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Posies Driven Dirty Tour was a challenge thrown down by “Dutch” at the 2005 SEMA show: How about we get a handful of manufacturers to build cars and drive them from Cincinnati to the  in Las Vegas to next year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas? A handful of enthusiastic supporters signed up, including Dayton Wire Wheel. The theme of the Driven Dirty Tour (DDT) was to build a vehicle utilizing industry components to prove their reliability on a cross country tour. Dayton Wire Wheel was signed up, but had no vehicle prepared for the trip. Upon returning to Dayton, Ohio, the search began for a suitable build project.

What Dayton Wire Wheel (Dayton) did not know was that other participants were going to purchase most everything they needed to build a car from scratch – mostly from new parts. Apparently, Dayton overemphasized the word “Dirty” in the Driven Dirty Tour.

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Rat Rod Project Photo Gallery - 1937 Ford Phaeton Rolling Chassis
The frame was sent to American Metal Cleaning of Cincinnati to be chemically dipped and striped while the team started to make phone calls to locate needed parts. A built flathead with vintage speed equipment was located at Don Broyles Automotive in Downtown Dayton. The car’s previous owner supplied a T-5 tranny with bell housing, adapter plate, pressure plate and clutch assembly. What was thought to be a Ford 9 inch rear end was donated to the cause - even though it turned out to be a Buick / Pontiac piece – it will be used anyway! Posies was kind enough to give us some “friendly” pricing on a “In-da-weeds” front axle kit and rear springs along with a tubular cross member to mount our T-5. Other parts were sourced from SEMA members as worked progressed.
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