Metal of Honor

“Metal of Honor” and “Dress Blues”
Unique vehicles designed and built to honor
our heroes 
and benefit their children

Metal of Honor logo
by Robert Horn

Original Design
by John Caswell

Our first fund-raising project was dubbed, “Metal of Honor”.
The 1932 Ford Roadster gained lots of attention and notoriety once it was complete.

“Metal of Honor” was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage
You can see this chance of a lifetime interview by clicking on the link below, or logging on to and seaching for Metal of Honor

And, eventually, that notoriety paid off at the
prestigious Barrett-Jackson/Scottsdale auction.

Images captured during the building of the “Metal of Honor” hot rod

Oct. 2009

Nov. 2009
Dec. 2009
Jan. 2010
Feb. 2010
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.
March 2010
April 2010
Spring is sprung, the grass is rizz … do you know where your chassis is?
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
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