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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Adding all the components and making all the parts

more metal fabrication

We’ve been welding on tabs and brackets to mount up all the components necessary to make this vega hatchback a really great bracket car. Since, out of the box parts don’t always fit we modify or make our own. Browse other

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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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The Hatchback Vega Comes Off The Jig Table

The hatchback vega had final bars and gussets welded in and it’s looking good! Time to come off the jig table and hit the deck. . . Remember, we started building this car with just a roof, quarter panels and

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Out and about this morning . . . with the 33 coupe . . .

33 Plymouth 5-window coupe pro street

1933 Plymouth Coupe Pro Street – Browse The Build :

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On The Centerline With The Vega Hatchback

1977 Vega Hatchback

Making progress with the 77 Vega Hatchback project.  The rear end housing has been hung on the centerline. . . Anti roll has been tacked up… Now all we have to do is . . . add a few gussets

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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

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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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High Quality Street and Race Cars For Sale

FOR SALE: 1992 Chevy Corvette Hardtop Convertible Pro Street:  Chrome Moly round tube 14-point cage NHRA Certified 8.50, 427 cu.in BBC, 2-staged NOS Big shot system done off timer, TH400 Transmission, and more. FOR SALE: 1933 Plymouth 5-Window Coupe Pro Street: Car Weight

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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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Next car on the jig table is this 1977 Vega Hatchback

First we removed the Vega skin from our rust free donor and centered it on the jig table. The ride height was established, next we will start laying in frame rails. This shows the main hoop, front down bars, dash

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Street Outlaws and Grudge Racing

Kai Kelly, Murder Nova and the entire Street Outlaw gang showed up at Bristol Thunder Valley recently. What a hoot. The event was packed. It shows how much people love heads-up racing. Looking for your own competitive Street Outlaw –

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New Build: Vega Hatchback

Another rust-free body fresh out of storage — today it met the plasma cutter and we separated the shell from the complete car. Rough cuts to release from the donor car, still alot more surgical trimming to come. On to

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Look for this Vega at Reno’s Hot August Nights

This project went to Reno last year. Quick update – the new owner is enjoying the car! The posts below are from the build of this ’72 vega street car:

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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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Under The 33 Plymouth Coupe PD DeLuxe

  1933 Plymouth Coupe Pro Street – Browse The Build :

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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…

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

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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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Race Car Ready… Just Add Driver

drag racer ready to fight another day

This G-body is back together ready to fight again. The backend has been welded and braced up. Now is the time for a test pass to see how the car reacts from last season. The solid body mounts installed will help stiffen

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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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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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Getting the 68 Camaro ready for the drag strip

Finishing up the 555 Camaro

This drag racing Camaro project is wrapping up quickly. The boys in the garage are finishing up final wiring and making templates for the Lexan windows. Addition of 5 lb. fire bottle and 3 Nozzles is always a good choice.

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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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The Vega Wagon Drag Car

chevy vega for sale

  We are getting to the end of the pile of S&W chrome moly tubing. Engine and transmission placement are completed, setup for a Big Block Chevy. We were lucky to find a clean and straight sheet metal body, it’s

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NHRA 8.50 Certified Vega FOR SALE

Test w/ NEW 427 SBC, 1/8 mile = 5.501 at 126.98 mph

NHRA Top Sportsman FOR SALE

Over 1200HP, best ET on the car was 6.58sec @ 214MPH.

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