Road Tour 2000
The McMullen Roadster Rolls On...
From the September, 2009 issue of Street Rodder
Illustrators: Eric Geisert
Road Tour 2000 is the fifth in the series of purpose-built street rods done with the intent of showcasing the durability of street rod manufactured products. The Road Tour series also showcases builders, building ideas, and achieves its goals by driving the cars to and from NSRA events all summer long. The four previous cars were the '34 Ford coupe in 1996, the McMullen-clone Deuce highboy roadster in 1997, the '37 Ford phantom tub in 1998, the '32 Ford highboy sedan in 1999, and now the second McMullen-clone Deuce highboy roadster in 2000. This year the STREET RODDER Road Tour 2000 is presented by Eagle One Products driven to many NSRA events by our Road Tour chauffeur Jerry Dixey. (If you are reading this story while at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, make sure to stop by the SRM booth and take a look at the car in person.)
There have been various themes over the years, but for 2000 the staff wanted to revisit our roots as well as take a leap into the future. Hence, the M-2000. Built with our founder Tom McMullen in mind we decided to construct a car the way he might have done it. (For the "rest of the story" on the three McMullen-built cars as well as the first clone, look back to the May 1997 issue of SRM.) There is no denying the telltale signs of a McMullen car via the black-and-flamed Deuce highboy roadster and, of course, the signature Moon tank. And while there are numerous other "signs," upon closer inspection it becomes apparent this clone isn't an exact representation--nor was it meant to be! The M-2000 has its heritage based in hot rodding that includes the 30-plus year history of street rodding as seen through the editorial pages of SRM. It's the year 2000, so what better way to show the past and what the future may hold than to view it through the quintessential street rod: the 1932 Ford highboy roadster--the Deuce!
The car is based on a Downs Manufacturing '32 Ford roadster fiberglass body fitted with a Hagan hood, fit with Carolina Custom hood braces, resting atop a set of rails (stretched to accomodate a 111-inch wheelbase) from Just-a-Hobby, and blended together by the craftsman at Lobeck's V8 Shop. (Lobeck's built the first clone roadster, as well.) Underpinnings come from one of the premier component manufacturers in the business--Heidt's Hot Rod Shop.
The independent front suspension is the tried and true Superide IFS utilizing Wilwood disc brakes, Aldan coilover shocks, and lots of brightwork. Hooked to the IFS are a Flaming River rack and pinion, steering U-joints, and steering shafts. The rear suspension is the latest addition to the Superide family from Heidt's. This IRS is based on a Ford 9-inch third member as an integral part of a cast aluminum alloy centersection, a set of Aldan coilover shocks, Wilwood inboard-mounted disc brakes, Heidt's half-shafts, uprights, and lower control arms. Again, lots of brightwork here in the form of polished aluminum and chrome. By the way, all the chrome on the car, including the Moon tank, was aptly handled by Advanced Plating. Suspending the car at each of the four corners are Goodyear Eagle GTs. In front are 205/55R15s, while in the rear are 255/56R17s mounted to the Billet Specialties "Octane" exposed-lug, five-spoke wheels. (Billet Specialties also supplied the rear license plate frame.)
Clearly one of the trademarks of the original McMullen roadster, and all that followed, is the paint scheme. Ebony black with red and yellow flames--unmistakable. Ed Roethel laid out the tribal fire graphic, a modern representation of the traditional flame job, on the M-2000. The paint itself is made from a combination of a PPG silver basecoat topped off with PPG Concept Radiance II candy colors (Sunset Red, PN 72722, and Sunshine Yellow, PN 82623).
Several other modern touches are the up-to-date headlights from C.W. Moss and the '39 Ford-styled LED taillights from Lambert Enterprises. Look closely and you'll see that Lobeck's blended the taillights into the body for a smooth finish. Very cool!
Look some more and you will note the stainless grille insert and windshield (with Bob Drake windshield rubber), all coming from Dan Fink Metalworks. (In fact, a Dan Fink Metalworks windshield was used on the last McMullen-owned roadster.) Attached to the windshield is a Lobeck-modified Sun Specs rearview mirror.
