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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.

Double shear brackets - rear coil overs Hot Rod Chassis

 by kustombitz on 30 May 2019 |
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Recently in Victoria some engineers have called for the upper and lower mounts for the rear coil over shockers to be a double shear bracket.  The thoery is that the bolt has too much twisting force on it and it will break. Well thats why on Hot Rods we use a 5/8" grade 8 bolt in a single shear bracket application to over engineer it so it does not break. A typical OEM application uses a 1/2" bolt in a double shear bracket. However to please the engineer we have thought out a simple plate kit that can be welded in on the upper mounts as you see here to satisfy their requirements and should fit into most applications without too much effort or rework.  We have a lower mount bracket nutted out as well.

34 Ford Hot Rod Chassis with Winters Quickchange rear end

 by kustombitz on 27 Mar 2018 |
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We set up this winters quickchange rear end in a 34 Ford chassis on a set of our hair pin radius rods and coil over shocks.  This 34 Ford will be a hiBoy style hot rod so we bobbed the rear of the chassis and finished it off nicely so all the rear end will be on show, very nice .........

Hot Rod maintenance and ride quality tuning

 by kustombitz on 14 Feb 2018 |
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This 32 Deuce Coupe was in for some maintenance and it reminds me to mention that here at Kustom Bitz we do more than build chassis and turn key cars. We have done a lot of problem solving over the years on all sorts of models as well as general maintenance.

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.

Engine Tube custom bent up to suit your chassis

 by kustombitz on 12 Dec 2017 |
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Kustom Bitz has the parts to custom bend up a blank engine tube for you to fit in your home garage or we can set the engine up for you in our workshop in Croydon POA.  From a quick sketch we can see how feasable it is because there are always some limits depending on the tooling we have on hand, or it may need to be fabricated or laser cut.

9 inch Ford Diffs we don't skimp on cheap parts and here is why

 by kustombitz on 12 Dec 2017 |
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So by now you would have seen a wide variety of prices on Ford 9 inch diff components, housings and axles. So of the cheaper stuff who's is up to scratch, a good question and one which comes up alot in my workshop and I would like to address it here. Honnestly you will never really know until you break it, and there in lays the problem, are you prepared to spend less and end up with problems? If I supply a 9" diff for your hot rod or custom car I dont want issues with it, I will buy the best parts from reputable suppliers that support me and I trust that have good gear, I am not interested in making money on those components or being the cheapest supplier, I want to be known for good work and putting together an accurately built housing and link set up for your car.  I do buy the best axles and make no money on them, hence I recieve some flack around the traps as you would imagine. The usual statement I hear is "it's not a drag car ..... etc. etc."  Yeah so why did Ford put so many 9 inch diffs in un modified production passenger cars. You know it is a costly process to produce good metalurgy and it takes experience to repeat it time after time in production. Well produced parts last the distance, while other parts don't.  If you get a chance pick up and hold one of those cheap aftermarket 9" diff housings along side a regular Ford housing, they will be alot lighter and hence weaker, more suseptable to fatigue, bending etc. A Borg warner diff will have less flex than these cheap units.  The main concern when selecting parts for any road car is long term fatigue, you should know by now that cheaply produced metal fatigues real quick and can therefore break, it is no more complex than that.  For me it's a no brainer, don't skimp on parts. Rant over.

Extreme 9" Diff installed in a 34 Ford chassis

 by kustombitz on 12 Oct 2017 |
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This 32 Ford chassis we used an Extreme 9 inch diff housing and one of their floater kits so we can run a 10 inch rim safely on the street.  We get the bare housing in and using our own develpoed diff welding jig we fit the floating axle kit, set up the brake caliper brackets, parrallel 4 bars and pan hard bars using Kustom bitz made parts which are all available here on our website.  This set up looks the ducks guts in any hot rod or custom car, the Extreme rear end is quite rigid and much stiffer and stronger than a conventional pressed steel type, OEM style, round back housing.

Hot Rod Chassis universal X member kits

 by kustombitz on 12 Oct 2017 |
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Shown here in this photo is one of our custom centre X member kit to be installed in an early 1950's pick up truck chassis. Supplied as shown with pre notched pipes and bent tube for tail shaft clearance as well as the rear transmission mount. 42mm x 3.2 wall mild steel will provide the rigity needed for a modified early car chassis to pass beaming tests etc.  Supplied as an unassembled flat pack as shown these are a pick up only item. POA.

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