Street Rodder Road Tour–Going In

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest charley Garage

Last week, we told you about the high tech Ford EcoBoost engine and massive overdrive transmission. This week, we’re gonna show you what it took to put this twin turbo V6 into the 1951 Ford engine bay. And believe us, it was more than simply welding some new mounts into place! Continue reading to find out how we did it!

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Greg’s Fifty-Five

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Many of you know that Greg Cunningham is the manager over at the restoration shop (Honest Charley Garage) and could probably guess that he’s a car guy. Like most of us, Greg is a product of his impressionable years where he cut his teeth restoring Model A Fords in Oklahoma. Sure he has a funky passion for the 1980s, but his automotive passion lies with Model As and 1950s Buicks. We see hundreds of cars all the time around here, but he’s always talking about getting a “family car” that he can cart around the wife and three kids in. Well, one thing is for sure when you see as many cars as we do, that every now and then, a deal jumps in your lap that you just can’t pass up. Check out this low-mileage survivor 1955 four-door hard top Buick that has just found Greg! more pictures and video

Chattanooga Cruise In Spring 2013

Chattanooga Cruise In 2013 at Honest Charley Speed Shop

What started as a laid back hot rodder hang out at Coker Tire and Honest Charley has grown into one of the premier cruise in events in the Southeast! We’re thrilled with the success of the event, and we plan to keep on doing them for years to come. The Spring 2013 Chattanooga Cruise In was the biggest ever, with nearly 900 cars on hand and thousands of spectators roaming the streets surrounding Honest Charley Speed Shop. Check out some of our favorite cars and trucks from the event, and be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday June 6th (after the Hot Rod Power Tour stop at Chattanooga State) and Saturday September 7th for our next Chattanooga Cruise In events!

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Street Rodder Road Tour–Horsepower

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford built by Honest Charley Garage

We’re up to our eyeballs in ’51 Ford parts, but one part that certainly is not 1951 vintage is the engine and transmission. We love old engines, so we probably would’ve picked a hopped up Flathead or maybe even a Ford Y-Block, but Street Rodder is the boss and worked with Ford Racing to figure out the power plant for the Road Tour car. Keep reading to find more details about the high tech engine that will be powering the 2013 Street Rodder Road Tour car.


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Traveling Hot Rod

Honest Charley Speed Shop

Ed Davis stopped by to visit us today and told us all about his journeys in his awesome ’36 Ford Tudor. He has driven this thing all over the country, and he’s in the midst of a great road trip as we speak. Ed lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was passing through Chattanooga on his way home, so he stopped by Honest Charley to talk cars with Mike Goodman.
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Street Rodder Road Tour–Door Jam

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

Yeah we meant to say “jam” instead of the correct spelling of “jamb”. We’ve been jamming on these doors pretty intensely, so it was an appropriate play on words. It’s amazing how much time you can invest in a pair of doors, when you consider the hinge rebuild, latch installation, power window installation, and rust repair, you end up with quite the long list of chores.


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Street Rodder Road Tour–Chassis

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

We’ve been covering the Street Rodder Road Tour build for a few weeks now, but we’ve left out a very important part of the build–the chassis! Without the brand new chassis from Fatman Fabrications, our job would’ve been much more difficult. Check out what makes it cool!

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Street Rodder Road Tour–More Metal

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

Another week of work resulted in more panel replacement for the Street Rodder Road Tour ’51 Ford. We’ve expressed the extensive rust inside and outside this car, and it’s time to get rid of it. We battled with the floor pans, and other structural panels, but now it’s time to tackle the exterior metal work with a bunch of patch panels from Dennis Carpenter. We also received a big shipment of Eastwood tools, which will greatly help our metalworking efforts.
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Street Rodder Road Tour–Get Low

Street Rodder Road Tour 1951 Ford by Honest Charley Garage

If you’ve seen the rendering for this year’s Street Rodder Road Tour ’51 Ford, then you know it’s gonna sit very low. When we got the Fatman Fabrications chassis in the shop, we quickly realized we would have to do a bit of work to make it sit where we wanted. Dipping into the hot rod and custom creativity, we decided to channel the body to effectively lower the ride height. After thinking about it for a few minutes, and receiving some guidance from longtime hot rodder and journalist Gerry Burger, we found that we could channel the body without chopping up the floors. Read more to find out how we did it…
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Street Rodder Road Tour–New Metal

Street Rodder Road Tour by Honest Charley Garage

So, if you’ve been following along, you know that we’re up to our ears in rust with this ’51 Ford. Luckily, Dennis Carpenter offers replacement panels, but we’ll still have to fill some gaps with hand-fabricated patch panels. The first step in making this shoebox Ford solid is installing new floor pans and rocker panels.
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