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Hot Rod 38 Plymouth custom panel fabrication

 by kustombitz on 04 Dec 2018 |
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We have put a lot of time and effort into this 38 Plymouth.  The whole rear lower panel and floor right through to under the seat has been completely hand fabricated and replaced.  The front and rear mud guards have been widened and the shape reworked for cleaner lines, the guard edge now follows the wheel's shape and shall feature a straight edge running board.to clean up those ugly Plymouth bits but still retain some typically Plymouth features like the swage lines. We have basically just fattened it up and made it more curvey.

Custom made, hand rolled, sheet metal mudguards made to suit custom chassis

 by kustombitz on 14 Feb 2018 |
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Shown here is the rear mud guards I made from scratch for the Morris J Type van. Made from cold drawn panel steel I have shaped them to suit the new drive line, the body mods and the shape matches closely to the modified front guards so that they don't look out of place. I am pretty happy how this custom Morris delivery is turning out.

Morris J Type van with hand fabricated rear doors

 by kustombitz on 17 Aug 2017 |
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The rear doors on this little Morris J we are working on were pretty sad and the hinges were that worn I decided to start from scratch. The old doors were going to cost alot to repair and in the end they still would have been rough, it would have been like trying to make caviar from a pigs ear.  Its not a decision to take lightly as it is an expensive exercise to make hinges from scratch and the doors from scratch and get it all working, but the end result is what you are chasing.  The customer now has doors with a good well planned out rubber seal, a proper stepped overlap in the middle, hignges that don't let the doors swing around and hit the body,a high tensile long hinge pin, inner skins that unscrew to allow panel repairs and bear claw latches on both doors so they dont fly open.  The back window was modelled off the original Morris J van doors, of which incedentally is not symetrical, and it is the shape of this back window that makes it instantly reconisable so I went to great pains to keep it accurate to original.

38 Plymouth hand formed rear roll pan rust repair

 by kustombitz on 07 Aug 2017 |
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With the rear floor done and the back seat panel finished it was time to roll up a new rear tail pan on the 38 Plymouth.  It certainly was not easy, a complex compound curve with a dead flat bottom and a double swage line through it and a pair of exhaust slots.  It has come up well though.

38 Plymouth sedan new custom tailored boot floor and inner tail pan

 by kustombitz on 12 Jul 2017 |
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The 38 Plymouth has a Jag diff and aftermarket 32 Ford fuel tank so the old rusty floor had been removed.  To give the floor some strength I went with deep ribs because there was no frame under the floor and not room for a frame between the chassis mounted fuel tank and the floor.  The step down at the back drops down to line up with the bottom of the rear sill panel to box it in and make it resistant to body flex once its all welded in.  This was all formed in one piece, how ever to install it the rear sill panel was cut out, it was all rusted through anyway and required a custom formed piece too.

Ford Mercury 49-50 9" diff, disc brakes and custom tank all hidden

 by kustombitz on 11 Jul 2017 |
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Hidden under this stock looking 49-50 Frod Mercury, Kustom Bitz has made up a 31 spline 9" diff with EL disc brakes and a tru track centre.  Custom extra capacity fuel tank was shaped to maximise the fuel capacity and in doing so gained an extra 40%, but it is all hidden within the body lines so you can't tell. Baffled with centre feed fuel well tank is powder coated black and lined.  Kustom Bitz 2.5" custom fitted stainless steel exhaust is fed by custom long tube try-y headers and runs four straight through mufflers and a pair of resonators with H pipe to keep the 351W high comp, big heads with roller cam engine under wraps while not restricting flow. You can find out more about this build by following our facebook page.

Custom made 50's style dash board top for the 1958 Morris J Type

 by kustombitz on 08 Jun 2017 |
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The Morris J type vans were never this fancy.  This one a 1958 model is a full custom build up. I wanted to capture that 50's style dash of the aussie and yankee cars of that era, even though the Morris never had a dash as such, it was more like a small turret with a steering wheel. An under dash brake booster and master cylinder is hidden behind all this too.

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.

Hot Rod interior fit up, custom dash board panel and trans tunnel

 by kustombitz on 22 Apr 2016 |
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Show casing some of my workmanship on this 32 Ford Roadster interior. This is a Dearborn body, I have machined up and fitted bodyplugs for the chassis mounting bolts, a full height adjustable, tilt, flaming river steering column, custom formed up underdash panel for switches etc. Custom made trans tunnel that maximises feet and leg room in the cabin and incorporating a Lokar Products shifter.  Kustom Bitz brake booster master cylinder cover kit and one of our brake pedal rubber seal kits and I cut the holes in for the guages. Looking good.

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