Images captured during the building of the "Metal of Honor" hot rod
The TCI rolling chassis arrived The frame was immediately The IronMen were all over it.
at Custom Classics. prepared for paint.
Brookville Roadster body meets TCI frame. Ford engine meets Bowler trans meets Design summit ... Minds on Metal.
Marriage made in heaven. TCI chassis meets Brookville body.
All is right with the world.
How to make a Bowler trans better? Measure twice, cut once ... either that or Here's a new idea ... let's use a pizza tray
Grind off all those little casting marks. live with one ugly firewall. for the steering wheel.
We've got your back! Yes butt ... Jed, clamp it. All's weld that ends weld.
Best February ever! Valentine's Day fell on the same day as the Daytona 500. What could be better? Love was in bloom ... the smell of a dozen roses mingled with the aroma of 110 octane racing gasoline ... and Metal of Honor was starting to put on its game face. The month saw significant gains in fabrication. It was an outstanding month for another reason, too. A young man named Clifford Houser from Kimball, SD found out about the project through Vic Edelbrock's Facebook page and asked if he could come to Illinois to work on this "great project". We welcomed his enthusiasm to Custom Classics Restorations Feb 22 - 26. What's a 12-hour drive among new friends.
We asked Clifford to pose for a picture What's wrong with this picture? FYI, the Classic Instruments Bomber Gauges
with the guys ... here's what we got. Someone left the trunk open! look AOK.
The month started out on a solid note ... TCI teamed up with Wilwood, Currie, Mullin 4 MHT/Foose wheels and Pirelli tread
the frame found its way to the paint booth. and Super Bell to make one classy chassis. round out the package.
Olive drab never looked so non-drab.
Spring is sprung, the grass is rizz ... do you know where your chassis is?
We created a false floor just before we The Ford horses and Bowler gears were hitch- A preview of the Pirelli's foretold what's to
transported the chassis to Stainless Works ed to the wagon before it made its trip to come and go ... as in go-real-fast.
for the custom exhaust system. Ohio
Nearer my tour to thee. She's got a high class chassis And a "turn for the better" from Juliano's
Come together, right now ... over me
Freedom - courtesy of our American heroes. The bombs bursting in air Power to the People ... right on!
Green, Green, it's Green they say ...
Wait until you see it in the buff! All's quiet on the western front. And, we keep grinding away.
Our Steering Committee ... Rob and Fred. They also serve who supervise Rob & Fred First show. We did it at Ididit.
The wheels took a powder ... coat Come together, right now ... over me. The shape of things to come.
It is taking too long to finish the car. Volunteer workers can only work so many hours a week on the car. An anonymous donor senses our struggle and offers up a Matching Gift Challenge. The Challenge affords us the opportunity to finance the professionals at Custom Classics Restorations to finish the car
Electrifying! Color me Beautiful
Custom Classics' man Eric had the No problem ... American Autowire
re-volting job of electrifying MoH has a wire for every component
Symbollic of the Effort ... Public Exposure ... How Grand ...
Metal of Honor will get its own Emblem On January 22nd, Metal of Honor On the 28th a grand entrance at
designed by Robert Horn and made its first Public Debut as a the Grand National Roadster Show
crafted in the studios of Mororhead Design House completed car in the place where in Pomona, CA (thank you John Buck
It will grace the grille shell, wheel hubs, and horn the whole idea started ... The for giving us the space at GNRS) where
button Village Church of Barrington (Illinois) it received a removable top from Rodware,
and passed muster with our Men in Uniform
Don't forget the Motor City ... Inside job ...
Thanks to Bob Larivee Jr. and Bob Millard of Just before we took the car to Detroit,
Championship Auto Shows, MoH was extended John Mayer, at Ogden Top & Trim completed
an invitation to display our car and our cause the interior. True to all the trick stuff in MoH
at this year's Autorama the stitchin' is outstanding. Elegantly military
Toddling Town Tribute ... Called out on the carpet ...
MoH was shown to our hometown crowd Every great car has its own custom carpet doesn't it?
at this year's World of Wheels. Scott Crawford designed ours and Custom Flooring Insets
put it all together for us. Whoever buys the car at
Barrett-Jackson in Jan 2012, even gets the carpet.
Ask and ye will receive. Great way to recycle a another Looking for a straight shootin' car dealer with a good heart?
used box. We'd strongly recommend you take a trip to Sioux Falls, SD where
you'll find Sioux Falls Ford has a huge spot in their hears for our American warriors
. Look for one of their trucks on a highway near you. It will be carrying the Metal of Honor.
You ain't been anywhere until you've been in Washington, D.C. on the 4th of July. The only way to top it? Get a prime spot in the middle of the National 4th of July Parade.
Staff Sgt. Martin Miles piloted the Metal of Honor down Constitution Avenue. The 17-time decorated Viet Nam, partially disabled veteran chauffered his son Dylan, a student at Rutgers University. Among other awards, Sgt. Miles holds claim to The Distinguished Service Cross for valor on the field of battle.