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Picture Tour of "Building the Body"

Free Information About Welding Race Cars & Street Rods

Have a Welder?   Improve Weld Starts and Have Shielding Gas Cylinder Last at Least Twice as Long! 

Note: Our Patented GSS is Not Available in "Stores"

A home shop fabricator in Georgia with a Miller TM 175 amp welder purchased a 50 foot Gas Saver System ( GSSTM ) so he could use a larger cylinder and mount it on the wall of his shop.  He wrote:

"The system works great.  Thanks for the professional service and a great product."   Click To See His Home Shop


A Professional Street Rod Builder Had This to Say:

With their standard MIG welder gas delivery hose the peak shielding flow at weld start was measured at 150 CFH. That caused air to be sucked into the gas stream causing poor weld starts.  With the GSS replacing their existing hose, the peak flow surge at the weld start was about 50 CFH.  Total gas use was cut in half.

Kyle Bond, President, quickly saw the improvement achieved in weld start quality as a significant advantage!   Kyle, an excellent automotive painter, was well aware of the effects of gas surge caused by pressure buildup in the delivery hose when stopped.  He has to deal with the visible effects in the air hose lines on the spray gun in his paint booth!  The paint surge is visible and creates defects unless the gun is triggered off the part being painted!  We can’t do that with our MIG gun!




See Video "Enginnering A Street Rod- Body"

Gibbon Fiberglass

Was one of the best reproduction Ford body and parts builder (unfortunately no longer in business).   They  always built the body on the frame that will be used with the car.  This made the fit much easier to achieve and maintain.  Here the sides, rear and top are glassed together.  Oak reinforcement is used since it more closely matches the expansion rate of fiberglass than does steel.  Of interest, they use wood in about the same places as did Henry with the steel originals!  Wife Christine is checking out the progress.

Getting Proper Clearance.

 The secret of having 1/4 inch clearance around the ZZ 502 Big Block is the firewall and floor pan are being laminated in sections to exactly fit  the engine set back and transmission. 

Getting Perfect Fit

Fitting doors and fenders requires a lot of patience and effort. You must have the final wheels and tires if you expect the finished product to fit and look right. 

Fitting Steel  Hood

Scott did most of the fitting and finishing.  Here he fits a Rootleb hood with stock lovers on the side.  That a good choice (see Keep-Cool page) since it really helps get the hot air out of the tight engine compartment!  After several years all the gaps remain very uniform and accurate. 

Sanding and Sanding

After all the glass work is completed, fenders and running boards fit  it was time for many sessions of block sanding and wet sanding before the high build primer was spayed on.  Then just more sanding again, however this time with finer and finer paper. 

Apply the Paint

The first thing  painted is the underside of the car.  The frame had already been painted and looked too good to cover up.  It's simple to paint the bottom, just get the whole shop to help turn it over! 

The next steps are critical to the way Kyle Bond  the owner and master painter, did the flames.  First several coats of the main color are spayed.  This was done on a Friday night since the clear coats must be put on within 24 hours.  First thing Saturday morning the flames were started.   Sketches were made and pictures of flames on other cars collected but ultimately having seen Kyle's work, it was left up to him.
Start Flames

Kyle laid out the flames by hand with thin masking tape.    After the first side and hood were done he duplicated the pattern on the other side.  Now all the areas that were not to be painted with flames were masked.  Lots of masking paper was needed.

Pin Strips

 The flames are "pin striped" on one edge in black.   First  areas to be stripped are spayed in black.  It makes no difference that  black paint goes into other parts of the flame...since Kyle takes 1/8 inch masking tape and covers the black where the stripes will be! All other black will be covered in the dark silver. Note the back brace Kyle is wearing when he is doing the fenders!  This step took several hours.

Spray Flames

"Striping" finished  the darker silver flames were spayed.  After the paint set for 15 minutes all the pin "striping" tape was carefully removed.  You could see the very uniform sharp black edge of the flame.  Then everyone could pitch in to carefully remove all the masking tape.

Clear Coats

You can see the gloss after one clear coat. It was spayed 20 hours from the start of the project!  Several more followed.  Note all the fenders were painted separately then assembled at the end.  At first we thought the flames would not stand out as much as they do since the frame colors were not that distinctly different.  However the combination of the black "pin stripes" on one edge and the curved body and fender shape which reflects the light differently makes the final effort subtle but very noticeable.  They are not ghost flames.

Car In Magazine

We got lucky.  When the car was finished being painted and body parts assembled, Street Rod Builder Magazine did a story on Gibbon.  They took a photo of the car by going up in a fork lift!  It came out great even though is was far from finished.  The photo on the left was taken from the January 2001 issue.

MIG Gas Delivery and the Small Block Chevy Evolved in a Similar Way and Time!

 Both had Advances and Setbacks Before

They Were Optimized!


Click for a PDF Report on the Similarities

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We're "hitchhiking" on our commercial web site to bring you this information on 1934 Street Rod   If you or a friend have a MIG Welder (also called a Wire Welder, GMAW, etc) visit our site on How To Save Shielding Gas Waste. You can reduce the number of times and the effort required to have your shielding gas cylinder filled in half!  Just click on the  This Link.  You can return to this site by using the  Links at the bottom of the "CAR BUFFS" page.

$ave money and get better weld starts!

If you make a lot of short welds and weld tacks you can probably reduce your gas usage by 50% or more.  Also fewer trips to have the cylinder filled. 

See these other pages for more details:


Modifying an 850 Holley for a ZZ 502 Chevy Big Block
Cooling a Chevy ZZ 502 Big Block in a Street Rod
 Adding 250 HP Nitrous to a ZZ 502 Big Block
MIG Gas Saver System $aves money !
3 Inch Stainless Exhaust System 
"Building the Body"  
"Construction Details Index"    
"Building Dash Extension"
"Building Stereo Wall"  
"Building Transmission Tunnel"  
"Fabricating the Interior"
"Other Fabricated Parts"
"Other Features"

Click to See a List of Vendors Used to Build This ProStreet '34


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