Rod & Custom Feature Car
'32 Ford Roadster
The original '32 frame has been reinforced with a tubular K-member. The suspension is simple traditional hot rod stuff, including the 4-inch dropped solid axle (possibly a vintage Dago axle) with '40 Ford spindles and brakes, split '36 wishbones, and stock spring and shocks in front. At the other end, a rear crossmember was added to fit the Model A buggy spring. The '39 rear hangs on shortened ladder bars with tubular shocks. Brakes and axles are stock.
Fifty years ago, the engine compartment was modernized with a '55 Chevy 265 overhead valve V-8, bored to 283ci. Greg had the drivetrain completely rebuilt, but maintained the original specs. The small-block was machined at the Block Shop in Denver and assembled by Lynn Newkirk in Arvada, Colorado. The '58 Corvette heads run early staggered bolt valve covers. Four Holley 94 carbs topped with helmet-style air cleaners feed a polished Weiand WC4D manifold. Josh Bjorgo at Rocky Mountain Street Rods bent the exhaust pipes, feeding exhaust from the '58 Chevy ram's-horn manifolds to Smitty mufflers. A chrome generator, polished fuel lines, chrome brackets, and a polished aluminum firewall dress things up. Ted Bowen from Denver assembled the '39 Ford three-speed, matched to a stock clutch and shifter. A shortened '48 Ford driveshaft spins the 4.11 gears in the '39 Ford rearend.
Wheels & Tires
When Hot Rod photographed the roadster for its February 1961 issue, Keith Treece had already added these custom hubcaps to the Ford wheels. These '56 Ford pickup wheels measure 15x6, roll on 5.90x15 and 7.60x15 BFGoodrich Silvertone bias-ply whitewalls and look just like the rolling stock of the early Sixties.
Body & Paint
The hand-formed aluminum track-nose that started it all, as well as the hood top and louvered sides, was reportedly built by Art Ingalls of Los Angeles in 1948. Keith Treece told Greg that he provided the 8-inch channel and the bobbed fenders (the combination was more common in rainy Seattle than sunny California). Treece also filled the seams, shaved the handles, and installed the Nerf bars.
This time around, Josh Bjorgo at Rocky Mountain Street Rods got the body back into shape and re-fit the aluminum track-nose assembly. The King Bee headlights and '39 taillights were retained from the original buildup. Fred Herring at Creative Visions in Thornton, Colorado, mixed and shot DuPont paint to recreate Bob Ellis' '59 Buick Lido Lavender paint job.
Acme Upholstery in Seattle originally stitched white tuck 'n' roll around a pair of MG buckets. Stewart-Warner curved-glass gauges-and a Sun tach-filled the polished insert in an Auburn dash. The interior was topped off with a 17-inch Bell steering wheel. A Corvette-style rear deck panel was finished with a chrome rollbar. The chalk white upholstery with lavender piping was redone by Jay Schluter at Pjays Upholstery in Denver and extends to the custom door panels and running boards. Black loop carpeting is just like it was. Josh Salter at Rocky Mountain Street Rods routed the wiring.
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