1932 Ford Roadster Tradition

1932 Ford Roadster Tradition


Owner: Mike Richards


Low Rider

When Mike Richards came to us to build his roadster he had a specific look in mind. That look recalled the post-war era when the Founding Fathers of Hot Rodding were tearing up the Dry Lakes at El Mirage. An era when veterans, turned gearhead, were creating roadsters out of drop-tanks, and applying mechanical skills learned on Sherman tanks to the task of turning recycled junk yard Fords into time-setting record breakers. Cars which, years later, would rise phoenix like yet again as a new generation of rodders tried to one-up their fathers. So, when this roadster blasts by you like it's on a strafing run, looking like it should have wings, it's no accident.

Mikes inspiration came from a "really nice" flathead powered track roadster he had seen several years before. He really liked that car, but figured that he would want one that had some weather protection if the need arose. He also wanted to use a Y-block motor for which he had the major pieces. The Y-block, he felt had been overlooked by hot rodders after its successfull 1957 Stock Car season against the fuel-injected GM competition. These requirements he said, "...led me to Dearborn Deuce and to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff." Mike also wanted the car low to the ground which meant a channeled car rather than a high boy, and use of the Y-block dictated to him that the roadster had a "traditional" look. Originally he had intended to use an early McCullogh supercharger, but when he got his hands on a VR-57 Ford/McCullogh unit he decided to go with that

• The engine is a 1956 Ford 312 Y-Block bored to 3.86” (.060” over). • The crank is the 312, offset ground to 3.64”, for 2” rod bearings. • The displacement is 340 cu. in. • The custom rods are clearanced for cam clearance. ARP studs are used in the mains and heads, and ARP bolts in the rods. • The pistons are milled flat, giving it an 8.4 :1 compression ratio. • Heads are posted 471 castings, ported by John Mummert for supercharged applications. • The cam is a Y-284S, with a duration of 284”, with 1.54 ratio rockers. • The VR-57 Ford/McCullogh supercharger was rebuilt by Pat Fleischman, and the brackets, pulleys, bonnet front cover and water pump by Frank Rice of Rebop Castings. • The supercharger is set up for 7lbs boost at 5000rpm. • Custom machine work (bore alignment, over bore, decking, piston milling, head cc’ed, etc.), was accomplished by Cal Stewart at Stewart Machine in Renton, WA. Custom brackets by Dan Miller.

Parts List by Manufacturer.

ABS Power Brake, Inc. "Mini Electric" high-power brake master cylinder (8" l x 2" w). American Battery Corporation. Odyssey 12v Battery. A-Tech Motorsports. Aluminum clutch master cylinder. Bilstein. 13" Aluminum 2.5" rear coilovers. Bilstein. Shocks, chrome, long street rod. Bob Drake. Tail lights, 47-48 pass / 42-47 trk. Coker Tire. Tires, Firestone, Vintage Bias-Ply 820-15. Coker Tire. Tires, Firestone, Vintage Bias-Ply 560-15. Cooling Components. Fan, electric, motor & shroud, 2700 CFM. Crutchfield. Infinity Kappa speakers. Customer Supplied. 340 cubic-inch, supercharged, Ford Y-block motor. Dakota Digital. 10 Function remote entry. Dearborn Deuce. 1932 Ford convertible-top body. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Drilled stainless steel axle. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Spindles, polished stainless steel. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Steering arms, polished stainless steel. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Shackles, front, polished stainless steel. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Vega pitman arm, polished stainless steel. Deuce Factory, Ltd. Tie rod ends, polished stainless steel. Deuce Factory, Ltd. King Pin Kit, polished stainless steel. Deuce Steel. 1932 Ford chassis / frame. Durant Enterprises. Front mono-leaf spring. Electro-Line 2200 Series, 1930's LaFrance firetruck headlights. Flaming River. Custom polished roadster steering column with dish. Flaming River. Vega steering box. Flaming River. U-Joints. Flex-a-lite. Custom oil cooler & fan combo. Garrett Leather Corp. Distressed "Irish Crème" leather hides. Gary Schroeder Ent. Rear sway bar (solid bar) 7/8-42 x .875. Global Upholstery Supply. Blue velour carpet. Goodtime Productions. Tric Tag II, retractable license plate mount. Hotronics. Power windows. James Durant. Spring, front, 35-40 Ford, reversed eye. Knect Equipment. Dash insert. Kugel Komponents. Reverse mount, under dash, brake & clutch swing pedals. Limeworks Inc. Black forties style 16" steering wheel with black GM button. Limeworks Inc. Early style 3" column drop, 1-3/4" diameter. Lokar Performance Products. E-brake cables & hardware. Lokar Performance Products. Throttle cable, universal. Mattson's Radiator. Custom built brass radiator. McLeod Industries. Tremec 5-speed transmission. McLeod Industries, Shifter handle, chrome, straight up. Oceanside Driveline. Custom driveshaft. OEM. '32 Ford front wishbones (modified to fit a 40 Ford axle). Outlaw Muffler, Exhaust cutouts, electric. Painless Performance Products. 18-circuit remote mount wiring harness. Pete & Jakes. Spoon throttle pedal. Rock Valley. Custom stainless steel gas tank. So-Cal Speed Shop. Buick brake hub kit. So-Cal Speed Shop. Rear drum covers. Specialty Products Design Inc. J-bend and U-bends for headers and exhaust. Stage 8. Locking header bolts. Stainless Specialties. Mega oval mufflers. Stainless Steel Brakes. Residual and proportioning valves. Stewart Warner. Guages. Vintage Air. "Compact" unit, with defrost, AC. Vintique, Inc. Wiper motor kit. Vintique, Inc. Clutch & brake pedal pads. Wheel Vintique. Wheels, 15x5 St. Rod Wire, Chrome 2" back space. Wheel Vintique. Wheels, 15x7 St. Rod Wire, Chrome 3-1/2" back space. Wilson Welding. Front backing plates. Winters. Quickchange rear end assembly, V8, Big Brg. (Torino). Winters. Gear set, 6 spline, 1-3/8, 22/25 teeth. Winters. Drum brakes (rear), plain Steel Wise Guys Seating and Accessories, manual seat adjuster. Wizard Fabrication. Steer Clear, 14" offset steering coupler.