Category: Custom Metal Fabrication

Creating The Next Generation Cosworth Vega

RJ chassis

The Pontiac GTO, Firebird, Grand Prix, and the DeLorean were all cool, fast cars that John DeLorean had a hand in developing. Through that lens we are creating a custom Cosworth.  This new Cosworth will have the classic look —

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Drag Racing Chassis Fabrication

chassis fabrication

This project started with lots of American made chrome moly steel tubing.

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Don’t Cry For Me Cosworth . . .

In 1975 and 1976 Chevrolet produced the Cosworth Vega. An idea started by John DeLorean, GM’s general manager at the time… only 3,508 were produced. Today these cars are collected for historical significance. We have done reverse assembly to carefully

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BBC 500 ci Planned For The Nostalgia Funny Car Project

Nostalgia Della Woods Shell get's this new bullet

The body of our Nostalgia project is an original Della Woods shell, the same as the Budweiser King, Kenny Bernstein ran in the 1981. This is the motor we have planned for this future crowd pleaser. BBC 500 ci, Donavan

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Drag Car Chassis Certification

NHRA chassis certification

NHRA chassis cert day at Bristol. The inspector checks tubing size and does a sonic test for wall thickness. Once the tubing and welds are inspected…. a PASS sticker is issued. This Mustang is all tied in — frame railed

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How to fit a big tire, in a small car

This is creative metal fabrication. This car has many options. This Vega is a mild steel car with an NHRA 8.50 cert and has been made to be a winning bracket car… but has that extra boost to be a great heads-up racer.

Funny Car Chassis In Final Weld Process

chassis fabrication

The chassis had enough weld to be unclamped from the Jig table and flipped over to finish off the TIG welds in those hard to reach places The finished chassis all welded up. Time to panel the sides, put up

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Nostalgia Funny Car S&W Chassis Final Stages

Della woods body

Looking For A Nostalgia Funny Car?

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Did someone mention project cars . . . here is what we have available.

Perfect drag race project

This 1971 Opel 2-door coupe has a full steel body in great shape. The Opel is called the “poor man’s corvette” this is a cool car in a small package. If you are looking to build a drag racing car

Custom Drag Racing Headers

Custom Fabrication

  We Make Drag Racing Headers

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Nostalgia Funny Car Project Chassis Fabrication

nostalgia funny car

We started this project with an S&W chassis kit. We are trying to keep the funny car cage low. A handmade aluminum seat was required. Currently we are just putting up tubing and tacking up making sure it all fits!

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Fuel Tanks, Dry Sump Oil Tanks, We Make It All. . .

fuel tank and oil tank custom

Metal fabrication. . . Chassis fabrication is all in a days work. The project car below would not accept the standard oil tank available. . . so we built a custom one. Since the fuel tank has to match the

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Sheet Metal Fabrication

creative firewall

Bead rollers, brakes and benders are just a few of the metal fabrication tools used to create custom sheet metal work. Sheet metal firewalls and racing tunnels are unique to each vehicle. This is another example of the craftsmanship at

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S&W Race Chassis Custom Install

vega hatchback drag car

The laundry list for this Vega pro street build includes; S&W 2″ x 3″ Frame Rails with Ladder Bar Suspension, S&W 12-Point Roll Cage, S&W Round Tube Front Half . . . Put it all together and now we have a

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Building Race Headers

race ready headers welded up

First, get a bundle of tubes. Then cut and tack them up. This set of headers are a Side Exit 2″ Stahl Pattern. A side exit header gets the noise and fumes out the side of the car, and away

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Big Tire . . . Little Car

metal fabrication on this big tire car

The 16.5″ wide tires were all over the quarter panels due to the low ride height. These quarter panels have seen some serious mods — stretched 2″ forward and 4″ to the rear of centerline. What the hell — let’s do

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This Is How We Do It. . . Chassis And Roll Cage Engineering

roll cage fabrication

This chassis and roll cage example is mild steel. This car will certify for 7.50 ET and live a long life.  The photo below shows the drivers floor bar placement as per SFI Foundation specs for 8.49-7.50 ET This funny

