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'67 Toyota Crown Ute - another air ride bagged project

 by kustombitz on 01 Apr 2021 |
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The Toyota Crown ute is progressing along, the body is fitting the modified original chassis and this is how it will look when it's dropped ... I think it has the right stance ... The framing you can see is holding the upper body together as the floor and lower sections are rusted away and have been cut out, then to be completely refabbed by us.  The frame allows us to lift the body on and off as we please during this stage.

1940 Ford Coupe chassis BBC 454 L80E 9" and air ride

 by kustombitz on 01 Apr 2021 |
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Kustom Bitz just completed a 35-41 chassis, stepped up at the rear and a reversed centre X member allow this chassis to sit 40mm off the deck. It runs a Rod Tech IFS, big block chevy and L80E auto, a 9 inch diff with floating hubs, all on modified original rails. Kustom Bitz has developed our own boxing plates that suit the original rails near on perfectly. Original Ford rails are curved from front to back there are no straight sections, so to get something that fits right we had to jig the chassis up and map them out.  This is what we do, when it just needs to be done right to make it a well engineered car.  This allowed us to make a nice transistion for a high step at the rear. We have designed in 6 inches of travel at the back, so this car can have a normal, almost stock ride height then dumped to the max when parked.

351 Windsor Engine Swap - 49-50 Ford Mercury

 by kustombitz on 12 Dec 2016 |
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This pic shows the competed engine swap before the front sheet metal went on.  Customer was after a factory looking engine swap as if Ford intended the 351 Windsor was always ment to be there.  We built a torque monster roller cammed 351W driving a C10 Auto and 31 spline locker 9" diff.  Custom fabricated Tri-y headers stepping up at every transition to 3" to maximise scavenging and mid range torque then exiting through a 2.5" sports twin system with H pipe.  It sounded tough and was exciting to drive.

Electric Wipers for the 38 Plymouth project - New Port Engineering

 by kustombitz on 09 Jun 2016 |
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The Australian models of the 38 Plymouth [and dodge] had the wipers down on the bottom of the windscreen and service parts just dont exist, not to mention they are fairly flimsy anyway and well worn and rusted by now.  The solution was to fit this electric wiper kit from New Port Engineering to the top of the windscreen like they were on the US models.  However the Aussie body has some differences in the top of the windscreen that mean the holes have to sit higher for the meachanism to clear on the inside, so you can't use their template supplied otherwise you end up wiith holes that you need to fill again. Apart from that these New Port Engineering wiper kits are very well made and the new wiper arms look the ducks nuts.

Hinged bonnet for a Morris J Type van and custom sheet metal lower panel

 by kustombitz on 11 May 2016 |
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The bonnet on a Morris J Type use dzues style fasteners, so it comes completely off.  They can be problematic, the paint chips around them and not to mention if the bonnet falls over and dents while its off.  So Kustom Bitz has, as part of our restoration of this old J type, made the bonnet hindge.  A custom made bonnet frame was made and the original bonnet skin was repaired and attached to our new bonnet frame.  This also meant a custom lower front panel had to be made also because of the bonnet shape, to allow it to open into a slight recess.  More pics can be found by following our Facebook page. 

Morris J Type Van front mud guard widened and rust repaired

 by kustombitz on 04 May 2016 |
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Kustom Bitz is currently restoring and modifiying a 1958 Morris J Type delivery van. Shown here is the wooden buck I made to be able to repair and shape the existing mud guard piece and widen it a little for fat tyres.  This mud guard has had more hits than the Beetles but I managed to work it back into shape so it can be used again. You just can't buy good guards for this model so that requires us to go the extra mile to make a properly fitting front pair of mud guards. To watch the build progress follow Kustom Bitz on Facebook. Click on the link in the top right corner of the web site.

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