Recently I had the opportunity to pick up a new project vehicle (a ’60 Ford F-100) from a good friend of mine, John Meadows at Deuces Wild Hotrods & Customs Inc. The truck is not perfect and the motor is not running, but hey, all that stuff is coming out and being replaced with quality aftermarket parts anyhow. So where do I start? How far should I take the build? Do I want to show it or just drive it? This is when my wonderful wife got involved and said, “If your going to build another truck, it better be for me.” I responded in my usual sarcastic tone, “Can I call it ‘honey do’ and get out of doing chores?” It was worth a shot, but hey, I have a new project ready and waiting for modification.

A game plan is not set for the truck yet because my wife and I need to research what she likes and doesn’t like. What I can tell you is that I will be starting with the frame and suspension to get the stance correct. John’s original plan was to make the truck handle, but be geared for the street and not the autocross. I think I may stick with that plan and do my best to show you guys how to do it with off-the-shelf parts and minimal fabrication skills. Getting ready for suspension you need to consider how low you want to go, but maybe more important is suspension travel. Have you ever been driving down the road and BANG – you hit your rear bumpstops because of a small dip?

I have, and I know plenty of trucks that could use a few more inches of travel in the rear suspension. To get more travel in the rear and a lot more room to lower the rear suspension, we called up Art Morrison Enterprises and ordered a set of their pre-bent, 90-degree mandrel-bent square tubing (part # 32347200). The square tubing is bent the hard way, and to be honest, we were expecting it to be kinked in spots, but when the tubing arrived it was almost perfect.

SOURCE
Miller Electric
1635 W. Spencer Street
Appleton
WI  54912
920-734-9821
www.millerwelds.com
Deuces Wild Hot Rods
805-409-5332
Art Morrison Enterprises
5301 8th Street E.
Fife
WA  98424
800-929-7188
www.artmorrison.com