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- Season 14: Episode 13
2019 AXAS TetravalSterling BackusErie, CO.
From scratch build of a Lamborghini Aventador look-a-like. Frame is steel tubing, with a LS1/Porsche 996 transaxle drive train. Body panels are all 3D printed on a home 3D printer, then skinned in carbon fiber. We are doing this as a STEM project to show kids what can be done with modern technology, at home. The project ties together science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). We will be taking the car around to local schools, and do a presentation on the build, and why STEAM is important. So far, we are about 60% done with the project.
- Season 14: Episode 12
2020 Mopar Mini MonsterAdam SimpsonColumbia, TN.
My son Ridge has been obsessed with Monster ever since his first show at 1 1/2 years old...he's now 6. 2 years ago I built him a go kart and he got the bug worse. He wanted a monster truck but there aren't kid friendly options. If you can't buy it...build it! We completed the build in time for his 6 the birthday and are currently doing some "testing" on our track at home making upgrades as needed. It started as a manco kart. We cut it up and designed and built chassis. We built center steering and installed hydraulic brakes. We changed the axle to accept a split style gear for easy ratio changes and going hubs to accept a common 4 wheeler lug pattern. We had some help building the body panels and used Zeus fasteners for attachment. It was then wrapped and painted. It even has a fake blower scoop and functional zoomies!
- Season 14: Episode 11
'63 Ford FairlaneJohn MarquezYorba Linda, CA.
I am working on this car with my 15yr old daughter for her 1st car. We are in the process of tearing it down and cleaning the car up. We do have some rust repair in the floor and quarter panel to fix. She asked to have an old car for her 1st car and this is what we came up with. Car does have some solid bones but does need alot if work. This has been a fun project to be doing with her. She is learning so much from this.
- Season 14: Episode 10
'57 Ford Panel TruckWalker GautscheEau Claire, Wisconsin
My dad and I are big fans of your show and the projects you showcase. We prefer your show over many others that aren’t of the same quality as yours. Thank you for always presenting yourself and the brands you support well, and without the scripted comedy. Most recently we've been following the 59 Ford Panel Cornwell project (which is so cool) and it sparked this email about our project.
My father acquired the remains of a 1957 Ford Panel out of his uncle's farm field in Northern Wisconsin over 30 years ago. After completing the project in the early 90’s, he sold it in 1994 for down money towards a new home. I was only 4 at the time but the truck would leave a lasting impression on my life. Growing up over the years guys at car shows would tell me that my Dad built one of the coolest customs back in the day.
Years later, I got the itch to locate the car so I pulled out the car file and grabbed the phone. On my first call, a man named John answered and it turns out he still had it! Even crazier, it turns out he didn't do much to it with the exception of some updates and just driving it. The paint, interior and motor were practically untouched. A few years later I had saved up some money and gave the gentleman a call back. He had since passed and his widow Myrna still had the panel truck. We traded stories about the vehicle, my prior conversations with John and made plans to make a trip to see the truck.
Long story short, after much debate we came home with a time capsule - with the same rad late 80's paint scheme, graphics, wheels, and pinstriped emblems and matching vanity sign. We would finalize the deal on Father's Day, exactly 25 years from when it sold at Back To The 50's. We've since got it running and driving again but it needs a lot of attention to get back to what it once was as a show truck. We’ve decided to keep the paint the same for the time being since it is so crazy that the gentleman didn't repaint it over the years. We can't make up our minds if we should freshen up the 350 or put in a modern drivetrain with an LS swap. Our hope is to just have it ready for him to hop in to drive to shows, the grocery store and visit his grandkids.
The story ended up being awesome and the actual vehicle is so trick I thought you might get a kick out of it! We just hope we can get it back on the road and drive it all over like it was built to do 25 years ago! Thanks again for having a solid car show and continuing car culture. Also my Dad gave me your project planner book as a Christmas gift and man it has more than enough room for all the vehicle’s details inside; super cool idea!