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We Build Custom Cars

Building chassis on the jig table

Just a few chassis fabrication tools we use at the shop. If you work around machinists, architects, builders or other craftsmen, you are probably familiar with these tools. Here at the race shop our goal is to build it right the first

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Mocking Up The Vega Hatchback

Now that the Vega is off the chassis table – it’s time to mock-up everything. Below we installed an S&W ladder bar kit, and a HUGE S&W diagonal link at 1.25 x .095. Below the back braced 9″ just needs

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Sheet Metal Wing

The owner wanted to keep his tires planted at the big end — we told him to try this. The side spill plates were kept minimal. The vehicle originally showed up for a rear window replacement and new decklid due

1977 Vega Hatchback Project Update

The fiberglass was hung on the chassis with care. . . Doors hung, swinging and latched. The frontend tree has been built with custom receiver brackets made and applied. The rear of the front end, lower and upper mounts, and

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Custom Metal Fabrication

What came first the Tonneau or the Wing? The only way to make this wing work was to have a tonneau cover to direct air to the wing. This tonneau is in two pieces and Dzus fastened — we call

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Tubs, Tin And Sheet Metal Fabrication

Finishing up the sheet metal for the Vega Wagon. All of the aluminum panels as well as the aluminum wheel tubs are DZUS fastened for easy service. The floor pans are steel  — and all are welded in. The lower half of rear

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The Vega Wagon Gets Side Exit Headers

2 1/4″ primaries with 4″ merge collectors, 18 gauge 304 stainless steel. . . A few hours . . . and a dozen “J” bends later. . .  Can’t wait to hear them!

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Drag car build in the final stages… Look at the stance of this car.

drag racing fun
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Puzzle Time

Vega Wagon Chassis Painted. Firewall and body extensions completed  — can’t wait to see assembled. Dsuz tabs placed and springs applied. Chassis certification will be no problem. Our S&W stretched chassis comes with manufacture chassis tags. Time to get to

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Getting up to speed on the Vega Wagon build

1977 vega wagon drag car chassis

The Vega is nearing completion!  The body has been removed for the final time after welding in the firewall.  We have flipped the chassis and air panned it. The passenger side could be aluminum, but we made it steel getting ahead of

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Custom Sheet Metal For Drag Car

T2, as we call it, gets new tin after replacing both rear frame rails, and ladder bar crossmember due to rot and rust. All sheet metal has been replaced. Per NHRA rules the driver floor must be steel, but everything else

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The G-Body Shuffle

GM G body frame issues

The G-body designation was originally used for 1969–1972 Pontiac Grand Prix and 1970–1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo personal luxury coupes. The term “G-Body Shuffle” became popular in the drag racing community for the vehicle’s side-to-side motion of the rear end after

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Tranny Tunnel Vision

tranny tunnel

This project showed up missing the trans tunnel cover but had the Dzus tabs mounted. Double frame rails were high in the car so overall tunnel height was kept to a minimum so carbon fiber dash can be attached and removed

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Making wheelie bars and putting the vega back together

wheelie bars
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1936 Plymouth Coupe Suspension And Chassis Tuning

plymouth coupe

We are in the final stages of this “daily driver” build. Currently we are trying to find a body shop to bondo up the 80 year old sheet metal.  We have already taken it down to bare metal and applied primer to simply

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Electrical Wiring — The Right Way

1936 plymouth coupe wired

This last season we have wired a few cars in the shop. The ’33 Coupe Pro Street, the 1969 Camaro drag car, 72 Chevy Vega Pro Street, these all have a much more complicated wiring system than this classic ’70 Cuda pictured

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Making This Chevelle Great Again

This Chevelle is going through a transformation – from race car to daily driver. This 67 Chevelle showed up tubbed and narrowed with a Dana 60 and a reworked frame. Originally we were simply replacing trunk floor and quarter panels. Below

