Working on your current project, or next project, can be as simple or complex a job as you wish to make it. However, there comes a time when you want something special and you want to have this choice and influence the build from the very beginning through to the very end.
Building your next project isn't always as simple as finding a piece of tin. Sometimes what you want to do requires literally starting from the ground up. There are times that the budget and time you have to work with will dictate that you forego the time and money looking for old tin and begin anew. Well, new if new tin exists?
On the following pages are a handful of excellent examples of vintage tin made new. Yes, fresh sheetmetal that in some cases can be customized to suit your needs, such as a chopped or stock top, cowl vent or no cowl vent, fendered or non-fendered application. The beauty of any fresh sheetmetal is the time and money it will save on the backend during the body and paint process. Clearly one of if not the single most expensive aspect of any ground-up build is the body- and paintwork. The added advantage of the fresh sheetmetal will also become evident when it comes time to do any custom touches of metalwork. It's always easier to work with fresh metal rather than rusty and fatigued tin.
It should also be noted that much of what is shown on the following pages can be purchased in individual pieces should you need a new doorskin or maybe an entire door, cowl, decklid, or quarter-panel. There is much to be said to the advantage of having fresh sheetmetal for our projects that were originally built well over half a century ago.
Give a look and see if this doesn't spark you onto a new project.
American Speed Company
The multi award winning Speed33 all-steel body of Michigan-based American Speed Company is a rod like few others. The Speed33 features a number of innovative hot rod features, including the first modern, fully integrated convertible top in a '33, the first full substructural design for maximum body rigidity, and is conducive to traditional hot rod appeal in both fenderless and full-fendered configurations. Other distinctive features include power door glass windows, and a polished stainless curved windshield assembly. The all-steel convertible has a larger passenger cabin over the stock original version and can be mounted on any original 1933-34 chassis. Our company's latest line of off-the-shelf components now includes grilles, IP clusters, and interior trim kits, among other components. American Speed's turnkey builds feature classic hot rod looks, yet provide the reliability and convenience of everyday modern vehicles. Prior to the start of your project, look up American Speed. The Shop is Open.
The Dearborn Deuce convertible was awarded Best New Product at SEMA in 2004. The stylized 1932 roadster body was redesigned around a fully disappearing convertible top and a larger cockpit. It also has more legroom and will fit on any chassis built to stock dimensions. The Dearborn Deuce body, built in Detroit, comes complete with a convertible top fully finished, power windows installed, polished stainless windshield and stanchions, floor, firewall, dash, transmission cover, and complete weatherseal kit.
Traditional styling with the modern convenience of side glass and a convertible top that goes up in 14 seconds when there's a sudden change in weather.
JW Rod Garage
JW Rod Garage's unique steel reinforced composite fiberglass bodies set them apart from the rest of the competition. The second inner layer of finished fiberglass that forms the interior panels are the difference between these bodies and others offered on the market. JW Rod Garage makes all bodies and body components in-house in Wisconsin. JW Rod Garage is pleased to offer a 1932 three-window, 1932 roadster, 1933 three-window, 1931 Victoria, and a 1933-34 Dodge truck cab. Call for a free catalog.
Premier Street Rods
Premier Street Rods' 1947-53 Chevrolet truck bodies are carefully and expertly assembled right here in the USA at their plant in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, with 100 percent real steel. Their bodies are built with 25 percent more high-strength spot welds than the original, and assembled using corrosion-resistant, high-strength, high-tension steel for a rigid structure. At Premier Street Rods, they build trucks for themselves so they know how difficult the process can be. Their goal is to do everything they can to make building your dream ride a more enjoyable and less costly experience!