The kickoff for this year's STREET RODDER / PPG Road Tour is getting closer, and the gang at the Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Illinois, is hard at work on the American Speed Company Speed33 that will be at the head of the pack of summertime cruisers, with Jerry Dixey behind the wheel.

The Speed33 body has been mounted on a specifically designed stretched and pinched frame, the front and rear suspensions have been mounted, and the Ford Racing Boss 302-inch, 450hp motor has been slipped between the 'rails for a test-fit.

There are some esthetic issues that raise their less-than-attractive heads when building a '33-34 as a highboy-regardless of whether it's equipped with an independent front suspension or a solid axle-namely the stock inner fender panels that fill the gap between the bottom of the hood sides and the frame. Normally covered by the fenders, they look clumsy and out of place in highboy trim, so the Roadster Shop's solution was to build custom hood sides and filler panels.

Along with the side panels, the hood top was also modified. The leading edge was trimmed to accommodate the repositioned grille shell, and new character lines were added to mimic those found on the ASC body.

The Vintage Air heat and cool unit was put in place in the passenger compartment, the Flaming River steering column was mounted, and even components of the Custom Autosound stereo system were installed.

Although it sounds mundane, a new transmission tunnel was fabricated, and one look at that seemingly simple piece will give you some insight into the craftsmanship that is evident in every car and part that comes out of the Roadster Shop.

While Dixey is poring over his dog-eared road atlas in preparation for the Road Tour, Associate Editor Ryan Manson is camped out at the Roadster Shop with camera in hand, documenting every aspect of the Speed33 construction. And, the best part is you can follow along in the pages of SRM as the car is being built, and then follow it along the highway on the Road Tour in your street rod.

SOURCE
Flaming River
800 Poertner Dr.
Berea
OH  44017
N/A
4-40/-826-4488
www.flaming-river.com
Classic Motorsports
Yogi's Custom Autosound
1030 W. Williamson Ave.
Fullerton
CA  92883
800-888-8637
www.customautosound.com
American Speed Company Vintage Air
10305 I.H. 35 North
San Antonio
TX  78233
800-862-6658
Roadster Shop Ford Racing Performance Parts
44050 N. Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Township
MI  48036
5-86/-468-1356
www.fordracingparts.com