Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) has developed a reputation building custom chassis for everything from Avantis to Zephyrs. By combining state-of-the-art manufacturing and design capabilities AME has given their customers exactly what they were after, a vintage looking vehicle with contemporary handling characteristics.
Fortunately for fans of custom classic trucks, the Morrisons, Art and son Craig, have applied their expertise to the haulers we hold dear—Craig's 1950 Chevy pickup was showcased in a two-part buildup that appeared in the December 2012 and the February, 2013 issue of Custom Classic Trucks. That exercise resulted in a truck that sits right, goes around corners like it's on rails, and stops on the proverbial dime. Thanks to the AME underpinnings this truck rides and handles like a contemporary sports car—it just begs to be driven as if it wants to prove what it's capable of.
While AME is known for complete chassis for cars and trucks (check out their website for a complete listing) they do offer front and rear clips along with suspension components for a variety of applications. Like everything they build, AME's suspension components are designed for those who value the driving experience and want a smooth ride and a great handling vehicle. The Morrison IFS features beefy control arms, adjustable coilover shock absorbers with urethane bushed mounts (air suspension is available for certain applications) and rack-and-pinion steering in either manual or power versions. For rear suspension systems, AME recently introduced their completely new IRS. Of course, their rugged four-bar components remain popular in standard and triangulated configurations.
We like to drop in on the Morrisons whenever the opportunity presents itself because something interesting is always in the works. During our most recent visit we found a '56 Ford F-100 frame undergoing an update with the addition of an independent front suspension and a rear four-bar locating a 9-inch housing. Here's how they went about it.