Category: Custom Metal Fabrication

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

RJ chassis

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

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First Pass With The Vega Wagon

Naturally aspirated 1/4 mile pass…

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 . . .

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

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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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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Watch this quick peek at the Vega Wagon

pro street vega for sale

This is a 1977 Vega Wagon Stretched 6″. It has S&W Chrome Moly Tube Chassis and Funny Car Cage, is TIG Welded and NHRA Certified 6.00 Inquire about this 1977 Vega Wagon: View all posts from this 1977 Vega Wagon build:

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The Vega Wagon 482 BBC Comes Alive

Vega Wagon BBC starts up

NHRA 6.0 Certified S&W Chrome Moly Chassis, Tig Welded . .

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The Vega Wagon arrives back from the body shop

Back from the bodyshop

Final assembly begins now.

Finalizing Another Chevy Vega

At the end of the day

The Vega Wagon has been at the body shop for a week.  It should be coming back next week. Then final assembly begins. This Vega Wagon is certified NHRA 6.0 and ready for the 2018 drag race season. This 1977 Vega

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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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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

A Peek Under The Vega Wagon Drag Car

The Vega Wagon is nearing completion mechanically. Here is a quick look at the underside. The sheetmetal ended up being high in the car so, added bonus, not much hanging down. Wide open underneath. Big Everything:  4 link bars, wheel

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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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2250 lbs — the fighting weight of the Vega Wagon

UPDATE: View final car and weight,  August 2018 Car weight =2330 lbs (no driver, race ready) Next stop — the body shop! View all posts from this vega wagon build: Inquire about this Vega Wagon Today:

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Update: Vega Wagon Drag Car

View all posts from this Vega Wagon project Inquire About This Vega Drag Car!

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Lexan Vega Wagon Windows

Lexan window in vega wagon

When your punch list has lexan windows on it — you know this week is booked! Lots of Lexan windows, should be no problem seeing. Rear hatch … DONE. Now time to fire the 482— can’t wait!

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Wiring The Vega Wagon

We’ve been making great progress finalizing the Vega Wagon build. Below you will notice; relays, timers, hot posts, coils, capacitors, wire, solenoids and MSD boxes. The brakes are plumbed. We like the Racepak. Stainless side exit exhaust … yahoo. Sheet metal almost

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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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6.0 NHRA Certification

1977 Vega Wagon – entire build step by step:

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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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Vega Wagon Bodywork By Ray Charles…

Paint by Stevie Wonder… Looking for a Michelangelo to finish…

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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This 6.0 drag car gets rear tires fit, firewall built and more.

icanfab

The Vega Wagon firewall is looking great. Welding in steel panels to complete and pass NHRA tech. Below we are doing the final fitting for wheel tubs — making sure the rear tires fit in the body. The doors are

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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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Vega Wagon Drag Car Progressing Rapidly

S&W chassis in chevy vega drag car

Buy it now as a roller or as a complete car — you choose.  

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TIG Welding Chrome Moly Chassis

The vega wagon S&W chrome moly chassis came off the jig table for the final TIG weld up. Currently we are putting all the parts back into the chassis for final tabs and electrical placement etc. The wagon skin is shown below. We

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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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Removable Vega Wagon Body

vega wagon chassis

See  — the body does come off!  We have a few more bars to add then we will weld’er up. For those racers looking for a new drag car for Spring – now is the time to act!  This build

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For Sale Chevy Vega Wagon Roller

NHRA Vega Wagon for sale

Buy it now as a Roller  . . . . or buy it finished in the spring. This is a 1977 Chevy Vega Wagon built for drag racing. There is still plenty to do on this race car to have

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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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Metal Fabrication: Stretching the wheel wells on the Vega Wagon

metal fabrication and wheel well stretch

We were having a little problem getting the 31-inch drag slicks in and out of the vega wheelhouse, so just imagine a 32- or 33-inch tire. The vega quarter panels did not have any bondo so it was an obvious candidate

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