Built, not Bought. episode 3
Our friend Matt is in Wisconsin, where summers are glorious (and, if you are a hot rodder winters are for planning projects), sent us these pics of his latest project. This looks like fun from start to finish. Here’s Matt’s story.
This build is all about going simple. If it doesn’t need to be there I didn’t want it there. No flash, no flair, just business. I get amusement out of all the people asking me when I’m going to finish it. Hot rodding is definitely what you make it.
My build took about 6 months from concept to driving. It went together much faster than I ever thought it would. Between swap meets, salvage yards and friends throwing some parts in, I was able to complete the build on a very low budget. Anything that I could fabricate on my own, I did. I surprised myself a few times. I had researched how to lay out the front end suspension but I wanted to do my own triangulated four-link in the rear. I didn’t follow plans. I also shortened and re-welded the driveshaft on my own. I think I just got lucky for the most part as it’s been holding up well so far. When I went for my first drive and the driveshaft didn’t break or even vibrate, I was a bit shocked. One of my favorite parts of the car is the headlight buckets. They are cheap stainless bowls that just happen to fit standard 7 inch sealed beam headlights. I spent less than $500 on the entire driveline. It has a ford 302 with an AOD transmission, and 8.8” differential out back. The exhaust is handmade. The frame was welded up on my garage floor, which thankfully was flat enough to get the rails straight.
There were certainly plenty of moments where I hit that “want to break something” frustration point. But, when I finally figured it out, it gave me enough motivation to move to the next thing. I had to learn that I couldn’t build the car in a weekend. I got one little thing done at a time and before I knew it, it was a driver.