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morganclarkedesign1. Some progress on the steel dash for the black truck. This is my first

Some progress on the steel dash for the black truck. This is my first steel dash and first complete dash/instrument panel. I’ve done center consoles and some dash pod type stuff but never a complete setup like this. We don’t have a slip roller or a shrinker/stretcher so I’ve hand formed nearly everything. @Markus__54 its been good to have you in the shop to brainstorm some methods on how to form some of the shapes and use some of your tools, thank you. I did some preliminary sketches for Ryan and the owner to look over. Once we finalized a design I started blocking in the main shape and went from there. There will be a center console section built in next. Cutouts will be made in the pods for access behind the dash. The bottom of the structure also has removable panels for service. I wanted to go with a little different of a design. We all agreed to have the layout and the positioning of things feel very “sports car/high performance” like. Very simple and minimal. All said and done the dash will be laid up with foam and upholstered & stitched. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #sheetmetaltoolsbyEvan #sheetmetal #dash #instrumentpanel

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morganclarkedesign1. Front sheet metal is finalized on the black truck. Made a template for

Front sheet metal is finalized on the black truck. Made a template for the crossmember and @mb_826 designed it in house and cut her out. The top trim piece follows the form and has a big heat “exit” on the top surface. Everything is nice and tight and well manicured. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #sheetmetal #tinwork

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morganclarkedesign1. Once again, sheet metal/tin work continues to be my favorite job to ha

Once again, sheet metal/tin work continues to be my favorite job to handle. Rear panel work on the black truck from a few weeks back is all finalized. This was a satisfying project. I’ve always wanted to seal the exterior of a rear chassis like this. Adapted the big tire cutouts in the fiberglass for storage access per side. I’ll make another post showing the mounting and design of the fluid racks and the jack. There’s a VIDEO at the end if you swipe through of the panel latches doing their thing. If your interested in the latches themselves DM me. I found a really good connect for them. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #aluminumfabrication #handmade #designmatters #craftsmanship

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morganclarkedesign1. Happy birthday Special!! I love you more than anything. You are the be

Happy birthday Special!! I love you more than anything. You are the best thing that ever could have came into our lives! 6 years old today. You are such a wonderful human and I love everything about you. This life has only just began. We are so proud of you and who you are. Happy birthday buddy. Love you forever #littlebabylogan #myspecialguy #bestfriend and thank you @beamed03 for setting us up with the #kidkart.. it’s going to be a whole new experience!

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morganclarkedesign1. More aluminum work on the special frame off #hotrodprerunner.  Aluminu

More aluminum work on the special frame off #hotrodprerunner. Aluminum valance, engine cage panels and some beauty cover up panels behind the headlights. The side panels still need a little massage, but until they are notched for the intake tubes I’m holding off. The hardware will be all anodize fender washers, only seen on some pieces to check fitment and clearance. I’m pretty excited to get this thing finalized and see the finished product. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #kibbetech #aluminum #fabrication

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morganclarkedesign1. Grateful for the opportunities I get. I love doing panel work and tin

Grateful for the opportunities I get. I love doing panel work and tin work. This is the first time for me doing a top radiator trim panel. Wanted to make sure we got her done in ONE piece(except the returns behind the headlamp). I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Learned some stuff along the way. We have been busy busy busy at the shop. Figured I would update with something cool. This is on the special @stabenbros project. On a side note.. if this helps anyone, I use .043” chipboard from papermart for templates and pattern making. Time and time again it seems to come out on top for being the best stuff for template making. Its just thick enough to hold its integrity and shape yet thin enough to still cut with scissors. #artsandcrafts #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #aluminumfabrication #formfollowsfunction

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morganclarkedesign1. I don’t think there’s another woman in the world that could raise our

