All-steel pro-built roadster. Admit it, this is the one you’d build anyway—why reinvent the wheel? ZZ3 crate motor, 700R4 overdrive, rumble seat, two sets of wheels & tires. Exceptional build quality, fully sorted, ready to rumble!
Basic black is always the right choice when you’re building a rod and the beautiful high-gloss finish on this roadster highlights the laser-straight bodywork, which is fresh out of the presses Brookville, Ohio. They added a new Rootlieb hood (also steel) with traditional hinges and louvers, and a simple ’32 grille shell up front. Details like the door handles have been shaved, but they kept the hinges for an old-school vibe and there’s even a cowl vent at the base of the windshield to help with warm day fun. Custom additions include the ’50 Pontiac taillights with blue dots, the big Ford commercial-style headlights, and chrome spreader bars, but for the most part, this is exactly the car you remember from your youth.
Inside, it’s still 1932 Ford, including the handsome brown leatherette upholstery, which accurately replicates Henry’s work. It’s a bit more room inside than an original and even people over six feet tall will be able to get comfortable behind the wheel. Simple door panels with map pockets add a modicum of practicality, and the nicely finished carpets on the floor and firewall not only look great but help control noise and heat. The steering wheel is a custom 1940 Ford unit that was cut down to be a bit more manageable, and it lives on a tilt column so it’s easy to settle in for a long cruise. The engine-turned dash panel looks fantastic and is filled with vintage-looking Auto Meter gauges that are joined by a matching tach tucked underneath. This rod is also a little practical, offering a functional rumble seat for two additional passengers, and the battery is hidden back there for easy access. There is no top, but adding one would be no big deal if that’s what you really want, although we’d argue that if you need a top on your Deuce, you’re doing it wrong.
The engine is a ZZ3 crate motor, so it’s built right and with 290 horsepower on tap it’s still ludicrously fast. On the other hand, it starts instantly, idles smoothly, and thanks to a reasonable exhaust system, it doesn’t make your ears bleed. Topped by a Holley 4-barrel, it doesn’t break any new ground, but thanks to some vintage parts like the ‘50s Cadillac air cleaner and finned Edelbrock valve covers, it looks right in the old Ford. It was painted Oldsmobile Green just to add a bit of a twist, and we have to say that we love the way it contrasts with the gray firewall—a little nod to tradition. It still runs factory exhaust manifolds, so no more leaky, noisy headers and there’s a giant Walker radiator up front that keeps everything nice and cool. Add in a few splashes of chrome and you have an engine that you’ll be happier to show off but even happier to drive home.
The frame is a Brookville ’32, including the unique frame rails with fender lines. A dropped I-beam front axle features disc brakes, while the Ford 9-inch rear hangs on a 4-link with coil-over shocks. The transmission is a 700R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive, so it’s quick, easy to handle, and shockingly mellow on the highway, especially with 3.55 gears out back. Note that the chassis is as beautifully finished as the bodywork, with beautiful stainless hard lines, a custom stainless exhaust system, and a transmission cooler tucked into the frame. The car currently sits on painted black steel wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, plus a set of staggered 6.00R16 front and 7.50R16 rear blackwall radials that look brutal and handle great. It also includes a set of restored red steel wheels with trim rings and staggered bias-ply wide whites if you like a more traditional look.
This car is NSRA certified and is titled as a 1932 Ford.
If you’re thinking you still want to build your own after looking at this Ford, don’t kid yourself—this is the car you were going to build anyway. It’s built to a higher standard than 90% of the rods we see at shows, and it is 100% sorted and an absolute joy to drive. Why build the same car for 25% more money and have to wait two or three years to start having fun? This car gets everything right, runs like a million bucks, and shows exceptionally well. If you want a traditional hi-boy, this car just nails it on every single level. Call today!
For more details and photos, please visit www.HarwoodMotors.com