Here are some specs from the build: - Chevelle Front Clip with Nova Rear end - 350 Chev, PB/ PS / Tilt, Cruise Control, AC - Smoothed out Pontiac Rims (No logo) - BMW Motorcycle mirrors, MR2 side vents - Suicide Doors, Shaved handles - Suicide Hood, One rear door (welded together) - Frenched in antenna, Dual taillights - Blue window tint and more
- Season 14: Episode 9
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle ConvertibleVernon GoldenSimsbury, CT.
I bought this car in 1986 because I wanted a convertible. I found a 68 Caprice with a 327 and turbo 400 transmission and swapped it in place of the anemic 283 that was residing in the engine bay. Later I had a friend at a bodyshop paint it for me for a hundred dollars(i prepped he sprayed). I replaced the top and put some bucket seats in and drove it all over the place. In 1989 I decided the frame had to much rust to fix and sourced a new frame which was sandblasted and repainted. I rebuilt the suspension with H.O> Racing's kit to use f body spindles adding disc brakes and changing the roll center to greatly improve the handling. I also installed massive sway bars and springs from Global West along with their Del Alum bushings on the upper and lower control arms.
I had an "expert" welder repair some rusted body mounts and put it back together. It drove great and my wife and I enjoyed driving it for several years, As time went on circumstances dictated that I store the car which i did for about five years. After buying a house i retrieved it from storage, where all the old bondo body work had begin to bubble and crack. around 2000 I tore it down again, intending to fix the rust and get it back on the road. The deeper I went the more damage i found! Thankfully Stacy David was doing the Bronco on his show Trucks so i had a good teacher! ultimately I have replaced the entire firewall and front bodymounts , The entire floor with rockers all the way back to the one piece trunk pan. Also I found a NOS passenger quarter panel and replaced that, and repaired the driver side quarter panel with a coupe panel, which I seamed in.(still working on finishing that). Did I mention replacing the driver side rear wheel house entirely?
At this point I have the car on a rotissiere and am finishing grinding all the welds and making some adjustments on various parts. I am going to epoxy prime, paint and then use bed liner on the underside. At that point I will turn my attention to the chassis. It is in good shape. Sandblasting and painting or powdercoat will have it ready. Then I will bolt the body to the frame and finish all the final body work including all panel gaps etc, since it is a convertible i don't want it flexing too much. Then a LS engine and appropriate transmission along with updated Global West suspension parts.
- Season 14: Episode 8
'78 Ford F150Clayton RodelanderTunas, MO.
My name is Clayton Rodelander and I am 13 years old. I am building my first truck with my dad. It is a 1978 ford F150 4x4 custom. It currently has a 351m, c6 transmission, and a np205 transfer case. We plan to rebuild the 351 to a 400, install a zf 5 speed transmission and maybe a Borg Warner 1356. Haven't settled on that yet. We opted to install a Ford 8.8 in the rear over the 9" cause of availability. We installed 4.10 gears along with a rebuilt and tightened up traclok for added traction. Next will be the Dana 44 up front. It will get Spicer axle joints, warn lockouts, and a locker of some sort. An AMS clutch, new Spicer u joints and all new brake and fuel line are currently in process. Cab corners, floor pans, and pedals are all on the list to be done this year. I would like to install Hooker fenderwell headers and dual exhaust. A 3" lift kit and 35x12.50x15 BFG Mud Terrains will round out the truck.
- Season 14: Episode 7
'47 Chevy 6400Kevin CorbettOpelika, AL.
Last year my wife and I started a small family farm on our property in southeast Alabama. Long before we started making products to sell, we had a vision. A vision that included this truck. It’s on our logo, but up until May 2019 it was just an idea. We had seen a lot of 47-53 3/4-2 ton trucks for sale, and fully expected a long term restoration project. We ran across this one on ebay from Minnesota. The body was fairly straight, solid, and despite smoking quite badly, the engine ran and moved under it's own power.
Since it ran and the dump bed worked, we used it around our property for a while until finally driving it into the shop one last time in January 2020. Our plan is to make it look like a farm truck would have in the 1950's with our farm name hand painted on the doors and original looking interior, but upgrade the wiring, engine, and brake system.
