Art Morrison

Winter Project Time


It's that time of year again here in Washington where the winters have two attributes; cold rainy days or crisp cool nights. Just like George from Seinfeld the cold air and the world of moisture rarely collide. This is the only state that I know of where a slight flurry will light up my Facebook account with adults joyfully shouting in all caps....IT'S SNOWING!!!! I'm serious it happened last night. The local news is dominated with stories like "Snowpocalyps 2013". Murder, extortion even  sports all take a back seat to the live roaming news anchors around the region all reporting the SAME THING, "It snowed two inches...don't you dare take your $60,000 all wheel drive SUV out unless it is an emergency.  IT IS DANGEROUS OUT HERE!! So what does this have to do with hot rods? Well this time of year I get excited to get some momentum going on some projects for the coming season. We have lots of cool stuff in the shop right now. This is the first time that there has only been one Camaro in the shop. We have a 32 Nash 3 window that was built in the 80's or early 90's that is getting a total freshen up. A 51 Chevy truck just received a TCI front clip and rear suspension to transform the way it drives.

The 63 T-bird just left today with a rebuilt motor, new fuel tank and a host of goodies so the owner can put many trouble-fee miles on it this summer. The 65 Impala is getting a total transformation with new Baer brakes, Ride-Tech suspension. Overdrive transmission and a 420 HP 383. The car used to change lanes automatically when the owner reached down to change the radio station. I can't wait for him to take the barge through the twists.



This one is getting my attention right now. A rust free black plate California 67 Nova. It is equipped with Detroit Speed and Engineering front and rear suspension 6 speed transmission and an LS9 power plant  For those of you unfamiliar with the LS9, it just happens to be the most powerful engine ever put in a vehicle by Chevrolet. It is in the ZR1 Corvette. 638 hp from the factory. This one will be over 700 hp with a simple little tune! This week I am welding in the rear suspension. We expect to be out enjoying this one in bare metal by summertime.

If you have a project of your own going together, I hope I've motivated you to turn the TV off, put on an extra layer of cloths and head out to the shop and let the sparks fly! One thing I'm learning is time flies quicker than you think. "The nights are getting longer, it won't be long,Won't be long till the summer comes.....