Rod & Custom Feature Car
Doug Cooper
Oyster Bay Cove, New York
1932 Ford B400

Alan started with American Stamping framerails and boxing plates, and then added a flat front crossmember and a tubular center crossmember assembly. The rears of the 'rails were straightened and moved in 2 inches at the rear fender mounting locations. The front radius rods and beam axle were machined from aluminum by Perfection Hot Rod Parts, the new parts division of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop. The narrow 45 1/2-inch width and 4-inch drop allows a full-fendered car to sit as low as possible. Super Bell spindles, So-Cal Speed Shop Buick-style brakes, Bilstein shocks, and a Perfection Hot Rod Parts Panhard bar round out the front suspension. Out back, a Currie axle housing was reshaped with insert trim and molding before being fitted with Currie axles and 11-inch drum brakes with So-Cal Speed Shop Buick-style covers and custom backing plates. More Perfection radius rods locate the rear axle, which bounces on a Posies spring and Bilstein coilovers. A newly designed Perfection sway bar helps with handling. Steering is directed by a Borgeson Vega box, and brakes are activated with a Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation master cylinder.

The LS6 Corvette packs plenty of power in stock trim, but a COMP camshaft was added for good measure. The Kinsler fuel injection helps the mill look and run its best. MSD provided the spark, while Cerillo Garcia of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop built the headers that lead to Hushpower mufflers. The 4L60E transmission was built by Bowler Transmissions and equipped with a Compushift controller. A modified Walker radiator and Cooling Components electric fan keep things cool, while the handmade fan shroud and custom valve covers and air cleaner add another dimension of cool underhood.

Wheels & Tires
Dayton knock-off wire wheels with painted rims and polished spokes add vintage class to the Deucenberg. They're sized at 16x7 and 18x10, and wear Michelin rubber.

Body & Paint
Geez, where do we start? The crew at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop-which includes Alan, Tony Inman, Dino Garcia, and Cerillo-started with a '32 Tudor and cut the roof off above the window frames. The rear quarters and bustle were then reshaped to resemble a Victoria. The extended doors are shaped similar to a three-window coupe and swing on custom hinges. The A-pillars were leaned back and chopped ever so slightly ("I move it until it looks like what I'm looking for," Alan says), and the B-pillars were leaned forward and cut to match. A cloth-covered aluminum lift-off top keeps a lid on things. The entire body shell was widened slightly from the B-pillars forward to better flow into the '33-style cowl and lengthened hood. Cecil Taylor from Hercules Motor Car Company cut the louvers in the hood sides, angling each one slightly different so the front louver is parallel with the vertical grille shell and the rear matches the angle of the hood and cowl line. The Brookville grille shell was thinned 1 1/2-inches and filled with a Dan Fink insert. Funk reproduction front fenders and running boards are now one piece, with flush-fit rubber inserts. The fenders are also molded into the reshaped splash aprons. The Funk rear fenders are bobbed and have reshaped beads to better match the tire shape. The gas tank was custom fabricated to better match the curve of the rear bustle. Handmade front and rear bumpers are slightly shorter than stock and mount on custom irons and hardware. Greening Auto Company built the shallower-than-stock '34 commercial headlight buckets, which mount on '33 stands integrated in the front fenders. Taillights are Perfection Hot Rod Parts items with flush-fit bezels. Greg Chalcraft, Anthony Myrick, Wesley Johnson, Kelvin McKaig, and Tony Inman performed all the metal finishing work before the custom-mixed Glasurit paint was laid down. Jon Wright's CustomChrome Plating in Grafton, Ohio, gets credit for the plating, while Jeff Smith from Bowling Green, Kentucky, took care of the polishing.

A '32 three-window dash was modified to fit before being filled with a custom gauge housing and trim fabricated by Johnson's Hot Rod Shop. Classic Instruments built custom dials to fill the housing. The controls and vents for the Vintage Air system are more one-off items. The ididit column is topped with a custom-machined wheel shaped to match the gauge cluster, valve cover, and air cleaner inserts. The front bucket seats from Paul Atkins feature custom hardback moldings and polished trim. Paul used supple caramel-colored leather to stitch the front seats, matching rear bench, and custom side panels in a clean, classy pattern befitting such a distinguished car. Tasteful polished and plated trim is found throughout the interior, offset by African Waterfall Bubinga wood accents on the seats, shifter console, and steering wheel. Tunes come via a Sony sound system.