About Me

I started fabricating things out of metal when I was very young. My dad raced stock cars and swamp buggies and I got my start welding at age 13 while learning about motors and racing. By 13 I was also racing stock cars. Over the years I built and raced stock cars, swamp buggies and mud boggers. I have made many things for myself and others such as utility trailers, bridges, and sculptures. I worked as a welder for only 1 year of my career making car hauler trailers. For most of my career I was a plasterer in Florida. After moving to upstate NY I worked in a variety of jobs in the construction field. I have only started exploring the artistic side of metal fabrication during the past five years. We started the metal business in 2006 to take my career in a different direction. It will take a while, but my plan is to fill this blog with pictures of many of the things I have built over the years. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my unique creations. My wife is actually writing this blog for me but she is presenting it from my standpoint with the information I give her. I am more skilled with a welder than a computer.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

1940s Ford Pickup Truck Rat Rod

The two mid-1940s Ford pickup trucks in the woods where they had been
 for the past 15 years after being salvaged from a farm by the previous owner.

This is the truck body I used for this project. The other body is for my son for a future project.

This became the new frame.

This is the cab after sandblasting and priming it.

This is the hood after sandblasting, priming and painting it.
This was just a protective paint, not the intended final color.

This is the front end.

The rat rod with mock-up for the truck bed and a motor.

Mock-up of how I intended the final project to look.

I had the chance to get these two old trucks and intended to have one rat rod project for myself and one for me to do with my son. I got this one to the final point you see here, and I decided to sell it. I had fun working on it, but I had other things I needed to do instead of this. I will work on the other truck with my son once we can get started on it. 


  1. Very cool project! Any finished pics?

  2. how much does drive shaft tunnel intrude in floorboard?

  3. I never got that far in the project before I sold it to someone else. I am thinking around 10 inches maybe...