Craig Townsend
Tustin Ranch, California
'32 Ford Sedan

Drivetrain: Craig wanted a '50s-era engine that would wake up the sedan. Reath Automotive in Signal Hill, California, built the stroked '57 392 Hemi, running Ross 10:1 forged pistons, Engle cam, and dual Edelbrock 600-cfm carbs. The Hemi is fired by a Vertex magneto and cooled by a Walker radiator and the stock fan plus two 5-inch electric fans. Headers are from Sanderson. Ron at Transmission Masters in Santa Ana, California, built the 727 Torqueflite transmission.

Chassis: The Tudor body rides on powdercoated rails from TCI Engineering, assembled and finished by Ron Bolton. The independent front suspension includes Aldan coilover shocks. The Ford 9-inch rearend houses 3.01:1 gears.

Wheels & Tires: The old-timey skinny tires on painted wire rims with center caps were more resto rod than hot rod and were replaced with period-perfect 15-inch Halibrand Sprints with three-wing knock-offs. BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires are P235/70R15s in back and P195/60R15s in the front.

Body & Paint: Craig bypassed most of the bodywork and paint by purchasing an original steel Tudor body in near-perfect condition, complete with stock bumpers and taillights. The maroon and black paint was on the car when he bought it, and Craig hasn't had to redo it. He added a Vintique billet aluminum LED third brake light and '50s-style Arrow aftermarket headlights on a headlight bar dropped by Pete Eastwood. Window glass came from Street Rod Glass in Riverside, California.

Interior: The interior is a work in progress and out-and-out hot rod, featuring '95 Pontiac Trans Am bucket seats done in tan leather and rear seats and door panels finished in vintage mohair. The aluminum center console was fabricated by Ron Bolton, who also built the custom dash and insert filled with VDO instruments. Air vents channel cool air from a Vintage Air A/C system. An Auto Meter Pro-Comp Memory Tach is mounted on the steering column behind the three-spoke Sprint Car-style steering wheel.