1948 Dodge Street Rod Project
(The newest stuff is on the last page.)
I bought the old Dodge cheap from a guy two miles off the paved
road just outside of Nowhere, Arkansas. (Of course, I live 60 miles
south of Nowhere, Arkansas.) I tried to sell it for a while, since
it really was a nice all original car. Here it is in the local
I hated to make the car
anything but original, but with the weak little flathead motor,
six volt system, and no air conditioning, it did need updating.
I decided to go with the old standby Chevrolet 350.
Here's the car with the front fenders off of it, engine out and
front suspension mostly gone. At this point, we already have
the Monte Carlo rear end under it (a bolt-on) and we're getting
ready to put in a Mustang II front suspension system. That way
we get the rack-and-pinion power steering and modern suspension
It seems like forever since we got to do any work on the car.
All we've had here for three months is rain. Finally, we
got the Mustang front end cut loose. Here the car is, sitting
in the bonepile.
And here the front suspension unit is, cut out and sitting
on the shop floor.
Next week, hopefully, we'll get the front frame of the Dodge
shaved and reboxed to put the Mustang crossmember in. We are
going to have to make a new crossmember for it, since the
old Dodge is narrower than the Mustang, believe it or not.
Here's a photo of the frame with all the spring and shock
attachments shaved off and the frame reboxed.
Then we'll make the spring towers and weld it all in. The
next step is putting in the Monte Carlo engine, then all the
little work of making the small parts fit. Here's the
Monte Carlo engine after we cleaned it up a little.
The plan is to paint the motor black along with the frame
and everything else under the hood, highlighted with polished
aluminum. We'll see.