Rod & Custom Feature Car
Los Angeles, California
1932 Ford Sedan
The frame for the L.A. Sedan came from Squeak Bell at Kiwi Connection in Bakersfield; the Deuce 'rails are bobbed in the rear and reinforced with a front and rear crossmember and an X-member in the center. In the front, a Chassis Engineering I-beam axle, dropped 5 inches, has been drilled with lightening holes and mounted to Total Cost Involved spindles. The suspension includes Pete & Jake's shocks, Durant monoleaf springs, drilled hairpins, and a Panhard bar. Steering is handled with a Sprint Car steering assembly from Gary Schroeder Enterprises. A So-Cal Buick drum-style disc brake system takes care of braking in front; the rearend is a heavy-duty Speedway Engineering quick-change with 3.25:1 limited-slip gears, with more Pete & Jake's components, including ladder bars, shocks, and Model A leaves. Brakes are Buick-style drums from John's Industrial.
Steve and his crew went all out on the Hemi, inside and out. The '58 392 was sent to Ollie Hellert at Ollie's Machine Works in Van Nuys, California, where the cylinders were bored 0.040 over and the assembly was balanced and blueprinted, and rebuilt using Egge 9.3:1 pistons and a P.A.W. cam. Frog's-mouth scoops cap a six-pack of chromed Stromberg 97s plumbed by Chad Blundell at Blundell Speed & Machine in Orange, California, sitting atop an Edelbrock ram log intake. The valve covers are from Moon, with Offenhauser breathers. Tri-C built the accessory brackets. The custom headers run exhaust through Flowmaster Hushpower mufflers-or bypass them altogether via an owner-designed manifold (highlighted in the June '08 issue). The ignition is an original Joe Hunt Scintilla vertex magneto, and the radiator is the original brass unit from Boyce Asquith's famous '32 roadster from the late '80s. The Stick City staff in Sun Valley, California, did their stuff on the '62 Muncie M21 four-speed, reassembled using a McLeod clutch, flywheels, and discs, and operated by a custom shifter.
Wheels & Tires
There was too much dazzle coming off the engine compartment to go with painted wheels. Instead, Steve opted for a set of Radir Tri-Rib rims-15x4s in front and 15x8s in the rear. The meats had to be wide whites to add to the overall brightness and to balance the bright-white top. These pie-crust Firestones have 21/2-inch whitewalls. Fronts are 5.6x15s, and the cheater slicks measure 8.20x15.
Body & Paint
Art Regan at Carland Auto Body in Danbury, Connecticut, chopped the original steel Tudor body before it made the trip to the West Coast. Once in Los Angeles, more body mods were made, including the polished and louvered bellypans and custom rear pans, and a recessed license plate niche between recessed Pontiac taillights and above the old-time pushbar. A custom steering arm blister was created for the driver side of the cowl, and an early Ford monocle mirror was added to the driver-side door. The firewall is chromed steel-the way they used to do it. Tommy Otis, along with Oscar, Manny, and Tito Cardono, finished it up with traditionally styled flames and 'stripes over jet-black. Fidel Paniagua at Theatrical Auto Body stepped in for some post-paint massaging.
The interior responsibilities were turned over to Albert Lara in North Hollywood, California, who covered the early Ford Mustang buckets in red wine-colored Naugahyde. On the floor, it's charcoal-colored Mercedes carpet, chosen to highlight the dark-red upholstery, not compete with it. The door panels were finished in a 1-inch tuck 'n' roll pattern to go along with the whole traditional character of the car. Likewise, Stewart Warner Classic gauges were added to the original dash, set off with a custom engine-turned insert embellished with more 'striping. Tri-C Engineering built the custom steering column, topped off with a dished steering wheel from Grant Products. The brake and clutch pedal arms have been drilled. Michael Grella of California Muscle Cars connected all the wires using a Painless Wiring kit.