After a couple roadsters, a coupe, and even a Tudor, STREET RODDER finally stepped up and built what many would call a "full-size" Road Tour car--a '36 Chevy two-door sedan. While this reduces the hazards of nature the open cars posed for Tour pilot Jerry Dixey, the "fat" rod for 2001--sponsored by Kobalt Tools--is a perfect example of what can transpire from a swap meet or classifieds bargain deal on a solid foundation car--two-door, four-door, sedan delivery, or what have you. (Since Jerry is traveling the country in such style this summer, we thought it only fair that we reverse our thinking for next year and stick him in a modern-style T-bucket, but he didn't buy into that too easily! And after spending a season in such comfort, who'd expect him to?!)
So, Dixey is touring the country this summer like a fat cat, and there are a number of folks to thank for that. As with all of the previous Road Tour vehicles, if it weren't for these fine individuals and companies, our series would not be the success it's been. This year's project started off with a tip from Bobby Alloway that Jerry Brown Chevrolet in Buford, Georgia, had in its showroom a cherry '36 sedan for a reasonable price. With a rough budget scenario in mind, we turned to Brent VanDervort at Fatman Fabrications in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the revamped foundation, which translated into a Mustang II-based IFS and a Chassis Engineering rear leaf kit, each outfitted with HAL shocks and ECI brake components. Next, it was off to Jim and Lisa Swan at CarFab, Inc. in nearby Concord, North Carolina, to wrap up the chassis and drivetrain installation (including fixing some mistakes made on our bad planning) of the Performance Automotive Warehouse Chevy 350 and Jet Performance 700-R4 overdrive automatic. Basically, CarFab built and pieced together the entire car from the chassis up, and also spent quite a bit of time working with the sedan's sheetmetal assemblage prior to it being painted--but not before Leon Brown's Upholstery (also in Concord) fashioned up a gorgeous Alante Naugahyde interior. Lastly, Wade Hughes' Hot Rod Flames in Cincinnati, Ohio, completed the project with its black 'n' flamed PPG paint job just in time for Dixey to hit the open road in style. (For a full listing of companies participating in Road Tour 2001, see page 39 or the three-part buildup beginning in the July '01 issue.)
This may seem like a huge undertaking--and it was, indeed. But when you factor in that the '36 was built in roughly six months, it's nothing short of incredible! To the credit of all involved, though, the only glitch to date was a burned-up rear axle bearing. Our hats are off to all involved, from the men and women who labored for hours on end to the companies who supplied everything from the nuts and bolts to the heavy equipment--without you, there'd be no Road Tour. Thank you all.
Our '36 Chevy sedan roars...
Our '36 Chevy sedan roars the highways of America this year thanks to a PAW Chevy 350, complete with Edelbrock induction with K&N filtering, MSD ignition, Hedman headers, Powermaster alternator and starter, and Alan Grove Components pulleys and brackets. Behind the healthy small-block is a Jet Performance 700-R4 spinning a driveshaft from Inland Empire Driveline.
The sedan's cargo space has...
The sedan's cargo space has been livened up with a mixture of cream-colored Naugahyde and caramel-colored carpet by Leon Brown's, as well as a "cool" nostalgia ice cooler that cleverly conceals an Optima battery. Joshua Shaw, Dixey's young co-pilot for the first leg of the tour this year, is responsible for laying the fancy linework on the cooler.
The sedan's interior also...
The sedan's interior also features Haneline instrumentation, ididit-Lecarra steering, Southern Air A/C, Lokar foot controls, and a high-end Lanzar sound system.
While Wade Hughes sprayed...
While Wade Hughes sprayed the PPG black base and flowing licks, Bill Roell gets the credit for actually laying out the flames then following up with the flawless striping. The sedan's decklid handle, as well as numerous other replacement parts, was obtained from I&I Reproductions.
Leon Brown's Upholstery did...
Leon Brown's Upholstery did a stand-up job with the interior, without a doubt.
Using cream Alante Naugahyde...
Using cream Alante Naugahyde and caramel nylon cut-loop carpet, Leon's created such a luxurious setting that we might have a hard time peeling Dixey out of it once the Road Tour season comes to an end!
Along with Wheel Vintiques...
Along with Wheel Vintiques wires and Coker/BFGoodrich blackwall radials, the Fatman IFS and Chassis Engineering leaf kit give the '36 its hot rod stance, while HAL shocks provide a nice comfy ride and ECI brake components keep things under control.
|Kobalt Tools/Street Rodder Road Tour 2001 Sponsors|
|Thom Taylor Design||Concept Drawing|
|Jim Swan/CarFab, Inc||Major Construction|
|Fatman Fabrications||Suspension and Chassis Work,|
IFS, 8-inch rearend
|Chassis Engineering ||Suspension Components|
|Engineered Components, Inc.||Braking Components|
|Flaming River||MII Steering Rack|
|Wheel Vintiques||Wire Wheels|
|Coker Tire||BFGoodrich Radials|
|Performance Automotive Warehouse||350 Chevy engine|
|Energy Suspension||Engine/Trans Mounts|
|Edelbrock Corp||Water Pump, Carburetor/Intake|
|Spin Tech Performance||Mufflers|
|K&N||Air Cleaner System|
|Hamburger Performance||Oil Pan|
|Alan Grove Components||Pulleys/Brackets|
|Mullins Steering Gears||Overflow Tank|
|Cooling Components||Electric Fan|
|Rock Valley||Fuel Tank|
|Inland Empire Driveline||Driveshaft|
|Jet Performance||700-R4 Transmission|
|Kugel Komponents||Trans Linkage/Line Clamps|
|Classic Transportation||Battery Box|
|American AutoWire||Wiring Kit|
|Wade Hughes/Bill Roell||Paint & Graphics|
|P&G Products||Chrome Plating|
|SO-CAL Speed Shop||Mirrors|
|Vintique, Inc||Head/Taillight bulbs|
|Watson's StreetWorks||Turn Indicators|
|I&I Reproductions||Numerous OEM items (exterior/interior)|
|Alumicraft Street Rod Grilles||Chevy Grille|
|Mike Hall "The Glass Man"||Glass Installation/Regulator Rebuild|
|Dan Fink Metalworks||Retract-A-Plate|
|Juliano's||Third Brake Light/Seatbelts|
|Steele Rubber||Rubber Products|
|New Port Engineering||Wiper System|
|Leon Brown Upholstery||Interior |
|ididit||Steering Column & Drop|
|Lokar||Pedals, E-Brake, & Dipstick|
|Southern Air||Air Conditioning|
|Street Rod Repair Co||Remote A/C Condensor|
|California Car Cover Co. ||Car Cover|