The Engineered Hot Rods IFS hub-to-hub kit, as received by Dan, included the crossmember;
Wes and I are occasionally verbally beaten by those wishing we’d showcase more off-brand classic pickups in both color features and tech stories. We’re told that there are plenty of Studes, Dodges, and Internationals out there and we should be giving ’em their due.
To this we earnestly reply that we would if we could, but it’s rare that we run across many examples and we’re attentive to ’em when we do. That said, I recently received, out of the blue, a bunch of info and images from a CLASSIC TRUCKS reader by the name of Dan Lorimer, chronicling the installation of an aftermarket IFS assembly in a 1950 International Harvester L-120 pickup.
That’s right, I said International and aftermarket IFS in the same sentence! You see, it just so happens that Dan ran across an old friend of mine who’s an extremely talented suspension fabricator who specializes in designing and building suspension systems for, shall we say, most of the less-than-popular make and model trucks and cars out there.
Tom Pierce, the owner and brain trust behind Engineered Hot Rods LLC, in Chino Valley, Arizona, is a close personal friend and one who’s been designing and building classic truck and street rod chassis and suspension systems for well on 25 years. He’s produced high-quality components for I.H., Dodge, Studebaker, Hudson, Jeep, and Willys trucks as well as Chevy and Ford trucks (and street rods) in his family run manufacturing facility.
All of EHR’s fabricated components are made right here in the good ol’ USA, and having built a cool little Model A sedan on one of his custom street rod chassis myself, I can state with confidence my extreme satisfaction in his designs and workmanship, too. It’s great to have a manufacturer here in the West that pays attention to off brands since the eastern part of the country has enjoyed the benefit for quite a few years. But I digress, the focus here is to let readers who prefer the less-common classic pickup nameplates know that there are sources of quality rodstoration products out there, so follow along while we give you an example of this International aftermarket upgrade. CT
With the frame level and square, the left and right stock framerails are then boxed using
EHR prefers them to be boxed from the front crossmember back to just forward of the cab, b
The next step is to locate and scribe the centerline of the new IFS crossmember. With the
With the crossmember installation completed it was then time to locate and install the upp
Measurements were taken to ensure the hats were parallel to each other and the clamped wer
EHR provided four gussets to support the hats.