Dear Welder Series…
Do you make front four bar links 7 degree (custom length) for 31 model A?
Glen, our Model ‘A’ front 4-bar kit uses 5 degree adjusters with a 46″ axle and 9 degree with a 48″ axle. We can make custom bars with the welded end at 7 degrees. The adjuster would be straight. These bars would cost $30 more (for the set of 4 bars) than our custom length bars. This would cover 2 machine set-ups (one to set to 7 degrees, one to go back to zero.) 7/8″ welded, custom-length bars cost $45 each for a total of $180 plus the $30 for 7 degree machining for a grand total of $210.
Tim Strange Announces Season 2 Episode 3 of Search and Restore
Franklin TN, November 14, 2012: The focus of Search and Restore is on finding the family treasures and lost causes, ringing them all back to life. From coast to coast, host Tim Strange, and volunteer teams of pros will donate their time restoring rides nationwide to those worthy of a helping hand. Search & Restore is not just a show for automotive enthusiasts, but a great show that dad can watch with his family – there is a story and best of all NO DRAMA.
Tim Strange, award-winning rod builder, BMXer and owner of Strange Motion is the host and Lead Builder of Search and Restore. “The show is a feel-good, give back type of show,” said Strange. “We build projects for deserving people with touching or hard-luck stories. Each project we build gets four half-hour shows. We build four projects each season so there will be 16 episodes.” “There’s no better feeling than helping someone regain that sense of hope after they feel like they’ve lost everything,” Strange said. “Thanks to our volunteer build teams and the hosts of the other PowerBlock shows, we’re able to help someone pick up the pieces, turn a dream into a reality and have fun doing it.”
November 17, 2012 @ 8 AM CST SPIKE TV will run the third build of season two of Search and Restore. It will run as a two hour special, you will see the beginning and end of the build. On Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 8 AM SPIKE TV will do a rerun of Saturday’s show. The third build of the season, we travel just outside Detroit, Michigan to rescue a dream, grant a
daughter’s wish, and to restore some pride in a PowerBlock viewer who spends these days managing his pain, and taking care of his elderly parents.
After receiving nearly 200,000 submissions from viewers, Search and Restore is PowerBlock’s answer to ignite hope back into the lives of those in need of a helping hand. Search and Restore is not a “How to” show, like the other PowerBlock shows.
Tim Strange leads a volunteer crew to build this Hudson for a deserving family.
Dear Welder Series…
Please tell me the difference between the welded and non-welded model A ifs kit. Is the welded kit ready to be welded to my frame? Thanks, Robert
Yes, Robert, the welded kit is ready to weld to your frame. Classic Rods & More has a good video of the installation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdi0B4fr5Sk. The fender braces have to be reworked but the fenders do not have to be “bubbled”.
The “non-welded” kit includes all of the components used in the crossmember and upper towers, but does not have any welding done when you receive it.
Rad mounts are included with the kit. These are to be welded to a boxed section of frame rail.
For an upcoming economic experiment, I’m looking for hot rod shop hourly rates. If you don’t mind replying to this post, or sending me an email, I’ll compile the list and let you know what I come up with.
Please let me know if you would not like your shop rate published.
This Monday, most people north of the 49th parallel celebrate Canada Day. What’s Canada Day? Here’s the article from the smart people over at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day. Basically, it’s when Canada became Canada. Who came up with the name? Probably the same person who named the Fourth of July. Let’s be consistent and call every holiday by the day on which it falls. Christmas will be the Twenty-Fifth of December, April Fools day will be the First of April, etc.
After all that, we’ll be closed on Monday. Hope you all have a great Fourth of July!
For the past umpteen years, we’ve been attending two shows with our display: the Syracuse Nationals (in Syracuse), and the NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus in Louisville. This year, we’ll also attend those two shows. If you stop by our usual booth location though, you will notice something different. No, Paul didn’t dye his hair. Guess again. Nope- we didn’t get one of those tractor trailers with the “not for hire” sticker on the window. The only thing that’s changed is whose display is in that spot- it’s not ours! After a lot of discussion, we’ve decided to relinquish our vendor spots and attend the shows in the ’32 as participants.
Maintaining the display will take away a lot of production and shipping time (we are, after all, in the hot rod chassis parts business), and Paul and Dorothy are getting to the point that they no longer want to stand in the same place for a few days. Since his name is on the door, if he wants to walk, let the man walk. I benefit as well, since my wife and children will probably come to Louisville with me to hang out and participate. We’ll get to roam and check out cars together!
All three of us enjoy talking with everyone who stops in to the booth, so that’s definitely a down side. Even though we won’t have a display, we’ll still enjoy talking with people around the fairgrounds. I’ll be updating our Facebook page from the show as well.
I realize I didn’t need to explain all that, but I wanted to convey the point that business is going well and this is a decision which we didn’t make lightly. For a family business, deciding how you spend your time is key. We want to keep our business sharply focused on getting high quality parts out the door quickly, and this is one way we feel we’re deliberately maintaining that focus.
We’ve spent a good deal of energy focusing on quality parts… quality steel, quality laser cuts, quality machining, and especially quality welding. When we see parts installed at a show, we can pretty much always tell if they’re Welder Series parts based on the weld and edge quality. That said, when a customer came in with a set of four bar brackets that he thought were ours, it didn’t take too much inspection to determine that they didn’t come from our shop.
I wanted to point out some of the features that a Welder Series bracket has versus this similar (but different) bracket.
Hole is generally circular but not round, edges are bumpy.
Edges aren’t perpendicular to sides of plate, not smooth.
Hole isn’t round (stop-start point for the plasma cutter).
Barely noticeable stop-start mark (laser cut), high edge quality, defined tig bead.
If you’re local or want to come and visit some high end shops in the Southwestern Ontario area, come out Saturday March 31. We’re kicking off at Schwartz Welding in Bloomingdale at 9:30, then going to a number of other local builders. Click on the link for a map.