TOP OF THE LINE BUILD! RATS GLASS BODY, ROADSTER SHOP FRAME, 406 V8, TREMEC 5SPD
Putting a modern spin on traditional rods is red hot right and it seems that everything old is new again. Rods like this bright yellow 1932 Ford 3-window coupe definitely have the right look, and thanks to decades of development, you can have the vintage look without the vintage headaches, because this one runs like a new car.
The body is fiberglass, "Rats Glass" fiberglass to be exact, but you'd never know it by looking. Ford's 3-window coupe is always a favorite and finishing it in bright yellow gives it a very definite show car vibe. But this is no homemade rod, with a recent professional build that takes great pains to look old but drive like new. Finish quality is excellent, disguising the fiberglass substrate as laser-straight sheetmetal and emphasizing the classic Ford shape. Door fit is exemplary, and the rear deck lid shows even gaps all around, which was tough even in 1932 with original Henry Ford steel. Subtle pin-striping and a "Little Deuce Coupe" moniker are the only deviations, as nothing else breaks up the miles deep yellow finish. The oversized commercial headlights give it a charming old-fashioned look and the chromed front end and 4" chopped top is pretty much mandatory if you're building a 3-window coupe. In back is the gas tank and polished spreader bar, and the LED taillights have been integrated into the tail panel. Believe it or not, this Deuce actually looks better in person than it does in our pics, and that's saying something.
Contrasting with the bright yellow paint, the upscale black interior is first-class travel all the way. With finish quality and features that kids in the '50s could only dream of, someone spent a ton of money finishing the inside of this little coupe. Glove-soft material on the seats and door panels make it feel more like a new luxury car, while things like the center-mounted gauges and their old-school pointers are a connection to the past. A modern billet steering wheel means that steering is easy and the leather-wrapped rim is a luxurious touch that you'll appreciate. Other concessions to modern convenience include power windows, a tilt steering column, and a Sony AM/FM/CD/AUX/Bluetooth head unit that powers the speaker system. The trunk is finished to match, with black carpets and matching black side panels, not to mention the built-in Kicker subwoofer, amplifier, and battery storage box.
Power is all about being reliable and easy to use, so a 406 cubic V8 (400 SBC bored .030 over) built Frank Hiorns Racing was dropped into the Ford's pointed snout, then liberally drenched with chrome and polished aluminum trim. It's a 415-horsepower motor with a modest cam, Victor Jr. intake manifold and Demon 4-barrel carburetor, Mallory distributor, and a Holley electric fuel pump. The frame is a Roadster Shop, and if you don't know how special that is, a quick Google will quickly enlighten you. The Heidts Super Bell chrome front straight axle and QA1 rear adjustable coilovers make this vintage coupe feel downright agile, and that awesome frame is painted yellow red to match the bodywork. Tremec provided the 5-speed manual that feeds a Ford 9-inch rear end, and you can bang through those gears without worry because the Wilwood 4-wheel discs will bring the whole show to a stop on a dime. And when you want to scare the neighbors or attract some more attention, rev up and let the exhaust flow through the Sanderson ceramic shorty headers and into the Flowmaster dual exhaust system. A classic big-n-little combination offers 195/60/15 front and 275/60/17 tires on American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels.
This car shows only 2,154 miles since it was built, meaning that it's sorted and ready to start pulling in the big trophies for the lucky new owner. Call now!
- Power Windows
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Coil-Over Suspension
- Tilt Wheel
- iPod Compatible
- Bluetooth Radio
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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