Street Rodder Magazine and Honest Charlie's build a reacher with a twist
Each year, Street Rodder Magazine commissions the construction of a hot rod that represents what is hot in the industry, but is also capable of making a cross country journey under its own steam. And I mean the Road Tour vehicle actually drives across the USA, not just “could” because it has overdrive. No, the Road Tour program has no room for me-too mega-buck “daily driver” cars. If staffer Jerry Dixey can’t hop in, twist the key and chase that white line, he’s not interested.
You might recall last year’s build of a brand-new ’40 Ford coupe; keeping it in the Blue Oval family this year, a 1951 Ford coupe was selected. Starting with a well-worn hulk, the team at Honest Charlie’s Speed Shop tore into the little car, stripping it right down to its unmentionables. The original skeleton was tossed out back in favor of a Fatman Fabrications chassis fleshed out with a Mustang-II style-front suspension. Hanging by a set of coilovers out back is a burly Ford 9-inch. In true Road Tour fashion, the rolling stock is traditional with a swift modern kick in the shorts. Wheel Vintiques rolled a set of 17x8 Smoothie wheels over for the build after they were snugly suited with a foursome of whitewall radial tires. Suffice to say these hoops will not blend into the blacktop.