Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hot Rod Update March 2nd, 2011

Chrome front suspension waiting to be installed – supported by wood blocks so we could mimic a loaded springl

Front end finally installed
We finally solved our front shock dilemma. Because of the front leaf spring installed with no load we couldn’t predict where the final position of the shock would end up so we had to use wood blocks to mimic the weight of the rod. And finally on our fourth try we hit it right. For those of you building a similar rod, take a look where the lower shock is mounted to the shackle. Again we did not get instructions; it was truly trial and error. The internet search showed every picture imaginable but nothing that we were looking for. The lower shock mount must be bolted to the shackle on the lower inside.

Installing the radiator cowl 

The Third Member is now in place. We chose a 9” Currie Ford Rear end with 4:11 gears and painted it silver/ aluminum just to accent the red 

The final touches to the axels – by adding black rear sock springs and black brake housing we are getting the look we wanted. When it’s all finished you’ll see what a little change that that can do to enhance the red Rod.   

It won’t be long now and we’ll have all the major parts installed. It will look complete on a photo but the hard work is yet to come, like, wiring, brake lines, e-brake kit, gas pedal and linkage, gauges, oil and fuel setups, radios, gas tank, tonneau cover remote lock, etc etc.
I must add, Dianne Kiefer owner of California Custom Roadster in California put out a great product. I highly recommend the company for its workmanship. It’s everything she said it would be, in fact she noted that their product and frame design have won many awards over the years, I can see why. 

If you have any questions give us your comments, we’d love to hear from you especially if you have some helpful tips for us.


  1. Great job, I can't wait to see it on the street.


  2. It is nice to have this car very unique and the pictures help explain a lot on the repairs being undertaken. Great blog.