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This is an old debate that has supporters for both remedies to building your dream automotive toy. How do you feel about buying all the components ready made rather than show off your personal trade skills and building everything from scratch?

I have always fabricated everything from scratch using parts scavenged from junk yards and renewing them with the help of the auto parts stores. It is just more fun for me as I truly enjoy the "building" more than the "having" of these fun toys.

These photos show me hard at work building my first street rod "sleeper" from an old discarded junk 41 Chevy pickup.

Started with the raw junk........... Then sand blasted everything..............


Then started applying the new components to make it as safe and reliable as a new auto.


Both front and rear suspensions were modified.

I enjoyed the engineering challenge of retrofitting new car components to this old needle nose frame.


Then stuffing a "BIG"  motor in.............



And before you know it you have a finished project.


I drove this toy for 26 years, used for my business and everyday driving that put more than 1,000,000 miles on the chassis I built and wore out three engines !


I finally parted with it for more money than it cost me to build it :-)


Chevy tough is not just a slogan, it is the truth.

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