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 ground clearance.

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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