Photos provided by Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication and Speed & Design
With progress well underway on the 2020 Lokar/Street Rodder Road Tour car, it was time to send the 1934 Ford coupe on a 500-mile trip. The 25th specially built rod in Street Rodder‘s 25-year series of cross-country cruisers was being built by Larry Brunkala and Danny Tesar and their crew at Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication in Macedonia, Ohio. However, for the interior, Street Rodder had commissioned the stitching skills of Gil Vigil at Speed & Design in Nashville, Tennessee.
When most people think about hot rod interiors, they focus on the looks because hot rods are built to make an impression inside and out. But when it comes to the interior, looks are only part of the equation. For the driver, especially a driver who drives their hot rods frequently and far, there are a lot of other considerations. Comfort is an important one because if you’re uncomfortable in your hot rod you’re not going to enjoy driving it, no matter how good it looks.
Precision Hot Rods and Speed & Design have collaborated on a lot of project cars in the past. Despite the long distance between the two shops, it’s a successful arrangement.
“Gil knows what we like,” Larry told us. “We lean toward tradition alstyling with a modern flair.”
“We like the same look,” Gil said. “Nice and clean, tasteful, simple, classy, and timeless. They just tell me, ‘Do what you do.’ I try to sit in the car for a little bit and think about what I’m going to do before I start.”
Prior to sending the car to Speed & Design, the crew at Precision Hot Rods had modified the dash to closer resemble a factory 1933-1934 dash and added a glovebox. The lower dash panel was smoothed. They had also already covered the interior and trunk of the Redneck Street Rods 1934 Ford coupe with Dynamat insulation to keep down any noise and heat that would interfere with the fun of driving. Heat and noise reduction is an important foundation for a great interior. After that, seat ergonomics, visibility, reliability, climate control, and ear-pleasing audio are important parts of a hot rod cruise, whether it’s a 10-block ride to the local cars and coffee meetup or a cross-country trek to a national event.
The Lokar/Street Rodder Road Tour ’34 Ford coupe features components from manufacturers who have contributed to numerous previous Road Tour cars. Like the collaboration between Precision Hot Rods and Speed & Design, Street Rodder‘s partnership with consistent product sponsors over the years has been a big part of the success of the Road Tour cars. In addition to Dynamat insulation, the interior of the 2020 Road Tour car is equipped with Procar by Scat bucket seats, a Flaming River steering wheel and column, Dakota Digital gauges, and a Vintage Air A/C system.
Billet Specialties: Wheels
Custom Autosound: Audio Equipment
Dakota Digital: Instrumentation
Dynamat: Insulation & Noise Control
Dynotech Driveshafts: Driveshaft
ET Motorgear: Merchandise
Flaming River: Steering Components
Gearstar Transmissions: Transmission
Holley: EFI, Manifold
Painless Performance Products: Wiring
Pete & Jakes: Suspension
PPG: Paint & Coatings
Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication: Chassis
Procar By Scat: Seats
Redneck Street Rods: Body, Glass, Windshield Frame
Sherm’s Custom Plating: Chrome Plating
Speed & Design: Upholstery
United Pacific Industries: Sheetmetal & Lighting
Vintage Air: Climate Control System & Accessory Drive
Wilwood: Brake System