A Rodline body is a quality product
Rodline bodies enjoy a reputation of being the highest quality hot rod bodies manufactured in Europe. Even before the internal bracing is added they are rigid and yet astonishingly light. A roadster body for instance weighs less than 100Kg including it’s trunk lid and doors! The bodies are molded in aircraft gray and feature integral firewalls and floors. The roadsters feature integral dashboards for even greater rigidity.
The doors and trunk lids are not attached to the bodies. It is very important that the internal framing and then the hanging of the doors and trunk lid take place with the body firmly attached to the body’s own chassis. This will ensure that the body gaps are consistent and remain so.
Like any other fiberglass body, Rodline bodies require internal strengthening in steel or wood. Although we can complete this task for our customers, there are two reasons why we generally leave this task to our customers. Firstly, it makes our bodies more affordable for you and secondly, everyone has their own ideas of how he or she wants to build their own hot rod. A description of how to steel-out a fiberglass body can be found in the August and September 2007 editions of “Custom Car”.
Wescott is one of the largest fiberglass body manufactures in the States. Wescott bodies feature internal framing and all doors hung straight from the factory. Their quality is without doubt excellent, however you do pay $10.600 plus shipping and VAT for the roadster and $19.500 plus shipping and VAT for the 3-Window coupe. We like to think our customers would rather save the money for something else. After all framing out a body is done in a week or so and all you need is a bit of mild steel and a few basic tools.
Now before you start thinking, “surely a steel body is much stronger?”, just take a look at these two pictures of an original steel 1932 roadster below. As you can see, Henry’s finest was pathetically under engineered. Well what can you expect, $500 wasn’t much money even then. You can fabricate a much stronger and safer internal structure than was possible in the factory. A rusty original body like this one will cost you over $30,000 if you can find one. Ring us up and order your body now and you could be taking your Rodline 32 roadster body home in less than 8 weeks for as little as £2,261.00 PLUS VAT (NOT INC VAT!)