With the big stuff out of the way (top chop, body channel, and other body modifications), we could concentrate on some of the smaller details on the car, such as the side trim. In the Eric Black rendering, a thin piece of trim is shown running down the side of the car, with a stylish dip just past the rear wheel opening. To make this happen, we once again called on Richard and Delton, as they are the metal masters of this project. Keep reading to see how they did it!
Throughout the metal working process of the Street Rodder Road Tour ’51 Ford, we wanted to experiment with using lead for a filler on some of our seams and body modifications. We wanted to get the true essence of a “lead sled” so we got a lead kit from Eastwood Tools, and started working. They provide a DVD with their kit that gives great tips for the proper adhesion to the metal, so that was a great way to start the process. Keep reading to see all of the places we used lead on the Road Tour car!
Wow, what a day! Thursday, June 6th, was quite a busy day here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Hot Rod Power Tour came through town, with an official stop at Chattanooga State Community College. Thousands of hot rods, muscle cars and trucks came out to the campus, along with a number of parts vendors, including our neighbors, Coker Tire Company. After the day’s festivities came to an end, Coker Tire threw a HUGE after party cruise in, and we were glad to be a part of it! The guys at Honest Charley Garage debuted the Street Rodder Road Tour car, but we’ll cover that in a different post. Things got a little wild at the end of the night, but it was an extremely fun, extremely long day of hot rodding in the Scenic City, and home of Honest Charley Speed Shop. Check it out!
Dating back to the ’50s, car customizers have been trying to beautify vehicles in every way possible. Rounding corners, smoothing edges and lowering the car’s silhouette are common goals in the custom world, and one sure fire way to do it is to modify the hood for a sleeker appearance. We set out to do just that with the Street Rodder Road Tour car, and the results were certainly worth the effort. A few days of cutting, shaping, welding and grinding took the ’51 Ford’s big schnoz and turned it into a stylish nose. Keep reading to see how we did it!
Yep, we had two totally separate visitors from Canada on the SAME DAY! Toward the end of the day, Tom Sorenson and his son, Skylar rolled into Chattanooga, Tennessee in this awesome ’54 Buick Special station wagon. These guys are dedicated hot rodders, all the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They actually flew down to Bremen, Georgia to pick up the car, which they purchased online. The plan is to drive back, visiting various hot rod stops along the way. Tom said that Honest Charley Speed Shop was a no-brainer, because he remembers all of the old magazine ads and catalogs from back in the day.
It’s not often we have guests from Canada, but we were delighted when Jeff and Lori Yorke pulled up in their 1929 Essex hot rod. This husband and wife traveling duo are accustomed to loooooong road trips, and they’re pulling a doozie of a trip as we speak! They are from Nova Scotia, which is about 10 miles south of the North Pole. They told us that snow flurries were falling the day before they left home.
Just wanted to drop a note on here to thank Dennis Valentine and Tommy Lingenfelt for taking their day off from work to visit our place. Dennis is the owner of this ’56 Ford F-100 pickup, which he admits is a bit dirtier than usual…but he has a good excuse. He drives it! The truck has been on the road for quite some time and Dennis has owned it for the past 30 years. The truck is set up with a Chevelle independent front suspension and a Ford 9-inch rear end. His right foot is in charge of a 351 Windsor, which is outfitted with a number of go-fast parts. Dennis and Tommy are from Canton, Georgia and thought it would be a great day to visit Chattanooga…we’re sure glad they did!
As hot rodders, we’re constantly wondering where this hobby will go when the new generation comes into play. Every now and then, we receive a breath of fresh air, when we run across a hot rodder who is young and enthusiastic about building hot rods. Today, we met a new friend and rodder, and his name is Bentley Bamburg. His pickup truck is 100-percent home built, and he just graduated high school a few days ago…how cool is that?
In typical hot rodder fashion, we took the only rust-free part of the 1951 Ford Street Rodder Road Tour car, and cut it all to pieces! We gladly broke out the sawzall and cut off wheels to whack a few inches out of the roof of this Shoebox Ford. It was no easy task, but we had lots of help from our trusty magazine guy and fellow hot rodder, Gerry Burger who has been a part of many chops over the years. Richard and Delton were certainly pleased to have an extra pair of eyes on this project.
We’re plugging along on the Street Rodder Road Tour project with a few more modifications. This time, we’re working on the front end to smooth out some of the lines and give the car a custom look. The idea is to give the headlights and grille the traditional custom look, by molding in the headlight rings, and fabricating a custom grille and grille surround. Check it out!