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1949 Mercury Pickup by Schwartz Inc.

Grant Schwartz installs a bunch of Welder Series parts in a '49 Merc pickup. Quickly. If Bruce Lee went a slightly different direction in life and became a weldor, he'd be trying to keep up with Grant in the shop.

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Introducing: 3D Printing

We are excited to now offer extremely detailed SLA (Stereolithography) 3D printing services. Custom dash knobs, dome light trim, center caps, crests and emblems… the possibilities are almost endless.

Builders, have you thought of creating a custom emblem that you can affix to each car that leaves your shop? We can do that!

Do you have a theme throughout your car, but haven’t been able to apply it to some small pieces like the A/C knobs? We can design and print one-off knobs that will match your theme perfectly. 

Do you have an idea for a shift knob that you’ve been wanting to use, but didn’t know how to proceed? We can help!

Is a piece of your rare interior trim broken, and you’ve been searching for years to replace it? We can have it 3D scanned locally, reassembled using computer software, and printed in one piece.

How It Works

Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive manufacturing – commonly referred to as 3D printing – technology that converts liquid materials into solid parts, layer by layer, by selectively curing them using a light source in a process called photopolymerization. SLA is widely used to create models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts for a range of industries from engineering and product design to manufacturing, dentistry, jewelry, model making, and education.

Custom projects get us really excited… if you have an idea for something that you think could be 3D printed, please get in touch. We have the capability to print with the following resins:

  • Standard
    • Clear: Stereolithography 3D printing technology makes clear prints possible on the desktop. Clear Resin is great for fluidics and moldmaking, optics, lighting, and any parts requiring translucency.
    • Grey, black, and white: With a matte surface finish, opaque appearance, and precise details, Black, White, and Grey Resins are ready to use right off the printer. Their neutral undertone also makes a great base for parts that will eventually be painted or undergo other finishing processes.
  • Tough: Balances strength and compliance, making it the ideal choice for prototyping strong, functional parts and assemblies that will undergo brief periods of stress or strain.
  • Flexible: Produce parts that bend and compress. Flexible is excellent for simulating soft-touch materials and adding ergonomic features to multi-material assemblies.
  • Heat resistant: High Temp Resin has a heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 289 °C @ 0.45 MPa—the highest on the 3D printing materials market. Use it to print models for environmental testing, or create molds and masters for production processes like casting and thermoforming.
  • Rigid: Reinforced with glass to offer very high stiffness and a polished finish. This material is highly resistant to deformation over time and is great for printing thin walls and features.
  • Durable: With low modulus, high elongation, and high impact strength, Durable Resin produces parts with a smooth, glossy finish and high resistance to deformation. Use this material for applications requiring minimal friction.
  • Castable: Designed to capture precise details and smooth surfaces. It burns out cleanly without ash or residue, allowing jewelers and casting houses to go straight from digital design to a 3D print suitable for direct investment casting.
  • Dental Model Resin: Designed for crown and bridge models with removable dies, Dental Model Resin is a high-precision, high-accuracy resin. Print crisp margins and contacts within ± 35 microns, and removable dies with consistently tight fit. A smooth, matte surface finish and color similar to gypsum make it easy to switch from analog to digital model production.

1956 International Pickup Mustang II

Grant Schwartz stopped in the other day to pick up a Mustang II crossmember, and I think he had it installed quicker than my kids can go through a jar of Elmira maple syrup.

Here are some pictures he took. To see more of Grant’s work, please visit and follow his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/schwartz.inc

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Holiday Schedule 2017/18

The marvels of the Internet let us stay connected even when the front door is locked, so these holiday hours mainly apply to those who call or stop in. We are still able to reply to email, voice messages, and Facebook messages.

