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Hot Rod Frame and Chassis Construction DVD

5.00 out of 5
(38 customer reviews)


4-1/2 hour instructional DVD covers every aspect of street rod and hot rod frame and chassis construction. Follow the step-by-step construction of a complete chassis, including suspension, for a 1928 Ford roadster pickup. Be confident knowing the techniques illustrated can be used in the construction of virtually any hot rod or street rod chassis, whether it be for a 1927 Model T, a Model A, a ’23 T-Bucket or even a ’32 Ford.

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Thinking about building or having someone build for you a hot rod frame or chassis?

Maybe you’ve already purchased some great hot rod frame and chassis plans and instructions. Now that you have all that great information there’s just one thing missing — you actually want to see just how an experienced builder goes about each step of the build. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a really great video is worth a million!

Then you’ll want to pick up the StreetRod 101: Hot Rod Frame and Chassis Construction DVD. We believe it’s the most informative, 4-1/2 hour hot rod “how to” video ever produced.

StreetRod 101 Hot Rod Frame and Chassis Construction DVD
StreetRod 101: 4-1/2 hour DVD covers every aspect of street rod and hot rod frame and chassis construction

Thanks to hot rod builder par excellence, Bob Hamilton, your prayers have been answered. Get ready to spend literally half a day with Bob as he welcomes you into his shop, lets you look over his shoulder while he builds a hot rod chassis and shares with you one-on-one his accumulated knowledge from decades of hot rod building — the right way.

What’s even better, though, is that everything Bob teaches you in this breakthrough video can be done in your own garage with tools you already have or that are well within the reach of the everyday budget builder. Heck, Bob even tells you how to get it done if you don’t have certain tools. Bob’s objective is to provide you with the information you need to be able to build a Street Rod that will be economic, safe, fun and pleasing in appearance.

The StreetRod 101 Hot Rod Frame & Chassis Construction DVD follows step-by-step the construction of a perimeter-type frame for a 1928 Ford roadster pickup with an extended cab. However, the techniques illustrated can be used in the construction of virtually any hot rod or street rod chassis, whether it be for a 1927 Model T, a Model A, a ’23 T-Bucket or even a ’32 Ford.

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Professional instructor and hot rod builder Bob Hamilton takes you from raw steel tubing to a completed roller chassis in this detailed 4-1/2 hour DVD.

Sit back and follow along as you learn from Bob’s years of hot rod building experience. Here are some of the things you’ll learn about hot rod chassis building in this 4 1/2 hour video:

