Jimmy Houston
Billings, Missouri
1932 Ford Coupe Chassis
This five-window still employs the original chassis it left the factory with almost 80 years ago, though it now has Model A crossmembers front and rear, and the rear framehorns have been removed, as has the stock gas tank. A 4-inch-dropped SuperBell I beam is hung on a split wishbone and a Posies spring, with a Pete & Jakes Panhard bar and same-make shocks, bolted to F-100 upper mounts. The '39 Ford spindles mount the '37 brakes with those wide-five drums. The original pedal assembly actuates a '39 master cylinder, while the original steering box is now hooked to a '39 column.

Debating whether to install a '57 Hemi or a Flathead while building the coupe, Jimmy opted for the FoMoCo mill, a 255ci Merc motor of '50 vintage. It still wears its factory two-barrel intake and 94 carburetor, and the original distributor, but with 8mm Taylor wires. Dress-up items are limited to chrome acorn nuts, chrome water pipes, and a Mr. Roadster air cleaner, though Speedway Motors' lakes-style headers are a little more free-flowing than the stock manifolds. Painted black, they suit the "no bling" theme of the coupe. A '39 Top Loader trans case was filled with Zephyr gears by Harold Hale, with a pickup tail housing added to allow for the use of an open driveshaft, necessary owing to the use of a '46 pickup rearend. This is hung on a '36 wishbone and uses '37 axles. Again, '37 wide-five brakes are used.

Wheels & Tires
The '37 Ford wheels are what sets this Deuce apart, with 16x3s up front and 16x14.5 on the rear, clothed in Coker Firestone rubber all round-6.00x16 and 7.60x16 respectively. No caps or rings are used (they'd hide the unique wheel centers anyway!), though the drums are painted body color.

Body & Paint
The body was in exceptional condition when purchased, with a little surface rust, and modifications have been kept to the installation of frenched '50 Pontiac taillights. The grille and insert are the originals, though a Rootlieb hood top covers the engine. The body, chassis, and running gear were all painted in PPG Winter Leaf Brown by the owner and Stan Shobe. What little chromework is on the car was handled by Performance Plating in Olathe, KS.

A '37 Ford banjo steering wheel dominates the interior, which features mainly stock '32 items, such as the dash insert, now filled with Stewart-Warner gauges, and the original seat, upholstered in brown Naugahyde by Ray Petre in Ozark, MO. The custom-designed door panels are covered in the same material, while the American Autowire harness was installed by the owner. There's no stereo in this hot rod, the sound of the Flathead through those uncorked headers providing all the sounds needed.