Fabricate This

February 9th, 2010

Fabrication is the cornerstone of the custom truck world. “Fabricate This” brings the minds of fabricators onto the pages of your favorite magazine. Read along and try to keep up. Our goal is to publish as many pertinent questions and answers as possible. If you have a question, send it in and we will do our best to have it answered. Contact us at fabthis@streettrucksmag.com (fabthis null@null streettrucksmag NULL.com), www.grantkustoms.com (http://www NULL.grantkustoms NULL.com/) or www.friendlychopshop.com (http://www NULL.friendlychopshop NULL.com).

Episode 82

Fabrication is the cornerstone of the custom truck world. “Fabricate This” brings the minds of fabricators onto the pages of your favorite magazine. Read along and try to keep up. Our goal is to publish as many pertinent questions and answers as possible. If you have a question, send it in and we will do our best to have it answered. Contact us at fabthis@streettrucksmag.com (fabthis null@null streettrucksmag NULL.com), www.grantkustoms.com (http://www NULL.grantkustoms NULL.com/) or www.friendlychopshop.com (http://www NULL.friendlychopshop NULL.com).

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Bob Grant — Grant Kustoms
First off, I’d like to say farewell to Cary Iaccino and thank him for all of the info and advice in all of the past “Fabricate This” columns. Eric Saliba is stepping in to help me out with your questions and bring some fresh new ideas to this column.

Ask us anything and we will do our best to answer your questions and provide you with a little knowledge. I have been hacking up trucks for a minute and keep getting better and more efficient at it with age. As long as it’s safe and looks clean, show your truck and be proud of it. Help keep our sport alive.

Shop Quest
I have a Silverado that I want to get some work on, maybe body drop it and do some custom metalwork. How can I find a good shop that will take care of my truck and me? I notice that a lot of shops say that they are the best, but how can you really tell which ones are good and which are just BS?

Tim Kiraly

Tracy, CA

Well Tim, it’s a simple matter of evaluation. Different shops specialize in different areas, so ask around, and find some of their customers. Check out previous rides, recent projects and current builds. If they are as good as they claim they are, their work will show it. Don’t judge them by the work they did when they first started, though, chances are everyone has a few skeletons in their closest; so judge by what they’re putting out now. Good luck!

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Eric Saliba — The Little Shop of Horrors
When I was tapped on the shoulder and asked to contribute to this column, accepting the offer was a no-brainer. I mean heck, I already spend most of my time on the shop computer answering crazy questions about fabrication anyway. So really, ST was just asking, “Wanna get paid for that?” I know that’s a tough one. Truth is I’ve developed a knack for convincing people I have some sort of clue about the subjects of custom trucks, metalworking and which are the best beers on the planet; all of which is completely untrue except for the last part. It must have worked, because they asked me to help with Fabricate This!

Don’t let that discourage you, though. Bob is still onboard to offer wisdom gained through years of doing what he does best. So when I’m unsure about something and can’t fake a good answer, he’ll take over and divulge information he’s picked up during two decades in the business. Since I’m new here, I’ve compiled a short list of hypothetical questions that I wouldn’t mind being asked and to which I would offer a decent response.

Bed Job
I’m working on a ’99 full-size Chevy ‘bagged on 24-inch wheels, and I would like to smooth the bed sheet metal, floor and bedsides with sheet metal. How do I determine the best gauge material to use for this job? How should I go about bracing the floor underneath?

Joe Questionasker
This is a common question. Without having experienced the pros and cons of building beds in a variety of different ways, it would be difficult to know what works well and what works, well, not so well. There are several factors to consider with a question like this: is the bed being painted or coated with a spray-in bedliner? Will it be a beauty piece or will some stuff get thrown in it from time to time? Are there any compound shapes being built into the bed, or is it all flat? So it helps to be as detailed as possible with your questions so as to get an accurate response from yours truly.

OMG
What r u doin my truck is lowered now how hard is it to ‘bag my truck? Thnx

Texty Mctextinstein
Okay, see I don’t mind getting questions like this if you don’t mind getting a link to Rosetta Stone software (for English) when I email you back. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, though. Maybe it’s not that people are lazy; maybe there is some slight possibility they are the owners of keyboards without all of the generally available characters and happen to have a spellcheck program that shortens everything to text-speak. That’s fine. Send what you got. If I keep up like this, I may not get anything at all, so I’ll try not to be picky.

Watch It Now
Why will some old engines leak when they are filled with antifreeze, but will stop when filled with straight water? And what are the REAL lyrics to that song “Louie Louie”?

Jack Curious
I’m a sucker for random stuff like this, so don’t hesitate to send unrelated questions in addition to your fabrication stumpers. I’m game for whatever. Well, I’m hereby and henceforth happy to be onboard with this column.

My email address is eric@friendlychopshop.com (eric null@null friendlychopshop NULL.com). And ladies, please don’t be afraid to send questions as well or anything else—anything! For the rest of you, next time you’re out in the garage tinkering on this or that, and you wish you had an expert fabricator in your pocket, just email us. I’m not one, but I’ll pretend like I am, and at least you’ll get some kind of answer to your query. And that, my friends, is better than nothing.

Thanks for reading, see you next month.

If you would like to submit a question for the “Fabricate This” column for either Bob Grant or Eric Saliba please email fabthis@streettrucksmag.com (fabthis null@null streettrucksmag NULL.com), or contact them directly via www.grantkustoms.com (http://www NULL.grantkustoms NULL.com/) for Bob or www.friendlychopshop.com (http://www NULL.friendlychopshop NULL.com/) for Eric. Stay tuned next month and keep the sparks flying!

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