Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Finally, a slick 1932 Ford hi-boy roadster that doesn't try to do too much or completely re-create the past. Freshly built less than 2k miles ago, this replica '32 wears its custom red paint job like an expensive suit and skillfully embraces tradition while creating an awesome hotrod for the 21st century.
Bright and flashy paint on a '32 is nothing new, but the incredible red finish on this roadster definitely gives it a slick high-tech look. The body is fiberglass, which means it comes out of the box better than new, and the durability you get from a quality glass body can last for decades. It was finished so recently that you can almost still smell the fresh paint, so it's poised to start dominating cruise-ins and tearing up pavement right away. The body was finished to a rather high standard, particularly since it's wearing red, and it's so smooth and clean that it looks like it will slip through the air without a ripple. The body moldings are crisp and the gaps are very sharp, and custom pinstriping and lettering throughout the body adds an awesome bespoke look that gives this highboy a very throwback feel. The painted grille shell, open engine bay , and deleted bumpers give this streetrod trick look that shows someone was thinking carefully about how it would look before a drop of paint was sprayed, and unnecessary stuff like door handles and hinges were left off the build sheet as well. Brightwork consists of a stainless grille insert, old-school headlights, and the cut-down windshield frame, but it's just enough to really make this beauty pop.
The interior is arguably more impressive than the bodywork, with plush vinyl seats that echo the slick, contemporary look with spectacular stitchcraft that's very impressive. A custom bench in a roadster is the best way to make it feel spacious and it features pleated inserts that make it look like it cost a fortune. Custom door panels were made to match, and all the materials are first-rate yet very durable. An aftermarket 3-spoke steering wheel on top of a polished column gives it an old-school look, and the Classic Instruments gauges are neatly arrayed on the center of the dash. This is a straightforward rod, so you don't get much in the way of amenities, but seatbelts were provided so you can feel a bit better when you're standing on the gas pedal with the throttle wide open. A tall custom shifter and knob manage the TH350 3-speed automatic that's probably overkill for this lightweight flyer and with that tilted steering and sporty pedals, it's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. Simple carpets in the trunk keep things tidy and neat, and even with the gas tank back there, there's plenty of room for long cruises.
As with the rest of the car, the 350 cubic inch crate motor is fresh and running great today. There's no need to reinvent the wheel here, so it sticks to the basics with a Holley 4-barrel carb and aluminum intake manifold, plus an HEI ignition system and a set of block-hugging headers that help the motor breathe. Everything between the firewall and radiator is new, including the radiator itself, so it runs beautifully and has been dressed to show off with a several painted, chromed, and polished bits that help make the engine bay a site to behold. The front end is pure tradition, with a dropped I-beam and hairpins, while the Ford 9-inch rear end hangs off a 4-link setup, and there are adjustable coilovers at every corner, all of which give this Ford a traditional look that still works rather well. The dual exhaust system is fully customized, the frame is finished as well as the bodywork, and there's a disc brake at each corner. Classic Torque Thrust 'Old Style' wheels wear fat performance radials instead of skinnies and slicks, which means better grip and better looks.
Not radical, but beautifully built and definitely gorgeous, this '32 roadster is a fresh build that'll be impressive for years to come. Call today!
*Titled as a 2015 ASVE
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