Fleetwood Country Cruize-In: Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show June 7 & 8, 2014

May 13th, 2014

Fleetwood Country Cruize-In: Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show June 7 & 8, 2014

It is that time of the year again that we can look forward to the annual Fleetwood Country Cruize-In at the Steve Plunkett estate in London, Ontario. This year the show will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. The estate is located at 9282 Elviage Dr. London, Ontario. The show will be on June 7 & 8 2014 from 7am to 5pm.

The car show itself has had well over 3000 cars on display, with celebrity appearances by George Barris the “King of Kustomizers”, and American Graffiti stars, Bo Hopkins and Candy Clark, Gene Winfield legendary American Customizer, “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn and Courtney Hansen a former host of Overhaulin .

Steve Plunkett will also have is personal collection of cars on display for the public to view in two very nicely finished museums.

The weather has co-operated for each of the years I have attended. Let’s hope the same will be true for the event this year. Who knows what exciting vehicles will be on display this year?

Below are several photos from the show last year.

1955 Mercedes 300slr - picture 2
Golden Sunrise:  picture 1
Willys Coupe Hot Rod
Vintage Cars

Here is a short slide show of the 2013 Fleetwood Country Cruize-In. Just click on an image to make it larger and then click on the arrows at the bottom left or right of the image to advance to the next image. To close the viewer, just click anywhere on the image.

Just click on an image to make it larger and then click on the arrows at the bottom left or right of the image to advance to the next image. To close the viewer, click anywhere on the image.

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1984-87 C4 Corvette Chassis Plans for the Model A Ford Hot Rod

May 6th, 2014
 

 

1984-87 C4 Corvette Chassis Plans for the Model A Ford Hot Rod

 

Below are a few sample drawing of the chassis / frame using the 1984 – 87  C4 Corvette suspension parts.  Click on the “Chassis Plan Page” link below for a complete set of measured drawings and pictures.

Street Rod Chassis Plans using C4 Corvette Suspension - 1
Street Rod Chassis Plans using C4 Corvette Suspension - 6
Street Rod Chassis Plans using C4 Corvette Suspension - 9

Building a hot rod, street rod, custom car, or rat rod is not an easy project to undertake. Using the suspension from the 1986 Corvette Indy Pace car convertible had its challenges. At the time so little information could be found for this type of chassis / frame design. While undertaking the build, I measured the original C4 Corvette cross member and rear end and recorded everything as I worked on the build. It was difficult, but a very rewarding challenge.
Purchasing the wrecked Corvette on eBay for my hot rod build was a very affordable method of obtaining the major components for the 1929 Ford roadster hot rod. In the end, I kept all of the suspension parts, motor, transmission, steering column, brake booster, and many other small parts. Everything else was sold, including the much stripped down wrecked Corvette shell. Very little was thrown away. The wheeling and dealing resulted in a tidy profit. The initial cost of the 1986 Corvette was recovered and a very healthy amount left over for the purchase of tools and parts required for the hot rod build. Who said that building a hot rod is expensive?
After giving this a considerable amount of thought, I decided to finish the measured drawing of the chassis / frame on ACAD and share them with other hot rod builders.  These plans would also be useful to other street rod, custom car, rat rod, or hot rod builders and adapting the design to your unique build.

If you feel that this information was useful please, consider making a donation.  It was a huge effort to create these drawings.

 

 

Below is a short video of the plans and pictures of various parts of the chassis / frame explaining a few of the build details.

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