No other car was used more by hot rodders in the forties and fifties as the ‘32 ford. They were wildly available and could fit almost any engine combination you wanted to slam into the Ford. Even today they are still some of the most sought after hot rodding machines. This ‘32 Ford five window is a near perfect specimen of what a hot rod build should feature, and is an incredible example of why these machines, nearly 82 years after they were unveiled to the public, still garner just as many looks at car shows. That’s mostly in part to the fact that no two hot rod builds are alike. Well, this hot rod deuce is without a doubt one of the meanest ‘32’s we have ever seen… how many deuces do you know that push into the 750 horsepower range? No… That’s not a typo.
The beneficiary of a multi-year frame off build, this hot rod starts with a Fiberglass down’s manufacturing 5-window coupe body that looks spectacular. The Down’s body is covered in a gorgeous shade of black and features ghost flames down the sides of the body. At the front you have the timeless look of a brand new stainless steel one-piece grill within a steel grille casing that is flanked by two large headlights. Below the grille, on the horns of the chassis, is the tiny front bumper. Gone are the fenders, making easy visibility of the enormous engine. Down the sides of the body are the aforementioned ghost flames, that when combined with the side exhaust pipes create a very nice look. As you make your way towards the back of the car you’ll see a racing inspired fuel door and at the back a decal that reads “Whoop Ass”, which this ’32 is very capable of doing.
Without question the first thing you notice about the 5-window coupe is the huge Chevrolet big block that is planted within the engine bay. But at closer look this isn’t your normal 454, rather this is a DART 540 cubic inch V8 from the Big M sportsman line. With help from the DART aluminum cylinder heads, Lunati cam, roller lifters, billet aluminum MSD distributor, and a Hilborn electronic fuel injection with velocity stacks, the Chevy V8 produces an estimated 750hp! The engine also features fabricated valve covers, fabricated Moroso oil pan, and a serpentine belt drive. With a build this extensive you have to make cooling the engine a main priority as well, to ensure that no stoplight gets the best of the engine the build team equipped the ’32 ford with a custom Griffin aluminum radiator with an electric cooling fan. Behind the engine is a mural on the firewall that has been painted depicting a common scene at a local diner. Spent gases travel out custom coated headers and through the side pipes to create a breathtaking roar when the engine is fired up.
The beautiful thing about a deuce is you don’t have to put the hot rod on a lift to get a good look at all the components that make up the vehicle, almost everything is in plain sight. Up front you’ll find a Heidt’s super ride front suspension with Aldan adjustable coil over shocks. For the rear suspension, the builders opted for a Heidt’s Jaguar style independent rear that includes two QA1 adjustable coil over shocks on each tire. Bolted to the massive engine is a 4l80e 4-speed automatic transmission that sends all that power to the rear gear. Stopping power comes courtesy of front disc brakes and rear inboard rear disc brakes. At the corners you’ll find 15” steel rims with chrome baby moon caps that have been wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber.
The ’32 Ford delivers once again when you pop open the doors. Inside the 5-window is a beautifully well done black leather interior. Not only does the deuce come with power windows, but both seats are 6-way adjustable power seats with an adjustable lumbar support. In front of the driver’s seat is a Billet Specialties “Talladega” half-wrap leather steering wheel and beyond that is a RPM gauge that has been mounted to the steering column. On the center of the dash is the remaining Autometer gauges, and below that the Vintage Air controls. Sticking out of the floor is the Lokar transmission shifter for the 4-speed automatic that resembles a four speed shifter. You are also able to hook up an iPod/iPhone thanks to the cord between the two seats.
The sale of this deuce includes a booklet of restoration photos, a ton of receipts, certificate of manufacture from Downs, various manuals, and a remote for the audio controls that are hidden behind the driver’s seat.
The ’32 Ford will always be a staple in the hot rodding industry. Regardless of the type of build, it is instantly recognizable and allows builders a blank canvas to fulfill their wildest hot rod dreams. This ’32 Ford received an impressive amount of work and sits today as one incredibly mean machine. No matter where you look on this hot rod it never seems to disappoint. Don’t miss your chance to show up at your local car show with one truly bad piece of machinery.