Approaching 375,000 miles would be an impressive milestone for any car but what about 15 cars? To say you built 15 cars and their cumulative miles are in excess of 300,000 says a great deal for the cars along with the products and builders. The STREET RODDER Road Tour project began 15 cars ago with the intent to prove that you can build a street rod using industry products and then drive it anywhere at any time.

In the Road Tour history, 15 vastly different cars were driven approximately 25,000 miles per year, built by nearly a dozen different builders, and assembled with numerous industry products yielding the same results: a street rod you can drive. The assortment of pre- and post-'48 coupes, sedans, roadsters, phaetons, pickups, etc. have attended many NSRA, Syracuse Nationals, and Cruisin' Ocean City events, visited dozens of street rod shops and industry manufacturers, while touring various museums, collections, historical sites, landmarks, and much more. But more importantly the cars have and continue to be exposed to the very rodders who buy the product. The Road Tour cars have always been accessible for one and all to see to make their own findings.

This year's AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour Shadow Rods XL27 roadster pickup is the latest in a line of successful projects. Based on a Shadow Rods XL27, the roadster pickup and chassis is a rolling street rod shop showing off the latest in product and build standards.

The Shadow Rods XL27 chassis was delivered to Zane Cullen of Cotati Speed Shop for assembly, some good ol' fashion fabrication, painting (PPG paints), and a bit of wood working. Cullen took the chassis replete with a Super Bell I-beam axle and a Moser-equipped 9-inch Ford rearend (AMSOIL filled) and began to apply his outstanding craftsmanship efforts. You will see at the corners Pete & Jakes shocks, Wilwood disc brakes, and Wheel Vintiques wheels wrapped in Coker rubber. (The XL27 will be showcased at varying times with one of four wheel-and-tire combos: Wheel Vintiques powdercoated red steelies outfitted with Canadian Merc caps surrounded by Coker bias-ply skins; Wheel Vintiques cream-colored artillery wheels with caps and rings; again wrapped in Coker bias-ply, Wheel Vintiques black powdercoated rims and red centers with stainless wires and radial Coker rubber; and last, Wheel Vintiques black OE steelies with spider caps and the popular Coker Dirt Track front and rear rubber.)

Other chassis components include the Flaming River steering box, Totally Stainless fasteners, and loads of brightwork applied by Sherm's Custom Plating. Between the '32 'rails is the powertrain made up of a Smeding "big" 427-inch small-block Ford V-8 (based on a 351 with 460 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque filled with AMSOIL engine oil), a Gearstar-prepped Ford AOD overdrive that Gearstar develops into a Level IV with a 10-inch lockup converter (AMSOIL filled), which includes Lokar Performance Product shifter and cables, and the Moser nodular centersection (AMSOIL gear lube) is used along with a 31-spline TrueTrac differential, 3.50 Motive Gear ring-and-pinion, custom alloy axles, and the brand-new Moser 9-inch round back housing. Other engine appointments include a PerTronix ignition, Patriot headers and exhaust system with SFI VaraFlow stainless mufflers, an Aeromotive fuel system, and custom C. Cook Enterprises air cleaner and valve covers.