  • How to set up an easy, economic chassis-building table
  • How to lay out your chassis dimensions, depending on your body and your engine
  • The importance of establishing a “reference point” on your frame rails and putting in temporary studs for one-man measuring
  • Importance of rail-to-rail cuts (so you don’t get confused)
  • Using angle iron to align frame rails for uniform work
  • How to curve your frame rails to the contour of your body using an inexpensive cut-off/grinder and simple puller to make it an easy one-man job
  • How to make all your frame contouring cuts the same depth
  • How to make angle cuts in rounded edge tubing so that the blade won’t walk off the edge
  • Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod ChassisHow to properly bevel cuts for best weld penetration and strength
  • How to correct mistakes in your cutting or welding (hey, it’s part of hot rodding — Bob shows you how to fix it, suck it up and move along)
  • The many important uses of angle iron, flat bar and c-clamps in your chassis construction — to save you time and trouble
  • How to adapt what Bob illustrates to your own style of hot rod build
  • How to properly square the frame
  • How to chamfer tubing for welding angled joints and make sure they’re square
  • The trick of building frame rails in pairs to ensure proper fit
  • How to avoid the dreaded “multiple error concept” that can throw your entire frame out of alignment
  • The secret to avoiding days of weld cleaning/grinding when you finish your chassis
  • Building a transmission cross member that also strengthens the frame
  • Where to get your “almost free” transmission for mock-up
  • Learn how to construct a modified K-member
  • How to build a fixture to set frame height and level to ensure proper rear end installation
  • How to properly set your pinion angle
  • How to center your rear end Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod Chassis
  • Using frame reference pins to square the rear axle
  • Installing rear coil-overs at the proper angle, allowing for overall weight and frame drop
  • Getting proper clearance for coils from rear axle
  • How to make your own shock absorber brackets
  • The magic of using reciprocal angles to set rear coil-over position
  • How to protect chrome and aluminum when welding
  • How to gusset brackets for added stability
  • Avoid worry about shear forces on coil-over bolts by “encapsulating” your brackets
  • How to avoid rear coil-over shock binding
  • The theory of building a chassis with as many adjustments as possible
  • The trick of using cardboard to mock up radius rods and pivot points to test movement
  • Trick for ensuring you use the correct brackets for rod ends
  • See how to make a unique jig and fixture for making your own rod ends using grade 8 bolts and tubing
  • How to properly tap your radius rods and/or panhard bars using a home-constructed tap guide bushing
  • Discover how to make clamps to hold tubing in your vise better than the vise’s tubing clamp (if it has one) so that you can avoid deep gouge marks in your tubing
  • A great lesson on how to properly tap threads Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod Chassis
  • See how to make your own rear radius rod brackets and make the front one stronger and cleaner looking
  • Allowing for paint clearance in your brackets
  • How to construct a rear panhard bar
  • The technique of building a boxed front crossmember
  • How to standardize on common material sizes to make your fabrication quicker and easier
  • An innovative fixture to easily line up your spring perch bolt brackets
  • How to make your own spring retaining brackets
  • How to set up spindles and steering arms and how to build your own steering arms
  • The Ackerman steering principle
  • How to taper your steering arms for a nice, finished look
  • How to build Model-A type front frame horns to really enhance your chassis appearance
  • How to make your own “Poor Man’s Flame Cutter” that will save you hundreds of dollars and hours of time
  • The cheap and easy cutting barrel to go along with your flame cutter to keep your shop clean and prevent fires
  • Build a super-clean looking spreader bar and license plate mount, with a hidden trailer tie-down as a bonus
  • Make your own spring pivots using a special bracket to ensure proper weld alignment Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod Chassis
  • How to properly use a hole saw
  • The best starting caster for your front suspension
  • Understanding the critical height of spring-on-top-of-axle perches
  • How to set the critically important scrub line (both front and rear) during your chassis construction for safe driving later and which is the better of two ways of measuring scrub line
  • Determining the correct length for your tie rod and how to build it
  • Building bat wing radius rod brackets
  • How to fit radius rod brackets when they go on the s-curve of a dropped tube front axle
  • How to make sure your tie rod doesn’t hit a radius rod bracket
  • How to make up for the inadequacies of your plywood chassis construction table and weight builds up on your chassis
  • Learn to make fixtures to adjust and mount your radius rod brackets to your front axle and chassis
  • How to easily make wishbone or hairpin radius rods and a simple bending fixture for making them
  • Discover a fixture for ensuring your radius rods are welded straight and proper
  • Build your own front shock brackets
  • Learn how to set proper shock absorber length and angle
  • Build your own engine and transmission mounts Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod Chassis
  • Discover the easy way to established true distributor to firewall clearance
  • The easiest way to position your engine during chassis construction
  • How to “hide” a Vega steering box
  • The right way to cut out a firewall so that you can actually change your automatic transmission if the time comes
  • Make the right template for floor clearance of your transmission
  • Build a unique exhaust system that features adjustable glasspack mufflers just by unbolting and reversing them
  • Learn the easiest way to cut exhaust tubing
  • How to set proper muffler clearance to avoid hot floorboards
  • How to use mandrel bends to fabricate your own exhaust system
  • Build your own rear exhaust supports
  • Building radiator mounts and support brackets, plus some comments on choosing the right radiator style
  • How to mount the grille shell to the radiator and how to “fill the gaps” to make it look better
  • Using elastomeric cushioning to reduce undue radiator vibration and potential fractures
  • How to add an overflow tank that doesn’t look like an afterthought
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Deuce grille shells and radiators
  • Where and how to mount headlights and turn signals and how to conceal the wires
  • Mounting frame-through brake lines Street Rod 101 How to Build a Hot Rod Chassis
  • How to engineer your driveline
  • How to cut and shorten a driveshaft at home without a lathe and save big bucks
  • How to ensure your driveshaft is properly aligned and in-phase
  • Overview of brake and master pedal assemblies, including power booster
  • The importance of brake pedal ratio and what works best on hot rods
  • Plus, a world of jigs, fixtures, tips and tricks that will have you enjoying and learning from this DVD over and over and over!

Wow, that looks like a lot of information — and that’s why it takes this huge 4-1/2 hour DVD package to cover it all!

You get it all of this promptly delivered to your mailbox on a high quality, four and one-half hour DVD that you will use regularly and treasure for a lifetime for only $24.99 plus $5 shipping and handling ($15 international). Just click on the “Add to Cart” button below. And while you’re at it, you can also add the other volumes in the StreetRod 101 DVD Library at big multiple DVD set savings, too.

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SAVE BIGGER THE MORE YOU ORDER: 1 DVD Set $24.99; 2 DVD Sets $23.99 ea.; 3 DVD Sets $22.99 ea.; 4 DVD Sets $21.99 ea.; 5 DVD Sets – BIGGEST SAVINGS $19.99 ea. DISCOUNTS IN CART AT CHECKOUT

Click on the ADD TO CART button now to get yours and continue shopping for the other DVDs in the StreetRod 101 library to learn more and get even bigger discounts!


