There are traditional rods, there are rods that dare to be different, and then there are the rods that combine familiar things in brand new ways to create something truly unique like this 1932 Ford Roadster that's packed with a built 392 HEMI V8 and dual quads. Finished in slick Poppy Red and featuring a comfortable black interior, this streetrod takes the legendary reputation of the '32 roadster and turns it up to 11. Take a closer look...
If I showed you this color on a paint chart and told you that was the color I'd chosen for my roadster, you'd tell me that I'm crazy. But look at how awesome this car looks now that it's done. Brilliant, right? It almost seemed like a law that '32 Fords had to be black, plain red, or obnoxious yellow, but if you show up in this Poppy Red roadster, you will be The Man from the moment you arrive. Yes, it's fiberglass (a Kilbourne body), but it has been expertly prepped and finished, with shaved door handles and hinges and a grille shell painted to match. You can forget about a hood, but with that outrageous set-up of carbs thick valve covers, why would you ever want to hide it? Out back, the traditional looks continue with '39 Ford teardrop taillights and an exposed gas tank with a chrome bumper, while up front a spreader bar and chrome bumper takes on a very trick look. Obviously, someone was sweating the details when this one went together, and the result is one of the coolest '32s we've ever featured.
The completely custom interior uses a fabricated bench seat to maximize legroom in the compact roadster body. Wrapped in high-end black vinyl, the pleated seats have a traditional look that dates back to the days when this car was new, and the beautifully stitched door panels match perfectly. Plush black carpets give the open car a finished, luxurious feel and help control heat and noise, too. The dash is a gorgeous painted piece that matches the exterior and contains an engine-turned center panel filled with old-school Moon instruments, and they didn't waste time with frivolous stuff like a radio or heater, this hotrod was built to be driven and enjoyed with no distractions. More black upholstery has been wrapped around the three-spoke wheel, which lives atop a polished billet tilt column that has a Moon tachometer strapped to it, so it's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel and mind the engine's vitals. The trunk is upholstered to match with plush black carpets, a relocated battery that is neatly stowed away, and enough room to haul all the trophies this Deuce will collect at the cruise-ins.
Aside from a flathead, there's nothing more old-school in your hi-boy than a HEMI, and the builders of this roadster kicked it up a notch with a built 392 V8. Bored .040 over with Keith Black internals and topped by an outrageous induction system that incorporates dual Edelbrock carburetors on a Weiand intake, this block moves the light fiberglass body with ease and makes this roadster about the funnest thing on four wheels that you can buy for under $40k. It cranks right up thanks to a full MSD ignition system and the giant motor stays nice and cool with the help of a giant aluminum radiator with an electric fan. The engine bay was sanded, smoothed, and finished to accept a matching coat of Poppy Red paint, as was the intake and block itself, and anything that wasn't painted was polished or chromed. Think of how long it took to disassemble and paint those finned valve covers, and note how glossy and smooth all the polished components are; there is a TON of work in this car. It also runs beautifully and despite the exotic induction the idle and ride is not rough at all, and it has a wonderful Hemi soundtrack that not over the top thanks to the baffled exhaust system. All that HEMI power is handled perfectly by a TCI A727 Torqueflight 3-speed automatic transmission that's been augmented with a 2400 stall convertor, so shifts are smooth and crisp. Underneath it's beautifully finished for show like it is up top, the frame is boxed for strength, Wilwood front disc brakes have drilled and slotted rotors, and out back there's a Strange 9-inch rear with 3.73 posi-traction gears hanging on ladder bars and coil-overs. Staggered alloy wheels achieve the traditional skinny-and-fat look using 25x7.5x15 front and 31x16.5x16 rear performance radials.
Gorgeous, fast, and unique, THIS is what hot-rodding is all about. Next time you see a generic 350 Chevy with a single 4-barrel, you'll remember this car, and if it isn't yours by then, you'll probably regret it. Call today!