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Tilton, Illinois


My name is Bob Dreher and this page will give you some examples of the services I can perform for you. I have over 30 years experience in welding including over 18 years in the Aerospace business with Danville Metal Stamping .

I have since moved on to fabricate and weld the fastest accelerating vehicles in the world...Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars. I am employed by Murf McKinney at McKinneyCorp in Lafayette, Indiana. 

Here is just one of the cars that we build at McKinney's.  Fabricated from 4130 chrome-moly steel tubing, this is The Funny Car of 14 time NHRA Champion John Force , which boasts 8000hp, and will accelerate from 0 to 330mph in 4.6 seconds! We also build cars for 2005 Champion Gary Scelzi, Robert Hight, Tony & Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, Larry Dixon, Doug "DougZilla" Herbert, and many more of the top stars of NHRA and IHRA Drag Racing.

I am a certified welder having held multiple certifications, including

Mil. Std. 1595A,   Mil. T5021, 

Allison EPS 14530,     Avco/Lycoming P6205c &

Pratt & Whitney 16-7/33,         FAA Cluster (4130 cert)

I weld evenings and weekends at home, and would be glad to give you a free estimate for your job. I can repair most any kind of metal, as well as fabricate small jobs here in my garage. Feel free to give me a call and I will be happy to set up a time to look at your project.

Below are some examples of my welding and fabrication skills. I strive to do the best with every job I weld or fabricate. I'm sure you will be satisfied with the results. 

And don't forget,  my work is guaranteed!


This is an aluminum intercooler for an automobile turbocharging system

A closeup of an intercooler inlet

Here is a flange for a custom turbocharged exhaust system with O2 sensor bung welded in place.



Here I am at work welding on a Funny Car chassis. Note the old school helmet...same one I have used for the last 20 years or so. I catch alot of flak from the younger guys at work because of it. They just don't understand ;-)



Here I am welding on an experimental airplane

A custom fabricated exhaust header for a Mustang

A closeup of the header


Above is a Titanium weld


This is a small part for an aircraft engine. The piece is made of .007 thick stainless, and the weld is approximately .025 in width, all done by hand using .020 filler rod. A fine point pen is next to it for comparison.

Aluminum tubes welded to a flange 



Here are a few welds on 4130 Chrome-Moly tubing.

This is the type of tubing that the Drag cars are built with.



There are many more things that I do, these just happen to be what I have pictures of at this point in time. I repair boats, lawn mowers, tools, you name it. So give me a call and we'll solve your problem. My prices are fair, so don't hesitate ;-)

I give a 10% discount to all racers, regardless of what they race, from karts to late models.  Safety is of the utmost importance! Be sure your car is safe.

You can contact me by e-mail at