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Building Stainless Steel Race Headers

Looking forward to hearing the deep sound of these custom stainless steel headers.

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Creating The Next Generation Cosworth Vega

This new Cosworth will have the classic vega look, but with 950HP and a fogger.

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Drag Racing Chassis Fabrication

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

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Don’t Cry For Me Cosworth . . .

Watch as we make a new Vega Cosworth from this pile chrome moly pipe.

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BBC 500 ci Planned For The Nostalgia Funny Car Project

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 Aluminum Block, Never Windowed, Dart Heads, Indy Intake, Littlefield Hi

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Drag Car 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 — NOS Kit — and built for two — HANG

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Funny Car Chassis In Final Weld Process

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 the last tabs and finalize steering. Ready for fuel tank

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Nostalgia Funny Car S&W Chassis Final Stages

Looking For A Nostalgia Funny Car?

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

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 or a pro street – this project has many options.

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Custom Drag Racing Headers

  We Make Drag Racing Headers

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Nostalgia Funny Car Project Chassis Fabrication

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. . .

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 oil tank. . .  we built that too. Below is

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Sheet Metal Fabrication

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 iCanFab. Sheet Metal Fabrication.

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Building Race Headers

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 from the driver. Plus it looks cool!

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

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 car cage has lots of notching and lots of bends.

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We Build Custom Cars

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 time. We take no shortcuts, and use only the finest

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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 wheelie bar tabs. Installing brake system lines and residual valves.

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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 to damages. Now off to the body shop for some

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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 it the infinity edge.

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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 is aluminum. The all steel drivers floor is black sheet

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The G-Body Shuffle

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 taking off from the starting line. This was due to

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Tranny Tunnel Vision

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 easily. Tunnel sheetmetal is fastened together with aircraft type smash

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1936 Plymouth Coupe Suspension And Chassis Tuning

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 prevent further rusting. As seen in the photo below, the front

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Electrical Wiring — The Right Way

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 below. With this classic muscle car we don’t have to worry

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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 shows the quarter panel and inner and outer wheelhouses and

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Metal Fabrication in Northeast Tennessee

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 an extension of the Camaro body lines. The Chevelle below

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Window frame tubing and tabs have been finished and installed

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 top of the door flange. The secondary window latch has

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Plymouth Coupe Sheet Metal Fabrication

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 straight. We took some new 20 gauge steel and put

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Drag racing parachute and wing plus new Plymouth coupe flooring

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 holder had to be removable so that eventually the fiberglass rear

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Having the right tools for the job

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

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 tubs and rear floors, welded-in steel firewall, drivers floor, and

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

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 and firewall, and reworked body mounts or any electric system.

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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 to give it a final final before paint. View all

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The 1936 Plymouth Coupe Dashboard

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. We built the gauge clusters panels to fit and match the original style. The

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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. The body is placed, but not yet secured, time to

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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 to re-mount the body for the final time.

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We just finished these exhaust headers for the 68 Camaro

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

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 fabbed up, the Chassis Engineering top gun 4-link bars and

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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 classic cars that are 80 years old. These new floor

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We Build Zoomies And 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 . . . and they look amazing! So then we got some

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Bringing back the oldies with metal fabrication

At 79 years old this 5-window coupe needed some “reconstructive surgery” when we first brought it to the shop. Like any good plastic surgeon we followed the natural flow of the curves — to avoid that un-natural forced look. This big booty is from our next project a 1936 Plymouth

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1933 Plymouth Coupe in final stages of production

A sneak peak of the Coupe as we start to put the car back together. This custom 1933 Plymouth 5-window Coupe is not chopped. The body has been channeled 6″ over a Chris Alston double frame rail, round tube, mild steel custom chassis. NHRA Certified. This is an ALL STEEL

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Custom Fabrication, Mig and Tig Welding

All good chassis fabricators knows that making each element look good and fit within the parameters of the project can be challenging. When making any type of custom car parts we search of the optimum setup. We recently made these wheelie bars for the ’33 Plymouth.  We considered the wheel

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Making Exhaust Headers

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Metal Fabrication

The side canards have been tacked in place on this project. Once they are finalized they will mimic the curves of the car. Not only will it look cool – they will help increase the aerodynamics and air flow.

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Metal fabrication and these Plymouth Coupe projects

Both of the Plymouth Coupe projects are progressing. At iCanFab we have the right tools, and team, to properly execute a custom street car build from scratch.

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Making custom door hinges for the 36 Coupe

The forward exposed door hinge on the this 1936 Plymouth is not a good design, and nobody sells a door hinge kit for this car. But the car still needs two doors that operate correctly. This photo shows the completed upper door hinge we made — that should last forever.

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Metal fabrication, math and creative visualization

Anyone restoring a 1936 Plymouth Coupe can buy a fiberglass fender online. For this coupe that would not be the case. We are lucky enough to have a decent looking metal fender to start with.  We are keeping the steel fenders and widening them. This car will run a 275/60-15

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36 Coupe Chassis and Suspension

We started this 1936 Plymouth 5-window coupe project about 2 weeks ago. We found ourselves asking . . .What are we going to do with this 36 coupe project? How about make it into a bad ass hot rod. . .  OK. Here we are applying the front end parts.

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Need a custom rear end housing for your Street Rod?

Narrowed up street rod, small banjo, 9″ FORD rear end housing. Below a closeup of Moser engineering housing ends big FORD late. Ready for brackets.  Now on Monday we are ready to back half the 36 Plymouth. If you need a custom width rear end housing contact us today!

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