Rod & Custom Feature CarMichael BunchMorristown, Tennessee'32 Ford roadster
DrivetrainIf you expected the engine to look as good as the rest of the car, your expectations would be met by a 425-horse, crate 383 Chevy dressed up with polished heads and matching custom Moon valve covers and air cleaner. A Barry Grant SixShooter triple-deuce setup handles the induction, and exhaust flows through Sanderson headers and Flowmaster mufflers. Lines are braided steel. The automatic is a TH350 with a B&M trans cooler and 3,000-rpm stall converter. A polished Currie 9-inch loaded with 3.50:1 gears completes the package.
ChassisThe chassis started with a reproduction '32 frame from Alloway's Hot Rod Shop. Pete & Jake's supplied the front shocks and springs along with the four-bar and Super Bell tube axle and spindles. A Mullins billet Vega box controls the steering. The front brakes are a Functional Fakes' setup consisting of Wilwood calipers and rotors inside Buick-style drums. Drums were retained in the rear, with Aldan shocks and springs.
Wheels & TiresThe big 'n' little tire and wheel combo is just enough to give Mike's Deuce the proper proportions and a perfect rake. The rear fenders are filled with P255/60R17 Goodyear Eagle bias-ply blackwalls on 17x9.5 Billet Specialties Legacy series five-spokes with three-wing spinners. The look is mirrored in the front with P185/60R15 Eagles on 15x6 rims.
Body & PaintMike Rutter, Greg Whitehead, Bobby Johnson, and Jeff Cross from Rutterz Rodz spent a lot of time working on the brand-new Dearborn Deuce convertible body to make sure all panels were straight and smooth and that all gaps were a uniform 3/16-inch. Steel fenders were cut apart and re-assembled for a perfect fit with the wheel arches in the correct position. The Rootlieb four-piece hood, splash apron, and framehorn covers were also modified to fit. The Moon tank is mounted in front of a one-off billet grille created by Jim Rench. The custom top header bows were modified to create the correct proportion between the windshield and top. The black finish is from DuPont's Hot Hues line, shot by Mike Rutter. Stan Tipton's beltline graphics picks up the look of original woodgrain.
InteriorPaul Atkins upholstered the custom-built bench and door panels with deep tan leather. The interior combines components from various cars and decades, including the '56 Chevy steering wheel (shrunk 1 inch at Quality Restorations), a '33 Dodge instrument cluster with gauges rejuvenated by Classic Instruments, and an early '30s Chevy heater box, which now houses the controls and vents for Vintage Air A/C and heat. Clay Cook made knobs to match the steering wheel center. The pedals are Lokar parts, along with the shifter with a custom knob from Quality Restorations.