The engine under that correct-for-a-delivery 25 louver hood is a 265ci Chevy, pulled from a friend’s original ’57 210 hardtop as it “had a rattle”. When Richard tore it down he found it to be like new inside, the rattle coming from a loose balancer on the crankshaft. Tapping the crank and installing a bolt cured that problem! While it was apart he honed the bores, added a Duntov 3270 solid lifter cam and pop-up pistons, then dropped in an early cast-iron distributor and bolted on an Edelbrock 500 carburetor. He also added a Snow White water pump adapter, which moves the fan to the center of the radiator. The mid-’80s GM alternator and the A/C equipment are from Old Air, and the stainless steel exhaust manifolds came from Speedway Motors. A truck bellhousing with the hydraulic slave cylinder on the right hooks the small-block to a T5 trans from an ’80s Camaro, with an S10 tailshaft. An early ’60s Chevy truck master cylinder that combines the brake and clutch cylinders in a single unit is something Richard has employed on his builds for years.

Quite apart from the delivery conversion, there are two things that stand out on this Deuce. The first is the gas tank, or rather the lack of one. “I didn’t want the original gas tank to stick out beyond the body, so I fabricated a saddle gas tank with an odd-ball shape so it holds 20 gallons, though if I did it again I’d work with the stock tank,” he says. The filler is now in the floor behind the front seats. The other standout? Those wheels. Richard wanted to use 18-inch wires but wanted to use wider tires than originals would allow, so he sourced Motor Rim centers, designed for 17-inch wheels, and laced them to 4 1/4- and 5 1/2-inch hoops, dimpled and pierced by Buchanan’s in Azusa, California, who also made the spokes. The 700 and 500 Excelsior tires from Coker now provide the look he was after.

With black acrylic enamel by Gerardo Hernandez, and pinstriping by Dennis Ricklefs, the unique ’32 was finished last winter, just in time for what passes for winter in California to set in! However, Richard’s been enjoying it ever since, ensconced in saddle-colored leather seats taken from old furniture he had, while keeping an eye on a set of Stewart-Warner bubble glass gauges in a ’32 Cadillac dash insert. We’d say that’s vintage parts recycling at its finest!

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Richard Graves

Long Beach, California

1932 Ford Tudor delivery