Birth of an Idea
No. That's not the Road Tour Car. But you might think of it
as its grandaddy. A major component of the Road Tour Roadster is the Deuce
Steel frame, and that frame was the brainchild of David Iverson, owner and
builder of this black deuce. Randy, a long time friend, loved the changes
that Dave had made to the front frame rails and the difference they made
in the stance and look of this otherwise typical High-Boy. Before long a
deal was struck and Randy dove into the task of reproducing Iverson's frame
design (with improvements of his own), as the Deuce Steel frame.
This photo of the first prototype shows most of thefeatures
of the DS frame. In addition to the swept and pinched front frame rails,
the frame is "inset" boxed for better welds, and incorporates
a six-point, steel-tube, double K-member. The rear end is contoured to allow
greater rear-end travel, and the wheelbase has been lengthened three inches
to allow more engine room within the original frame length. And finally,
the engine and transmission mounts are raised up into the frame for better
The starting point for the DS frame is a pair of American
Stamping stock '32 Ford frame rails. The hash marks in the above photo show
where the old front rails are removed and the new ones installed. In the
rear, the rails are countoured for rear-end travel. When you stack one atop
the other the differences are easy to see.
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