Tag Archives: Road Tour

  • 2014 Street Rodder Road Tour Impala Reassembly

    The body then went to primer and paint and was covered in a lovely shade of deep red. This thing is REALLY red, reminds me of the red found on a certain Italian super car manufacturer. With the body all painted and assembled the crew married the body and the roadster shop chassis together and continued reassembly. This is where the fun (and stressful!) part of the project begins. As each shiny part is bolted to the car the Impala takes shape and we can really see how great this thing is going to look rolling down the street.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • 2014 Street Rodder Road Tour Car and Eastwood Summer Classic Date Announced

    2014 marks the fourth year of the annual Eastwood Summer Classic show and shine. Each year we open our grounds for enthusiasts to come and show off their rides here at Eastwood Headquarters. It's also become a tradition and an official stop for the east coast leg of the Street Rodder Road Tour. Each year Street Rodder Magazine has one of the top hot rod and custom shops in the country put together a new car for them to tour the country with. We're honored that these shops use Eastwood tools and supplies to restore and customize the car each year and we're always excited to see what they do!   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • ‘Shop Talk’ Podcast - Episode 8: Jerry Dixey, Automotive Journalist, Enthusiast

    How about a chance to win $1,000 in tools this summer? In this episode of Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz sits down and talks shop with Jerry Dixey, automotive journalist, enthusiast & Tour Director. This past year, Jerry’s hard work and 375,000+ miles touring with the Street Rodder Road Tour have earned him the NSRA Street Rodding Achievement Award, presented to him at SEMA 2012.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Street Rodder Road Tour 51 Ford Custom- More Metal Work, Filler, and sanding.. lots of it!

    The crew at Honesty Charley and Street Rodder Magazine have been doing a great job of keeping the 2013 Road Tour car under wraps. We've been bugging them for a while for some teasers and they finally shot us a few photos to keep us enticed.

    As we mentioned in previous posts, this car has had a lot of rust repair done already and equally as much custom work done. The work continues as they are whipping up some panels for the car using their Eastwood Shrinker Stretcher Set and Plastic Metal Shaping Mallets to build some panels that needed some shape built into them. Who can guess what part they're building in the photos below?!

    While some of the guys are working on some final metal fabrication, the rest of the team are starting on the body work in the areas they customized and repaired already. The tedious job of block sanding the car has been made a little easier with the use of Soft Sander Sanding Blocks and the Adjustable Flexible Sanding Blocks. The car is moving along quickly and we hear it should be getting some primer and color any day now. As soon as we smuggle some pics of the car in color you'll be the first to see it! Stay tuned!

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  • Custom Body and Interior Modifications- '51 Ford Shoebox Street Rodder Road Tour Car Project

    The crew at Honest Charley garage have been kicking butt on the body of this once-rotted 51 Ford Shoebox Ford. After replacing the rotted lower quarters, they moved on to making some subtle modifications to smooth out the body of the Ford while they have it in bare metal. Below Richard from Honest Charley shows you how they butt welded, lapped, and plug welded some of the patch panels on the car and a neat way they're reusing the OE Ford taillight while smoothing the rear quarters.

    After shaving and smoothing the exterior of the car, the crew moved to the interior to address the issues that stemmed from channeling the body over the chassis to give it the sleek, low ride height they desired. The first issue is that they needed to make a new package tray that didn't interfere with the four-link suspension, and looked original. After rolling some beads and fitting the piece in they have a strong, OEM-looking package tray that both looks good and is functional as well.

    With the floor pans and package tray in place, the team moved back and began working on the trunk. When channeling the Ford they ran into typical problems, and the rusty trunk floor had to be removed to raise it up to clear parts of the chassis. They made new patch panels and deleted the spare tire recess so that Jerry Dixey could cram all of his stuff in the car while he's driving it around the country. After rolling beads in the metal to stiffen the new trunk floor they welded they floor back in and they now have a factory looking trunk floor that doesn't hit the chassis.

    Stay tuned for future updates, we can hardly keep with how fast these guys work! More body mods and a roof chop are to come!

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