Classic Car Overview
1932 Ford Dearborn Deuce The 32 Ford featured a lot of firsts and also lasts, which helped endear it to hot rodders. It was the first year of the flathead V-8, which was the first V-8 in an affordable, mass market automobile. Initially too expensive for teenage hot rodders, it offered an easy platform to install a fast flathead once those engines became plentiful and cheap. Supply and affordability were key contributors to virtually anything hot rodders incorporated into their cars in the pursuit of style and speed. For consignment #97 body from the Dearborn Deuce company, which capitalized on the popularity of the quintessential hot rod configuration in the 32 Deuce coupe by Henry Ford. Capitalizing on the V8 power, all steel construction when most cars of the time were still wrapping wood with metal, and just the overall look would inspire several generations into the Hot Rodding genre. All steel, slightly reconfigured to allow for the totally hidden top when down, this rodder retains its fenders and running boards, and shows in two tone paint which is nearly perfect. And we have not even touched on the power! Read on and you too will be impressed. Exterior Subtle design changes to accommodate that hiding top, but very much like the penned original from Henry. Reading like a whos who of the automotive aftermarket parts market, this all steel straight as arrows paneled body minds its gaps with the ultimate in fastidiousness and the lower part of the car is bathed in deep end of the pool blue. Rootlieb provides the hood and sides which is painted in black for the top, and the sides in the deep blue, also sporting some chromed vents on either side. Brookville roadster gives us the grille shell with finished off the center front of this rodder using chromed vertical ribs within a metal surround. Chromed headlights hang off either side and a support bar attaches to the curvaceous fenders which undulate their way rearward to the rear fenders, all connected by a running board with chromed strips for some grips. At the belt line a white stripe races around the grille front cowl, body and hidden top cover, and does a lap to delineate the black from the blue. A beautifully chromed windshield surround. More curves for the custom rear roll pan and a surprisingly large trunk covered by a downward curving lid with round taillights, a chromed pumpkin and chromed exhaust tips peeking out from the bottom flanking the rear. American Racing provides the torque thrust 5 spokes in shiny chrome all wrapped in BF Goodrich Advantage T/As on all 4 corners. I dare you to find a fault on this finish or steel panels. Interior Popping the remote doors with a hidden rear fender switch (a seemingly must do with these hot rods called hide the door opener from the writer , and it could be nearly anywhere and usually is!) and the door panels are covered in smooth black and robin egg blue leather. These panels and their design move into the interior on the Wise Guys power lumbar adjustment seats presenting in high back buckets, wider than most and padded more than most. Robin egg blue inserts are surrounded by black bolsters and headrests. In front of the seats a modern banjo style wheel sits atop a Faming River steering column. A simple curved metal dash in black houses Hot Rods by Dean gauges, and an A/C vent on either corner. The gauge cluster is kept simple and tight and is surrounded by a winged ribbed chrome bezel. Just below is the oval controller for the Vintage Air, and even lower is a digital Alpine AM/FM/CD player neatly inserted. Just below on the floor is a custom center console housing a Lokar shifter. Black carpet is covering the floor, and a shout out to the canvas top in back which is absolutely showroom. Drivetrain Under the cowls is an all polished, beautifully built 454ci V8 topped with Edelbrock heads, and polished intake manifold plus a Holley 850 carburetor. Shiny and supple Gota Show hoses are used throughout, and exhaling is done through Sanderson headers, which flow into a stainless steel 2-1/2 inch exhaust piping system. A Walker radiator keeps everything all cool for this hot looking mill. Undercarriage A Brookville roadster frame holds the Dearborn steel above, and provides the structure for the necessary suspension, and drivetrain mountings. Speaking of which we see a totally chromed C-3 Vette rear, and upfront a Heidts front end also chromed. Back to the back is a stainless-steel fuel tank flanked by more polished chrome axles shocks and A arms. Chromed disc brake covers are on all 4 corners. Again, to the front where we note coil over suspension more disc braking, and super polished rack and pinion steering mechanism. Stainless steel braided hoses used all over, and all the rest is bathed in the body matching blue. Not much dirt under here to be seen, and it is definitely a show car. Drive-Ability This rod fired up with a mighty roar, and I slipped inside with a smile on my face. She took off to the test track like a rocket launched from the pad and handled the test track with ease. Great handling, fantastic acceleration, smooth braking, and even a nice comfortable low RPM cruise. A head turner to say the least it is a class above the usual hot rod build with all the polish and detail attention. Over the top would best describe this Dearborn Deuce. A list a mile long on all the parts used for the build, and a full-time polisher may be needed to keep just the engine and undercarriage shiny! (NOT!) A wonderful hide-away top, all comfortable interior, and plenty of power to put to the ground, this classic needs to be seen to be believed. All in Black and Blue which is how you will leave anyone who dares challenge you. I can tell you its amazing though...but come see for yourself!