We racked up a pile of miles in the Dreamer during our visit. The blower puts out 9 pounds
The House of Kolor Oriential Blue candy was sprayed by Paul Quinn at Design Brilliance, wh
Front 26x8.50x15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires are mounted on 15x8-inch Type 50/51 polis
Jeff Kimel at Carolina Auto Interiors upholstered the cockpit in Pearl White Naugahyde. Th
A switch in the center console operates the hood, mounted on Tri-C Engineering hinges. Che
The TPI-built 700-R4 has a 2,500-stall converter. A Ford 9-inch rearend runs 3.89:1 gears
Every hot rod has a distinct identity. Gaither Jenkins thinks that every hot rod should have a name as wellsomething to convey that identity. Like the Jade Idol. Or the California Kid. Or Cadzilla. Which is why he makes a point of sticking a catchy moniker on all of his rides, the most recent example being this 32 roadster, aka Dreamer.
He has a point about cars needing names, but he mightve missed the boat on the one he chose for his topless ride. After all, his purported purpose in building the car was to get more people into street rodding by showing them that building a pretty wild car without draining your bank account doesnt have to be just a dream.
Gaither, a former drag boat racer and the president of Pro-Blend Motorsports, has a taste for high performance and top-end toys, but managed to rein things in enough to keep Dreamer a relatively realistic project for the average rodder. The choices he made with the roadster618-hp blower motor, trick interior, fancy paintare options that bumped up the bottom line but could be modified for leaner budgets.
Its been about three years since we first got word of Gaithers plans to build Dreamer. An artists rendering of the roadster ran in the Americruise News section of the June 99 Rod & Custom. We finally got a look at the completed car on display in the Pro-Blend booth at Americruise 2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The project, coordinated by Johnny James, was completed in a dedicated shop at Pro-Blend Motorsports in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But Lincoln is the cars true birthplace, since it is created from a Speedy Bills 32 LoBoy kit from Speedway Motors.
We figured it was about time to make good on our promise to get this roadster into the magazine, plus we wanted some seat time in the car, so we headed to North Carolina and spent a weekend cruising around in Dreamer to get a real idea of what this hard-driven Deuce is all about.