Street Rods excel on Power Tour 2001.
folks? In one week, they took these three Blazers and turned them into
the three Rodsters seen below. CLICK HERE
for the story.
So what do you
do with three new Rodsters? Take them on the HOT ROD magazine's
Power Tour 2001.
Mark Wiley called us at Caroselli
Design with the idea to do a bunch of Rodsters at one time. His idea
was to have the owners come together in sort of a "barn-raising"
event, and build them all in one week (just the conversions to Rodsters-the
paint jobs could follow later), and then take them all on the 2500-mile
HOT ROD Power Tour 2001.
shopped the idea to Jim Youngs, editor of KIT CAR magazine, as a possible
cover story. Jim felt we needed to do at least 3 to make the story interesting.
Mark was ready to do one. He hooked up with Ray Yauk of Buffalo, OK
to do another. Meanwhile, Jim was talking with his wife, Carolyn, over
dinner one night about the project and she offered that a Rodster Sedan
Delivery would be a great "attention-getter" for her real-estate
Bingo, we had three.
Ray offered space in his
shop (Dry Fabrication) in Buffalo, OK for the one-week build-up and
we all rendezvoused there to start the project on Saturday, January
27, 2001. Check out our story on the
Three Rodster Project and http://www.trirodster.com
for coverage of this build-up.
The build-up was a blast.
Henry Caroselli joined them for a couple of days to assist and give
advice. Carolyn’s Rodster was finished early, as it was a Sedan Delivery,
and they cruised back to Colorado on Friday, February 2, 2001.
Ray’s was completed on schedule,
even with the complication of modifying the late-model ABS unit unique
to his ’94-model donor. Mark had to leave for a few days in the middle
of the project; and that, plus some mechanical problems with the donor
vehicle required him to come back later, with his son Kent, for a few
days to finish up. All in all, it was amazing to transform the three
modern production vehicles into Street Rods in such short order (FYI:
usual customer build time is a more leisurely 100-120 hours spaced over
2-3 months of nights/weekends).
It is a testament to the
simplicity of the Rodster conversion kit to have finished so easily
The HOT ROD magazine Power
Tour 2001 kicked off in the Detroit area on May 3, 2001 and all three
Rodsters were there ready to go. They then comfortably traveled all
2500 miles of the tour. Readers followed along with their day-to-day
progress at their website (click
Fun was had by all, and the
only minor problem was a quick-fix to an alternator that packed it up.
The tour shadowed the old Route 66 (celebrating its 75th anniversary
in 2001) and was a definitely a "KICK":
- May 3 - Pontiac, MI
- May 4 - Joliet, IL
- May 6 - Springfield, MO
- May 5 - Effingham. IL
- May 7 - Tulsa, OK
- May 8 - Amarillo, TX
- May 9 - Albuquerque, NM
- May 10 - Kingman, AZ
- May 11,12 - San Bernadino,
Only with a Rodster conversion
kit could the build-up be so quick and easy . . . and the 2500 miles
be so comfortable and hassle-free. Next time you look at a used S-10
Blazer, think Rodster Street Rod!
here to read the details in a recent issue of Kit Car Magazine.