Tom LeonardoAnaheim, California'32 Ford Five-Window Coupe
DrivetrainThe 327 Chevy engine was built by Tom. Check out the clearcoat wire leads-they're original '60s items. A Muncie four-speed box connects to a '57 Ford 9-inch rearend spinning 3.70:1 gears. The exhaust pipes were handmade by Tom. "They're a little loud. I might plumb them into pipes and mufflers underneath one day."
ChassisBuilt the old-fashioned way, the boxed '32 'rails are linked by '34 Ford rear and Model A front crossmembers. The rear suspension is based on the original Deuce suspenders, and the front '32 I-beam axle was drilled and dropped 3 inches, then mounted on reversed eyes. You'll find '40 Ford juice brakes at all corners, and the Vega steering box is controlled by a '36 Ford column.
Wheels & TiresChrome covers Ford wheels; fronts are 15x5 and the 15x7 rears have reversed centers. The big/little whitewalls are Firestone 5.60-15 fronts and Radir Dragster M/T 8.20-15 cheater slicks rear. Slap on a set of baby moon hubcaps and you're halfway back to the '60s.
Body & PaintTom did all the bodywork himself. He filled the roof, allowing a lip to accommodate the fake insert that's made of old-style vinyl, and he chopped the top 2 1/2 inches straight across. When the sheetmetal was to his liking, Tom went to an old pro who's familiar with '60s-style paint-Stan Betz-to mix the color. "We call it Back Alley Metallic Blue," says Tom, because they actually mixed the color in Stan's back alley.
InteriorTito Carrasco, who owns Bon-A-Rus Upholstery in Orange, California, always upholsters Tom's hot rods, and it was no different with this Deuce. The bench seat-made from a '32 bottom and Model A back-is trimmed with white and metalflake blue vinyl, and a Haneline engine-turned insert holds Stewart Warner gauges, with a Moon tach on the '36 Ford column. Air conditioning is original, consisting of the cowl vent and rear roll-down window.