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  • Custom Fabricated Early Ford Steering Box Mount

    I can't claim to be the best planner when it comes to putting a car together. Often times I get a certain look or type of part stuck in my brain and I insist on using it even if it isn't what is easiest. When it came to the steering on my Model A coupe project, I wanted to mount my steering box through the frame and use an old Hudson box I had. Problem is the box looked like it had been underwater for half its life. I even went as far as welding a custom flange on the box and all. I had the box and column mounted in the car, but as I've been getting further into buttoning up the suspension and steering I still had this old box that was locked up and I realized that my drag link angle was far too extreme and would cause some serious bump-steer when driving it. I knew I needed to get a different box, and also get the angle corrected on the drag link.
  • Save that Panel- Building a Ford Model A Trunk Lid Skin

    You might call me a masochist, I call myself thrifty. I think no matter what I'll always be drawn to saving old cars and old parts. In another post earlier this year I showed how I started saving a VERY rust trunk lid for a Model A Ford. I tore the old skin off and spent a bit of time repairing and patching the original inner structure of the deck lid. With my inner structure solid again I had a base to build the outer skin from. At first glance it looks like a fairly simple project, but this panel actually has a bit of crown to it that requires more than just laying a flat piece of metal over top of the inner structure.
  • Swap Meet Scores- Saving and Metal Finishing a Butchered 32 Ford Dash

    A big part of the fun of building an old car for me is the hunt to find the right parts to fit my project. Sometimes you don't know you NEED it until you find it sitting on a guys folding table in the wee hours of the morning at the swap. I religiously hit swap meets and I've accumulated a lot of parts that could fit the bill on a project. When it comes time for that part of the build I have a selection of different parts I can pull out and decide on instead of being stuck with what I can get out of a catalog. For a while now I've had a nearly perfect original '32 Ford dash clamped into my '30 Ford Model A Coupe and was set on cutting the center out to fit a vintage Stewart Warner Ensign Gauge Panel I've had sitting for a while now.
  • Salvaged Panel Beating Station

    Our Panel Beating Bags and mallets have been a staple in our product line for years and it's one of the first things you should buy when starting the road down metal shaping and fabricating greatness. The basic concept behind using the mallets and sandbag is fairly simple, but learning to strike the metal at the right location and how hard is something that takes a lot of practice. One thing you need to do when using the bag is to make sure you're comfortable and have a good base to use the bag on. Hammering on the bag takes a lot of force and you need plenty of space all around you to swing the hammer and move the part in all directions. I decided to make a panel beating station from salvaged materials so I could stop moving my sandbag all over the shop and trying to find a good surface to use it on.
  • The First 5 Fabrication Tools for Beginners

    With Fabrication and Metal Shaping tools becoming more affordable and more accessible more entry level guys and gals are adding fabrication tools to their home shop. Sure the giant industrial tools all the pros have are great and drool-worthy, but there's some basic tools every one of those pros also have that they still use regardless of the size of their shop or tool collection. We decided to put our top 5 must-have fabrication tools together every beginner should consider when just starting out.

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