Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
If you want to own yet another red or black '32 Ford roadster, just like everyone else's, well, move on, because this one isn't for you. On the other hand, if you appreciate expert craftsmanship that borders on art, an unflinching dedication to tradition, and a look that will get attention simply because it's NOT black or red, then this incredible 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster is exactly what you need.
Professionally built a scant 488 miles ago, the build uses a fiberglass body by Russ Nomore (as clever a name you'll find in this industry) to replicate the original '32 Ford look, along with a Rootlib steel hood and radiator/grille shell. And it totally nails it. Its design is 100% tradition, so it isn't altered, smoothed, or otherwise modified from the look of the original Ford hi-boys, keeping everything that makes the '32 Ford so timeless. House of Kolor supplied that unique shade of silver-blue, a color similar to what many of the new Broncos are wearing these days, and the deep, lustrous modern urethan finish is the perfect complement to the iconic '32 hi-boy design. The top and bottom belt moldings are accented with a subtle tan pinstripe outlined in red, and that handiwork is continued on the grille shell and gas tank, but that subtle offset is the only graphic interference on the design, and we love it. Finish quality is exemplary and with so few miles on the build, it remains in practically as-new condition without a mark on it. The paint isn't flashy, but this rod definitely gets attention because it's not following the same path as everyone else, and if you are the guy lucky enough to own this rod, we're guessing you'll keep it forever because it'll always look good. Chrome spreader bars fore and aft make it look racy and we love the big commercial-style headlights perched down low on the frame, making this Ford look elemental and raw, which contrasts beautifully with the incredible finish quality. Out back it has blue-dot taillights incorporated into the rear end (rather than on stalks), as well as another chrome spreader bar, and several of the suspension components both fore and aft have been polished up to a brilliant shine, adding a little flash to the otherwise disarming build.
The interior is fully finished in high-end vinyl upholstery and it lets the workmanship do all the talking. Nothing too flashy, just factory-style pleats on the bench seat punctuated with some beautifully ornate button and stitchwork in the seatbacks, along with silver-blue piping and seatbelts to match the exterior finish. The plush carpets continue the color these and are bound neatly and protected with matching floormats, giving it a very tailored look, and the door panels have been upholstered to match the two-tone theme. A simple, leather-wrapped 3-spoke wheel recalls the dirt track racer look with its upright angle and the gauges inside the engine-turned bezel are modern Classic Instruments dials that look like they were ripped right out of the 1930s. A vintage heater is in place, but that's it for options (there's not even a radio), nothing to get in the way of having fun in your dialed-in hot rod. There is Speedway top kit just in case the weather turns on you along the way (God help you if you drive this beauty in the rain anyway), although it hasn't been upholstered quite yet. Out back, the trunk was upholstered to match the cabin and houses the relocated battery, further proof that nothing was overlooked in this build.
Since this car was about looks and function, there's a 350 cubic inch roller motor under the hood. Augmented with an RV cam, an Edelbrock carburetor, and an aluminum intake it's got plenty of horsepower on tap for this lightweight roadster, yet it'll never give you a bit of trouble if you take care of it. To keep thing looking old-school, the motor was finished to look like a vintage Buick Nailhead V8, down to the gold paint, the Olds Rocket valve covers, and unique air cleaner up top. The firewall was neatly painted, and with a new EZ wiring harness and brightly detailed accessories like the chrome alternator, you can tell they spent a lot of time organizing all the plumbing, electrical, and miscellaneous components for a very clean engine bay presentation. A big Walker radiator and electric fan keep it cool under all conditions and a set of ceramic coated headers feed into a great-sounding, throaty dual exhaust system below. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and a Ford 8.8-inch with 3.73 gears inside suggest that this car was built to be easy to drive, yet it still has plenty of 'giddy up' off the line. The beautifully finished frame is a powder-coated unit from Pete and Jakes, the front suspension is a traditional Super Bell chrome 4-inch dropped axle, while out back it uses coil-overs, and the two-tone color combination is ready to show off, as evidenced by the pinstripe work on the front part of the frame
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