Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster

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Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:19:48 PM »
Dennis & Debbie Kyle's Roadster.
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Dennis Kyle and his wife Debbie are often seen on the road in Southern California, enjoying their 283-powered orange roadster with Real Wheels up front, early E-T III 16 by 10s out back, a lift-off top, and some exceptionally tasteful pinstriping.

This project was initiated by Tom Senter, the son of the movie production designer Jack Senter, around 1970. After Tom died of cancer, Dennis stepped up and took over the completion of Tom's dream Deuce.

The tasty roadster is based on a fiberglass body that was produced by John Brown (who himself became a cancer victim in 2001). The deck lid was replaced with a steel piece which received five rows of louvers. Fifteen more louvers were stamped in a piece of sheet steel, which was then welded to the top of the gas tank, inline with the louvers on the trunk. The top of an original hood was used, with more louvers added to match the rest of them, with a pair of custom-built, smooth side panels. Power comes from a classic Chevy 283 with a bigger cam, with handbuilt headers feeding a pair of steel-packed mufflers. A dropped I-beam axle is located by chromed hairpin radius rods. The package was treated to a pair of blue-dot '39 Ford taillights, a filled grille shell, and an orange paint job that was topped off with tasteful, understated black and white scallops.

The result of the dedication and components that went into the project is a fine tribute to Tom Senter that in the eyes of many has become an icon for what a real hot rod should be.

The car was featured in the April, 1988 issue of American Rodder, and has been seen in several hot rod magazines. On page 119 of Pat Ganahl's 1996 book, "Hot Rods and Cool Customs", you can find a shot of the car that shows the car's louvered back end and black "STROKER" California plate. In 2000, the car was featured in poster number four from The Rodder's Journal.
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2016, 08:01:31 AM »
Thanks Beppie, a true Hot Rod roadster. Any more pictures of it? Another one of my favorites.
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2016, 10:22:23 AM »
Thanks Beppie, a true Hot Rod roadster. Any more pictures of it? Another one of my favorites.
Any time.   Here's a few more
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2016, 03:21:35 PM »

I wish I could get a set of those 11:00 16's. They sure look good on a highboy!
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2016, 03:22:24 PM »
I wish I could get a set of those 11:00 16's. They sure look good on a highboy!
It won't be long till you can have a set brand new from coker tire Duane.
Check their website for the 11.0-16 grooved rears. They're backordered right now, but they are apparently in production. (Re- production, that is)

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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2016, 03:24:10 PM »
I wish I could get a set of those 11:00 16's. They sure look good on a highboy!
It won't be long till you can have a set brand new from coker tire Duane.
Check their website for the 11.0-16 grooved rears. They're backordered right now, but they are apparently in production. (Re- production, that is)
Thanks Dan, They are a great tire to build a highboy 32 around!
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2016, 03:26:46 PM »
Dennis and Debbie Kyle's Roadster
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2016, 03:27:48 PM »
With slicks.
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2016, 03:28:29 PM »
I met Dennis at Indy a couple years ago , he was on the Rodfather tour & he drove his car from CA. I was at the headquarter hotel wiping down my roadster& Dennis and Debbie roll in in their roadster, I was checking out his car and he was checking out mine as he went by. He parked his car and walked down to mine, we talked and he told me how cool my car was. I was blown away how friendly he was, I told him that I always loved his car & have a poster of it in my garage. He offered if I ever make it out to CA. for a show to get a hold of him , and handed me his card w/ phone#. He is real deal streetrodder & one hellva nice guy!

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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2016, 03:29:45 PM »
On the cover
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2016, 03:30:03 PM »
This is one of my favorite deuces also.  Wasn't this originally Tom Senter's roadster ?

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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2016, 03:30:20 PM »
This is one of my favorite deuces also.  Wasn't this originally Tom Senter's roadster ?
Yes it was Tom.
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2016, 03:31:03 PM »
I guess you could call Dennis a wheel man.

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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2016, 03:41:01 PM »
A few more
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flatheadv8s

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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2016, 03:41:57 PM »
One I took at Andy's last picnic 2012.With out the moon tank.
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Re: Dennis & Debbie Kyle roadster
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2016, 03:44:38 PM »
Nice side view.
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