Website update

I am getting a few people confused about the dead links. I am working on those in my spare time. I don’t have a lot of that right now, but the goal is to make the site easier to navigate in the near future. Currently all the product is still in the store link above. If you are having trouble finding the product, search or send us an email.

1955-1959 GM Dakota kits very soon. AND MORE!

Been working on the design for the newest kit to our line. The 1955-1959 GM Truck Dakota kit. We will have this ready by the end of September in two forms. Our standard kit that accepts the stock ’87-’96 Dodge Dakota componentry and this will be our first venture into a tube control arm and coil over front end! Yes, you read that right we are going to offer tube control arms very soon. I have been working on the design and the fixturing to get these to a reasonable cost. So look for an official release of the newest kits very soon.

We have also been working on engine mounts and bolt on anti-roll bar mounts. I have some almost ready to go for Ford and Chevy engines in the 35-56 F100 kits. I need to check fitment on the others before we release them.

 

 

2014 LA Roadster Show Wrap-up

WOW what an incredible show. You guys kept us busy and gave us some fantastic feedback. Spoke with so many satisfied customers and made some great contacts. The feedback we got on the full X-member was incredible. So much so we sold our display twice! I now need to get busy on producing more… But what was interesting was the interest in a full X-member for the Model A chassis and the later cars too. We were bombarded with you asking for a full X for the 33-34 Fords. I suppose it’s time to get our butts in gear and build them!

 

Thank you to the LA Roadsters for an incredible good time and one huge swap meet and to all of you that attended and made us feel welcome.

 

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LA Roadster Show 2014

We will be at this years Roadster Show this June 14th and 15th at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona CA. I will be set up in the swap meet area as usual. I will be bringing out our bolt-in products for the ’32 Fords and a few Dakota based kits. And there will be special show pricing!

Stop on by and introduce yourself, shoot the breeze for a bit.

Headway on the new generation of kits. 65-66 F100

Right Frame rail A

After squaring and leveling the donor frame from Bill Wilson, I set a Datum at the original Axle centerline. Then Taking careful measurements I can construct a representation in Alibre’.

1965 F100 Right Side Rail B

Added the rear half of the frame from previous. Also changed the way the bumpout for the core support works. Not technically correct but works with my software.

1965 F100 Right Side Rail C

Locating all the critical holes needed for current and future projects.

65-66 Frame assembly A

Alibre’ 12 isn’t as sophisticated as it could have been. Doing a mirror of the Right frame rail wasn’t as easy as a command. I had to re-generate each sweep, boss, and cut the opposite way to generate the Left side rail.

65-66 Frame assembly B

Tried an approximation of the stock transmission crossmember. I may go back and re-draw it. Added the rear body mount crossmember and gussets as well as the forward crossmember for supporting the rear springs.

1030 6566 Crossmember B

Very similar to the 61-64 kits, this one requires a taller boxing plate and different locating holes. The longer boxing plates should solve the problem of the long and unsupported front frame section once the stock Twin-I-Beam crossmember has been removed.

1030 6566 Crossmember C1030 6566 Crossmember A

Some video of the Open House party 11/16/13

Did you attend? Did you want to?

Be a fly on the wall and watch 39 minutes plus of some of what went down.


IC Openhouse12 SouthCam Metalshape by ELpolacko

Cheers!

Shop update: 10/04/2013

Been a busy few weeks, lots of jobs in and out and progress made on the more long term jobs. The good news is, as we clear out these jobs, the new Dakota Kits are eminent!

Just wrapped up a Vintage Air install on Ron Shives’ 1957 Chevy Hardtop. Such a nice car, we removed the AirTique unit installed a decade or more ago that never quite worked properly and installed a new Vintage Air sure-fit unit. In went a Vintage Air Front Runner package and radiator relocation to the 6 cylinder position so that we had room for a Volvo 850 two speed cooling fan. We also upgraded to a Borgeson Delphi 600 power steering box, Flaming River steering column and did some routine maintenance for him. Overall the car turned out fantastic, very nice daily driver now.

Dr Marvelus is going to town on Tony’s 60 Bonneville, pretty rusty car in all the structural areas, so look for updates on that soon.

Larry Ivy’s 34 PU is roller status, cab goes on and the controls are going in soon.

More importantly, Bob’s 32 5W chassis will be going together next week in preparation for the Deuce Day show. We are doing the second build out of our “Bolt – In” center X-member! These will be available in the store very soon.

And the news you are waiting for, the Dakota kits are in process as soon as Bob’s 32 frame comes off. First up will be the 65-66 frames and the 53-56 and 57-60’s immediately after.

New to the site? having issues with placing an order?

Had someone tell me they were having an issue and not able to place an order. They were using Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10.0) and when they hit “add to cart” a popup window opened and just stalled.

If you register an account with my website; name, email and a password, then go back to the store everything should work just fine.

 

If you find any more bugs, please let me know!

Store information and more!

The Store is up and running, go check it out!

Next up on the Dakota kits

I have a 1953-56 F100 frame disassembled Bill W donated a 1965-66 frame, both ready for drawing up the kits and over the next few weeks I will be spending my after hours getting them ready for market.

Chris Shelton came by a few weeks back and did an installation article showing me install a kit on a 1964 frame clip donated by Dave G (Garbz) and it should hit Classic Trucks magazine in the next few months. So keep an eye out for it!