Resting within the Downs body is a Portage Trim upholstery stitched in off-white leather, black carpet complete with center console, and seat belts from Juliano's. Other interior appointments include the latest from Dakota Digital in the round dash-mounted instruments, while Lokar got the nod for the shifter, throttle, and brake pedal. The steering column (as does all the steering) comes from Flaming River, and is topped off with a Lobeck three-spoke wheel. Another nifty appointment is the use of Phipps Rod & Custom inner door handles.
What would a McMullen roadster be without horsepower? McMullen was known for making lots of thunder and so should the M-2000. The foundation for the small-block Chevy is a Jim Pace Performance bare block that was turned over to the engine pros at Ida Automotive and Modern Performance to build and tune this heartbeat. Nick Mannarino of Modern Performance, Inc. received the nod for all the necessary machining, balancing, and assembly of the major components. Bob Ida of Ida Automotive, Inc. set up and assembled the valvetrain, all minor components, fuel injection, and dynotuned the fuel and spark maps. In other words, Bob made it work. Attached to the stroker small-block is a TPI Performance-prepped 700-R4 transmission and torque converter that uses Lokar TV cables.
They began with a garage full of Holley Performance Products items such as a Lunati stroker kit complete with cam and pistons and a Holley SysteMAX topped off with a Holley Pro-Jection. The Holley family of performance products supplied the Annihilator ignition, Hooker headers (with Street & Performance flange gaskets), and Earl's plumbing (Made For You double-line clamps were used). Other items to complete the engine were a Vibratech engine damper, a Powermaster alternator, Mr. Gasket oil pump, timing cover, gaskets, and a GM oil pan from Jim Pace Performance.
Engine dress-up fell to Zoop's Hot Rod Products for the air cleaner, valve covers, pulleys, and the like, while Walker supplied the radiator and Cooling Components supplied the electric fan and shroud.
If there ever were a street rod with a legacy it clearly is the McMullen roadster. There are three "originals" and now two clones. Where will it stop? Who knows? If Tom only knew what he started in 1958 for $600?
The tires come by way of Goodyear...
The tires come by way of Goodyear while the wheels are Billet Specialties and, of course, there's the Moon tank resting up front reminiscent of the original McMullen roadster. The 'glass Deuce roadster body is from Downs Manufacturing and sports PPG paint with a Hagan aluminum hood.
The Jim Pace Performance Chevy...
The Jim Pace Performance Chevy small-block features lots of Holley goodies that start with a Lunati stroker assembly, Hooker headers, Annihilator ignition system, a Pro-Jection throttle body fuel injection, a Weiand aluminum water pump, and plumbed using Earl's fittings, lines, and hoses. Other items include a Powermaster alternator, Zoops air cleaner, valve covers, and pulley assembly. All steering components such as the box, U-joints, shafts, and steering column come from Flaming River.
Portage Trim stitched the...
Portage Trim stitched the off-white leather upholstery as well as the center console. The Flaming River steering column is topped off with a Lobeck three-spoke wheel, the pedals and shifter are Lokar, and the dash-mounted round instruments come by way of Dakota Digital.
Pioneer supplied the stereo...
Pioneer supplied the stereo system that serves as a GPS unit, as well. Keeping all the wiring straight was a kit from Ron Francis Wire Works and lighting a "fire" to the wiring is an Optima battery.
The chrome plated Moon tank...
The chrome plated Moon tank from Advanced Plating, plumbed with Earl's fittings, rests in front of the Dan Fink Metalworks stainless grille and between the C.W. Moss headlights and buckets. The Heidt's IFS is equipped with Wilwood disc brakes and Aldan coilover shocks.
Lambert supplied the '39-styled...
Lambert supplied the '39-styled LED lenses while Lobeck's flush mounted them into the body. The custom-built 12-gallon gas tank, equipped with a VDO sender from Springfield Street Rods, comes by way of Tank's fit neatly behind the Lobeck spreader bar. Billet Specialties came up with the lighted rear license plate frame.
The Dan Fink Metalworks windshield...
The Dan Fink Metalworks windshield is outfitted with a Lobeck-modified Sun Specs rearview mirror.
The latest in the world of...
The latest in the world of independent suspensions is the Heidt's IRS equipped with inboard Wilwood disc brakes and Aldan coilover shocks. Note the stainless steel exhaust pipes wrapped around the IFS; the exhaust system came from Stainless Specialties and was fit into position by Lobeck's. The driveshaft was supplied by Inland Empire Driveline.
