Project Tiger’s Eye Update: GK Kit, Engine Machining, And Wheels

IMG_9242The last time that we touched base on Project Tiger’s Eye was back in August. A couple of things have happened since then that we’ll be publishing full features on over the next couple of weeks. Read along to get an at-a-glance view of what we’ve been up to with our 1950 Fleetline build.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 3.16.19 PMWe finished the install of Gambino Kustoms’ Taildragger kit. In the introduction article we’d already installed the step-notch. We finished up by welding on our four-link brackets, shock mounts, and air bag plates. With a coat of Kona Brown paint to give our setup a bit of protection against the atmosphere, we are now one step closer to achieving the California-stance that we’re aiming for–there will, undoubtedly, be modification required for the rear wheel wells to accommodate the travel of the step-notch when we utilize our air management system.

Our 350ci, which will be stroked out to 383ci, was just assessed and machined by the techs at L&R Engines of Santa Fe Springs, California. We shot an in-depth feature on steps and processes that a machine shop takes in order to recondition sourced blocks. Derrick Ranney, second generation owner and operator, along with his crew of dedicated machinists gave us the play by play from hot tanking, magnafluxing, bore & hone, line hone, decking, and all the way through final block prep.

Most recently, we wrapped up a shoot that followed Electro Tech Coatings, a powder coating facility in San Marcos, California. The crew at Electro Tech gave our 15-inch smoothies some real flare and also answered some powder coating FAQ–stay tuned for the full feature coming in the next few weeks.

What do you think so far? Be sure to leave your thoughts below and more importantly, stay tuned!

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Andrew Almazan

Andrew Almazan is a graduate of CSULB with a degree in English and a passion for traditional kustoms and hot rods. His first exposure to out of this world vehicles was through the prevalent low rider, baja bug, and kustom culture of LA county.
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