If you want to own yet another red or black ’32 Ford roadster, just like everyone else’s, well, move on, because this one isn’t for you
On the other hand, if you appreciate expert craftsmanship that borders on art, an unflinching dedication to tradition, and a look that will get attention simply because it’s NOT black or red, then this incredible 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster Dearborn Deuce is exactly what you need.
Professionally built a scant 1121 miles ago, the build uses an all-steel Dearborn Deuce body to replicate the original ’32 Ford look, along with a custom frame underneath. And the builders totally nailed it. Its design is 100% tradition, so it isn’t altered, smoothed, or otherwise modified from the look of the original Ford hi-boys of yore, keeping everything that makes the ’32 Ford so timeless. We absolutely love that unique shade of dark blue, a color similar to what many new cars are wearing these days, and the deep, lustrous modern urethane finish is the perfect complement to the iconic ’32 hi-boy design. The top and bottom belt moldings are precise and crisp, and that expert handiwork is continued on the grille shell and gas tank, and we love that they skipped any custom pinstripe or airbrush work, letting that awesome color and straight bodywork do all the talking instead. Finish quality is exemplary and with so few miles on the build, it remains in practically as-new condition with nary a mark on it. The paint isn’t overly flashy, but this rod definitely gets attention because it’s not following the same path as everyone else, and if you are the guy lucky enough to own this rod, we’re guessing you’ll keep it forever because it’ll always look good. Chrome spreader bars fore and aft make it look racy and we love the big King Bee-style headlights perched down low on the frame, making this Ford look elemental and raw, which contrasts beautifully with the incredible finish quality. Out back it has small LED taillights mounted at the flanks of the gas tank, and several of the suspension components both fore and aft have been polished up to a brilliant shine, adding a lot more flash to the otherwise uniform build.
The interior is fully finished in high-end leather upholstery and it lets the workmanship do all the talking. Nothing too flashy, just factory-style vertical pleats on the bench seat punctuated with some beautifully ornate stitchwork, along with matching seatbelts for safety. The plush carpets offer a lighter color and are bound neatly with matching borders, giving it a very tailored look, and the door panels have been upholstered to match the theme of the bench seat. A leather-wrapped, banjo-style steering wheel recalls the old-school hotrod look with its upright angle atop a polished tilt column, and the Stewart Warner gauges inside the center, machine-turned bezel are modern dials that look like they were ripped right out of the 1930s. A custom panel was attached to the dash, and it houses switches for the headlights and cruise control, power windows, and controls and vents for the R134a A/C system that’s blowing nice and cold. Other than remote door panels, there aren’t many options (there’s not even a radio), nothing to get in the way of having fun in your dialed-in hot rod. There’s a tan canvas top kit just in case the weather turns on you along the way (God help you if you drive this beauty in the rain anyway), and even though it bolts on pretty easily, taller drivers may not love the lack of headroom. Out back, the trunk was upholstered to match the cabin, further proof that nothing was overlooked in this build.
Since this car was about looks and function, there’s a Jegs 350 V8 crate motor under the hood. Augmented with a Demon 4-barrel carburetor, an aluminum intake, and ceramic coated long-tube headers, it’s got plenty of horsepower on tap for this lightweight roadster, yet it’ll never give you a bit of trouble if you take care of it. To keep thing looking old-school, the motor was finished in matching dark blue paint, and features finned aluminum valve covers, polished accessories, and an open-element air cleaner up top. The firewall was neatly painted dark blue, and with a new wiring harness and brightly detailed accessories like the chrome alternator, you can tell they spent a lot of time organizing all the plumbing, electrical, and miscellaneous components for a very clean engine bay presentation. A big aluminum radiator and electric fan keep it cool under all conditions and a set of ceramic coated headers feed into a great-sounding, throaty dual exhaust system with Hushpower mufflers below. A TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with an auxiliary cooler and a Ford 9″ rear end filled with 3.55 posi-tractions gears suggest that this car was built to be easy to drive, yet it still has plenty of ‘giddy up’ off the line. The beautifully finished custom frame and undercarriage was painted to the same high standard as the top of the car, the front suspension is a Super Bell 4-inch dropped axle set-up, while out back it uses, Mark Williams axles, coilovers, and trailing arms. Braking power is impressive thanks to power 4-wheel disc brakes, and it handles like a dream, while the stance on this roadster is simply perfect in my humble opinion. Polished alloys were fitted to complete the killer look, and they’re wrapped with 155/80/15 front BFGoodrich radials and 255/70/15 rear Cooper Cobra radials that set the classic big-and-little stance.
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Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States