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The 2013 Street Rod Nationals East at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania was the stage as famed race car driver Rod Saboury showcased his latest customized street car, Black Widow, an LS9 powered '63 Corvette customized by Troy Spackman and the crew at Legacy Innovations, LLC. The car's fully chrome moly tube chassis, stainless steel headers and moly roll bar were TIG welded using ESAB equipment and consumables: CaddyTig 2200i AC/DC and Heliarc 161 welding equipment using ER80-SD2 filler metal.
Sponsored by the National Street Rod Association, the 2013 Street Rod Nationals East is the largest event of its kind in the eastern U.S. with more than 4,400 street rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines on display.
Black Widow, dubbed so by Glenn Michael of Legacy Innovations, stood out with its late-model Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 crate motor, custom-made carbon fiber hood, tube chassis and Rod Saboury-style paint scheme.
Legacy Innovations, LLC, founded in 2006, specializes in chassis design and fabrication, body restoration and modification as well as a full range of services from building to renovation for custom, rare and exotic vehicles.
The company has worked with Rod Saboury on other projects and Spackman and Saboury have developed a strong partnership. Saboury, a world champion drag car racer respects the precision work and attention to detail that Spackman and his workers deliver. Using a range of ESAB welding machinery – CaddyTig 2200i; Heliarc 161; MigMaster 203; PowerCut 650; Caddy Mig c160i; Heliarc 281i AC/DC – Legacy Innovations is able to complete most fabrication and metal work in-house.
"ESAB's wide range of machines and consumables give us the flexibility to perform most of our custom work right here in our shop," says Spackman.
Black Widow is further testimony to Spackman's mission: to build a legacy in the custom automotive industry through high-quality innovative products, design and fabrication.
Using a range of ESAB welding machinery – from the versatile CaddyTig 2200i to Heliarc technology and PowerCut plasma cutting systems – Legacy Innovations is able to complete most fabrication and metal work in-house.
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