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1932 Ford Roadster

Category: 1930s

1932 Ford Roadster - Details

This pro-built ’32 Ford started with a steel Brookville Roadster body and dropped it onto a SoCal stepped and boxed frame for a sturdy foundation. Obviously starting with all new steel means no surprises underneath and if you’re familiar with the Brookville bodies, they’re unquestionably the best in the industry. They’re also built the way Henry did it, so this rod has a very authentic look and feel. Then there’s the color, which is a light blue metallic from a late-model Cadillac and it’s just gorgeous in person. You probably wouldn’t pick the color, but now that you’ve seen it, well, it sure is pretty, isn’t it? Finish quality is extremely good and there’s a deep shine to the finish that suggests a good investment of time and money. With about 7000 miles on the build, there are a few VERY minor signs of use, but nothing that will stop this car from being the star of any show it attends. Traditional details include the painted grille insert, the Guide headlights with integrated turn signal indicators, and a pair of 1950 Pontiac taillights with blue-dot lenses. If you didn’t know this was a recent build, it would be easy to mistake it for a vintage rod.

The spectacular two-tone leather interior was professionally finished to a very high standard and provides the perfect contrast to the light blue bodywork. The bench is actually the rear seat from a Ford Windstar, and it fits like it was born there. Some custom padding and contouring makes it all-day comfortable and an aluminum drop on the Ididit steering column gives it a great driving position. You’ll also dig the cut-down 1940 Ford steering wheel, 8-ball knob on the Gennie shifter, and a vintage-looking Auto Meter tach strapped to the steering column. Gauges are also from Auto Meter and are set into a beautiful billet aluminum instrument panel. The cowl vent is functional, which really helps with ventilation even in a roadster, and the entire cockpit was lined in Dynamat to help control noise and heat. It includes a fitted Rod Tops convertible top and side curtains, and the trunk is finished to match with a removable bulkhead to hide the battery and other wiring.

The engine is a familiar 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 dressed to look like a ’60s 283. An Offenhauser intake manifold carries three freshly rebuilt Rochester 2-barrel carburetors on a progressive linkage so it runs on the center carb most of the time. A Vintage Speed fuel block and pressure gauge make tuning easy and the color-matched Offenhauser valve covers are a period touch. Ram’s horn exhaust manifolds are a great choice for controlling noise and heat and there’s a giant radiator with electric fan to keep the engine cool. Simplicity was the goal, so there’s nothing here that doesn’t make the roadster faster, and given the featherweight curb weight, power steering is completely unnecessary. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission offers crisp shifts and unobtrusive operation and uses a color-matched custom driveshaft to feed a Currie 9-inch full of 3.50 gears. The front suspension uses traditional transverse leaf spring on a Chassis Engineering 4-inch drop axle and a pair of chrome Pete & Jake’s hairpins and SoCal shocks, and everything on the chassis is either painted or chrome plated. Steering is a Flaming River Vega-style box and brakes are genuine Buick aluminum drums with ’37 Lincoln internals—talk about traditional! 15-inch American Racing Salt Flat wheels with spinners are the right choice and carry staggered 185/65/15 front and 255/70/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.

This awesome rod will generate all kinds of attention in our museum and for all the right reasons. It stands out without being obnoxious, and thanks to its thoughtful build it has great road manners. Bulletproof reliable and easy to live with, it’s the rod you’d build for yourself if you had the time.

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