A 1932 Hemi Deuce Coupe By Boyd
It’s been calculated that the number of 1932 Fords on the road actually exceeds the number originally built by the Ford Motor Company. How can this be? There are two reasons. First, the ’32 Ford- particularly the Deuce Coupe and its roadster stable mate-is far and away the most popular hot rod conversion car of all time. Second, this was a car just too good to ever go out of production. Replica Deuce roadster and coupe bodies are built by some two-dozen companies scattered throughout the world. One such outfit, Deuce Customs of Melbourne, Australia, was the source for the fiberglass exterior on the Coddington built Goodguys 1932 Hemi Deuce Coupe.
The year 1932 wasn’t just another model year for the legendary firm based in Dearborn, Michigan. Throughout 1931, Henry Ford had been watching sales of his bread-and-butter Model A slip in relation to arch-rival Chevrolet and other low-priced offerings. Though he was hesitant to scrap the “A,” Ford was eventually convinced that the public was looking for more comfort and more power, in a sleek, modem package. The result was an all-new line available in various coupe, roadster, cabriolet, convertible, sedan, phaeton, victoria, and station wagon formats, and the introduction of the first mass-produced V-8. The model replicated in fiberglass here is the Five-Window Standard Coupe (there was also Three-Window Deluxe Coupe), of which Ford built nearly 52,000 for the 1932 model year.
The Deuce’s popularity in hot rod circles dates from the 1940s, when aging coupes and roadsters began to glut the market at rock-bottom prices. Their strong, rigid frames were hefty enough to accommodate bigger V-8s, and they were easy to strip clean of unwanted sheet metal. The ’32 was the only Ford with the sides of its frame rails exposed, and the last in which the hood reached straight down to the rails . This made them a cinch to run without front fenders-beginning in 1933, inner fenders met the body above the rails, and made it a lot trickier to completely expose the front wheels.
Henry Ford’s flathead V-8 was such a sensation in 1932 that some dealers exhibited cars with see-through hoods so prospective buyers could admire this technological marvel. But don’t look for a flathead in Boyd’s five-window coupe- the power plant here is a 5. 7-liter Dodge Hemi, a design as revolutionary, when it was introduced in 1951, as Ford’s V-8 was in its day. Chrysler Corporation’s design, with its hemispherical combustion chambers, relocated valves to improve the flow of the air-fuel mixture, and allow more complete combustion.
Is there a car made today that replica manufacturers will be cranking out in steel, aluminum, and fiberglass- or some yet-to-be-invented material- three quarters of a century from now? That’s anyone’s guess. But chances are, your great-grandchildren will still be able to buy a brand-new Deuce Coupe.
|Deuce Hemi Build Sheet:|
|BODY:||Fiberglass replica 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe|
|CHASSIS:||Boyd Coddington Pro Ride|
|ENGINE:||5 .7-liter Dodge Hemi|
|TRANSMISSION CLUTCH, DRIVESHAFT:||Automatic over drive transmission|
|WHEELS:||One-Off Custom Wheels; 15" front and 17" rear;|
|REAR END (DIFFERENTIAL & AXLE):||Boyd Coddington rear suspension using Corvette center section/coilover shocks|
|FRONT SUSPENSION:||Boyd Coddington independent/coilovers|
|BRAKES:||Wilwood 4-wheel disc with 6-piston calipers|