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38 reviews for Hot Rod Frame and Chassis Construction DVD

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bill Campana in Ohio

    I have been a hot rodder for fifty years, and have watched this video over and over. Each time I watch it I learn something new. Bob Hamilton does a great job of presenting the information very clearly. Keep up the great work Bob, I can’t wait for the next DVD.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rick in Oregon (verified owner)

    This was an excellent DVD. Very informative, very well produced, and enjoyable to watch. This will definitely stay in my library of DVD’s to keep.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rick in Illinois (verified owner)

    This is super informative and very well thought out. This is one you’ll want to watch again and again. This is how true craftsmanship in performed and better yet explained in an easy to understand video format. This is exactly what I was looking for.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dan in Montana

    I bought all the DVD’s and really enjoyed them. Not really my style of car but the information was outstanding. Lots of great tips, tricks and ideas. I have incorporated much of what I learned into my own build. Very well done!

  5. 5 out of 5

    David in New Mexico

    You can tell Bob is a true street rodder with a desire to make his knowledge available to all who are interested in the hobby. It is very concise with many different ideas he has perfected over the years. If you don’t have unlimited money, then Bob gives you ideas that work well on any part of the build. This info will help anyone with a desire to learn. All of the videos are Great stuff!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Maddock

    Great video, full of useful information. I viewed it before fabricating my first streetrod chassis. It was a huge help!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bill Haller in Georgia

    I bought this video several years ago and still go back and review it regularly. Its packed with lots of tips and tricks. A grteat video for anyone who is just getting started in the hobby. Great job! And if you don’t already have it, get it! you won’t be sorry.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ron in Georgia

    I bought all of the videos and like everyone of them. I think they are a great value.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick Hensell in Indiana

    I have viewed the 101 video many times. Very good reference, I’m building a 1932 Chevy rod, from the ground up. Lots of tip, and ideas. Well worth the purchase.

  10. 5 out of 5

    RUSSELL BOWLIN in Arizona


  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe in Houston

    This video will help you construct a frame safely and accurately. Every step of the process is clear and concise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JOHN MATHEWS in California (verified owner)

    I have corrosponed with BOB and i belivie that he is a born teacher i built a model A frame and the body of a29 rpu from scratch including the front axle. and i made quit a few of his jig fixtures, i use the STREET ROD 101 DVDS often when trying to show friends how something should be done.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clive W Macann in New Zealand

    I’m half way around the world in New Zealand and it makes no difference. The DVD is perfect for my needs. I can’t get over the detailed explanations Bob hands out. No need for any other resource. Just go buy these DVD’s and rip into your favorite build. Thanks a million Bob.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danny Guill in Tennessee

    Very good video with a lot of good info. This is not like some of the stuff you see on youtube where there is not detail instruction. These videos go in depth and show you how to do it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    GunnerT in California

    I have all four of Bob Hamilton’s DVDs. This guy is the real deal! He doesn’t buy parts and just assemble a car, he shows you how to start with steel stock and make your own parts. Every step of the way is explained in detail. You see a car built from the ground up by a very talented fabricator. I’ve been a home mechanic for 60 + years, and I have learned techniques that I would not have thought of. I recommend these videos highly. You will learn something from each one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul in Texas

    Excellent video. Every step is covered, nothing is glossed over.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Honan in Pennsylvania

    I got these DVD:s awhile a go, and have watched them repeatedly. Bob is a great builder & teacher. It does not matter what level builder you are you will learn something every time you watch them. Thanks to John for bringing these videos and Mr. Hamilton thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Forrest Taylor in Australia

    These are informative and useful tried hints and tricks, great to use as a starting point for your own ideas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mack Bailey in South Carolina

    I watched the chassis build DVD straight through the first day I got it . . . all four and a half hours! Then I went out and bought an old rusty heap of a Model T body. Lots of work in front of me, but expect the DVD to be much help!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Odom in Arizona (verified owner)

    As I was reading some of the other reviews, I noticed all 5 stars, which tells me not one single person was disappointed they purchased these videos or plans. That speaks volumes. I usually read reviews if available, and there is almost always some knuckle head, that for what ever reason doesn’t follow instructions, and is thus disappointed in the product, not so here. These are very easy to follow, and very interesting instructions. I have been tinkering and building things in my garage for about 40 years, and I don’t recall enjoying an instructional more than this. There are a lot of instructional videos out there, but you need to invest in there hi dollar tool or tools, to accomplish just one part of a build. NOT the case with these videos, he shows you how to fabricate EVEYTHING, and I don’t recall him trying to sell anything other than, his knowledge on these videos, you’ve already purchased. And the best thing is, most of the needed tools we already have in our garages or he shows how to make them. I would very highly recommend these videos to anyone that likes building things, even if your not going to build this particular project, it is loaded with helpful ideas, on buildlng, and fabricating other projects.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Hassman in California

