The Iron Fist – James Hetfield’s Custom 1936 Ford!

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If you enjoyed The Black Pearl, and The Voodoo Priest, we now present you The Iron Fist. Yes, it’s another one from James Hetfield’s hot rod collection! He turned to Blue Collar Customs for this 1936 Ford.

The shop installed a new air-suspension system using Slam Specialties ‘bags, a modified Heidts Mustang II–style IFS cross-member, and a custom four-link in the rear. A little fabrication on the Mustang II’s lower arms helped the airbag angle, and careful exhaust routing ensured the car would drop completely on its frame.

It was supposed to be black, but one day when James stopped by Blue Collar Customs to discuss the next stages of the Iron Fist buildup, it was still in the middle of metalwork. He decided then and there to keep the car as is, in bare metal, to show the process of old becoming new.

He also paid a lot of attention to the interior. A ’52 Chevy steering column was mounted with a drop made from an old, aluminum Mickey Thompson connecting rod. All of the interior bright work was plated in nickel rather than chrome.

Keeping the A/C compressor and hoses out of the engine bay went a long way in making the Chevy small-block look clean, and Stromberg induction made things much more traditional, but the details were also important in the build. Every hex-head bolt on the engine, chassis, and body is stainless steel, and each one saw time in a lathe for a turned look.