Owning an old car can turn out to be a lot of work. Carburetors can be finicky, and finding parts can be difficult, especially if they aren’t reproduced any longer. Quite honestly, the cars of yesterday just aren’t up to par with today’s technology. This is especially true of the 1960’s suspension systems, which were generally an afterthought when it came to making a fun muscle car.
Luckily, there are now companies like TCI Engineering who can build a far superior front clip for a wide variety of vehicles that results in better vehicle handling and riding characteristics. But we’ve always wondered…how does one build the entire front clip for a long-obsolete car?
Thankfully, TCI put together this awesome video, condensing about 9-hours of welding and bending steel into a succinct 5-minute video. It really shows the amount of time and the level of craftmanship that goes into such a seemingly simple part.
One of the major advantages of going with a TCI-built front clip is that it weighs about 120 pounds less than the stock front end. That’s a huge difference when it comes to handling performance, and it helps take a few ticks off the clock at the drag strip as well. The TCI clips are also set up with motor mounts that accept small-block, big-block, and LSx applications.
The video shows that it takes a long time to assemble these front clips, as there is a lot of welding and use of jigs to put it together. If even one piece is out of alignment, it can throw the whole project off. Watching these welders work is further proof of the artistry capable of today’s automotive parts builders.