1932 Ford Roadster
A Real Unicorn Found
When lift gives you a chance to purchase an original real deal Henry Ford steel 1932 Ford Roadster – you buy it… and we did. Knowing the right person and being in the right place at the right time and being fortunate enough to be able to all comes together sometimes in life. We are very excited to build a unicorn dream car with this Deuce as a traditionally inspired build with some minor modern tweaks.
Ford Mexican Block 302
Howard’s Cam, 0.30 Bore
Aluminum Heads w Roller Rockers
Pro-Flo 4 EFI
1965 C4 Automatic
1968 Valve Body
Exterior: 1931 Lombard Blue
Power Disc Brakes
17×8, 15×6 Artillery Wheels
235/60R17, 195/60R15 Diamond Back Whitewalls
When a friend says to you “would you be interested in an original 1932 Ford Roadster”, you say yes. I mean, when nowadays do you find the most notable hot rod in history locally on your back door step for sale?!
Well, that is what happened this summer while having a conversation with a fellow car nut on what our dream car project is.
Sometimes in life the universe smiles on you and the timing is right. The car has been in a private collection for some time now. It is a bone stock four cylinder roadster that has had some work done to it in its life. We will find out the extent of this work – good or bad – once we start to take it apart. At the end of the day, whatever is wrong, we will fix it as this is a great candidate car and well worth the time and energy to make it right.
It was a very easy decision to say yes to once we saw it and we look forward to building it and keep the previous owner in the loop on the build – which we know he will probably be chasing us for updates anyways and likely demand to be one of the first to go driving in it when its done!
The build will start in mainly in the fall of 2019. Our original plan was to complete the Parklane project first, but due to some delays in suspension designs we have decided to start the 1932 and will put the 1956 on hold.
The end goal is a hot rod with full fenders, leaving the body stock, two inch chopped windshield and top, and upgraded chassis, suspension, and brakes. A Ford flathead V8 was originally planned, but giving some consideration that the car will be used a lot and hopefully for long trips – we shifted to a Mexican block Ford 302 with an Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4 EFI system and a C4 automatic transmission.
The rear end is a new Ford 9″ housing from Speedway, new Currie axles and 11″ drum brakes, and a rebuilt 9″ Posi. The mounting surface to mounting surface width is 56″
The end build design is a mix between traditional and street rod. Traditional because the body will remain bone stock except for some bolt on changes – chopped windshield, dropped headlight bar, stainless cross bars, dropped axle, steel artillery wheels, etc. Street Rod because we are going with an EFI Ford 302. disc front brakes, and 4-link rear with coil overs.
Restoration officially started in September, 2019 – with the engine and transmission being built prior to the car arriving from storage.
The car is currently in the fabrication and mock-up stages with a target to have the complete rolling chassis painted and powertrain installed by the end of February. Then the focus will be on the stripping and metal repair of the main body on a rotisserie.
Depending on a few factors, the car “may” be ready for later in the Summer of 2020. If not then, for sure by Spring of 2021.
The main objective is to have the car complete and fully tested for Deuce Days in Victoria, BC for 2022 – which is the 90th anniversary of the ’32.