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Heartbleed update: safe

If you’ve been keeping track of the Internet, you’ll recognize the word Heartbleed. No, it’s not a recently uncovered Elvis single. It’s a security vulnerability that has had pretty wide reaching effects.

welderseries.com uses the Cloudflare service to deliver the site quicker to people all over the world, and sites running through the Cloudflare system are secure and experienced no breaches. Here’s an update from the Cloudflare people: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/201660084-Update-on-the-Heartbleed-OpenSSL-Vulnerability


The Strange Way

Tim Strange has a new YouTube channel out, where he’ll be showing the basics of metal fab, body work, and maybe a rant or two once in a while.




Tim did a really cool TV show called Search and Restore, so we all know he has a face for TV… well, at least he can explain how to build and modify hot rods in your garage with no drama and no yelling. Subscribe to his channel – I’m sure you’ll learn a lot!

Dear Welder Series… four bar with reversed bars?

Dear Welder Series…
I’m putting a triangular 4 link in 68 firebird. Can I put the upper bars to the rear of the car?

Dear Martin…
No, Martin, the geometry does not work with the bars reversed.

Thanks for asking before getting too far into the project.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series… triangulated four bar bar lengths?

Dear Welder Series…
How can you calculate the length of the upper and lower bars so to know that your rear four link will work effectively ? I have a 1956 chevy bel air will use coilovers!

Dear Ken…
Ken, a triangulated rear 4-link is fairly forgiving if you need to change bar dimensions a bit. Our standard bar lengths will work well in your Chev.

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series… weld-on front axle brackets?

Dear Welder Series…
I have a 1929 Chevy full fendered 3 window 2dr. It has a 4″ drop round front axle can you make the 4 link kit axle weld ons to fit my round axle? How much? Thanks, also would like a four link with coil overs support rear of car has 327 motor and 400 trans. Car currently has leafs on front and back was going with model a front spring. thanks

Dear John…
John, we don’t presently have front axle 4-bar brackets for you to weld to your axle, but I’m going to design some and have them ready within 2 weeks. DW will put them on the blog with pricing as soon as they are on our shelves.

A rear 4-link and coil-overs is an excellent suspension for your Chev. Coil-overs have a “designed ride height”, so you can build the car knowing exactly how it will sit with no allowance necessary for the springs. Use either our parallel 4-link (with a Panhard bar) or our triangulated kit. The parallel kit/Panhard is easier to set up and adjust. The triangulated kit costs less because the Panhard isn’t necessary.

Thanks for asking about Welder Series parts.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series… 3″ x 1-1/2″ frame curves?

Dear Welder Series…
Hello any chance you will be offering frame curves in a 3″x 1.5″ size? thanks

Dear Mike…
I’m sorry, Mike, but we don’t plan to produce that size. (Get all your friends to request it… you are the first to have asked.)

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts.
Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series… 37-1/2″ sway bar?

Dear Welder Series…
Do you have sway bar that is 37 1/2 inches from eye to eye? I am looking for one to fit a 34 Ford coupe with mustang 2 tubular front end. I was thinking of mounting the links on the lower coil over mounting bolts.     Thanks  Michael

Dear Michael…
Michael, our sway bars are either 36″ or 46″ long.  They can be cut down to the length required using a hack saw.  You would order the 46″ kit to get 37-1/2″ overall, measured outside the arms.  Be sure that your tires will clear when turned.

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts for your project.
Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series… 35-40 Rear Boxing Plates?

Dear Welder Series…
Do you have any frame repair kits for the rear wheel area for a 39 Ford stock chassis for restoration.
Mainly need the area at the axel hump behind the rear wheel


Dear Bill…
Bill, we have boxing plates for the rear half of the 1935 – 40 Ford frame. These might help to reinforce the stock rails, if they are still part of the frame. http://www.welderseries.com/blog/online-store/boxing-plates-3540/ shows the whole kit (front and rear halves), but the rear plates are available separately. Part #354002, $47.00 each.

Do you think  this would fix the problem?


Custom 8-3/4 Dodge rear end Panhard bracket

John was in to the shop the other day and asked if we had a bracket for his 8-3/4 Dodge rear end to mount the Panhard bar. We don’t have one specifically for it, and after going over some pictures he had, we brainstormed and came up with something like this:

He used two Versatabs to mount the bar and formed a plate to box them in and to hold the bolts.

Thanks for sending the pics, John!

Dear Welder Series… triangulated four link for an NG?

Dear Welder Series…
Hi there, My name is Rob and I live in Holland (Europe) I saw your Rear Four Link Kit, Triangulated and I am very interested. You see I have an NG chassis which had the dimensions of an MGB, and I was wondering if I could use this kit (maybe with some extra accessories) to fit my car, so I can get rid of the leaf, feather springs. Could you advise me please? Best Regards Rob

Dear Rob…
Rob, the triangulated kit should work well. Because I feel that your frame is narrow, you might want to mount the upper bars on the axle just inside the frame rails and angle them forward and towards the centerline of the frame. This will give more support angle than mounting them close to the rear axle center section and angling forward and out to the inside of the frame. Check the installation drawings on our web store to see if there are “ambushes” waiting for you.

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts for your project.

Paul Horton