So far we have stripped the truck down to bare cab and have started the rust repair and body work. We have the chassis stripped down so we can rebuild the suspension and prep the frame to hold the Cummins 4bt we are rebuilding. Just like with the farm, my wife and I are doing all of the work together. I am teaching her how to weld, do body work, and rebuild the engine and she is loving it. She's even searching the internet for the "next project"!
- Season 14: Episode 6
2018 DMC LambDarren CurryAlexandria, KY.
The L.A.M.B. is Legally A Motor Bike. This all started a joke among my friends and I in college. Parking in your car was less than ideal. Once you spend several minutes finding a parking space, your class was still another 30 minute walk from your car. Alternatively, the motorcycle parking was almost always empty and was only a 5 minute walk to your class. The spaces were empty due to most people not riding their motorcycles during the colder season when classes would take place. This led us to joke about how we should build something that would fit in the motorcycle parking spaces but be more suitable for winter driving. I decided to actually attempt to build that joke.
I started by looking for the largest engine I could find on my college budget. This led me to find the Goldwing 1200. I found one that had been wrecked and mostly parted. This bike still had all the parts I needed for my build. My dad and I worked on the engine and got it running. We then set out to buy the tubes and build the chassis.
The chassis was built from 1.5" DOM tubing with 0.095 wall. I originally used part of the frame from the bike, but these particular bikes have a common rust spot that made the frame beyond repair. I ended up designing an engine cradle that would make the engine easier to slide in and out from the bottom of the chassis. Many of the front suspension parts are from a Volkwagen Jetta. The intention was to use front wheel drive spindle so that a differential could be added to the front for a front wheel drive electric motor to be added later.
My family really helped make this vehicle what it is. My brother helped turn a wrench. My dad helped with engineer the chassis and working on the engine. Probably one of my favorite components, is the two bucket seats that my mom built from scratch.
Unfortunately, It took me two years to finish the project and by the time it was done and street legal, I had graduated from college. I do drive it to and from work from time to time, but I still have several plans for it.
I'm not sure I will ever call this vehicle complete. There will always be that "one more thing." I want to add the electric motor. A small electric motor should add another 60hp and 100ft.lbs. I wonder if I can get 100+ mpg if I build a body. I think it needs a fatter rear tire because it has a tenancy to spin the rear wheel a lot. The engine needs a turbo because why not. I think the more I get done to it the more I will think of the add to that "one more thing" list.
- Season 14: Episode 5
'67 Cougar '69 TorinoKenny StrongCampton, KY.
Project ~ Cut the roof off a 1969 Torino and put it on a 1967 Cougar.
Why ~ It has not been done before and …….. it looks awesome!
Plans ~ Show our "Bad Girl" and run the Dragons Tail.
Her Condition ~ The cougar is stripped to the bone, removed roof. Torino roof resized, new steel created for interior assembly/braces and attached. Undergoing roof modifications now. Using 1966 Mustang Fastback roof for parts, back window will replace Torino back window, side vent/windows will be cut into Torino roof and the windshield eyebrow will replace the Torino eyebrow. Traded for her motor and trans but are setting to the side right now. All finders need work, will flare them after the roof is completed.
There's a lot more to this build. Take a look at our FaceBook page, Back Roads Hot Rods. There are 15 post on the project. Look for 67 Cougar 69 Torino Attitude Build. We are old school and small time …. we love our hot rods.
- Season 14: Episode 4
1936 Chevrolet Master DeluxeSwede FredenKasilof, AK
First of all, I would like to thank you for the great show you have. I enjoy watching the different projects you do.
My project is a 1936 Chevy 4-door Deluxe Sports Sedan; which I started in 2012 after the car sat in the yard for 30 years. As my retirement project although challenging at times, it has been a lot of fun. Especially, now that I can drive it.
The project started by removing all the wood out of the four doors and replacing with sheet metal, adding power windows and powered the rear wing windows for the dog of course! Pulled the old 6-cylinder 206.8 cu Stovebolt motor out and three speed with drive shaft and rear end. Pulled the body off and cleaned the frame. Then replaced the rotted-out floor boards along with powering and heating the original front bench seat. Added a Helix Mustang II front end with power rack then went to the rear and put in a triangulated four link on the 10 bolt Posi Nova rear-end and finished painting. Repaired and filled holes in the firewall and painted. Put the body back on and fit the 350 Chevy motor with 350 turbo transmission. Fit a custom-built radiator and got it running. I fabricated and mounted the sun visor. Onto the body work; priming and painting with my wife’s help keeping the stripe straight and design right.