December 22: closed
December 25, 26: closed
December 27 – 29: call ahead
Jan 1, 2: closed

Breakfast & Garage Crawl 2018

April 14, 2018

Wash down the Southern Ontario Winter blues with 2 eggs, home fries, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage… and get a peek into some of Canada’s finest hot rod shops.
Starting at Kypreos on Lancaster St W, then hopping to Schwartz Inc, Breslau (Welder Series, Webber Chassis, and Finishline), then to Hitman Hotrods in Cambridge.
Reserve your seat for breakfast by contacting Homer at 519-742-1070 or by email gbkays@gmail.com with “breakfast” in the subject.

Shop tour printable directions, ending at Schwartz Inc.
Shop tour printable directions, ending at Hitman Hotrods.

Here’s a map with all the locations:

Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame

Coming up in October of 2017 is the 23rd year of the Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame’s gala evening, and this year it’s on Saturday October 21st, 2017 BUT this year the location has definitely changed. The new location is the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ontario N3H 5L8 (click here for a map). We will meet and greet at 5:30 pm, with the meal and ceremonies beginning at 6:30 pm. Come and be a part of the induction of the 2017 inductee.

It will be a very relaxed evening this year in a new facility with proper visibility and sound and an open atmosphere. Last year we welcomed the Motor City Car Club as the first “club” to be inducted. This year’s inductee will be chosen from the nominations sent in by you. If you’ve not already sent in your nomination, please do so in the very near future. The deadline is May 1, 2017.

After the ceremonies there will be live entertainment and dancing for your enjoyment. A cash bar will be available and dress is business casual.

Syracuse 2017

The shop will be closed from Thursday till Monday while we’re at the Syracuse Nationals. We don’t have a booth again this year, but I’ll be around the Tucci Hot Rods booth if you’d like to talk with me.

If you’re on Instagram and Facebook and going to Syracuse, you’ll want to make sure you’re following us (just search for welderseries) because I’ll be posting throughout the weekend, and playing a little interactive game with prizes!

Thanks for your support. We’re looking forward to enjoying the weekend. Say hi if you see me!

DW Horton

Dear Welder Series… what tie rod ends with 60″ MII?

Dear Welder Series…
When using the MII cross member, what tie rod ends are used on the 60″ track width?

Dear Robert…
Robert, it’s best to use rack extenders, but Fairmont tie rod ends can be used. The rack extenders are available from street rod companies that sell racks. They extend the center of the rack at each end. There are different thread pitches on Mustang racks, so I suggest getting the rack and extenders from the same company at the same time. Have 2″ extenders put on each end of the rack.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series…
Question on the triangulated 4 link. I will be ordering the triangulated kit to us on my 8.8 going in my 57 F100. I’m going to order the rear first to see what kind of stance the truck has with a straight axle. I would like to do the MII front end but the vin # is stamped right where the upper brackets would go and I can’t cover that. My question is, do all 4 bars have to be level? Ride height is an unknown till the axle is in. Will anything be affected by having the bars angled?

Dear Robert…
Robert, the installation tips are at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/26254738/Instructions/318500IN.pdf . These are the instructions for the regular and 8.8 4-link. If your 8.8 is from a Mustang, order the 8.8 kit. If your 8.8 is from a leaf spring vehicle, order the regular kit. The bars do not have to be level. There is some tolerance with the mounting points, too.

A comment regarding ride height: We always build so the finished project is at the ride height we want. This is easier to do with coil-overs or air bags than with leaf springs. Ride height clearance over the rear end can be 3″. It might be necessary to c-notch the frame if the ride height you want puts the bottom of the stock rail too close above the axle tube. Make sure there is clearance between the top of the differential housing and the bed floor when the suspension is fully compressed.

The ride height with the stock front suspension should be fairly easy to establish. Then you can stand back and see if the truck is sitting the way you want. If it isn’t, make changes so it will. This will take more time, and maybe more money up front, but you will be happier with the finished product.

I hope this helps with your planning.

