After spending the better part of a day cleaning up the beater's frame, I was finally ready to get started on some assembly. Having eyeballed what had come as part of my original purchase, I saw I needed a couple of important pieces for the rear suspension. For these pieces I hopped in my pickup and buzzed over to So-Cal Speed (a quick 20-minute jaunt from my shop) to grab what I needed. Once in the door, the most difficult part of my visit was purchasing only what I really needed. The showroom is chock-full of goodies that I would have loved to incorporate into the project, so I had to show restraint and keep my meager budget in mind. Just as I assumed, they had everything I needed in stock, and within minutes I was headed back to the shop with a brand-new ladder bar crossmember, a pair of rear spring shackles, and a rearend-housing-to-spring-bracket kit--ready to go to work. Follow along as I start the long journey to hot rod nirvana, one and sometimes two steps at a time.

SOURCE
HTP America Inc.
3200 Nordic Rd., Dept. SC
Arlington Heights
IL  60005-4729
So-Cal Speed Shop
Pomona
CA
www.so-calspeedshop.com