Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
For all-out attitude and a traditional hotrod look, it's hard to beat this 1932 Ford 3-Window coupe. Coated in gorgeous yellow paint and custom flames (both up top and underneath), it has the look of a bright-eyed street brawler, and if it could, it would probably have a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in its T-shirt sleeve. It's the 'Deuce Coupe' every hot-rodder of the '50s dreamed of building, but under the skin it packs 21st century technology that makes it more sports car than vintage hot rod.
The body is fiberglass produced by the pros at Outlaw Performance, not ancient steel patched back together, and until you've seen one of these high-quality reproductions, you can't imagine how well they fit together. Excellent gaps, a beautiful paint job that's been properly prepped, and seamless finishing that makes it impossible to tell it apart from its steel counterparts. The vivid yellow paint is straight from any hotrod builder's color chart, giving it a fantastic vintage look that is insanely appealing, while the professionally painted-on flame work elevates it above most of its counterparts. Check out that 'white-hot' radiator shell that makes up the base of the flames, pretty cool, right? A modest chop and raked stance gives it a traditional rodder look, while the jutting-out exhaust pipes and three-piece hood with lots of louvers adds to the '50s vibe. Add in the painted front bumper guard, the oversized commercial headlights and custom LED taillights (and matching 3rd brake light), along with that cool radiator overflow tank up front, and it looks like this car might have been built in, say, 1954. No matter what you're driving, you're probably going to give this little Deuce Coupe a lot of leeway on the road.
In the 1950s, few hot-rodders could afford a fully finished interior, let alone the sophisticated custom tweed job inside this coupe, but this is no ordinary rod. The gorgeously sculpted gray bench offers vastly more adjustability than the original piece, which means this '32 is all-day comfortable, even for taller drivers. Custom vinyl door panels were stitched up to match, and the matching black carpets and headliner are nicely bound and finished. There's a full complement of VDO gauges keeping an eye on the engine, all framed by a gorgeous bezel panel that centered inside the painted dash, and there's also a big tachometer strapped to the tilt column. A thick-rimmed LeCarra steering wheel anchors the interior, as does the custom billet shifter just beyond it that manages the automatic transmission below, and the Sony AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo pumps tunes inside. Power windows and seat belts round out the options list, although A/C vents were preemptively installed in the dash should the next owner want to add an aftermarket system, and the hidden cubbies below the dash add extra storage. This coupe also includes a neatly finished trunk with plenty of room for your gear, and all the component were stashed away behind neatly upholstered panels.
There was no messing around when it came time to make horsepower for this Deuce: that's a fresh (installed when this '32 was built 17,974 miles ago) and powerful 383 cubic inch Chevy V8 motor that was built to run, augmented with aftermarket headers that lead into the capped side pipes at the flanks for looks, and the stainless steel Edelbrock dual exhaust system below for actual performance. Dressed in lots of shiny bits, there are a few tricks like the polished valve covers and custom air cleaner that were etched with custom flamework, an MSD ignition system. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and polished Edelbrock Performer intake is set up properly, so the car fires up quickly and runs superbly out on the open road and thanks to what feels like a nice cam inside and that aforementioned custom exhaust system, it sounds fantastic. There's a big aluminum radiator and auxiliary fan up front keeping the whole show nice and cool, and even with all of these modern components, the engine fits inside the smoothed engine bay perfectly, feeding the TH350 automatic transmission below. Power front disc brakes give this Ford impressive stopping power, and with a matching paint job and plenty of brightwork and polished pieces underneath, the chassis a highly detailed look that's begging to be shown off. The chromed custom suspension up front, along with the 4-link coiliover set-up out back mean this rod actually handles as well as it looks, which is a rare treat for a '32 that was built to win trophies. It achieves a traditional big-n-little look by using shiny slotted wheels and spinners with staggered 195/60/15 front and 29x12.5x15 rear rubber for a genuine old-school feel.
Sure, you could build your own, but not for less than this, and you certainly can't duplicate this one's level of fit and finish for the price. And with only 17,974 miles on the build, it's bound to make you very ha
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