1930 Ford Coupe Hot Rod History
As a young boy I assembled a lot of model car kits. As with most of us, when I
home, I left the models, which my parents carefully packed into cardboard boxes.
years later, when I was visiting, my mother said, “you are now taking all of them
home.” I got rid of all but one, which was a Monogram kit, 1932, chopped, and
channeled red Ford hot rod coupe. I always loved the look of this little car. I still
have it. I
knew one day that I would build a hot rod coupe to look like it.
My car dreams had to be put on hold for many years, as work and home ate up
my time until the ‘90’s, when I was finally able to get into the old car hobby. I
built, sold, and traded a few cars, but was never able to find a decent affordable
Ford 5 window coupe.
I eventually retired, and set myself a goal to build a few old cars. The first would
be the hot rod coupe similar to that old red model, which was still on my shelf, and in my
all these years.
I still could not find an affordable steel ’32 Ford coupe. I did find a very complete,
decent, and never messed with, 1930 Model A Ford coupe, and decided it would
hot rod. What I wanted to end up with, was a nostalgia appearing car that looked
could have been built in the late ‘50’s or early ‘60’s, but with a few modern safety
features. I studied the old small hot rod magazines from that era, which I had
when I was a kid. (the ones with the black and white pages)
I wanted to do as much as possible myself, in my home shop, but also wanted a
good basis to start with, which to me was a good straight frame, which Paul
fabricated for me in his frame jig.
I spent 3 years building this car, and a lot more years collecting the parts I used.
All of it
was, as they say “a labour of love.” I never had a bad day in my shop even when
didn’t go the way I wanted.
The tubing frame is kicked up 7” in the rear, with an 8” Maverick rear end, and a
with adjustable coilovers. The front is a dropped I beam axle, with ’48 Ford car
adapted to disc brakes, and pete and jakes hairpin radius rods. Steering is by the
rod standard, a Vega box.
The 1930 model A body, although in pretty good shape, still needed many patch
welded in. I chopped the roof 4”, in filled the center roof opening with a 1965
roof section, and channeled the body down 3” over the frame. The body is
welded to a
steel tubing sub frame with a steel floor, which is all bolted to the main frame.
the body wood was replaced with metal, but there is still some of the original
wood, as well as some new wood.
Once the body work was completed it was taken to Kerr Auto Body in Orillia, for
finishing and paint. Then the car was brought home, and everything was
the final time. The engine is a GM crate 350, dressed to look like an older 327, complete with
Rochester carbs and a lot of polished aluminum and stainless. I also did my own
Transmission is a 350 turbo, with a mild shift kit installed and a Lokar shifter.
The rims are steel, 15x6” on the front, and 15x8” reversed on the rears, both with
moon caps. Tires are Diamondback radial wide whites.
The seats are from an old CJ Jeep. The upholstery work was done by Rod Akey,
School Klassics in Ravenshoe. I installed an old flea market Ford truck heater
core, with a 12 volt computer fan behind it, to take the chill off on cool nights.
The subtle pinstriping was added by my friend Paul Lapp.
The car has been on the road for 3 summers, goes down the road straight, stops
and straight, and is a blast to drive. Although I go to a few shows and cruise
mainly for the social aspect, and the great people I meet, it was built to drive and
And I do