Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bob Covino
East Falmouth, Massachusetts
'32 Ford

Recalling the days spent in the '50s hanging out in the garage with members of the Nomads car club, Bob opted for serious power for his roadster. Starting with a rare N.O.S. '46 Ford Flathead he purchased from engine master Ted Wingate, the engine was doused in vibrant red gloss and treated to loads of go-fast options, including Edelbrock heads and matching two-pot intake topped with a pair of Stromberg 97s wearing Bell-styled air cleaners. To further up the ante, a 12-volt electrical system was added to light the fire while Fenton headers dump the spent gasses through Smitty's mufflers. An N.O.S. '39 Ford box was added to keep with the "real hot rods have three pedals" theme.

Selecting a proper spine for the Deuce left no margin for error, and Bob decided to run with the real deal once he was shown a clean, genuine Ford chassis. Reading like a speed shop's wish list, the crew at Lowrey's set the chassis up starting with a frontend that includes a glistening chromed 4-inch dropped Super Bell axle held in place with a POSIES spring and SO-CAL radius rods, while the steering gets navigated through a Flaming River box. Stopping power is compliments of SO-CAL's finned Buick brake drums filled with discs for unquestionable pedal control. Out back, a '40 Ford rearend is filled with 3.78 cogs, and suspension comes by way of a stock '40 Ford spring with chrome tube shocks riding shotgun as '40 Ford brakes help bring the car to a screaming halt when called on.

Wheels & Tires
If you want the late-'40s feel, there's only one way to get to the head of the class, and that's by calling in a set of dazzling red 16x4 and 16x6 steelies. Shod with Firestone double wide whites, measuring 600-16 up front and 750-16 out back, the whole package is rounded out by plenty of trim rings and Ford scripted caps.

Body & Paint
Settling for nothing less than perfection, the factory fresh Brookville body was treated to plenty of finessing by the talented hands at Lowrey's to ready it for a decadent coating of DuPont Go-Fast Maroon. Neat custom touches include a chopped windshield frame, '39 Ford taillights, Guide headlights, a Brookville grille shell filled with an insert by Dales, and the creative 'striping talents of East Coast line-legend Larry Hook.

Wanting a period-perfect business office, the interior duties were handed over to none other than LeBaron Bonney, who stitched up total perfection thanks to plenty of dark brown hides and matching carpeting. A LimeWorks steering column topped with a gennie '40 Ford wheel helps negotiate the turns, while Stewart Warner gauges keep Bob informed of all the vitals. The icing on the cake is the heather-colored ragtop that blends perfectly with the Deuce's theme.