About 9 years ago I began to think about building another car, well I thought that I really wanted to have a ’32 Ford Roadster and since a nice roadster was a lot more expensive to purchase, I thought maybe I could build my own. I had never built a car literally from the ground up. I did a ground up restoration on my ’36 Cabriolet and if you saw what I started with you would probably shudder at the thought of doing a concourse restoration on the parts car that I brought home from California. Now it wasn’t exactly like those perfect California cars that we all hear about, it was just the opposite. The restoration turned out well and I won a Dearborn Award with 6 Medallions, Dearborn Emeritus and several Touring A awards as well.
When I decided to build a ’32, it couldn’t be all that difficult, RIGHT! My project began with an original ’32 frame from a Model B Roadster and title. That’s all I had to start with. I didn’t have an idea of what model I would be building so I started acquiring parts either from my own parts stash or from Cascade and Puget Sound Regional Group members, swap meets, V8 vendors and when necessary I called on my friends for help in the search.
This project didn’t start out by acquiring all the right parts and preassembling them to insure that everything would fit. NOPE! I did it the wrong way in that I would have parts of the project restored and upon assembly we discovered that some of the parts didn’t fit or would have to be modified to work. So it meant reengineering and recoating or repainting them before they could be used on the project in its’ final configuration.
This project started as a bare frame and every part that has been acquired to build this 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup came from my spare parts in the garage or were found and restored/refurbished to build my idea of a ‘50’s 1932 Hotrod “ONE PIECE AT A TIME”. In the beginning, a 1932 Model B Roadster bare frame and title were acquired in February, 2010 from Puget Sound member Chuck Pickney.
Another Puget Sounder, Jim Hendry called me about 5 years ago and asked if I had a body for the ’32 that I was building and I said no I hadn’t ordered one Brookville yet. Jim knew of a ’32 roadster pickup body and Model A bed that was available from the estate of a good friend who had passed away. The following weekend, Jim and I went down to Ritzville and I bought it on the spot and Jim trailered it home to Puyallup for me.
After the body was painted and I did some assembly work at home, my best friend, Gary Lees (Cascader and new Puget Sounder) suggested that I bring the ’32 over to his place so that we could work on it. We spent 3 ½ years working on the ’32 in Gary’s garage until it was completed last July. Gary also built the motor, transmission, Columbia and wired the car. If it weren’t for Gary, the car would still be in pieces today.
I remembered the Johnny Cash song, “One Piece at a Time” and that theme fit my Roadster Pickup perfectly as it describes how the car came to be. Except that the parts didn’t come from a Cadillac Assembly Plant.
Engine: 1953 Mercury Flathead 265 Cubic Inches, 3 x 2 Barrel Stromberg Carburetors and an original 1936 Ford fuel pump
Polished Navarro Aluminum heads and Intake manifold
Harmon Collins Dual Coil Distributor and twin ’46 Ford Coils one for each head
6-volt positive ground electrical system, relocated 6 volt battery under the bed
Transmission: Stock 1936 Ford
Rear-end: 1940 Ford w/3:78 gears, 1940 Columbia Two Speed Overdrive w/1936 controls.
Steering: Stock 1932 Ford with 1934 steering gear and Steering wheel
Front Axle: Original 1932 axle that was dropped 4 ½ inches
Body: 1932 Brookville Body with an Original 1932 Firewall, Grill and Grill Shell. Original 1936 Ford headlights and Original 1950 Lincoln taillights w/6-volt LED lights.
Dash: Brookville ’32 roadster dash with glove box. Restored original ’32 Stewart-Warner speedometer with a custom gauge panel and ’50’s Stewart-Warner gauges
Bed: Brookville Model A bed modified to mount to the Original 1932 Ford Frame, rolled rear pan with recessed license plate and ’50 Lincoln taillights. The front of the bed was raised and curved to match the curvature of the cab. Recessed ’32 gas tank access on the inside of bed. Oak wood bed.
Paint: Centari base coat/clear coat – custom mixed red color and black with scallops
Interior: Custom Crème Leather Upholstery with scalloped door panels and kick pads to match the exterior paint design. Upholstery designed and stitched by Darion Gross at Burien Upholstery, Burien, WA. 1932 Ford Seat Frame and Springs
Top: Black Chopped Top, Bows and Headliner Manufactured by Rod Tops
Tires and Wheels: Original 1936 Ford Wide 5 wheels that were disassembled and chrome plated. Firestone front tires, bias ply 4:75 x 16 and either 7:50 x 16 or 8:90 x 16 rear tires. Hubcaps are original 1936 Ford Deluxe Spyder caps.