    I bought the DVDs to understand how the glass body 32 I had bought goes together. They were invaluable. If a door sagged or the trunk lid would sit I would watch these to figure out what to do.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raymond King in Manitoba, Canada

    OK … So I’m old and retired ( whatever that’s suppose to mean ) … and haven’t found the time to post a review till now … Well Ill tell you this is the best tutorial on the web if you really want to build a hot rod frame for your T … Good thing I have it cuz , like I said I’m up there in age and , I can review it with my son any time to get the proper solution if we get off base a bit … Great product … Totally get’s the old fart approval Would buy it again if I ever lose it ( And that’s a possibility !…LOL)

  23. 5 out of 5

    William in Alberta, Canada (verified owner)

    Hell yes I’ll leave a review. Why? Because as a first time hot rod chassis builder, along with the plans for a model A frame, this DVD has been an invaluable source of info. Lots of informative stuff, even if some of it doesn’t apply, you’re still able to build the chassis for your application using info from this video.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JASON MYERS in Wisconsin (verified owner)

    These dvds are exactly what me and my dad needed to kick start our project roadster pickup! Thanks again very informative and well laid out!

  25. 5 out of 5

    GEORGE MUNGER in Minnesota (verified owner)

    I purchased all four videos in the set and what wealth of information.
    The first one on frame and chassis has helped me plan the construction of a chassis for my 25 Dodge Woodie wagon.
    These video answers questions, I hadn’t even thought to ask.
    Worth every penny.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gary Smith in Canada

    Great info! I will be using some of the ideas and techniques on my 1934 Plymouth coupe project.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Greg Stewart in Alberta, Canada (verified owner)

    First I would like to take this chance to thank you for excellent service

    Next I would to comment on quality and the price. Both are very good.
    There some fantastic (yet simple) ways of doing steps of the project.
    Well worth my time and money.
    THX. Greg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike O’Leary in Washington

    I have completed a ’39 Ford Tudor and am working on a ’29 ford Tudor. The Model A has a home built frame and the ’39 frame was extensively modified to accommodate the 351/aod setup. The Streetrod videos were awesome and saved me a lot of time and money not only on the chassis construction but also on the rear end setups (4 bar coilovers). If you are contemplating building a hotrod from the chassis up, these videos are invaluable and well worth the price in terms of cost containment and minimizing frustration. I recommend them highly, without reservation. Thank you John!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason Stephan in Arizona

    Great DVDs. Especially for someone that has never built a hotrod very easy to view and understand the step by step instructions!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve Johnson in California (verified owner)

    These videos are full of great ideas and tips to help a guy in his home shop achieve professional results. Bob is a great instructor and the methods he shares are simple and highly motivating. I need to get busy and clean out the garage. Thanks John.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Paul Teirney in New Zealand

    I found the DVD very interesting as it showed way to make the frame and other parts which most people can do with limited tools.
    Regards Paul Teirney.

  32. 5 out of 5

    Robert Munro in Arkansas

    very good video. have use lots of info from the video and have made sevral frames. good instructions and very nice video.thank you

  33. 5 out of 5

    David Hanasyk, Alberta, Canada

    I bought the Streetrod 101 video and was so impressed by the useful information presented and the straight forward way it was presented that I bought the other videos as well. I would definitely recommend them to anyone getting involved with building hotrods/streetrods whether it is your first car or even if you are an experienced builder.

  34. 5 out of 5

    David Holsinger in Virginia

    I enjoyed the Hot Rod Frame and Chassis Construction. I have completed my frame and now helping my friend on his. Very informative DVD.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Monte F. McCraw in Georgia (verified owner)

    Bought complete set. Found them to be quite useful for our students at Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin, GA

  36. 5 out of 5

    Gary in Illinois

    great video,easy to understand,would recommend all,for first time builder

  37. 5 out of 5

    Layton Turpin in Tennessee

    I already own all of the DVD’s, and there is nothing about hotrod building that’s been left out. I refer to them quite frequently!

  38. 5 out of 5

    Nelson in New Jersey

    Bob has done an excellent job with his DVD’s. I used the “Frame and Chassis” tape to set the alignment on my 32 Ford Street Rod. I got it spot on the first time. I trusted 3 shops to do it and all got it wrong. I now have 6 yrs on these tires and they still look new. Bob’s instructions are slow, precise and confident. There’s none of the crazy background noise and antics you get on the TV Shows. I just ordered the “Upholstery” tape as my carpet needs replacing. I have been waiting for this one. Thanks Bob and keep ’em coming.

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