Why a Rodster® Street Rod?
Cruisin' in an open street
rod is one of the good things in life. Waving at friends and neighbors.
Watching the kids whip-turn their heads as you cruise by the local high
school. The cops giving you a thumbs-up instead of an icy stare. The
pure pleasure of having that special someone or just a good friend by
your side. Going through the gears and leaving the headaches of your
daily life in the dust. Or just simply venturing out and letting the
open road pass under your wheels. A street rod/roadster is just... well...
Building a custom street
rod is something many of us daydreamed about. Finding the right car,
setting the stance, tuning the engine and exhaust to rumble just so,
tweaking the interior, adding a great stereo, getting that cool custom
steering wheel, searching out the perfect wheel and tire combo, and
of course, the paint job -- flames, graphics, metal flake, pearl, or
just leaving it in gray primer. A custom car is rolling American folk
art, a statement that the owner knows how to have some fun and enjoy
So, to the question of, "Why a Rodster?"
The concept of the Rodster® is to make building and having a street
rod/roadster all the more enjoyable. A minimum of headaches. No requirement
for an engineering degree to build one. No worries that some "unobtainium"
part will break in the middle of nowhere. No overwhelming fear of logging
on some serious miles. If you want modern conveniences like power steering,
cruise control, tilt wheel, overdrive automatic, disc brakes -- no problem,
just find an 83-94 Chevy S-10 Blazer that has everything
Bottom line: 1. A Rodster offers more "bang
for the buck" in the world of street rods. 2. The Rodster isn't
meant to be an exact copy or replica; it was designed to be a nostalgic-styled
roadster of classic proportions that's a pleasure to build and customize.
3. The Rodster is a street rod that doesn't "break the bank"
to build. 4. And, just like the original street rods, the Rodster begs
to be enjoyed.
Simply put, it lets you relive the magic of the
ol' hot rods and roadsters that many of us secretly promised ourselves
that wed have someday. Isn't it about time you made that street
rod dream come true?
Some Food for Thought:
Giant Donor Pool
Rodster has the largest donor pool in the industry (VW bugs used to
be, but theyre getting very hard to find). GM made 2.8 million
Chevy S10 Blazers during the 11 year period from 83-94.
Over 25% are 2WD. (For extra parts, there are 3.3 million pickups that
are the same from the B-pillar forward.) Rodster anyone?
‘64-’67 Shelby Cobra 427
RODSTER IS NOT A COBRA REPLICA. The Cobra Replica is the backbone of
the kit car industry. Brutal in every respect. An estimated 45,000 copies
are out there with over 35 companies making replicas. Even Carroll Shelby
offers a replica for $85,000+. The top-selling Mustang-based Cobra Replica
usually has a total build-up cost of $25,000-$35,000. You can build
a nice Rodster for less than 1/2 of that.
'40 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet
RODSTER CAPTURES THE LOOK OF A ‘40 FORD DELUXE CABRIOLET STREET ROD.
Asking price: $50,000. Relatively rare. Very cool car. Big bucks. Kinda
precious to just go cruisin’ around in. Why not take those "50
big ones" and build a bunch of Rodsters?
32 Ford Roadster "Hiboy
RODSTER IS MORE REASONABLE THAN A 32 Ford ROADSTER HIBOY STREET
ROD. The icon of the now-giant hot rod industry. There are even "real-steel"
replicas available. $40,000-$70,000 is the typical total build-up cost,
even though what youve got is still just a replica. You can
easily have more dollars in a re-pop 32 rolling chassis (without
a motor, drivetrain, body, interior, dash, paint, etc.) than what it
would cost to build one entire Rodster.
1940 Ford Sedan Delivery Deluxe
rare for two good reasons: 1) they were used as delivery vehicles
so they got used up, and 2) Ford made only 5,531 of them. The photo
is of a 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery (1:24 scale) that is immensely popular
in the world of collectible die-cast metal toys. The Rodster® Street
Rod Sedan Delivery is our most popular model due to its general utility
and low “buy-in” price. Customers report that it’s no problem to build
one for less than $10K... plus, many use theirs as a “daily-driver,”
and cruise to work in style.
Werent you the kid who wore the wheels off of every toy car, or
who was always drawing fire-breathing rods all over your notebooks?
How much longer are you going to wait to build yourself a street rod?
2004 Chevrolet SSR
RODSTER ISN'T THE ONLY MODERN STREET ROD OUT THERE. Hey, even
good ol' GM is getting in the specialty-vehicle business. Their new
$40K (as in 40 GRAND, 400 Benjamins, 40 LARGE, 40 BIG-ONES) Chevy
SSR is the darling of the auto-show circuit. Very similar in concept
to the Rodster Street Rod, except of course in the price department.
54-57 Porsche Speedster
Real ones go for about $50,000. Replicas
are re-bodied 25+ year old VWs. If you want A/C, power everything,
fuel injection, disc brakes - you know, the "EZ cruisability"
of a modern drivetrain - get a Rodster.
Rodster Street Rod Assembly
“...the liberally illustrated instruction
book is clear and unambiguous. The manual is even quite funny in places.”
CAR AND DRIVER, September 1999
OUR 50+ pg. STEP-BY-STEP MANUAL IS JUST $49.
A lot of Street Rod and kit car companies claim
their kits are easy to build ...the difference is that our conversion
kits are specifically designed for the D.I.Y. homebuilder. There is
NO welding. You DON'T have to fit a drive train, engineer
a braking system, hang doors, create an interior, or even wire a dash.
Check it out for yourself with our comprehensive 50+ page manual. This
latest edition (9th) has over 100 photos/illustrations/templates
and covers all models. (Of course, the $49 is completely refundable
with the purchase of a Rodster Street Rod kit.)
MANUAL order form PDF.
43-45 North American
With such an awesome look and 1720
hp pushing it along, its the ultimate cross-country cruiser.
If you win the lottery . . . buy a P-51.
IT CAN MAKE THAT STREET ROD DREAM
COME TRUE. Many of us are waiting for that perfect combination of "do-ability"
+ useability + price. The realization of that dream doesnt
get any easier than with the Rodster.
BOTTOM LINE: FUN. The whole idea behind the Rodster
is to have fun. When you consider ease-of-assembly (customers have transformed
their S10 Blazers into a Rodster ready to take to the paint shop in
less than 100 hours), "cruiseability" (you can get GM parts
everywhere - and theyre cheap), and cost (total build-up cost
can be under $10,000).
It really doesnt get any better than
a Rodster - the EZ cruisin Street Rod you build on an 83-94
Chevy S10 Blazer.