Project Get ShortyProject Get Shorty is getting a break! For the past few months we've been hard-chargin' on the '71 Chevrolet between the pages and well between any free time, but this month is a little different. We're taking the time to catch up on a few things, mostly dismantling a lot of the stock parts to make way for the new and improved. however, one thing we did manage to do was finally turn the truck back into a roller. That's right, for the first time the new shortbed Chevy touched down like a rookie pilot at a Saskatchewan airport!
Although the suspension has been installed for a while, the truck was sans wheels and tires. That all changed when we mounted up the Stockton Wheel (800/395-9433, www.stocktonwheel.com) 20x9-inch RT5 cast-aluminum wheels. The RT5 wheels provide a nostalgic feel, somewhere between a Torq-Thrust and a Cragar, which will mesh well with the Chevy's theme. Wrapping the wheels is Toyo Proxes 4 rubber. To achieve the correct stance, the back tires weigh in at 275/40R20, and the front hoops are slimmed down to 255/30R20. Combine the new wheel/tire combo with the low Air Ride Technologies suspension and the setup makes for one killer look.
Back To SchoolAbout a year back we ran a piece on the up-and-coming No Limit Fabrication School in San Bernardino, California.Now we're back to say the school is up and running. From the minds of Rob MacGregor of No Limit Engineering and Mike Queyrel of Joe and Moes Speedcenter, the new fabrication school is already knee deep in its first terms.
The No Limit school focuses on training and teaching anyone who is willing and eager to learn the skills,knowledge, and know-how it takes to build ground-up vehicles in the aftermarket industry. With three six-month courses ranging from novice to expert, students learn an abundance of knowledge and skills. Classes are balanced between 30-40 classroom hours and 150 hands-on lab hours. Everything from suspension design, fabrication theory, tube cutting, welding, tube notching, tube bending, race prep, plumbing, chassis design, sheetmetal work, and so much more are covered. The school is housed in a 9,000-square-foot facility with MIG welding stations, TIG welding stations, tube benders, tube notchers, sheetmetal brakes, English wheels...basically every sort of tool students would encounter in the workplace. The school is also licensed by the state of California, and financial aid is available.
According to Rob and Mike, the school's message is simple, "our mission is to reshape the aftermarket industry by providing educated and skilled fabricators to custom builders, chassis, machine shops, and race teams. No Limit Fabrication Schools will set a standard of excellence for the professional training of future technicians. The handson experience and training from qualified and nationally recognized instructors will give our students the skills to succeed. No Limit Fabrication School also works with industry leaders to stay current with new advances and technology. In return we will share this information with our students. With ongoing education and certification programs, No Limit Fabrication School graduates will have the tools, skills, and knowledge required for a career in the expanding automotive aftermarket. With that said, No Limit's student will be the foundation of future growth of our industry."
To learn more about the school, log onto www.nolimitfabschool.com, or call the school directly at 909/888-3277. Keep this in mind: If Rodney Dangerfield can head back to school, then you can too!
Flat Out EngineeringNot all of us may be able to own a Corvette, but all of us could have a classic truck that handles like a Corvette, literally. Flat out Engineering (714/639-2623) in orange, California, has been giving street rods and classic trucks that Corvette touch by installing C4 suspension on dozens of models of vehicles, many of which are trucks, for the past decade. From do-it-at-home kits pre-cut and designed for many makes and models of classic haulers to a full-on installation shop capable of handling oddball jobs, Flat out has got your Corvette needs covered. To prove it, we shot over to Flat out one afternoon to take a look around, and sure enough, owner Don McNeil had the crew hard at work installing basic kits and a few off-the-wall pieces.
Walton Fabrication '53-56 F-100 RollerOur September 2006 cover featured a Road Ragin' '56 F-100 panel built from the ground up using a Walton Fabrication chassis as the platform. When we asked the '56's owner, Bernie Gates, about the Walton chassis, he commented on how detailed the chassis was-meaning all the little details that always seem to turn into a major ordeal had already been accounted for and engineered into the package. one of the design features of the Walton Fabrication '53-56 F-100 chassis that impressed us the most was the fully boxed frame's faithful adherence to the original's dimensions while incorporating an X-member. Suspension options include leaf, coilover, or 'bags, and a three-position Panhard bar is standard. Most engine combinations are available, including the venerable Ford Y-block. For more information, contact Todd Walton at 909/931-9548, or drive to Walton Fabrication at 1933 W. 11th St. in Upland, California-it will be worth it.