Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1932 Ford 3-Window Pickup is one impressive streetrod hauler. It\'s beautifully finished, of course, but the longer you look, the more details you\'ll find to delight the eye. That\'s the true hallmark of a quality rod, and this one delivers in more than one way. And with Henry Ford livery on the frame and Blue Oval Flathead V8 power running through its veins, you know right away that it was built right.
The cab, doors, and bed are all steel (fenders and running boards are thick fiberglass), which is a rare find these days, and on this truck, that full-fendered and running board look hits all the right notes. The overall execution has been completed to high-end show standards a mere 150 miles ago, and you\'ll note how exact everything fits together, with doors that fit flush and no worries about previous repairs or damage coming back to haunt you. It\'s obvious this was an open-book restoration where the professionals sweated the small stuff, and the result is the probably the nicest \'32 pickup I\'ve ever seen (and I don\'t write that lightly, I\'ve seen hundreds of these in person through the decades). This sucker\'s about as close to a brand-new 1932 Ford as you\'re going to get (albeit with upgrades obviously not available back in \'32), and it sure looks amazing when it\'s dominating the show field or cruising down Main Street. The miles-deep Crimson Red paint is an absolute star that still lets the original \'32 shape do most of the talking, working in harmony instead of as a solo with the tall cab and short bed out back. The rake of the truck makes the top look like it has a slight chop, the one-piece windshield is augmented with a visor just above it, and it retains original pieces like the big King Bee style headlights and three-piece louvered hood to keep the vintage look. Chrome bumpers offer a modicum of protection for the front and rear fenders, there\'s a color-matched fiberglass bed cover that protects the finished bed underneath, and the custom tailgate is power actuated yet still looks like a custom piece, complete with classic Ford script stenciled on it.
Opened the doors and the wild party begins. The 100% bespoke interior (and I say with great confidence that an interior like this will never be replicated) is the main reason this truck wins Best in Show everywhere it goes, with an over-the-top presentation that is simply ingenious. An ornately finished bench has been split into two bucket seats with Crimson Red ostrich upholstery, and the bead lock and pinstripe adorned panels found throughout the cabin are almost impossible to explain they\'re just awesome. Fiberglass panels line the entire cabin and insulate it from the outside world, and every square inch was treated with this custom work, even the headliner, firewall, flooring, and door panels. Words can\'t describe how cool it feels inside, something between the ostentatiousness of a luxury caboose from the 1800s, or the inside of a Rhinestone Cowboy\'s suit. A row of black Stewart Warner gauges are set inside a vintage bezel in the center of the ornate dash, and the custom-welded 3-spoke steering wheel is joined on the column with a Steward Warner tachometer. A custom-built tall shifter manages the C4 automatic transmission below, a push-button starter gets the party underway, and a modern AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit was neatly integrated into the headliner. Designed to drop jaws yet built for comfort, it\'s easily capable of long-distance hauls and they didn\'t forget to also make this Deuce truck simply beautiful inside.
For reliability and performance, it\'s hard to beat a well-built and upgraded Flathead Ford powerplant, and we love to see real Blue Oval hardware powering Blue Oval steel. The 239 Flathead V8 is from a \'53 Ford, and it\'s fully dressed in the Old School style with finned Edelbrock heads and loads of polished and chromed accessories. It fits perfectly under the Ford\'s pointed hood and is beefed up with all the familiar gear like dual Edelbrock carburetors, a polished intake, ceramic-coated headers, and detailed accessories tucked in tight to the block. The firewall was custom fitted to accommodate the block and painted to match the interior, with form following function in a very trick way, and there\'s massive cooling available from the radiator and electric fan up front. Sticking with Ford hardware all the way, it\'s backed by a C4 3-speed automatic and a Quick Change rear end, there\'s a 4-link up front, adjustable coilovers in the rear, and 4-wheel disc brakes with stainless calipers and backing plates. The undercarriage is an absolute star, and anything not glistening in chrome or Crimson Red was powder-coated and is in like-new condition. The dual exhaust system has the right mellow hot rod tone but hushes on the highway, and the combination of big-n-little American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with 215/45/17 front and 265/50/20 rear performance rad
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