Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Putting a modern spin on traditional hotrods is en vogue at the moment and it seems that everything old is new again. Streetrods like this fiery yellow 1932 Ford Roadster definitely have the right look, and thanks to decades of development, you can have the vintage look without the vintage headaches, because this one runs practically like a new car. With plenty of pop under the hood via a built-up 350 V8, a custom suspension, and an incredibly comfortable leather interior, this old-school looking roadster really jumps off the page.
The body and fenders are from Wescott fiberglass, but you'd never know it by looking. Ford's '32 roadster is always a fan favorite, and finishing it in bright yellow with those explosive white-and-orange custom 3D flames gives it a very definite show-car vibe. But this is no homemade rod, it was built by the pros at Tim's Hot Rods of Spokane back at the turn of the century, and those boys took great pains to make this roadster look old-school but drive like new. And with 20,363 miles on the build and a great maintenance history ever since, it's fully sorted and nowhere close to being tired. Finish quality is excellent, disguising the fiberglass substrate as laser-straight sheetmetal and emphasizing the classic Ford shape. Door fit is exemplary, and the rear deck lid shows even gaps all around, which was tough even in 1932 with original Henry Ford steel. Old-school style flames were airbrushed starting from the nose and running down the profile, and the effect is quite compelling, which is surely something hot rodders would have embraced back in the day. The oversized King Bee-type headlights give it a charming old-fashioned look, and the canted short windshield and side glass are mandatory for a car with a removed roof. Chrome bumpers were installed ahead of chrome spreader bars for added protection and even more bling, and along with the oversized fenders and running boards, this '32 has a very complete look. The waterfall grill/radiator shell has billet look to it, and out back there's a set of original-style taillights on their own delicate little stalks, as well as a polished spreader bar ahead of the gas tank.
Contrasting with the bright yellow paint, the black leather interior with black wool carpet is first-class travel all the way. With finish quality and features that kids in the '50s could only dream of, it's obvious someone spent a ton of money finishing the inside of this little roadster. And 'little' would not be the operative word to describe the cabin, as any person around 6-feet tall can comfortably fit. Glove-soft leather on the pleated seats and matching door panels make it feel more like a luxury car, while things like the center-mounted Moon gauges and their old-school markings are another connection to the past. A modern Lecarra steering wheel atop a polished Ididit tilt column means that steering is easy and the leather-wrapped rim is a luxurious touch that any driver will appreciate. Other concessions to modern convenience include a working heater, seatbelts, a push-button for the trunk, a Sony Xplod AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit, and that really cool floor shifter that manages the 200R4 4-speed automatic transmission below. The trunk is finished to match, with black wool carpets and matching black side panels, and the battery is cleverly hidden in a custom upholstered box with a chrome fire extinguisher on top. And should you ever have to drive this roadster in bad weather, a black cloth top from Hartz fits this '32 nice and snug.
Power is all about being reliable and easy to use, so a built 1979 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 was dropped into the Ford's pointed snout, then liberally drenched with chrome and polished aluminum trim and yellow accents. The block was bored .030 over during the rebuild and augmented with TRW forged pistons, LT1 shot-peened 'pink' rods, roller rocker arms, an Erson cam gear drive, and an Edelbrock 2102 cam and aluminum heads, and then it was balanced, stabilized, and decked for optimum performance and big horsepower. The block breathes through a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and air-gap intake, cranks with ease thanks to the Petronix distributor, and a serpentine belt system with polished pulleys and brackets makes sure all the shiny accessories work as they should. The motor now has 8.4:1 compression, and because the current carb and intake system is brand new (originally, the rod was built with a blower kit and 2x4s, which were recently removed to make the car more streetable) there's still break-in oil in the block. A Walker radiator keeps the whole show cool, and coated Sanderson headers feed into a custom stainless steel exhaust that's incredibly shiny, resulting in an amazing soundtrack. Speaking of shiny, one look at the undercarriage and you'll see where the big money was spent, with a TCI polished front end with coilovers, a chrome-plated triangulated r
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