I don’t think there’s another woman in the world that could raise our son better than you momma.. so grateful for you, who you are, what you stand for and the mother you so naturally became. I look up to you for how good of a parent you are with @littlebabylogan. Sometimes it feels a lot harder to me and the guidance and insight you give me is priceless. Not to mention you have to be my mom with a lot of stuff.. lol. I fucking love you.... Forever.... Happy Mother’s Day... #loc #milf #MotherOfLogan

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morganclarkedesign1. Throwback to running around Barstow for a Saturday afternoon with Kevi

Throwback to running around Barstow for a Saturday afternoon with Kevin giving my leaf springs a proper workout. It's been a long journey the last few years. I look at #beth in my driveway every morning before I go to work. I hope she can be back out by next Halloween #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #handbuilt #plasmacutterandagrinder #prerunner #beth

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morganclarkedesign1. Aluminum work on the #blacktruck #prerunnner @kibbetech. From perforat

Aluminum work on the #blacktruck #prerunnner @kibbetech. From perforated stainless is not installed yet but you get the point. This whole front engine compartment will be closed off and dialed in. More to come! Aluminum panels are very satisfying. Learning more each time I do them. Doing the "cross" style notches for the reservoir mounts was a first for me. #DUIEELD #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #kibbetech #MCGA #evanstruck #aluminum #tinwork #motorsportsfabrication

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morganclarkedesign1. When I was growing up looking on the interweb(2001-2004) and pipedream

When I was growing up looking on the interweb(2001-2004) and pipedreaming about tube chassis trucks and serious prerunners "firewalls" were always a focal point of interest to me.. @newline_products "jetblue" and several others always had a big influence and inspired me. I'm really happy to be able to have opportunities to get to build some pretty cool stuff now a days myself. ANYWAYS... Garage fab FIREWALL/sheet metal work on my good friend @supercrew_shawn's truck. It's getting close to being wrapped up.. all 18g cold roll sheet construction. The @pattonracingengines SBF is set back roughly 2 feet so there's a lot of surface changes to get the packaging right. To access proper areas on the engine without pulling it there are 4 removable service areas. The windshield cowl will also be removable in the mid-section for when the powertrain has to come out. This is just a couple pics of the firewall and header "chambers". @richardsperformancemuffler built some badass firewall headers that will run up in front of each wall then dive into tunnels under the truck in between the skid plate. So far so good. The next update for this machine will be a welded and sealed cabin. 👍🏿thanks for being the big brother i never had Shawn! I respect you and our friendship to the fullest! Glad i can help on your machine!! #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #MCGA #formfollowsfunction #thetinmancan #sheetmetal #fabrication #turdpolishingINC #garagefab

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morganclarkedesign1. Top cover panels with mesh cutouts. Aluminum is very satisfying to wat

Top cover panels with mesh cutouts. Aluminum is very satisfying to watch come together. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #craftsmanship #aluminum #prerunner #fabrication

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morganclarkedesign1. Side panels done on the black truck @kibbetech. Really like how the de

Side panels done on the black truck @kibbetech. Really like how the design and form came out. Especially on the forward panels. Working on the top ones now. I'm still learning stuff every time I get after something like this and that's exciting. Really grateful to call this my job... #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #formfollowsfunction #prerunner #aluminum #tinwork #twotonetommy

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morganclarkedesign1. Proud moment! Built the majority of this truck during my stay @kalikus

Proud moment! Built the majority of this truck during my stay @kalikustomsinc planned it out properly. Thought things over(most of them lol) and Adam trusted me to do my thing. The fabrication combined with proper assembly, prep and wiring makes for problem free racing.. Jim and the truck shared their first race together on Saturday with @trey__l co-dawging the whole time. One flat and ZERO issues got us a 4th place. Truck works awesome and will only get better.. Good job everyone!! #clarkeheaders #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #formfollowsfunction #kalikustomspower #wiringbytheghost #norlinmotorsports #makecraftsmanshipgreatagain #prerunner #doorslammer #fordinaford

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morganclarkedesign1. Finished product on @dunewhore 's golf cart. Powdercoat everything wit

