Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 built by Honest Charley Garage

If you follow our blog, you saw our introduction to the Street Rodder Road Tour project car. Now, it’s time to get down and dirty with the reality of a very intense project with a tight deadline. In previous Road Tour builds, other shops have gotten the luxury of beginning with fresh sheet metal. For example, last year’s build consisted of a brand new ’40 Ford body. And even though the guys at Hollywood Hot Rods did an amazing job on the build, they definitely got a head start by using a brand new body. The beauty in this year’s ’51 Ford Custom is we’ll be able to really flex our muscles when it comes to metal fabrication, and this thing needs lots of it.


Even if we had started with a cherry ’51 Ford body, the build plan involves a chopped top, nosed hood and many other modifications, so we have our hands full with the fabrication aspect of the car. Luckily, our guys are prepared for battle, armed with a truck load of Miller and Eastwood equipment. Take a look at what we’re starting with, and stay tuned for weekly updates (every Friday morning). This thing is going to be killer, and we’ll walk you through some of the stuff you might not see in the magazine. By the way, the build began in the March 2013 issue of Street Rodder magazine, and will continue to have monthly articles.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

A quick glance at the car reveals lots of rust issues. The closer you look, the worse it gets.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

The car has been repaired heavily during a previous paint job, so it will be interesting when it get stripped to the bare metal.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

Pretty much every piece of this car is junk. We’ll be making our own side trim, so this original stuff will be hitting the scrap pile.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

You know it’s bad when your patch panels rust out. Previous repairs are hideous, so we’re eager to get this thing straightened up.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

Ugh….a few more years in the field and these rocker panels would have fallen off and decomposed into the earth.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

Underneath the pile of parts is a rusted-out floor pan. Luckily Dennis Carpenter offers a large selection of replacement panels. We called him up and ordered one of everything.

Street Rodder Road Tour 2013 by Honest Charley Garage

Well, at least the trunk floor is solid…kinda. Wish us luck…the next time you see the Road Tour car, it will be back from the media blaster.

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