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Chris's '63 Chevy

Chris's Chevy is cut to the doors, will be chopped 3 to 4 inches and should rail as well as Travis' 70.  Should be the lowest 60's Chevy built.  Powered by a small block and an overdrive trans.  

 
Chris's '63 Chevy is currently under construction. Chris's '63 Chevy is currently under construction.
 

 

Checking out the progress and hopefully coming up with more ideas for the truck.Close view of the cut off rocker panels and the factory floor.  Stock floors rule.Small block Chevy installed and bed set into place.24 inches of lift in the back.  If Chris stripping his doors for shaving and eventual bodywork.
 Custom fuel cell holds just under 30 gallons of fuel.Designing the upper and lower shock mounts.This late model Chevy bed is donating it's bed floor for Chris' 63. 
2-link bars with shock mounts installed. Fonze tacking in mounts for watts link. Travis prepping the frame  to be sent to the paint shop.
Completed watts link.  This takes the place of a panhard bar and works very well.  Even with 24 inches of lift, the axle stays within 1/2 inch of center throughout all the suspension travel.  Fonze prepping the motor mounts for sending out to the paint shop.
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 Fonze building air valve mounts.   
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here's a few close ups of the watts linkit is built slightly different than the optimum designwe had to accommodate the large amount of lift

so we built it with longer bars than are optimum.

 
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Top marked out for the chop.   3 1/2 inch total.Sawzall is warmed up and ready   
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Fonze showing off his chopping ability. Travis drilling holes for spotwelding. Top and we need to find someone to put it back together.
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Turn it upside down and you can ride down a ski slope with your buddies and some beer.At this point, we could leave it alone and voila: permanent convertible.
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 Fine tuning for welding.   
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 Courtney shooting pictures as the top drps.Welding almost complete. Tag team welding.
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    Scrap metal to be melted down for reincarnation as a Honda.

These pictures are of the final prep work before sending the parts to the paint shop.  After receiving the parts, everything was assembled carefully for the rolling chassis.  

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This is for anyone who says we can't build show trucks with a detailed chassis.

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Courtney from Street Trucks magazine showed up to take some pictures.

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The pictures will accompany the feature shoot in the future.    
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Cleaning up door gaps by adding metal to the door edges. Finished doors will have gaps that are closer and straighter. Cutting out rust from door corners.
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 Tapping panel into place.Welding is complete.Grinding before bodywork.
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Louis smoothing out the firewall.
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   Louis filling up the doors with material.  The factory pieces are very rough. 
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Chris continues to plug away at his project.  The truck runs and drives and found itself dragging some Mississippi roads this past May.  Truck is headed up to Grant Kustoms for skinned doors, skinned bedsides to straighten out the body.  Soon it will head into paint for the final stages of a truly one of a kind truck.