Jon likes his rides low, and designed the XL27's chassis so it could be nearly laid on the
A Tremec TKO transmission (equipped with a Centerforce clutch and Lokar shifter) sends the power to the rear via a John's Industries driveshaft. Denny Hummel rates the V-8 with 300-plus horsepower-more than enough to push the little pickup down Woodward Avenue on a warm summer night.
With the chassis and powertrain dialed in, its attention was shifted to the bodywork and paint. For Jon's ride the Model A grille shell was shortened, a '32-style cowl vent was added, and the Rootlieb four-piece louvered hood lengthened. Lenny Longuski (of Lenny's Auto in Ubly, Michigan) massaged all the body parts before spraying the Lombard Blue paint (a Model A color from 1931). The rest of the exterior was dressed up with door handles from Clayton Machine Works, headlights from Greening Auto Company, a pair of '48 Chevy taillights, and chrome plating provided by Sherm's Plating.
Shadow Rods also offers a collapsible top for their roadsters, and Jon's was covered by DTS Enterprises in Ellsworth, Michigan. DTS also trimmed the rest of the cockpit and used Ultra Leather on the Wise Guys split bench seat (a special item for Shadow Rods due to the location of the driveshaft) and Dynamat insulation where he could. Because it's a roadster, a Vintage Air Gen II heater system was installed, as was a set of Classic Instrument gauges (with custom faces) and a Painless Wiring kit.
Now that the car is done (Jon has been showing at various shows around the country) he's happy with the outcome and believes with one of his roadsters you can build a nice "new" hot rod for under $75,000. That's a lot of money to some folks but, in the real world of well-done hot rods, that's a bargain.
Shadow Rods also offers a collapsible top for their roadsters, and the pickup looks good w
Jon chose Real Rodders Wheels (15x5.5 and 16x8) for his roadster pickup and had them wrapp