1932 Ford Roadster - $95,000.00

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1932 Ford Roadster 1932 Ford Custom Roadster
1932 Ford Custom - The Texas Playboy



There may be other 32 Fords out there but not all cars are created equal. This beautiful built 32 Roadster is the brain child of Brian Bass with Bass Kustoms who fully documented the build process online over on the H.A.M.B. on Jalopy Journal. That post is still there and features a page outlining the build followed by 12 additional pages full of complements for Bass and his 59 styled Roadster. That is part of what makes this 32 so cool and stand out next to others. It wasn't meant to be a modern style hot rod but one that pays homage to the style of car customizations back in the 50s. It even wears a 1959 license plate...talk about detail. There is no doubting Bass does amazing work and why he joined the team on Fast N Loud to lead some of their period correct builds.



This car is known as the Texas Playboy and only the best hands in the business took part in its construction. In addition to Bass's work the interior was done at Fat Lucky's in Austin, Texas and the motor by Eric Carter in Azle, Texas. It was clear Bass had a vision in mind and new the people that would make it happen. The result is a one of a kind well known Hot Rod that truly has its own place in Hot Rodding history. The car also received a very nice write up in the Rodder's Journal which is one of the most highly regarded publications in the Hot Rodding world.



A copy of the article is available for review as well as a bunch of build pictures.



We could write pages upon pages of all the quality workmanship in the car and even still know we will leave something out. So lets stick with the basics to give you an idea of the cars specs.

BODY

1932 Ford Roadster, Brookville Roadster out of Brookville, Ohio

Body reinforced and braced with 1-inch square tubing

Original '32 Ford firewall

Vintique '32 Ford grille shell filled and peaked

Vintique grille insert

'32 Ford windshield, chopped 3 inches

Brookville Rootlieb 4-piece steel hood, 3 inch louvers by Kenneth Reierson

KD Lamp 7 inch headlights

'51 Buick Special taillights

Bodywork by Collision Specialists, Mansfield, Texas




PAINT

Sikkens Black 2-stage acrylic urethane

Paintwork by Collision Specialists

Engine painted '51 Ford Hawaiian Bronze by George Deruvo, Dallas, Texas

Pinstriping by Brian Bass, Bass Kustoms, Dallas, Texas




INTERIOR

Pearl White and Black vinyl with Gold piping

Upholstery by Sean Johnstun, Fat Lucky's, Austin, Texas

Bronze and Gold Trinidad carpeting

Glide Engineering bench seat

'32 Ford dash with '57 Ford F-100 dash insert welded in place

Dash chromed, painted and pinstriped

'57 Ford gauges

'50 Ford steering wheel, Pearl White

'38 Ford steering column and column drop

'39 Ford shifter

'39 Ford pedal assembly, arms bent to clear K-member



CHASSIS

1932 Ford frame

American Stamping rails

Model A Ford front crossmember

'32 Ford K-member modified to accept '39 pedals

Model A Ford rear crossmember

All factory holes and rivets added

Rear of frame reinforced over rear kick up

Chassis fabrication by Brian Bass

'56 Ford F-100 steering box


FRONT SUSPENSION

1933 Ford I-beam axle, dropped 3 1/2 inches by Joe Casto, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Axle drilled and chromed

Early Ford spindles, modified steering arms

'32 Ford wishbone radius rods, split and chromed

Model A Ford tie rod ends

Model A transverse spring, reversed eyes

So-Cal Speed Shop tube shocks, chromed




REAR SUSPENSION

Rodsville V8 quick change centersection, polished

'41 Ford bell housings, chromed

'41 Ford torque tube, shortened

3.78:1 ring and pinion

'41 Ford axles

So-Cal Speed Shop tube shocks, chromed

'46 Ford radius rods, chromed





FRONT BRAKES

1940 Ford Hydraulic drum brakes

'40 Ford backing plates, chromed




REAR BRAKES

1941 Ford hydraulic drum brakes

'41 Ford backing plates

'40 Ford single reservoir master-cylinder



FRONT WHEELS AND TIRES

16x4 inch early Ford steel wheels

'46 Mercury hubcaps, smoothed

'40 Ford accessory inner trim rings

'46 Ford trim rings inside and out

5.00/5.25-16 inch reproduction Firestone Coker Wide White bias-ply tires





REAR WHEELS AND TIRES

16x4.5 inch early Ford steel wheels

'46 Mercury hubcaps, smoothed

'40 Ford accessory inner trim rings

'46 Ford trim rings inside and out

7.50-16 inch reproduction Firestone Coker Wide White bias-ply tires



DRIVETRAIN

1957 Chevrolet 283 cid V8 engine

Bored .030-inch over

Mickey Thompson forged domed pistons

Eagle I-beam connecting rods

11.0:1 compression ratio

Duntov 097 camshaft reground by Norfleet, Dallas, Texas

Mechanical lifters

Z-28 valve springs

Comp Cams roller rockers

1958 Corvette "58X"/"770" heads

Heads rebuilt by Tinker's Automotive, Dallas, Texas

Edelbrock 3x2ccl intake manifold

3 x Stromberg 97 carburetors

Spark Arrestor air cleaners, O'Brien's Truckers, Massachusettes

Mallory dual point distributor with Pertronix electronic module

Zip's water pump riser with 6 cylinder water pump

2-belt pulley system with idler pulley

Lower engine mounts fabricated by Brian Bass

'57 Chevrolet upper motor mounts

Vintage Hedman Hedders, lower collectors made from '36 Ford driveshaft

Engine built by Eric Carter, Azle, Texas



TRANSMISSION

1939 3 speed manual transmission, chromed top plate

Early Ford 10 inch clutch

Offenhauser trans adapter

'57 Chevrolet cast iron flywheel

Driveshaft shortened and re-splined by Brian Bass and Bob Wilson


OTHER

Walker brass radiator

American Autowire, cloth covered wiring

Wiring completed by Brian Bass

Chrome plating and polishing by Catalino Morales, Dallas, Texas

Porter 2 inch mufflers

Exhaust built by Brian Bass






When you start to look at all of the different components that went into this build it becomes clear how well this car was thought out. It isn't a case of just pulling out a catalogue and ordering parts. An obvious effort was made to make every single piece on it something that you could have available in the 50's. It is such a well designed car and the hours that went into it is something we couldn't even estimate. If you want the 32 Ford that is going to stand out, this is the one. Every old hotrodder out there will appreciate the time, effort and skill it took to construct a 50s era hot rod in modern times.



You couldn't come close to replicating it for only $95,000.00!






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