The PPG / STREET RODDER Road Tour program has been a huge success by every standard of measurement. The concept of the program was simple enough: We would document the construction of a street rod from beginning to end using readily available aftermarket parts. Then, we'd put that car on the road and rack up miles traveling to NSRA events all over the country with Jerry Dixey behind the wheel, reporting his adventures along the way. The point that has been made repeatedly is a street rod can be roadworthy, reliable, safe, and a kick in the pants to drive. And best of all, the very same car we build can be replicated down to the last detail, used for a source of ideas, or serve as a starting point for our readers to build their interpretation of the Road Tour street rod.

This year's car uses one of American Speed Company's amazing Speed33 bodies. Skillfully designed and beautifully built, it combines the best of Ford's vintage style with today's construction techniques. The result is a win-win situation-the timeless appeal of the Model 40 and a body that requires very little prep work to finish. Thanks to the production tolerances and rigid inner structure, and the dead-on chassis from the Roadster Shop, no shims were required to make the doors fit and panels align. And of course, to top it all off (no pun intended), the hidden folding top and roll-up windows make this a truly civilized hot rod.

Our Road Tour car has obviously been built in highboy fashion-something the Roadster Shop went to great pains to perfect. The pinched 'rails have been contoured to complement the bottom of the body and the shape of the hood. They haven't overlooked other building styles, though; they can supply a chassis for a Speed33 built in virtually any manner, including full-fendered.

Oddly enough, it's easy to get lost in the details and the fit and finish when looking at this car. But, for all its flash, there's an equal amount of substance. Sort of like a prizefighter that's gone to finishing school-don't let the refined appearance fool you. The Heidt's independent front suspension, Flaming River steering, Strange coilovers, and Wilwood brakes all allow the '08 car to take road work in its stride, and the Boss Ford engine and Classic Motorsports Group five-speed transmission provide plenty of punch.

Although this is the last installment on the construction of the '08 Road Tour car, it certainly isn't the last you'll see of it. Stay tuned for more on this year's Road Tour, or better yet, join us on the road.

SOURCE
Aeromotive
Lenexa
KS
9-13/-647-7300
aeromotiveinc.com
Lokar Performance Products
10924 Murdock Dr.
Knoxville
TN  37932
8-65/-966-2269
www.lokar.com
American Speed Company PPG Industries
410-572-6131
www.ppg.com
AMSOIL
Superior
WI
7-15/-392-7101
Amsoil.com
Roadster Shop
Auto Meter
667 West 100 North
Box 717
Ephraim
UT  84627
435-283-4142
Ron Francis Wiring
167 Keystone Rd.
Chester
PA  19013
Classic Motorsports Group
N/A
cms-grp.com
Sanderson Headers
517 Railroad Ave.
South San Francisco
CA  94080
800-669-2430
www.sandersonheaders.com
Coker Tire
8-00/-251-6336
coker.com
Strange Engineering
Morton Grove
IL
8-47/-663-1701
Strangeengineering.net
Custom Autosound Manufacturing
808 W. Vermont Ave.
Anaheim
CA  92805
800-888-8637
www.customautosound.com
Twin City Upholstery
Dynamat
3042 Symmes Rd.
Hamilton
OH  45015
513-860-5094
www.dynamat.com
Vintage Air
10305 I.H. 35 North
San Antonio
TX  78233
800-862-6658
Flaming River
800 Poertner Dr.
Berea
OH  44017
N/A
4-40/-826-4488
www.flaming-river.com
Wheel Vintiques
5-59/-251-6957
wheelvintiques.com
Ford Racing Performance Parts
44050 N. Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Township
MI  48036
5-86/-468-1356
www.fordracingparts.com
Wilwood
Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
111 Kerry Ln.
Wauconda
IL  60084
8-00/-841-8188
www.heidts.com
Wise Guys Seats& Accessories
Hushpower Yogi's