Since its inception back in 2006 the Untouchable Metal Works philosophy has always been about the extra attention to detail in fabricating unique one of a kind custom pieces of art and functionality.
UMW’s owner Jose Rodriguez had his beginnings at Metal Crafters, Fountain Valley CA where his skills in precision metal fabrication were forged and polished. Metal Crafters is known world wide for manufacturing concept cars and prototype vehicles.The skills he took with him inspired Jose to open up a shop of his own to further hone his craft and start his legacy.
Untouchable Metal Works specialises in automotive restoration, whether it’s original factory spec or a full custom one-off build. UMW has established itself as the Inland Empires premiere custom metal fabrication shop.
• Frame straightening
• I.F.S & rear four link kit installation
• Air ride installs
• Rust repair
• One-off Panel fabrication & existing panel modification
• Top chops
Several of UMW’s handiwork has ended up in the pages of magazines such as SPORT TRUCK, MINI TRUCKING & STREET RODDER. The ladder being one of the more labor intensive projects UMW has worked on that was featured on the volume 23 number 8, August 2014 issue of STREET RODDER where on the cover you’ll find Ken Thurm’s 32’ Ford B’ville Tudor. The customer wanted the interior to be fully custom fabricated to have a riveted aluminium aircraft “bomber” aesthetic. All of the interior panels were meticulously shaped & fitted to conform to the sedans “cockpit.” What also makes this interior unique is its ability to be entirely removable as it is “dzus” fastened and not welded to the structure.
UMW was contracted by TED’S HOT RODS, Riverside CA for the creation of a unique custom engine bay panel set (AKA Inner fenders) for a showroom quality Caddy. UMW was left to its own devices in visualizing the concept & fabrication of this one-off piece.
UMW’s most recent project has added to their long list of full builds in the shape of Fernando Flores 34’ Chevy Truck. This project was placed entirely in the hands of the shop to oversee all the metal fabrication that was built atop a complete 34’ Ford chassis from CLASSIC STREET ROD Mfg. in Ontario CA. The floor was built from scratch out of steel tubing and 16ga cold rolled sheet metal, using the factory Ford mount locations to accommodate the chassis. After the floor was finished, the cowl was set in place, firewall recess was then cut and widened 9 1/2” to accommodate the 1960’s 327 Chevrolet motor. Aforementioned recesses was then modified for distributor clearance, the distributor pocket was buck riveted to the widened original recess. Prior to the installation of the widened recess UMW created a transmission tunnel to fit over the mid 90’s Camaro 5 speed transmission. The recess was buck riveted to the original firewall and TIG welded to the toe boards and transmission tunnel. All of the wooden structure was removed and recreated in steel (cab, doors & roof). The cab was assembled on the new floor and aligned for consistent gaps then welded and gusseted to the floor structure. Satisfied with the cabs placement on the chassis (channeled 1 1/2” over the Ford rails) the truck was chopped 4 5/8”, starting with the doors. In the process the top door hinges were removed leaving only two per side, also the doors were leaned back and finally the cab was chopped and all panels were meticulously cut, file fitted & hammer welded (TIG/Heliarc). All weld seams were hand planished & block sanded to work out low spots. The aftermarket bed was shortened down 11 1/4”, then a custom set of side skirts with bead to match the bottom of the cab were fabricated out of 18ga, along with custom roll pan with license plate recess. Once UMW was pleased with he panel fit, all these panels were buck riveted onto the bed, finishing off this unique truck build.
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