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Welding on the battery tray

I need some help with welding the grub screws on my car. I want to welding the grub screws on the battery tray to hold the battery to stop the battery tray to being move about on the road surface. ...
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Is sand blasting safe on old cars?

As the title says, when restoring a classic car I've been typically taught it was proper to get the entire vehicle sand blasted to see any issues and make any needed repairs them move to paint. ...
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Is there a way to check for rust on a classic car before purchase?

When someone looks at a classic car for a project how can you check for rust during the purchase process? I've heard of horror stories when someone sends a vehicle off to be sand blasted to only find ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...
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Is there a way to section a frame without fish plating?

When building a frame is there a way to join the sections together without having to fish plate?
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Does Tig welding a frame add more strength where fish plating isn't required?

Usually when someone builds a custom frame they are typically Mig welded and fish plated but if a frame is Tig welded does that generate better penetration when welding pieces together so you don't ...
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What is fish plating a frame?

When building a frame I've heard people refer to adding a fish plate. What does fish plating a frame do and what exactly is it?
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Should a suspension air bag be changed after so many miles?

I've referenced several manufacture sites (such as Firestone & Slam Specialties) to find any verbiage on their site's but I was unable to find if air bags for a hot rod should be changed after so ...
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Will a ground to the frame work properly if the bolt is powder-coated?

Would there be any electrical issues if a grounding point had a bolt welded and powder-coated or is it better to drill a hole, weld a nut to the frame and then powder-coated?
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Disc brakes don't stop!

I just completed building a little hot rod with four wheel disc (kit-Chev) brakes. All new parts through-out. With rear wheels on stands off ground, pressing brake pedal does not stop wheels when in ...
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How thick should sheet metal be for steel wheel tubs?

As the title asks when building wheel tubs for a hot rod what sheet metal thickness should you use to build your wheel tubs?
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Is there a suggested wall thickness for steel tubing when building frames?

Looking into building a frame for a hotrod I've seen different sizes used for different size vehicles such as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3" box tubing and circular steel tubing but I am unsure if a .188 wall is ...
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Is a parallel 4 link safe compared to a triangulated 4 link?

After researching the topic the closest article I've ever been able to find was written by Ridetech: "What’s the difference between a triangulated 4 link and a parallel 4 link?". However, a concern ...
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When installing air ride suspension how is pinion angle set on the axle?

Saw we had a Motor Vehicle Stack and I thought it would be fun asking some hot rod related questions. One issue I've always faced in building a hot rod truck is determining how the pinion angle ...
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What is a Blower?

I've heard of this component being used on Hot Rods. What is a blower? What does it do? Are there specific requirements for utilizing one? Are there any disadvantages of using a blower?
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What does “Chopped & Channeled” mean?

"Chopped & Channeled" is another term I have come across in the hotrodding scene. What does it mean? What is the purpose of applying these modifications to your vehicle? Are there any negative ...
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What is a “Z” frame?

In the hotrodding world there is a common term I hear called "Z" frame. What does it mean? How do you carry out this modification? Is doing so restricted to certain vehicles?
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What is a 6 Pack and will it add performance to my engine?

What is a 6 pack in the hotrodding world? Does it improve performance of my engine?
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What Engine/Transmission combinations am I restricted to with a Ford 9" Rear-end?

If using a Ford 9" Rear-end in a hotrod build, am I limited to specific engine and transmission combinations?