1932 Ford Roadster
For as long as there have been cars, there have been people
modifying them to make them go faster and look better. Auto racing
goes way back to the 19th century. Hot rods-as we know them-came
along sometime in the 1930s, when a bunch of amateur car
enthusiasts in Southern California started stripping down cheap
roadsters, mostly Ford Model A's and Deuce's, to race them on the
dry lake beds in the Mojave Desert. Those young gearheads weren't
thinking about starting a movement or launching a worldwide hobby
and a gigantic aftermarket industry, but they did.
For consignment the quintessential hot rod format with open engine
compartment with extra gleam factor added on, big power, no top, no
fenders, no running board, just a side pipe on either side now. A
simple front windshield, hopped up suspension and California here
we come. Drop the hanky baby...
Sporting an all fiberglass body from Rod and Race Corp, we have
nicely preserved simple small panels all draped in Midori Sour
Green. A radiator cowl in Midori with enclosed radiator and a
simple vertical bar stainless grille is flanked by stalk mounted
headlights on either side and some small turn signals below are
noted. The blinged out engine is totally uncovered and is looking
fab for all the world to see. The rounded firewall cowl frames the
simple straight windshield. As we move downward noted are small
suicide doors which lead us rearward to the rounded off rear deck.
Here we see no bumpers, no fenders, and just pointed oval teardrop
style taillights and the trunk hold down. Chromed side pipes with
heat shields make getting in while they are hot just a bit safer.
Very stripped down, very lightweight, and very cool. 15-inch
polished Centerline Hurricane wheels are wrapped by 205/65R15's in
front, and wide 295/50R15's in back all with plenty of tread for
that extra grip.
A swing of the suicide doors and the ultimate in simplicity and
weight loss is present with a bench back and bucket seat setup that
shows larger rounded bolsters in front for your knee comfort. This
is showing in a nice beige vinyl. Racing through these seats, is a
thin console made from teak wood, also topped with beige vinyl, and
some carpeting on the squared off sides. The Lokar shifter is
housed here and some speakers for the sound experience are mounted
on either side just before the toe kick area. Under the dash this
thin console widens and on top is a digital Kenwood AM/FM/CD player
in its own handmade box. Just above is the metal dash which swoops
downward and upward forming an elongated "eye" if you will. Here we
see a lineup of Dolphin gauges, white faced with black lettering. A
rear-view mirror is mounted to the slightly overhanging metal
Midori painted dash top. Fronting the dash is an Ididit tilt
steering column topped with a Rodz "wood rimmed" steering wheel. A
flip of the rear lid, and we see beige carpeting and floating
within this carpeting is a fuel cell and the battery.
Wide open for inspection is the metal, cast chrome and machined
350ci V8. This has a Holley 4-barrel carb on top, and it is
protected and aided in airflow by a cast aluminum scoop. Strapped
to the rear of this mill, is a 700R4 4-speed automatic
transmission. Headers, supple wiring, and hoses abound. An aluminum
radiator is now cooling this engine, and for the rear axle it's a
Ford 9-inch posi.
This fiberglass body sits on a square tube frame which is painted
in the body matching Midori Sour. The rear axle takes on this paint
as well and slim suspension parts chime in too in the green. All
the rest is fiberglass with a coating of matte black on it and
looking clean and of course rust free. Suspension is front
independent with coil overs, and on back a 4 bar setup with coil
overs. Power disc brakes are on front, and power drums for the
back. A very nice undercarriage presentation.
This old skool rodder fired right up and on the test track it wants
to keep going in a straight line. I wrestled it though to take some
turns and it did so effortlessly, it came to a quick stop, and did
so bias free. Interior is comfy, and all functions were working at
the time of my drive.
A fiberglass Rod and Race Hot Rod body all stripped down for less
weight, which translates to more speed. Simple to wrench on with
the open engine, and a simple but comfy and all-encompassing
interior. A souped up, rodded, suicide door, fender-less racer,
yearning for the next run on the flats. Will this be coming soon to
a neighborhood near you?!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.