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Metal Fabrication in Northeast Tennessee

tranny tunnel

Below are a few fabrication projects using aluminum and steel sheet metal. The three-piece trans tunnel below is easily removable – yet strong – all Dzus fastened. The rear wing below is more than just sheet metal fabrication – it is

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Window frame tubing and tabs have been finished and installed

camaro

The window frames for the Camaro are bent to shape, and the window tabs welded up. The window templates have been made, now time to cut some Lexan. The Lexan has been attached to window framing then bolted up to

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Plymouth Coupe Sheet Metal Fabrication

1936 plymouth coupe

The ’36 Coupe sheet metal fab work is nearing completion. Time to tackle the dreaded . . . hole in the roof. We had to cut the hole in the roof even larger to clean-up the edges and make it

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Drag racing parachute and wing plus new Plymouth coupe flooring

camaro

The ’68 Camaro And Metal Fabrication This Stroud Pro Stock parachute just fits under the new wing we made for the 68 Camaro. We have been playing around with the side spill plate size and shape. The drag racing parachute bag

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Having the right tools for the job

metal fabrication tools at icanfab

We hear from many classic car owners in need of custom built performance parts. The photo below shows the new door hinges we just made for a 1936 Plymouth Convertible. We make custom parts.

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1968 Camaro Rolling Chassis -sold

drag racing camaro

Built to run Sportsman Class or Bracket Racing, NHRA Certified 8.50. This is a new car. Mild steel, TIG welded, tube chassis, U.S. Body Source Fiberglass Body, Harwood trunk lid, rear bumper, and extended hood. F1 Hood Scoop from Suncoast Race Cars. Aluminum

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This 1936 Plymouth Coupe is going to be one COOL Hot Rod!

1936 Plymouth Coupe Build

The boys in the shop have been chipping away at the ’36 Coupe project – mostly doing the stuff no one will ever see. Once we install the carpet and door panels we built, no one will see the steel sheet metal floor

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1968 Chevy Camaro Roller

The ’68 Camaro drag car recently received NHRA certification to 8.50.  We’ve been busy wiring and placing components. The firewall is getting close to being completed – lots of welding and grinding have gone into this one. We are just about ready

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Stretched Chevy Vega Wagon

Getting started with our S&W Race Chrome Moly Chassis Kit. Tacking up — making sure everything fits just right. The stretch is all in the front, and hard to see without the Glasstek fiberglass front cap. Setting up front struts in the front end holding

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The 1936 Plymouth Coupe Dashboard

36 plymouth coupe resto

This 1936 Plymouth Coupe originally came to us with just a round cluster in the center of the dash. Luckily the car came with extra parts – one which was a deluxe factory dash – so we opted for that.

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68 Camaro Chassis Fabrication

Before we placed the body back on we had to make and TIG weld the drivers floor. The center “X” under the floor and both left and right foot wells – all in steel. The passenger floor is aluminum and removable with Dzus fasteners.

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Chassis Fabricators in Northeast Tennessee

Spring has sprung, the dogwoods are flowering and our winter project has come out of hibernation. The Camaro chassis has been modified and fixed, then fully assembled, tore down, and painted. Now a few touch ups and we are ready

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We just finished these exhaust headers for the 68 Camaro

Custom Fabrication

These look like a candelabra! They will be attached to an All Aluminum 555 Big Block. Plus we fabricated this custom gauge cluster for the Camaro.

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High Performance Chassis Suspension And Rear End

pro mod race car builders

This Camaro is another project we have in the shop. We have been fitting the body and lining up the front fiberglass to the body. It’s all coming together. Chassis suspension; the photo below shows the upper wishbone has been

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Sheet Metal Fabricators

These are floor pans. These sheet metal floor pans are not from a parts store. They are custom made for our 1936 Plymouth Coupe project. High Quality Sheet Metal Panels Sheet metal and body panels are the usual issue with

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We Build Zoomies And Custom Headers

Zoomie Custom Headers

Below are the custom exhaust headers we built for the 33 Plymouth Coupe. We just got them back from Cerakote Coating, plus we found a local stainless steel and aluminum polisher that dipped these Edelbrock Competition Merge Collectors . .

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