Classic Car Overview
1932 Ford Roadster For as long as there have been cars, there have been people modifying them to make them go faster and look better. Auto racing goes way back to the 19th century. Hot rods-as we know them-came along sometime in the 1930s, when a bunch of amateur car enthusiasts in Southern California started stripping down cheap roadsters, mostly Ford Model As and Deuces, to race them on the dry lake beds in the Mojave Desert. Those young gearheads werent thinking about starting a movement or launching a worldwide hobby and a gigantic aftermarket industry, but they did. For consignment the quintessential hot rod format with open engine compartment with extra gleam factor added on, big power, no top, no fenders, no running board, just a side pipe on either side now. A simple front windshield, hopped up suspension and California here we come. Drop the hanky baby... Exterior Sporting an all fiberglass body from Rod and Race Corp, we have nicely preserved simple small panels all draped in Midori Sour Green. A radiator cowl in Midori with enclosed radiator and a simple vertical bar stainless grille is flanked by stalk mounted headlights on either side and some small turn signals below are noted. The blinged out engine is totally uncovered and is looking fab for all the world to see. The rounded firewall cowl frames the simple straight windshield. As we move downward noted are small suicide doors which lead us rearward to the rounded off rear deck. Here we see no bumpers, no fenders, and just pointed oval teardrop style taillights and the trunk hold down. Chromed side pipes with heat shields make getting in while they are hot just a bit safer. Very stripped down, very lightweight, and very cool. 15-inch polished Centerline Hurricane wheels are wrapped by 205/65R15s in front, and wide 295/50R15s in back all with plenty of tread for that extra grip. Interior A swing of the suicide doors and the ultimate in simplicity and weight loss is present with a bench back and bucket seat setup that shows larger rounded bolsters in front for your knee comfort. This is showing in a nice beige vinyl. Racing through these seats, is a thin console made from teak wood, also topped with beige vinyl, and some carpeting on the squared off sides. The Lokar shifter is housed here and some speakers for the sound experience are mounted on either side just before the toe kick area. Under the dash this thin console widens and on top is a digital Kenwood AM/FM/CD player in its own handmade box. Just above is the metal dash which swoops downward and upward forming an elongated eye if you will. Here we see a lineup of Dolphin gauges, white faced with black lettering. A rear-view mirror is mounted to the slightly overhanging metal Midori painted dash top. Fronting the dash is an Ididit tilt steering column topped with a Rodz wood rimmed steering wheel. A flip of the rear lid, and we see beige carpeting and floating within this carpeting is a fuel cell and the battery. Drivetrain Wide open for inspection is the metal, cast chrome and machined 350ci V8. This has a Holley 4-barrel carb on top, and it is protected and aided in airflow by a cast aluminum scoop. Strapped to the rear of this mill, is a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission. Headers, supple wiring, and hoses abound. An aluminum radiator is now cooling this engine, and for the rear axle its a Ford 9-inch posi. Undercarriage This fiberglass body sits on a square tube frame which is painted in the body matching Midori Sour. The rear axle takes on this paint as well and slim suspension parts chime in too in the green. All the rest is fiberglass with a coating of matte black on it and looking clean and of course rust free. Suspension is front independent with coil overs, and on back a 4 bar setup with coil overs. Power disc brakes are on front, and power drums for the back. A very nice undercarriage presentation. Drive-Ability This old skool rodder fired right up and on the test track it wants to keep going in a straight line. I wrestled it though to take some turns and it did so effortlessly, it came to a quick stop, and did so bias free. Interior is comfy, and all functions were working at the time of my drive. A fiberglass Rod and Race Hot Rod body all stripped down for less weight, which translates to more speed. Simple to wrench on with the open engine, and a simple but comfy and all-encompassing interior. A souped up, rodded, suicide door, fender-less racer, yearning for the next run on the flats. Will this be coming soon to a neighborhood near you?!