Finished product on @dunewhore 's golf cart. Powdercoat everything with aluminum mesh.. came out pretty good. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #doitfordeegan #huckitforhailey #formfollowsfunction

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morganclarkedesign1. Rick brought his #canam its next phase of the build.. we've been doing

Rick brought his #canam its next phase of the build.. we've been doing a slew of pretty cool upgrades to it.. I took charge of (2) of them. He wanted the rear to be extended and paneled, giving it that #class1 #buggy kinda feel. Second was to cut out the passenger compartment of the instrument panel and set up a "pod" style structure to house his rear view and GPS. Both the rear section and the dash pod are very easily removable. The rear has 4 bolts and the pod has two. I incorporated the styling of the car overall into the design language of the stuff I added. Once the stuff is back from powdercoat @dunewhore 'a vision will really come together. Very grateful to be a part of and have the opportunity to slang work on his new machine.. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #dunewhore #formfollowsfunction #aluminumfab #sheetmetal #stillearning

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morganclarkedesign1. Sheet metal tie in on @grey_truck 4 door Silverado. This truck has the

Sheet metal tie in on @grey_truck 4 door Silverado. This truck has the cab moved back 4" and body dropped 2". There will be no OEM style body mounts. That being said, it's only more helpful to pick up on the body wherever possible. It will make for a much more rigid overall vehicle and helps the longevity of the cab staying together. I blended the 3 sections together on each side to get the plates to all come together as one smooth surface. Got (most) of the upper section tied into the chassis. The floor is just about ready to get cut out. Then engine/trans will be mounted, lace up the front and undercarriage with tubing, then seal the cab completely at some point. Obviously I get pulled off the truck here and there to work on other "quickies" and help out. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #formfollowsfunction #metalfabrication #sheetmetal #siliconebronze #softrod #flacidrod #prerunner #deserthodrod

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morganclarkedesign1. #throwback to the tin work I did on a supercrew about 2 years ago. I b

#throwback to the tin work I did on a supercrew about 2 years ago. I built this truck from the firewall forward. I always wanted to do some kind of cool engine compartment panels/ shrouding on a truck and the opportunity came around! This area cleaned up real nice with some powdercoat and paint. I love sheet metal work. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #gapmaker #formfollowsfunction #prerunner #f150 #ford #supercrew hopefully I can build some cool stuff like this on my own truck.. lol

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morganclarkedesign1. #greytruck rebuild progress 2 weeks in.. we are doing this thing legit

#greytruck rebuild progress 2 weeks in.. we are doing this thing legit. Truck stripped down. Frame sent to media blasting. I cut off all the bullshit we dont need like body mounts, factory crossmembers etc..fully streamlined the frame and cleaned it up proper. Located the frame on the table and fit the #backhalf and framehorns/upper/lower link pivots to the frame. Once the frame was jigged to the table @scottrbarron and I cut all the sheet metal out of the cab necessary to get the interior roll cage as tight as possible. Once again proper PLANNING ahead enabled the roof section and the c-pillar section to be pulled out of the cab and welded, then put back. No cutting off the roof or cutting big ass holes in the exterior. This is one of the tightest cages I've done. They keep getting better and easier! After the roof section was done we got the cab squared away in its place atop the framerails. 4" back and body dropped 2". The rear "c-pillar" wall is what's turned into my most preferred design. Just so happens Ryan is on board with it just like I am! I do not think there's is a stronger layout than this. You can also see the tubing is 2" mains, then funnels down to 1.75 and finishes with 1.5". Today I connected the dots with the rear structure and will continue to keep pushing forward on this machine every day. This build is one for the books and I'm thankful Ryan @kibbetech has given me the opportunity to get after it! I really love this stuff and I'm super grateful to be in the position that I am. #morganclarkedesign #mcd1 #kibbetech #formfollowsfunction #prerunner #doneright #fullsize #4seater #doitfordeegan

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