TIG Welding Reconstructs Vintage Auto Gem To Modern Hot Rod Reincarnation At The Hands Of Noted Designer And His Skilled Crew
To Murray Pfaff, there’s more to any car than wheels, a chassis and a body. Those elements merely serve as a canvas for something greater and more artistic.
He believes each vehicle he works on serves as an extension of its owner’s personality. “You don’t just sit down and build a car,” he says. “You have to know about the owner to design it and bring it to reality.”
Once the design is complete, Pfaff proceeds with the help of a team of skilled builders, to create the car depicted in the renderings. A pro builder he is not, Pfaff says, likening himself more to the role of quarterback when he works with clients and the designs for their vehicles.
The team cut horizontally through the beltline, removing 3 inches from the height, and channeled the body 4 inches over a custom chassis, which was welded together to create a monocoque-type of construction.
Welding it together
Welding played a major role in the rebuilding process. Over the course of the build, the team worked with other skilled welders and metal fabricators to overcome challenges and troubleshoot problems. One of the pros they turned to was noted fabricator Ron Fournier, who gave this key piece of advice: “Don’t lose control of the metal.”