My interest in 32 Fords started at an early age as my father drove a Deuce Tudor to work everyday. Being in the Midwes,t the car was a little rusty, but that didn’t bother me. He would let me sit in his lap and steer the car. I wasn’t old enough to reach the pedals, but I knew someday I would own a Deuce. I wanted a 5 window coupe the most. I always thought they looked better than a 3 windows. That dream didn’t come true until 1965. I moved to Detroit and went to work for GM. All my fellow employees told me to read the Detroit News want ads on Sunday. The search took about 6 months but I eventually came up with a running driving real steel car…$500. A fortune in those days.
My wife let me store this beauty in the garage where I immediately disassembled the car to build my dream a clone of Harry Luzader’s drag car. I became a regular at the Logghe Stamping Company’s back room where they built all those beautiful chassis. A fellow named Rich Riddell built the chassis using coil overs on each corner. I spent every dime I could on this chassis and it was completed in about 6 months. I could not TIG weld at that time so I hired Rich to do it when he had time. Rich also ended up in California and built some amazing cars. He is now deceased. Building that car taught me a big lesson. If you want to go racing you need a lot of money.
The 70’s brought the Street Rod movement and I was in heaven. Why didn’t I think of starting NSRA. I quickly joined and became the representative for Michigan. My tenure was short. I started moving all over the country with my job at GM and did not have the time to devote to NSRA. I still loved the Deuce and became involved in making the first fabricated rails with a fellow named Mike Martens. Mike was a super craftsmen, machinist and fabricator. He was a cattle broker from Mendota, IL.
Over the years, I have been involved with several people who love Deuces. The love affair continues today with the thoughts of my father letting me drive the sedan…
While my love of 5 windows still lingers the cost of a good body is prohibitive for me. This one was for sale for $25K. Still available? I doubt it.[singlepic=3263]
This primer highboy is more my style. A patch panel or two, primer and rust…asking price $57K. Get the picture. Deuces are not part of the economic problems in the world.[singlepic=3264]
Dad would have liked to do his in this style but the roads were so rough we needed the fenders.[singlepic=3265]
Full fenders are nice and provide a more classical style. The chopped top and white walls look good on this sedan.[singlepic=3266]
O.K., so it is a 3 window. I have owned several but this was my favorite. Bud Bryan influenced me with his flathead roadster. I just had to build my first flathead motor. New 59L block (still in the cosmoline), Edelbrock slingshot, Sharp heads, Mercury crank and lots of $$$…even in 1968.[singlepic=3267]
John sent in this picture of the “Perfect Chop” This is Jan Carpenter’s 5 window. The Kennedy Boys chopped it 2 inches and Jan left it alone after the chop. This is the way is was done. Paint could come later. The motor was a 383 with lots of HP. Jay, her husband, is an engine builder.[singlepic=3268]
Oxide primer adds to the appeal of the 5 window coupe.
Full fendered and black make a perfect combination for any Deuce. Dad this one is for you…see you on the street.