Assembling AME’s New ’67-72 C10 “IRS” Chassis

Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) has a brand-new C10 chassis offering, and this is the first one out the door with the IRS upgrade. Let’s take a closer look as the crew at MetalWorks Classic Auto Restoration in Eugene, Oregon, assembles AME’s number one into a roller!

Full Article:

https://digital.classictruckperformance.com/issue/october-2022sl/metalworks-art-morrison-enterprises-gt-sport-1967-1972-irs-equipped-chassis/

Art Morrison Enterprises purchased by long-time employee Matt Jones

Fife, Wa – Matt Jones, who joined Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) in 2005 with a freshly minted Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, was hand-selected by Art Morrison to purchase the controlling interest in AME.  Over his nearly 20-year tenure, Matt has worked closely with company founder Art Morrison and the late Craig Morrison in numerous instrumental roles including lead engineer, operations manager and now president.  

Of the recently completed purchase, Art said “Matt has played a huge role in the success of the company and has earned the trust of our many long-term employees.  It will be in good hands”.  And while after 51 years in business, Art and his wife of 53-years, Jeanette, will now be able to refocus and spend more time traveling and enjoying their grandson Alexander, Art will not be disappearing.  “Those of you who know Art and his desire to create things will appreciate that he will retain his office here – his home away from home – and will remain a valuable consultant and mentor, but without having the burden of running the business on his shoulders” added Matt.

“As we look toward the future, I am immensely humbled and honored to continue the tremendous legacy of Art and Craig Morrison by retaining our long-term employees, providing top notch customer service, and producing the best products possible using the industry’s most talented craftsmen, right here in Washington” said Matt.

The prime motivator in the development of the highly successful AME Multilink IRS, Matt has been an automotive enthusiast all his life.  Matt’s silver 1969 Camaro became the development “mule” for many of AME’s suspension components, which scored high marks in several “suspension shootouts” held by leading enthusiast publications.  Matt and his wife, Lisa, live in nearby Auburn, Washington and have two daughters, ages 13 and 8.

Founded in 1971, Art Morrison Enterprises has grown from a one-man garage fabrication business into an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of chassis and components, which are engineered for peak performance.  Now occupying five stand-alone buildings in Fife, Washington, AME proudly completes virtually all of their metal-forming, CNC machining and precision assembly in-house.  An industry leader, AME pioneered the true bolt-on GT Sport chassis, which laid the foundation for the burgeoning restomod market.  For more information visit www.ArtMorrison.com

Harnessing Safety

When it comes to safely securing the human cargo in a pre-’70s Chevy, it’s rare to find an option that improves upon the basic lap belt. Vehicle designs of the time were more based on styling than safety, so when it comes to upgrading the restraint system in a vintage Chevy, one’s often faced with some daunting decisions…

Find the rest article from “In the Garage Media” here: https://inthegaragemedia.com/harnessing-safety/

RJ Race Cars/Quarter-Max Chassis and Racing Components 1959 Belair

Rick Jones of RJ Races Cars/Quarter-Max Chassis sent us photos of his amazing 1959 Belair. Powered by a 427 Cubic Inch LS style engine backed by a Tremec T-56 6 speed with Borla EFI Stack Injection.

This beautiful car won the prestigious “Builders Choice Award” at the recently completed 30th Annual Goodguys/Speedway Motors Hartland Nationals presented by BASF!!

More photos of this awesome ride are in our “Photo Gallery

Remembering Craig Morrison

Sadly, we must report the passing of Craig Morrison on Sunday, June 13th due to complications from COVID-19. Craig’s wife Clarey Morrison was at his side when he passed.

Craig was born on April 27th 1975 to Art and Jeanette Morrison in Tacoma, Washington – seemingly with a wrench in one hand and a fishing rod in the other. He enthusiastically followed in his father’s footsteps as an avid outdoorsman and automotive enthusiast.

Following his graduation Craig embarked on a series of travels around the world, and on a trip to England he met the love of his life, Clarey. She emigrated to the United States, married Craig, and they had a son, Alexander – who is now 12.

Craig began working on his first car, a 1940 Ford, before he had a driver’s license. The ’40 was followed by several notable projects including a 1980 Chevrolet C10 and a 1950 Chevy “Farm Truck” that were both featured in prominent automotive enthusiast magazines.

He tried his hand in competition too, driving the Art Morrison Enterprises-built “Project Super Glass” 1955 Chevy in NHRA Super Gas competition at Division VI events.

After getting some “real world experience” in the automotive aftermarket, Craig returned to AME and became involved in many facets of the company business – eventually rising to Vice President.

It was Craig who recognized the need of a true “bolt-on” replacement chassis to provide a contemporary ride, handing, and stance for older vehicles and was the impetus behind the creation of the Morrison GT Sport chassis line – which has become an important cornerstone in the “Restomod” movement.

Above all, Craig was a “people person” of the highest order. His enthusiasm, sense of humor, and genuine caring enabled him to make friends the world over.

He will be sorely missed.

Frank Fitzloff – Morris Minor Traveller Wagon

Frank Fitzloff did an amazing job building a unique 1961 Morris Minor Traveller Wagon.

The car was built almost entirely by Frank in his home shop! Including but not limited to, all the fabrication, wiring, body prep, paint, vinyl top, pre and final assembly.

In Franks own words “This was my first build of this magnitude commencing in 2006 upon arrival of the AME chassis. Total time to complete as pictured was 12 years… And about 2,500 labor hours”.

He used a 3rd party for transmission rebuild and final install/hookup of the crate engine. Interior design, materials and patterns were done by Frank with stitchwork by a 3rd party.

It is powered by a GM Crate 350 Small Block Chevy along with a 700R4 Transmission. The car is built on a Morrison Chassis with Independent Front Suspension and 4 Link Rear Suspension and narrowed 9” Ford Housing.

More photos are in our photo gallery: Click here