Rod & Custom Feature Car
Martin Nooney
Apple Valley, California
1932 Ford Three-Window Coupe

One of the reasons Martin went to So-Cal for this project is because he wanted their chassis components on the car, which is what he got, starting with So-Cal's Step-Boxed '32 Ford frame. The Super Bell 4-inch drop I-beam axle runs between Magnum spindles with So-Cal's hidden disc brakes. Hairpin radius rods, Panhard bar, leaf springs, and Pete & Jake's shocks are all from the So-Cal catalog. A Vega box handles steering. The rear features a Currie 9-inch with 31-spline axles, 3.73:1 gears, and drum brakes, plus ladder bars and coil-overs with So-Cal Speedshocks. The fuel tank is from Vintique.

A brand new GM Performance Parts crate engine was one of the specific requirements for the coupe, and the 405-horse ZZ383, assembled by Pace Performance, fits the bill. Martin knows that "a hot rod should have more than one carburetor," and this one has a pair of 4-barrels on a dual-quad manifold, all from Edelbrock. The air cleaners were shot with black wrinkle-finish powdercoating to match the valve covers. The serpentine set-up is a Vintage Air FrontRunner system. The Sanderson block-hugger headers and exhaust system are ceramic coated all the way to the MagnaFlow mufflers. A Walker radiator was added to keep everything cool. Torrance Transmission provided the Chevy Turbo 350 automatic, connected to the Currie rearend by an Inland Driveline driveshaft.

Wheels & Tires
Ryan and Martin thought about mounting steelies, but ultimately decided to go with these Classic Five five-spokes from Team III, which provide enough brightness to keep up with the impact of the paint. The 16x9 and 15x5 rims are wrapped with Continental radials, measuring 255/70R16 and 195/60R15.

Body & Paint
The three-window coupe exterior is a combination of parts and materials, starting with the 3-inch chop '32 Ford fiberglass body from Deuce Custom, and continuing with the Brookville fenders, Rootlieb steel hood and the Vintique grille shell finished with a Dale's insert. Stock-style hinges and handles were added to give the body an authentic appearance and add a little ornamentation. Body finishing and paint was handled by Luis Ramirez and Sean Dooley. Martin's ideal hot rod color is red, and So-Cal certainly helped make the point.

The black interior is where "simple" really paid off. The dash is as clean as they could make it, with Stewart-Warner gauges in a So-Cal insert. Martin said he was pretty excited about having Gabe's Upholstery doing the tuck `n' roll stitching in black vinyl on the Glide bench seat and the door panels. The Vintage Air A/C controls are hidden beneath the dash and the radio--when one is added--will be mounted under the seat and operated with remote control. A '40 Ford-style steering wheel is mounted on a Limeworks column. The shifter and handbrake are from Lokar. Scotty "Dirty" Howard did the wiring using a So-Cal harness.