Here are a couple shots of the completed project to give you a taste of where this project ended up. The three most often asked questions I get are 1) Is it a kit? 2) Is it fiberglass? 3) Did you build it yourself? And the answers are No, No, and No. The car is 100% hand formed, hammer welded steel. And it was built by a very talented fabricator...unfortunately not me.
The first shot is the frame in the early stages. It's an early 80's Ford Econoline with a '78 F-150 front clip which has been boxed and the frame horns custom formed to mimic the '32 frame horns. The rear cross members are in place. The second shot shows the F-150 I beams mounted and the Firestone air bags mounts partially installed. Also note the stout front cross member. The third shot shows the F-150 radius rods, the mounting of the shorty shocks and the Ford power steering unit.
Here are a front and back view of the triangulated (no panhard bar) 4 Link and Ford 9" rear with 2:73 gear and open carrier. Also note air bags and mounts. Here the X member has also been welded in and the exhaust system mocked up to insure that everything will fit. In the "rear view" shot you can also see in the left portion of the X member the power brake unit installed and in the right portion of the X member is the electric compressor for the air bag system. A small air tank was later installed in front of the compressor. Drive shaft U joints are Flaming River and mufflers are Flowmaster. The rear has stock drum brakes.
The most unique feature of this car is the hand formed, all steel, hammer welded body, fenders, and pickup bed. The first shot shows the "skeleton" of the cab being fabricated with 1x1 and 1x2 square steel tube. The second shot shows the 18 gauge sheet metal skin being laid over the skeleton and welded in place. The third shot shows detail work being done on the cab while it is on a dolly. The dolly provides easier movement and access for all the hammer welding and metal forming. This shot also shows the doors being fitted in place. Hinges are by Hagen and latches are Bear Claw. Door handles are after market '32 Ford. The entire fabrication required 2,500 hours of labor.