We’re almost to 2020 and it seems like we are in the middle of the “Convenience-Age.” From on-line grocery ordering with same-day pickup, overnight delivery of pretty much anything you can imagine, to big box stores bringing your order to your car in the parking lot, apparently we are too busy to shop for ourselves. Heck, I could get on-line right now and order everything to build a hot rod and have it delivered within a few days! A new body, chassis, power train, electrical, upholstery, wheels, and tires. I don’t know about you, but I still like doing some things the hard(er) way. When it comes to automobiles, there’s nothing like authenticity and originality. The seller of this 1932 Ford 5-window is hoping you feel the same way. It can be found here on Hemmings.com with an asking price of $34,500. Being sold by Street Dreams Texas, the ad touts “…Henry Ford all steel…” which is a claim fewer and fewer projects can make. I’ve followed the guys at Street Dreams Texas located in Fredericksburg for quite a few years. They always have a mix of really cool cars and trucks for sale. Their website says they sold over $1.8 million in classic trucks in 2018! Wow! While they normally sell in-tact cars, apparently they made an exception with this one. Let’s take a closer look at this ride and see what it’s all about.
Here is a good shot of the chassis. There are quite a few details in the ad, but here are the highlights. The engine is a rebuilt 1959 Chevrolet 283 ci V8 that features Power-Pack heads and 4bbl carb. The transmission is a “66ish” Ford Mustang floor shifted 3-speed manual connected to the enclosed driveshaft. The front axle is from 1932 with the rear being from 1940. It features 3.54 gears and NOS drum brakes. The steering gearbox is from a 1953 Ford F100 truck which turns 1948 Mercury 15” steel wheels.
Based on the photos and information in the ad, it seems like this is a fairly complete project. The hood sides, rear decklid, and windshield frame are included. Some decisions will need to be made regarding the direction of the build, but this would make a pretty cool rat rod. What do you think? How would you finish it?