Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bo Bertilsson
Costa mesa, california
1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe

Bo started with an original '32 frame, keeping the stock K-member but replacing the front and rear crossmembers with Model A pieces. The frame was kicked up 6 inches in the rear. The front suspension consists of a Magnum 4-inch dropped I-beam with '39 Ford spindles with drilled '40 Ford backing plates and drums, a monoleaf spring, and split '34 wishbones. Steering is handled by an F-1 'box.

The '50 Ford 239ci Flathead had been rebuilt and was still in good shape when Bo found it, so he dressed it up with a set of polished Cyclone aluminum heads, an Offenhauser dual-carb intake with rebuilt Stromberg 97s, and modified Speedway Motors tube headers with dual Smithy mufflers. A truck bellhousing surrounds a lightened stock steel flywheel and 10-inch clutch and attaches a rebuilt '39 Ford three-speed with Lincoln gears.

Wheels & Tires
Hollywood flipper hubcaps cover the '40 Ford 16x4.5 wheels (reversed rim in the rear) and are accented with wide whites from Coker Tire (6.00s and 7.00s)

Body & Paint
The five-window body has seen its share of hardship in its 76 years of existence. Once Erik at Scandinavian Street Rod had returned the body back to roughly its original shape, thanks to several new panels from Brookville and Walden Speed Shop, it was channeled 5 inches and chopped 3 inches. A few of the custom touches include the two sunken antennas in the right quarter and the '53 Buick taillights in the rear panel. A pair of original hood tops was louvered by Geoff Mitford-Taylor in Huntington Beach. Bo spent a lot of time prepping the body before it was sprayed by Spade Bros. The eye-popping color is a combination of PPG red candy and Roth silver 'flake.

It took three different upholstery guys to get everything in the interior-including the modified Glide bench, stitched in the same white pearl Naugahyde-to make it the GNRS. The hard thing will now be keeping all that white upholstery clean. A LimeWorks steering column supports an early '60s Cadillac steering wheel. The stock dash houses a modified '57 Olds dash insert, which Skratch pinstriped around. The bottom portion of a Knecht Auburn panel was modified, shortened, and attached to the bottom of the dash for the key and switches.

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