to Build a Rodster
Street Rod in Five Easy Steps!
1. Buy an
old S10 Blazer.
Cut that ugly roof off.
Cut some more stuff off.
Add the Rodster kit pieces.
Drive to the paint shop.
there's a little bit more to it than that,
but wait till you see who
built this one...
-- "Is it that easy?" Isn't that what you really want to know?
is. We've interviewed some of our Rodster
owners and builders and their comments are
addition, one family has thoroughly documented the buildup of their
Rodster project with a myriad of photographs.
Check them out.
what it looks like in the real world.
Rodster® Street Rod Overview and Buildup Procedure.
Street Rods are body re-styling kits that transform a modern production
vehicle (‘83-‘94 Chevy S-10 Blazer -2-dr.) into a cool “newstalgic”
street rod. The idea of any re-body is to take advantage of as much
of the host donor vehicle as possible. The state-of-the-art design and
engineering of our ultra-high-quality kits make for a quick and easy
build, and results in a street rod that has a lot fewer build-up and
ownership headaches. It’s all about having more fun.
The following is only a GENERAL
OVERVIEW of a buildup (for complete details, please purchase
our 50+ page Rodster Street Rod STEP-BY-STEP assembly manual. Of course,
refundable with the purchase of a Rodster Street Rod kit. (Quick-download
of assembly-manual order form “PDF”.)
Our basic BODY KITS contain the proprietary fiberglass pieces that make
up a Rodster Street Rod. Our COMPLETE KITS come with everything you
need to convert an ‘83-’94 Chevy S-10 Blazer except misc.
fasteners/glues, wheels/tires, and a paint job (these kits are so complete
that they come with a lowering kit, radiator/electric fan kit, headlight
assemblies, battery re-locator kit, grilles, etc.).
The Original model has an
oval grille opening with a powder-painted aluminum grille (it is our
most affordable model due to the reduced cost of this simpler front-end
The Super Deluxe model has
a more vertical grille opening with a chrome plated grille, and the
round chrome mini-grilles on either side of it.
We offer an optional lift-off
Carson Top for our ROADSTER, and optional Rear Fender Flares and Visor
for our SEDAN DELIVERY.
We use ultra-high-quality hand-lay-up techniques for out parts. We use
high-end orthothalic resins, woven cloth, white gel coat, wide structural
returns & flanges, with strategically-placed carbon fiber and core-mat
reinforcement. These patented parts are carefully engineered and built
to exacting specifications so they fit well. Our parts are more than
twice as expensive to produce, but you benefit from parts that fit better
and DON’T have the “wavy” surface irregularities that
are typically associated with fiberglass parts.
Find a good ‘83-‘94 Chevy S-10 Blazer -2-dr. (see donor),
and go through it to make it mechanically healthy (i.e. double-check
brakes, transmission, engine compression, etc.).
The only mechanical modifications
are: lower suspension (–3”) front and rear, fit wider wheels/tires
(and align), trade-out radiator and install e-fan + controller, and
relocate battery to rear.
NO welding is necessary with
our kit. As a lot of the original donor vehicle is retained, you also
DON’T have to wire a dash, hang doors, fabricate a braking system,
fit a windshield with wipers, hoist a engine/tranny into a chassis,
etc. – in other words, you have the modern goodies we all like,
and avoid the expense and headaches of retrofitting this stuff into
a 60-year-old car.
You next remove the S-10 Blazer’s front-end pieces: bumper, grille,
hood, fenders, radiator support, radiator, battery tray, and trim front
frame horns. And on the Open Roadster you also remove the rear bumper,
tailgate/hatch, rear seat, rear-side glass, trim rear frame horns, and
cut away most of the rear body.
Install Rodster Street Rod kit pieces: attach front hinge supports,
trim front fenders, attach 1/4 panels and latches, hang tilt-nose on
hinge bar, fit rocker covers, fit lights, and grille.
On the Sedan Delivery you
also attach the optional rear fender flares (using "vette glue"),
and/or the optional visor.
On the Open Roadster you
also attach the rear body section (using "vette glue" and
urethane mounts), fit the trunk with its hinges and latches, install
gas filler U-bend, tonneau, and windshield header. You now install "window-tracking
mechanism" in door and trim window frame on door, then fit door
caps, sport-styling hoop (does NOT offer roll-over protection), and
re-install OEM seat belts.
Put a custom paint job (most customers farm this out) on your RodsterÆ
Street Rod (figuring out the color and graphics/flames is lots of fun).
Affix the genuine “Rodster® Street Rod”
PHOTOS FROM OUR MANUAL(here
are only a few of the over 100 photos/illustrations):
For prices see
Rodster Street Rod Prices.
(Also see article
Process is featured in this issue of
Kit Car Magazine.
the cover to see the article, or any page to see larger versions of