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1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe | DREAM ROD

BOB RYDER July 01, 2021 All Feature Vehicles

One day during a visit to the shop he caught a bad case of hot rod fever. An affluent customer arrived trailering a ’32 Ford coupe hot rod that needed some work. The instant the rod’s blown engine was fired up, Ron was hooked; he never stopped dreaming of one day owning a real hot rod of his own.

1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe
A Ford 460-ci V-8 was machined and assembled by Bill Lemon who crowned it with a BDS 8-71 blower and a pair of 700-cfm carbs. To complete that ’60s hot rod look, a grille-matching custom fiberglass carburetor, air cleaners and scoop were designed and built by the guys at Garret’s. A pair of Sanderson headers merge into collectors with manual cutouts before flowing into the 3-inch exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers.

1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe

1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe

Not until he was in his early forties did his dream become a reality. Ron hooked up with Garret Kitchens, owner of Garret’s Rod Shop in Columbus, Ohio. The foundation of Ron’s dream rod was a TCI frame. The front suspension consists of TCI Mustang II upper and lower control arms with a pair of Carerra coil-over shocks. A second pair of Carerras suspends the Ford 9-inch rearend. To achieve traction and style, a set of 15-inch polished aluminum American Torque Thrust II wheels is consumed in BF Goodrich wide white rubber up front and Coker Firestone wide white cheater slicks out back. Bill Lemon machined and assembled the healthy Ford 460-ci engine equipped with a BDS 8-71 supercharger and a pair of Holley 700-cfm carburetors. Grabbin’ gears is done with a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. A New Age Motorsports 1932 Ford coupe body was mounted highboy style (above the frame rails). The frame, body and grille shell were painted by Chris Hayes using House of Kolor Tangelo Orange. The interior was cut and stitched by Mark Davis and Bob Mosher at Portage Trim.

It’s always cool to see a long-time dream come to fruition. Ron’s three decades of hoping and dreaming thoroughly paid off.

“The foundation of Ron’s dream 1932 Ford Coupe was a TCI frame. The front suspension consists of TCI Mustang II upper and lower control arms with a pair of Carerra coil-over shocks.”

1932 Ford Coupe
A pair of Coker Firestone 10.00-15 wide white cheater slicks wraps the American Racing Torque Thrust II polished aluminum 15 x 10 wheels in the rear. Front and back Wilwood disc brakes are responsible for stopping Ron’s rod.

The interior is all hot rod with a Billet Specialties Lakester 14-inch half-wrap steering wheel capping an ididit polished stainless tilt steering column. A pair of Glide low-back leather bucket seats, door panels and suede headliner were stitched, covered and installed by Mark Davis and Bob Mosher at Portage Trim in Ravenna, OH. Engine-turned aluminum inserts accent the armrests of the door panels. A set of stylish Lokar door and window crank handles enhances the coupe’s interior décor.

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A version of this article first appeared in the October 2014 print issue of Drive Magazine.

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