With the 2013 AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour coming to a close, talks of the 2014 AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour have been long underway. In fact, the build for the 2014 Road Tour car has already started. Hot Rods by Dean in Scottsville, Arizona, has just finished up the complete front and rear suspension install onto the Roadster Shop FAST TRACK 1958-1964 Impala chassis. This frame will serve as the foundation for the 1959 Impala AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour car. Of course, you’ll have to wait until those are printed in the upcoming 2014 February and March issue for the complete details. Be sure to check out AMSOIL's blog for further information on the build.
In the meantime, we are happy to report that Hot Rods by Dean made quick work of the factory X-frame, which is prone to flex by replacing it with a much safer and stronger, FAST TRACK 1958-1964 Impala chassis. While bolt-on parts are always great additions, that’s no way to build the Street Rodder AMSOIL Road Tour car.
In high-grip situations, the constant flexing and torsional stress can play havoc with factory parts. By providing a frame with 10ga. boxed rails, Roadster Shop has also eliminated flex and created much stronger platform. The chassis also benefits from main rails that are specifically designed to allow minimal modifications to the factory floor. The original bumpers and core support brackets can even still be used. What’s more, this car is being groomed to accept a late-model LS swap; making the FAST TRACK Perimeter Frame that much more important. It is said that the ’59 will feature a Ron Shaver built, late-model LS, although what type of LS and the components that will be equipped with it are still up in the air.
The FAST TRACK Perimeter Frame also relies on a boat load of other suspension advancements including, C6 Corvette spindles and hub assembly, Penske coilovers, and a 1.25-inch splinded front sway bar with C6 Corvette end links up front. A custom center crossmemebr also provides custom adjustments with a stop out transmission mount. At the rear, an Hd Ford 9-inch houses a set of 31-spline axles, which is supported by large diameter triangulated 4-bar suspension.
“I'm really excited about our 1959 Impala Road Tour car for 2014. The 1959 and 1960 Chevrolet body style was a radical change to the traditional automotive styles of the 1950’s. The Hot Rods by Dean built car will be a wolf in sheep’s clothing with a potent Ron Shaver-built LS motor under the hood, the whole package rolling on an independent front and rear suspension chassis from the Roadster Shop. I can’t wait to see the USA in our 1959 AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour Chevrolet,” said Jerry Dixie. Dixie was the driver of the 1951 Ford road tour car that cruised around the U.S. this year.
Of course; Hot Rods By Dean opened their doors for their TGIF party during the 16th annual Southwest Nationals, penultimate car show for Goodguys on November 15, 2013. The 1959 Chevy Impala was on display and in the past, as many as 1,500 cars have been attracted to Hot Rods By Dean. Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2014 Street Rodder Road Tour Impala as we bring you updates in the months to come.