and this tail light was one of my favorite examples. While the concept is pretty simple, it is a creative way to mount the lens, hide the wiring, and add some cool factor all at the same time.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sometimes, Less Is More

Sometimes, Less Is More

Plasma Cut Chevrolet TailgateMy late Father use to tell me that "sometimes, less is more". And that is the case with this Chevy tailgate seen at the Beatersville Car Show in Louisville, KY. A plasma cutter and a steady hand was all that was required to dress this tailgate to the owners liking.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Suicide Doors

Suicide Doors

The classic suicide doors of the 60's Lincoln Continental

Suicide doors, arguably made best known among today's hot rodders and customizers by the Lincoln Continental four-door convertible of the 1960s, are a popular customization. Not only do they add a high level of "cool factor", they actually make entering and exiting the vehicle much easier. The occupant can enter in a natural way; walking forward towards the vehicle, and then turning as they go to sit, and exit by stepping forward out of the vehicle. It makes good sense.

Suicide doors were not uncommon on cars manufactured in the first half of the 20th century. They were especially popular in the gangster era of the 1930s because "It's a lot easier to shove somebody out with the wind holding the door open", Dave Brownell, the former editor of Hemmings Motor News stated.

Suicide doors as implemented on a Rolls Royce limo

Today, suicide doors can be found on a number of production vehicles, but are often referred to as "rear-hinged doors", "coach doors" (Rolls-Royce), and "freestyle doors" (Mazda). Thankfully, among car people, term "suicide doors" is alive and well.

Many hot rod and speed shops specialize in suicide doors. For many, a professional fabricator is the way to go. The first suicide doors I ever did were on a 1971 Porsche 914 and I used hinges from a Chevy Chevette - I used the left hinges on the right and vice versa, and turned the hinges upside down. It worked pretty well. But if you are handy with a cutting wheel and welder, you can tackle the job yourself with one of the many suicide door hinge kits and bear claw latch kits available today. These kits take a lot of the guess work out of the project and lend a more profession finish in the door jambs that my first try.

Suicide doors: a popular modification for many hot rods and street rods

Monday, February 8, 2010

Frenched Headlights - A Timeless Modification

Frenched Headlights - A Timeless Modification

Frenched Headlights

There is nothing cooler than a mean looking car with frenched headlights. Frenching is the act of recessing or moulding a headlight, taillight, antenna or license plate into a car body to give a smoother look to the vehicle. The name originates from the end result looking like a French cuff of a shirt sleeve, which has a ridge at the end. This modification has been used on leadsleds and customs since the 1930s.

Frenched Headlights

Frenching a headlight or taillight is done in one of two ways: either removing the bezel, mounting the light deeper in the car's head or taillight recess and using the headlight rings from another car (or an aftermarket kit) to mount it deeper into the body. It can also be done by modifying the light's mountings so that they can be removed from behind, welding the bezel to the body once the chrome plating is removed and painting it body color. This gives the effect of visually lengthening the car, as well as smoothing out the body. Many customs have lights from another car transplanted in place of the original factory items, but even these are frenched as well.

Related:
How To French Headlights from Rod and Custom Magazine

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Custom One-Off Engine Cover

Custom One-Off Engine Cover

Tail LightFound in the northern suburbs of Illinois, Hot Rods by Greg in Lake Bluff produces some excellent one-off custom work, including this example in a pristine Chevrolet engine compartment. The shop is responsible for both the design and fabrication of this custom engine cover.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Simply The Finest Welds I've Ever Seen...

Simply The Finest Welds I've Ever Seen...

Desert Racer Fabrication

Desert Racing is a big-dollar sport, and the no-expense spared trucks are assembled with some of the most impressive fabrication you’re ever likely to see. They need to withstand the extreme levels of punishment associated with driving in some of the worlds harshest terrain. If you’re not into off-road racing, I’m sure you’ll at least be captivated by the builds that go along with it. Desert Racer Fabrication Build

Desert Racer Fabrication

Monday, January 18, 2010

Running Board Exhaust

Running Board Exhaust

Running Board ExhaustI have always been a fan of creative exhaust - but generally I looked for the creativity under the car. This example, however, really grabbed my attention - I have given thought to running exhaust through the tailgate or rear quarter panel, but not the running board. Food for thought for future projects...

 


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