View Full Version : 1937 Chevrolet Chassis Build

06-25-2006, 09:32 PM
Hi All, My friend, Ralph and I have been working on his 37 Chevy between all of our other projects. We made a small amount of progress recently and I thought I would post. The rear end and fuel cell container are almost finished. Time to move forward.

The components are of plate and strip construction with the majority of them being .125 thick. The side gussets are .083 and the fuel cell container is .065. The rear end housing is constructed with the front plate and back strap as machine parts and the shaped/formed parts are 11 ga. There is additional photos of the housing under construction in my gallery.






06-25-2006, 10:00 PM
wow brian,

your attention to detail and layout is amazing.


06-25-2006, 10:11 PM
Hey Brian, is that a currie ent. alluminum housing ? Looking good!!...........john

06-26-2006, 04:16 AM
Holy Frioli Brian! That looks incredible!
I really like the side rails. You are building the rails out of sheet stock, right? I had thought of doing this with my BAD AST Project but thought there would be too much warpage during welding. Any secrets other then lots of skips and cooling?
Thanks for posting. Very inspiring!

Joe Andrews
06-26-2006, 05:36 AM
:shock: :shock: FLIPPING AWESOME:shock: :shock:

This is one of the projects at your house huh? Next trip you got to show this to me.

06-26-2006, 05:54 AM
Being relatively new to MetalMeet... and this is the only website that work will allow me to view ( dang blockers ) I have been lurking here for the past few months

Brian - dude, I dont know anything about you - but the quality of your work is absolutely beautiful. Such attention to detail ! I am just now getting my lathe and mill up and running and appreciate all your posts.

You are an inspiration ! Thank you

Korey Wood
06-26-2006, 07:44 AM
Are you going to drive it...or eat off it??

Simply stunning work!!!

Korey Wood

Jeff Parker
06-26-2006, 11:47 AM
Look out Foose................

Tin Head
06-26-2006, 01:42 PM

Absolutely stunning. Your workmanship and attention to detail are second to no one. You certainly are raising the bar. Can't wait to see how it looks when you finish it.


06-26-2006, 01:45 PM
Great work.... You wouldn't happen to have more pics of the process you took in creating the frame rails and a little description of the process along the way?

anders nørgaard
06-26-2006, 03:18 PM
Great work.... You wouldn't happen to have more pics of the process you took in creating the frame rails and a little description of the process along the way?

Hi ???
Here's a link to Brian's album. More pics there http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon6.gif


I seem to remember that Wray made a post in the Bug thread about the rails having been laser cut.... I'll see if I can dig it out..... the Bug thread is a loooong one to search :o :o :o http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

06-26-2006, 03:33 PM
I can't wait to see it done, looks like a Ridler contender......

06-26-2006, 06:44 PM
Hey Brian, back to the garage for awhile hugh? Is the rear axle gonna be a "full floater", or are you going with the "semi-style" bearing/seal flanges? Really looks nice. You said the "front plate" was machined, was the to assure a correct mating surface for the puck, and then you welded the "formed housing" the that? That's gotta be nice and solid. Do the axle tube sockets tie in to the front plate? I'm just curious because we were always having to stiffen up the rearend housings on the desert truck, and that always cost us a lot on the unsprung weight. Sorta self-defeating. Anyhow, nice work, talk to you soon.


Should have looked at the gallery first, just answered my own questions.:mrgreen:

06-26-2006, 06:47 PM
I've got the frame pics you posted before hanging up in my garage and get quite a few comments about them. Your work is an inspiration for me. I know sometimes it's difficult to find the time to post, but I would also like to see more on this build and the Mustang too.


06-26-2006, 08:31 PM
Hi All, Thanks for all of your kind comments. This project is really about two long time friends hang'in out together. We redesigned the rear end housing twice just because we didn't like the shape. Several components didn't pass the round can test after fabrication, you see my friend Ralph, is a little anal and very hard to please. I gave the job a 2010 goal but with Ralph on my back I don't think we'll make it.

John, The housing is steel and we fabricated it, the whole time we were working on it people kept telling us that we could "buy one of those" But somebody told me I couldn't make the housing.

Mark, if you're careful fitting the parts corner to corner you don't have to use a lot of heat to get good penetration. After skiping and cooling a little judicious cold straightening, with c-clamps should do the trick.

Joe, I'm sorry you caught me working on other stuff. Remember get that pig!

quantus, The construction is simple plate and strip. The more complicated you design the plate, the less simple getting the strips aligned and tacked in the correct position is. The front bulkhead in the photos is the same construction style, just unfinished.

J. Clear, I'll post when I can, but with friends like Bob, Ralph and Joe a guy gets tired!

If I forgot anybody I'm sorry. Thanks again for your nice comments!

08-14-2006, 02:26 PM
wow that is some good work! working for strange i see a lot of rearends but that is nice A++ and keep the pictures comeing

o ya made all my bosses jaws drop

09-12-2010, 08:54 PM
Anybody heard from Brian since the crash? He posted more pictures of this chassis finished to a roller before the site went down and I was wondering if he would re-post the pictues....I need something to drool over ;)


09-27-2010, 12:38 AM
hi pro-worker :)

speakless a a realy "wow" work realy nice done

i will build some chassie to but now intressts me how are the law`s for building such stuff at USA...
i hear the car need only breaks and light or is there more...
safety passengercell, abs-breakes, reverse-driver lights, passive-secure bumpers etc.

greez martin

09-27-2010, 08:58 PM
here is the folder where more of Brians images are stored
the links to them were lost in the big crash
his images start with dsc

and http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3440 for making of his wheels
and more dsc images in http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3466

if i find more i will post them here

09-29-2010, 08:05 AM
Thanks Dick,

I really appreciate the time you spent finding them, I was going cross eyed looking through all the pics in the directories.


10-31-2010, 06:15 AM
A little Brian update....I talked to him the other day , and the body is on the chassis but the project has slowed down due to the owner being a little finanically embaresed right now..:mad: (work slowed down)...I will see if I can't actually get some pic's from him, but he can be a little funny about that some times....Brian is ...well Brian...Extremly talented , and if he takes a shinning to you , would show you how to do anything...his way...:D. The reason his stuff looks so nice , is because it is...and the formula is simple...Plan , follow the plan, don't skimp on materials , plan , leverage the latest technology, plan, if it isn't perfect , it's scrap, plan....did I mention Plan the project???:D I can remember a couple of times when working with Brian when I was doing prep work for him on some assembly's...was the best work I ever did ...and I did it at least twice before he approved it for his assemblies...that is the secret to Brians work..Unbelivebly high standards of workmanship...we are all capable of it, most of the time , we choose not to adhear to it because it is "good enough for what it's for" In Brians case that does not apply to ANY of his work...It could be a simple one time use tool , it will be a jewel...there are no 1/2 a$$'n anything, and things that brian considers 1/2 A$$ed most of us call art....I will try to see if I can get any updates..but It may be a bit....Shawn