In this case, finding an original Deuce coupe body for $7,000 is out of the question, and steel reproduction bodies are well above our budget, so the fiberglass body and reproduction frame become the perfect solution for fulfilling that dream of owning a Deuce. Since the Pete & Jakes Stage III chassis will cost approximately $8,000 and a crate motor and new transmission will cost approximately $6,000. So, with a new body, chassis, engine, and transmission rolling around the floor the cost is around $22,000, once again, hardly low-buck, but not big buck either. Plus every piece from the Currie rearend to the Ford motor is new, ensuring maximum pleasure on trips long and short. There is still money to be spent finishing the body and interior and selecting things like radiators, steering column and wheel, wiring, A/C, gauges, seats, and upholstery, and costs can and will vary dramatically based on where you live, the quality of workmanship desired, and how much of the job you can perform yourself. If you do the body prep and painting yourself you are a long way toward saving money. As a homebuilt car with some of the work contracted out and much of it done at home, the car should be able to be completed for under $50,000, and you should have one very nice hot rod when it is over. Needless to say if you are having all work performed by skilled professionals the figure can go much higher. On the other hand, rather than buy a crate motor find a good used engine or build your own, ditto the tranny and if primer and an Indian blanket define your tastes you could build a Deuce for around $35,000 or less. Not bad, it pays to scrounge around a bit.

So back to Alloway's Hot Rod Shop where the Rat's Glass five-window coupe body has been delivered and a very nice Stage III Pete & Jakes chassis has been rolled into the shop. Bobby Alloway has long been a fan of Ford Racing motors and so a Blue Oval crate motor is sitting on a motor stand with a Tremec five-speed manual gearbox still in the crate. For the most part this car becomes a study in detailing and assembly and anyone who has ever tried to assemble a flawless car will tell you, this is much more difficult than it looks. The assembly is fairly straightforward, doing it with perfect panel fit, a flawless finish, and no chips, runs, or errors is the real challenge.

Of course for team Alloway this is just another day at the office, this is what they do on a daily basis, and actually this is the most uncomplicated project in the entire shop. Because fabrication is kept to a minimum, time is channeled into detailing every piece prior to assembly. Then to personalize the car, brackets and subtle modifications are added along the way and special attention is spent on color selection and interior design.

We made several stops at Alloway's as he assembled this brilliant blue (PPG basecoat/clearcoat in a Toyota Tundra blue) hot rod (and you thought it would be black right?). While Bobby Alloway has built his reputation by creating many one-off creations, they build basic hot rods like this too. Other than the one-off wheels Alloway commissioned Team III/ET Wheels to create, all of these pieces are available to you right now. Let's take a look at how a professional team tackles the job; hopefully it will help you to assemble your own great street rod at home.

Vintage Air
18865 Goll Street
San Antonio
TX  78266
PPG Automotive Refinish
Currie Enterprises
382 North Smith
CA  92880
Team III Wheels
San Leandro
Ford Racing Performance Parts
15021 Commerce Drive S
Suite 200
MI  48120
Brookville Roadster
Rootlieb Inc
Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts
401 Legend Lane
MO  64078
Steve Long Radiator
Alloway's Hot Rod Shop