Friday’s Tech

This month’s Street Rodder magazine has a feature on my friend Tom’s 32 3 window which I have featured on this site in the past month. Tom is a very experienced builder and details a car better the best. He spends considerable time studying a situation before making the bracket or installation. All of his cars are that way, not just the 3 window.

The same Street Rodder issue has a feature on a Model A RPU that is being built by Ionia Rod Shop in Michigan.  Completing the chassis requires considering planning to obtain the right look.  The detail of mounting the Quickchange is super crafty and well executed.  My point is that planning and studying an installation of a part is critical to the end result and well worth the time spent. Most of us purchase, install, make adjustments, cut off and start over again. Sound familiar. Maybe not all of the time, but I am sure most of us make that mistake too often.

Quickchanges, whether coil over or buggy spring require considerable thought prior to the installation. Items like the floor, mounting brackets for shocks, springs,etc. all take a lot of careful measuring or a jig from a prior assembly. Any component, from the wiring panel placement to the angle of the pinion must be done correctly.

Let’s look at some well executed installations.

Stay Tooned!



SAR’s perfect exhaust system in a 46-48 Ford frame. This takes lots of time and effort to achieve the end result.


34 Ford trans mount, P&J ladder bar mount, boxing plates holes all add up to careful planning for the end result.


Heidts IFS that is done correctly and mounted in the proper place for alignment of wheels.


Improper placement of MII front X-member… 5 inches too far forward. Read many times, measure many times and weld once.


Simple installation of a CE front suspenison, motor mounts, and trans mount under a 35-40 Ford. Even I can  do this installation.


Well thought out Winters QC installation by Bruce’s Rod Shop. Crossmember placement, ladder bars, spring mounts, all must be carefully placed to ensure perfect operation of components.



Jackie Howerton’s Indy Track Roadster with planning, detail and execution at the highest level. Car is currently owned by Fred Fleet and being finished by Jackie.

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