The appeal of the 1932 Ford is universal in the Hot Rod world. The first car to come with the famous Ford flathead V8, the '32 was destined to be Hot Rod material. While the first flathead V8 was a fairly difficult to work with engine, the car had been built with it in mind. This made swapping a newer flathead V8 much easier than with the previous Model T's and A's. Despite being a one year only car, enough aftermarket parts are still made for them every year to probably qualify them as a mass produced car!
In a new series on the Hagerty YouTube channel, Hot Rod and Custom car builder Chip Foose, discusses how the Deuce became a legend.
The Deuce became so popular with Hot Rodders because of its ability to be mechanically altered so easily. The fact that they came with V8's, and therefore could be upgraded to accept the ever increasing sizes of flathead engines, made them a prime candidate for Rodding. When the Hot Rodding craze was first getting its feet off of the ground, the looks of the car were secondary to the ease of making it go faster. Now we can appreciate the styling that was put into them from the factory and admire the ingenuity that allowed them to go faster. That's the spirit of Hot Rodding in one car!
Keep on Cruisin'!
About the Author:
"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."