Bought Speedhut gauges with GPS speedometer and installed. Then came the wiring; wow that got my attention! Used Painless Wiring Kit, which saved a lot a grief. I added an Old Air A/C and heater. I modified the dash for defrost vents, which the car did not have. Making it better for Alaska conditions. Currently working on upholstery and adding extras.
This is a resto-rod and will probably always be modifying. Fun project and it drives excellent. Thanks for the chance to show my project to you. Always a smile on my face while driving.
- Season 14: Episode 3
1963 Willys WagonChris FurneyAlsea, OR.
I picked this project because I have a lot of experience with old Jeeps, and old Fords. This project is extra important to me because it's the first of what I hope will be a way to pad the ol' Social Security and Vet pension. I plant to sell it when I'm done, and build another. I have to fine boff it, wax it, and send it. Here's the ad. Eugene the Jeep 1953 Willys Wagon restomod. Just dialed in! 53 Wagon on a 1994 Eddie Bauer Bronco chassis with 53k mi on odometer. 5.8 injected rollercam engine, E40d trans, 9 inch limited slip rear, D44 TTB in front. Saginaw converted PS, AC, alum radiator, elec fan, drvr airbag, shoulder belts, ABS, cruise, tilt wheel. 4 inch Rancho lift, magnaflow exhaust with cat, intermittent wipers, oak interior and accents. 200w peak stereo with 300w peak Kenwood speakers. 35 x 12.5 tires, like new, extra full size spare, new glass and gaskets, many other touches. This is the nicest Jeep I ever did, and I've been tinkering with old Jeeps since neither of us were old. Asking 3 year old blue book of $23,400. Jan 2020 blue book is $33,100. Transport service available and negotiable.
- Season 14: Episode 2
2005 Honda Rebel 250Scott StylesEllijay, Georgia
As an Army Veteran and former MP sergeant I've always wanted an old Harley WLA. But I simply can't afford one. So I bought a nice 2005 Honda Rebel 250 with only 2300 miles on it. I disassembled the entire bike, blasted and painted every part on it. A solo seat, ammo cans , custom rack and tail light, relocated turn signals and front highway lights were some of the additional mods needed for the look I was after. I did all the work myself. People are in shock when I tell them what the bike really is. Nobody guesses right the first time. Even I was impressed at how it turned out. I hope you guys like it as well.
- Season 14: Episode 1
1952 Ford F1Fred TumblesonSnow Shoe, PA.
I recently retired and decided that I wanted to restore a classic vehicle to keep myself busy. My wife, who has never hesitated to lend me a hand in the garage while maintaining our daily drivers, suggested finding an early 50's Ford pickup. She has fond memories of these trucks because when she was young her grandfather took her with him to farm sales in his early 50's Ford F1. I have always thought that the Ford Flathead V8s were pretty cool so I thought this would be a fun project. I am not a trained auto technician but my father, who was an Aviation Mechanic in the Navy taught me how to service and maintain my own cars. I also have a son who is an auto body tech so this just seemed to be a perfect opportunity to involve the whole family in a project that is meaningful to each of us. I found a 1952 Ford F1 in California that was originally purchased new by the US Navy. It has a brass serial number plate to prove it. Having a Navy connection reminded my of how my Father developed my love of vehicles and the fact that this was a California vehicle with relatively little rot struck me as this was what were going to start our project with. I disassembled it down to the frame, cleaned and blasted the frame and painted it. I have replaced all bearings and bushings in the rear end and spring ends and have installed a Mustang II IFS with disc brakes and rack and pinion steering. I have also updated the master cylinder with a vacuum assist, dual reservoir unit. I have also rebuilt the three speed transmission. The engine is currently at the machine shop and the cab has been totally disassemble for preparation for the sandblast shop. Finally, I have purchased an aftermarket bed assembly that we are currently welding together. When completed we plan to join local cruises and taking it to local car shows. Another way to share quality time with the family.