You know how there are some jobs that you just never seemed to get around to? The front of my 1946 Ford roadster pickup is a perfect example. It’s been on the road for a few years now, yet I never seem to find the time to fit the front bumper or fabricate a lower pan. Matters were made worse by the ugly radiator mounts that were supposed to be temporary over a decade ago, and are not only still there, but were in plain view under the grille.

So, rather than re-mount the radiator (it fits just fine, why fix what ain’t broke?), I decided to do the next best thing—hide those mounts behind a neat lower pan and bumper. I took the opportunity to move the bumper a lot closer to the body, and fabricated mounting brackets from 1 3/4-inch steel strap, figuring that it was so low it’d be worthless as an actual bumper, so I wouldn’t need sprung steel brackets.

Armed with a 5x1-foot piece of 18-gauge steel sheet, 12 inches of 1/8-inch C-channel, some 1/4-inch plate, and 3/16x2-inch strap, I set to work, and have to say I’m pleased with the result. Now why didn’t I do this years ago?