By: Jerry Dixey
Ask rodders to name the ultimate iconic hot rod and you’ll get a lot of different opinions. Ask the general public to name a car that brings to mind the ’50s and rock ’n’ roll at the hop, and the answer, without a doubt, will be the 1957 Chevrolet convertible. The 1957 Chevy is the poster vehicle for the ’50s, and the perfect car for the 2017 ARP/Street Rodder Road Tour.
Woody’s Hot Rodz began the project with one of their 1957 Chevy convertible bodies, assembled using Miller Electric Manufacturing Company equipment and Danchuk restoration parts. The backbone of the build is a Roadster Shop chassis, with power from a new Chevrolet Performance ZZ6 turnkey engine. Aeromotive products deliver fuel to the FAST system from COMP Performance. AMSOIL INC. lubricants and filters keep everything running smooth. American Autowire ties the electrics together and Dakota Digital gets us all the vital signs. A Hughes transmission puts power to the American Legend wheels through a Dynotech driveshaft. For the 22nd year, Lokar is our shifter and accessories supplier. Flaming River steering components will keep me headed the right way, and Wilwood brakes will make sure that things stay under control.
With U.S. Radiator keeping the engine cool, Vintage Air will keep me cool as I listen to tunes provided by Custom Autosound. Flowmaster exhaust and mufflers provide that sweet rumble outside, and Dynamat will keep it quiet inside. I’ll have a comfortable season sitting on ProCar seats by Scat, upholstered by Pete Hagen’s Show Car Interiors. Specialty Power Windows moves the AM Hot Rod Glass windows up and down with ease.
For more than 20 years, PPG has provided us with paint and prep products that hold up during 20,000 miles on the highway. Sherm’s Custom Plating makes things shiny and California Car Cover and Golden Shine car care products will help keep that shine real fine all summer long. Automotive Racing Products fasteners hold the Chevy together safely. ARP is again our title sponsor for the Road Tour, presented by Chevrolet Performance.
So many people want to come along for the ride that we have increased the ARP/Street Rodder Road Tour to 10 Tours. The popular Lokar Triple Play Challenge is back; every driver who completes three 2017 Tours will get a commemorative jacket to prove it.
Go to streetrodder.com to see the complete 2017 schedule and find out how to register for all the fun. Call the Road Tour Hotline at (800) 664-1362 with any questions. Make plans now to join the 22nd season of the Road Tour as we see the USA in our very cool 1957 Chevrolet.