you the pictures I have taken so far; will send you more as they are
developed. I'm including my story, if you want to use any of it.
to you, Henry, and the guys at the shop.
caught my eye as soon as I saw it in Hot Rod magazine.
was something different and you didn't have to start from a frame build-up,
as with most other kit cars. I liked it so much that in February 1999,
I sold my '62 Chevy Impala.
In March, I
placed my order for a Rodster and started looking for a donor car almost
immediately. Within a short time I found one on the Internet and, to
my surprise, it was only about five miles from where I live. I went
to see what it looked like and I liked what I saw. I got it at a reasonable
price because the engine, a 2.8 liter V-6, had a rod through the oil
I'm starting to disassemble the car. The oil on the
floor is from the hole in the pan caused by an engine rod.
2.8 liter didn't bother me, as I was thinking, "I wonder what
would happen if I could put in a V-8 engine. People I spoke to told
me the 2.8 wasn't worth rebuilding, so I looked around and found a
company that did install V-8's in S 10 chassis -- Jags That Run. I
sent for their manual to see what was involved in doing it, which
to my surprise didn't seem to be too hard a job. I felt I could do
it if I followed their manual. I did and it wasn't, but it was time
is the donor car, minus the blown-up engine and transmission.
and '86 Camaro IROC T.P.I. engine I found in a trader paper and also
a 700R-4 transmission from a Camaro, as the S-10 trans is too small
to fit up to a Camaro engine.
tearing my "new" '86 Camaro TPI engine down to rebuild it,
I did a test fitting -- and it worked.
The only other
thing -- besides some frame & body modifications -- for the engine
to fit in the S10, was to shorten the driveshaft about 1 1/2".
Now it fits like it was supposed to be in the S-10. I am very pleased
with the installation.
front and rear brakes were installed as I was lowering front and rear
A frames. This picture was taken after painting the firewall and frame.
photos show my rebuilt Camaro 700 R-4 transmission and my Camaro engine
(after it was rebuilt and repainted).
As I said
before, I ordered the kit car in March, and it was delivered in April.
I really didn't start to work on any part of the car until about June
1st. After I placed my order, I found out I had to have prostate surgery.
In April, I had that done and my recuperation period was a lengthy
one, and also I could not do any lifting over fifteen pounds. During
this period, though, I read the Rodster Assembly Manual over and over
to get an idea of what was involved in the building of this car, as
I had never built a kit car before.
the drive shaft shortened one and a half inches, I installed the transmission.
period over, I started work on the car, and was doing fine when I
was told I had to have Radiation treatments every day until September.
My mornings are spent going to and from the hospital, so I work on
the car whenever I feel like it. I'm a retired firefighter, 62, and
I love the Rodster.
I installed the engine in the frame!
has been most helpful with my questions for him and I believe he and
his company will go a long way, providing a kit car at a reasonable
price, and if I can build it, anyone can. With a little knowledge
of tools and mechanics, you're on your way to a lot of driving fun
and your Rodster will be all the rage at the car cruises. My Rodster
Kit Car number is 054. Have you heard of the TV show, "Car
54, Where Are You?" People will know where this car 54 will be.
See you at the car cruises!!
installation of the V-8 was a roaring success.
Here are the
pictures I told you I would send to you, also the engine particulars.
Engine is '86 Chevy 305ci. TPI w/Summit camsharft 0.50 lift @ 204-214
duration and super chip that gives me about 40 more hp. Combined with
K&N air filter and other small additions, it develops 240+ hp,
which to me is plenty of hp for the Rodster.
responds well when the accelerator is pressed and peole are amazed
at how quick it is. I didn't have a lot of power in mind when I built
the engine, because I knew the Rodster did not need a lot of power,
being a small car, and I wanted a car that would give me good fuel
mileage as well as a little zip. I am well satisfied at what power
and mileage I get.
As I told
you before I never thought I would ever have a car that would win
me a trophy, but your well-designed Rodster did it for me. I never
thought that I would have a show car and one that got me trophies,
too. I am really proud of my Rodster, and I let people know it. Wherever
I go, people ask me about it and they can't believe it started out
as a Blazer. They just tell me, "You've got to be kidding,"
and I show them the pictures of it as it was, and they just stand
there in amazement.
I never had
more people ask me questions about a car than I have about the Rodster.
It's like the article in one of the kit car magazines, under the picture
of the Rodster, it says, "Can you find the Blazer in this picture?"
Well, it's true. I ask people the same question.
All I can
say is, if people want something different and to be a hit at car
shows and cruises, they should get a Rodster. I can't say enough about
my Rodster and I am very pleased with all the attention I get when
I take the car for a ride. I will say I love to drive this little
car and I do drive it as often as I can. I just love it.
you do get any inquiries about the Rodster from my area, let me know,
and if they haven't seen one all together, I would be happy to let
them know what car show or cruise I would be at locally, so they could
see it first hand.
See you at
the shows, Car 54 out.
shows the B & M ratchet shifter installed.
is the great-looking finished interior.
complete Rodster is a beauty, but he wanted one more special finishing
convertible styled removable soft top -- so he had it specially made.
views of Bob's special soft top -- up and down.
Here are pictures
of the soft top I had made for the Rodster.
me with the Rodster at one of our rolling cruises. It is a big hit
wherever I take the car. The rolling cruise was about two weeks before
I had the top on, and on that day it did rain, but just enough to
make the car wet -- but I enjoyed the rain as it was a hot day and
it felt good on my face.
I am taking
the car to as many cruises and car shows as I can make, not only local,
but into New Jersey and other parts of PA. I want to show your car
as much as I can.
At one car
cruise last week, I was approached and asked if I would be willing
to go to a show as an exhibitor car and it would cost me nothing.
That's a first for me, so I happily said yes I would be there. I never
had so much attention with a car as I have had with the Rodster. Best
investment I ever made on a car.