Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
In a world of hot-rod factories turning out seemingly endless variations of the same car, this 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe comes as a welcome bit of custom contrast. Designed and built by a professional engineer that was a friend of Carrol Shelby's and is reported to have been the mastermind behind the first ever Super Snake Mustang, this completely bespoke, magazine showcar is American innovation at its best. With custom touches everywhere you look, this steel-bodied rod features a build list that would take a novel to fully explain, so we'll do our best to cover the highlights below. But what's most important to take away is that this sinister beauty is fast, mean, and absolutely dialed-in.
The iconic '32 5-window body style is the ideal blend of sporty and practical, with a timeless design that forms the ideal canvas for hotrodders to work their magic. This particular beauty was originally built to be a show car exclusively, and features a FoMoCo steel body, aluminum hood, and Wescott fiberglass fenders, running boards, and grille shell. As you can see, the builder nailed the 1932 Ford look, but with some killer trickeration as well: the bumpers were deleted to accentuate the flowing fenders, the grille shell was shortened 6 inches and features a CNC-machined 'V8' emblem, the hidden headlights exit out of side panels on each side of the hood, and the front windshield pops out just like it did originally on the '32 Ford. The finished body was then coated with layer after layer of Porsche Black urethane acrylic paint to an incredibly high level, and even after all these years, the finish still shows incredibly well. A former 'Street Rodder Magazine' feature car, It's hard to believe it's been 33 years because this slick hotrod still turns heads with its awesome lowered stance and sinister good looks. All the glass is smoked dark gray, the front tilt-out windshield included, and because the top was never chopped and no body panels were overtly changed from the stock look, this hot rod still has the very classic, timeless look that's made the Deuce Coupe incredibly popular for decades.
They definitely colored outside the stock lines for the interior, too, giving it a modern look with comfortable, high-end materials. The black leather buckets are from a Pinto and are nicely upholstered with plush materials to be both striking and comfortable. Matching door panels look dramatic, there's a new headliner and new upholstery around the rear of the cabin, and if you lift up the new carpet, you'll see the insanely cool Plexi-glass floor that acts as a window to the custom frame and undercarriage beneath the body. An aircraft-quality aluminum firewall can be seen inside the cabin and it accentuates the black interior, while the slick black dash above it has been shaped, smoothed, and painted to match the exterior. Features like R134a A/C, power windows, an AM/FM/Cassette player, and a Grant GT steering wheel mounted atop a tilt column are all included, as you'd expect from a quality rod like this. The gauges are digital/analog units from VDO and are fitted in a custom billet gauge panel that almost looks like an original piece. This Deuce Coupe has an aircraft aluminum-lined trunk out back, so there's a little bit of useful storage, but that's also where the Moon aluminum gas tank is housed so pack light.
Power comes from a swapped-in Chevrolet IROC 305 V8 topped by a tuned-port injection that only had 13k miles on the clock when it was installed, and it's rarely been driven since. Putting fuel injection into a streetrod might be commonplace now, but back in '85, it was unheard of. A couple years ago this Deuce was put through a thorough maintenance and service, and the work included a rewire of the electrical and fuel-injection systems, so everything is running in tip-top shape. Powdercoated FI tubes and HPC exhaust manifolds were added, and the exhaust breathes into throaty Flowmasters that have a lovely burble you can hear down the street. The engine bay presents beautifully, with a super clean engine block, intake, and valve covers that rest atop an all-aluminum engine cradle, and the block is set against the custom-fitted aluminum firewall and inner fenders, which means you can lift the hood up and show everything off with great pride. The undercarriage is quite frankly a work of engineering art, featuring a custom front end (Unisteer rack-and-pinion, roller-bearing kingpins, 4-bar suspended I-beam), a custom center section out of a 1982 Corvette, and a custom rear end comprised of a triangulated Corvette rear with a custom-engineered torsion bar suspension. Everything is detailed and painted which is important when your car is always on display and you can see that a lot of extra time went into hiding the wiring and plumbing of the entire driveline. With a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and highway-friendly 3.55 gears i
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