Paul Horton

Discontinued Product: short flat front crossmember

We’ve decided to discontinue the 24″ wide flat front crossmember, making the 28″ wide crossmember the winner of the revered “Flat Front Crossmember Battle of 2016”.

The 28″ kit can still be trimmed to fit inside your frame rails, with the option of using it as a C notch if you change your mind about how low you want your front end (hint: you want it lower!). Click the image to view the item in our web store.

flat front crossmember

Shop Tour This Saturday

Garage Crawl PDF

Grant Kay has put together another breakfast and garage crawl around our area of Southern Ontario. He was in today with an update of 156 people!

If you’re still interested in the crawl (breakfast is full), check out the attached PDF and get in touch with Grant. We’ll be open this Saturday so people can check out our little operation and pick up some stickers :). I heard that my wife may be doing some baking too…

Dear Welder Series… 351W engine mounts?

Dear Welder Series…
I have a 50 ford truck with a early camaro subframe and a 396 in it. I want to swap a 351 windsor into it. Do you offer motor mounts for this swap?

Thanks

Dear Lee…
We make a couple of mounts for your 351W, Lee.

https://www.welderseries.com/Ford-Engine-Mounts-Urethane-Bushed

https://www.welderseries.com/Ford-Engine-Mounts-Rubber-Insulated

There might be some oil pan clearance issues with the Camaro clip. Probably a good idea to trial fit the 351W before burning any bridges.

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts.

Paul Horton

Custom Work: Amp Stand

Welder Series does special parts for many things beyond hot rods. One personal project done for me, Paul Horton, is the tilt stand for the ZT Amplifiers that I use in my “second” career. In small club settings, I use the ZT Acoustic Lunchbox tilted back 30 degrees to project my voice, guitar, and drum synthesizer. A second ZT Lunchbox is used as a monitor for the drum machine. The stand lets it be tilted back at 60 degrees as a monitor. You can check out the Facebook page to see a short video.

Custom work is an almost daily part of Welder Series. If you would like a quote for your own idea, please email paul@welderseries.com.

Labo(u)r Day 2015

We’ll be closed Monday September 7th to celebrate, among other things, the 8 hour work day. It seems like a day off to celebrate work should be called something other than a synonym for the thing you’re not doing. “Rest Day” would be ok. Wait, didn’t Sundays used to be for that? Now we only get one day a year??

Here’s some more info about the holiday: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Day

On your day off, maybe you’d like to sit around with your family and watch some Welder Series assembly videos… make sure you’ve got lots of snacks though because the kids will want to invite all their friends.

Thinking about work and labour, I can’t help but come back to how thankful I am for my country and for my wife, the mother of our four children. Very thankful indeed.

DW Horton

 

Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame 2015

Canadian Street Rodding Hall Of Fame To Induct Larry Sawchuk

The Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame will honour Mr Larry Sawchuk of Wasaga Beach, Ontario at the 21st Annual Induction Gala being held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 551, 79 Hamilton Street North in Waterdown, Ontario.

Larry Sawchuk is a lifetime street rodder and car guy who has been instrumental in growing the hobby through his active participation and leadership. Come out and hear and see the whole story at the Gala.

In addition, CSRHoF will replay the induction of Jack Greenhalgh of Ancaster, Ontario. Jack was one of the inductees last year but was unable to attend due to health reasons. He will be the first to be honoured for a second time at the 2015 Gala.

The evening consists of a meet and greet at 5:30 PM followed by a buffet meal and ceremonies beginning at 6:30 PM. Later, there is live entertainment for your listening and dancing enjoyment. Come out and be part of the celebration honouring Larry Sawchuk and Jack Greenhalgh, It’s always a great time!

Tickets are available at Horton Hot Rod Parts in Milton, Lek Triks in Burlington, Lowdown Hot Rods in Cambridge and at Paul Horton’s Welder Series in Breslau, Ontario. For credit card payment contact Welder Series toll free at 1-888-648-2150.