Our Partners in Building the Street Rodder Road Tour 2000
|Advanced Plating (Nashville, TN)||chrome|
|Aldan Shocks (Carson, CA)||coilover shocks|
|A&M Soffseal (Harrison, OH)||grille lacing, rubber stops, extrusion rubber|
|Billet Specialties (Burr Ridge, IL)||wheels & license plate frame|
|Bob Drake (Grants Pass, OR)||windshield rubber|
|California Car Cover Co. (Chatsworth, CA)||car cover|
|Carolina Custom Hot Rod Parts (Clinton, NC)||hood braces|
|Cooling Components (Proctor, AR)||electric fan & shroud|
|C.W. Moss Auto Parts (Orange, CA)||headlights|
|Dan Fink Metalworks (Huntington Beach, CA)||stainless grille insert, windshield posts & frame|
|Dakota Digital (Sioux Falls, SD)||digital instruments|
|Don's Hot Rods (Germantown, OH)||battery tray|
|Downs Mfg. (Lawton, MI)||'32 Ford roadster body|
|Eagle One (Carlsbad, CA)||waxes, cleaners & polishes|
|Earl's / Holley (Bowling Green, KY)||lines, fittings & hoses|
|Flaming River (Berea, OH)||steering box, shaft, U-joints & column|
|Goodyear Tire (Akron, OH)||Eagle GT tires|
|Hagan Street Rod Necessities (Carson City, NV)||hood and latch assembly|
|Heidt's Hot Rod Shop (Wauconda, IL)||IFS and IRS|
|Holley Performance Products (Bowling Green, KY)||engine components|
|Hooker Industries (Holley) (Bowling Green, KY)||headers|
|Hotronics (Anaheim, CA)||switches|
|Ida Automotive (Morganville, NJ)||engine assembly, fuel injection & dyno|
|Inland Empire Driveline (Ontario, CA)||driveshaft|
|Jethro Outer Space||artist rendering|
|Jim Pace Performance Whse. (Niles, OH)||bare block & oil pan|
|Juliano's (Vernon, CT)||seat belts|
|Just-A-Hobby (Cleveland, OH)||framerails|
|K&N Engineering (Riverside, CA)||air filter|
|Lambert Enterprises (Norris, TN)||LED taillights|
|Lobeck's V8 Shop (Cleveland, OH)||construction, paint, steering wheel|
|Lokar, Inc. (Knoxville, TN)||throttle & brake pedals, throttle & shift cables, emergency brake & cable|
|Made For You Products (Pinion Hills, CA)||double-line clamps|
|Moal, Inc. (Oakland, CA)||apparel|
|Modern Performance (Morganville, NJ)||block prep, machine work & balancing|
|Mooneyes (Santa Fe Springs, CA)||Moon tank|
|Mr. Gasket (Cleveland, OH)||oil pump, gaskets, & timing cover|
|Optima Battery (Aurora, CO)||battery|
|Pete & Jake's Hot Rod Parts (Peculiar, MO)||brake pedal assembly & booster|
|Phipp's Rod & Custom (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)||interior door handles|
|Pioneer Audio (Long Beach, CA)||stereo & GPS system|
|Portage Trim (Ravenna, OH)||interior upholstery|
|Powermaster (Knoxville, TN)||alternator|
|PPG (Strongsville, OH)||paint materials|
|Ron Francis Wire Works (Chester, PA)||wire loom|
|Southern Rods & Parts (Greer, SC)||heater|
|Springfield Street Rods (Springfield, OH)||VDO fuel sender|
|Stainless Specialties (Sebastian, FL)||exhaust system|
|Street & Performance (Mena, AR)||header flange gaskets|
|Sun Specs (Osage Beach, MO)||rearview mirror|
|Tanks, Inc. (Clearwater, MN)||gas tank|
|TPI Performance (Griffith, IN)||700-R4 & converter|
|Vibratech (Alden, NY)||crank damper|
|Walker Radiator Works (Memphis, TN)||radiator|
|Weiand / Holley (Bowling Green, KY)||aluminum water pump|
|Wilwood Engineering (Camarillo, CA)||disc brake kits|
|Zoop's Hot Rod Products (Banning, CA)||air cleaner, valve covers, engine bracketry |