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.