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History 1932 Ford Boattail Speedster

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Rikster, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    I came across two photo's of this car on and thought I share it with you guys. I dont know anything about it If its an coachbuilt job from the 30's restored recenlty or a recent built? I only know that I really like it...



    the photo where taken at the PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN this year's big MOTAA show in Arkansas.
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  2. KutThrtKustms
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 680

    from SO.CAL.

    Daddy Likey...Likey Alot!!
  3. Splinter
    Joined: May 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,112


    Looks like the poor man's Packard of the day-
    "Ask the man who owns one!" (Packard marketing of the thirties....Why do I know that?)
  4. looks like a '41 ford front end bolted on backwards. If that is the case, it couldn't be a coachbuild, or built in the '30s.

    Still cool though!

  5. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    Nah not a 41 Ford... if it uses a hood it woul dhave been a mid to late 30's hood... Still looks coachbuilt to me.

    Speaking of boattails. I just remembered I took some photo's of a 1931 Ford boattail roadster in a museum here in The Netherlands. Not as nice as the 32... but still neat



  6. Dude... Not a 41? C'MON!

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  7. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,819


    I'd say a '40-'41 Ford pickup hood -- notice the raised bead on the side in lieu of stainless trim.
  8. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    hmmmmm still dont know. perhaps a hood was used, perhaps it was a 41 Ford hood, perhaps a 40-41 Pick-up hood. The bead on the 40-41 pu hood looks like it could be used but the nose on the pick up looks to be much rounder than on this one. The 41 Ford hood comes closer.
    I have searched on the internet, but could not find anything about this car.
    I hope somebody can tell us more about it.
  9. Dougan
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 113


    I don't have any pictures to post of it, but Edsel Ford had a boattail 32 built for him at the factory. There are pictures of it in a couple of Ford books. The car was built as a styling exercise by Edsel and the designers. It has been said the ol' Henry thought it was frivolous and was mad about the whole project.
  10. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    The 1932 Boat-tail speedster was built by Edsel with the help of stylist-designer E.T. Gregorie.
    I dont have a photo of it but here are two drawings of it made by Harry Bradley, and a model based on it made by a friend of mine. The model body is a bit to hight. He was planning on sectioning it to get it more in balance.




  11. It's ugly.
  12. RocketDaemon
    Joined: Jul 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,081

    from Sweden

    hey if you put in reverse and go into the water the fan will work as an propepper , seriously though

    it kinda reminds me of an 1940 deluxe hood but doesnt seem to be one..
    seems to be a hood atleast.. pretty nice..
  13. SnoDawg
    Joined: Jul 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,013


    Hmm channel it and remove the fenders...

  14. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    My guess is that it is a Gibbons phantom glass RPU with a 40 Willys glass hood. (too pointy to be a Ford) With the paint schene and the boat tail, I think it was meant to mimic the Model J Deusenberg. There is no flow to the body that a coach builder would have. Unique idea that's fun to look at.
  15. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    would have to agree. it's kinda hard to tell with the black paint kinda blending and losing detail but it does look like it could be a 40 willy's nose, that would give the smooth front (err back :confused:) as well. I've thought of doing this same thing before with a 27 rpu body and two hoods clamshelled one on top of the other for the back to a lakes car with the axles coming out the sides.
  16. evltwin
    Joined: May 11, 2006
    Posts: 73

    from Milford MI

    Edsels Hot rod is awesome. There is a great article about it in Automobile Magazine June 2000.

    Here are two pictures from the article.

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  17. flynstone
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,711


    i think tommy is right it looks like a hood its cool but doesent flow like the ones the coach builders did......................
  18. I've never seen what the deal was with boattails, I can't get into any of them....:rolleyes:
  19. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,439

    Kevin Lee
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    It looks like a new build to me. Can't really explain why - that's just the vibe I get.

    Taking mostly stock sheet metal and adding a boat tail doesn't do much for me.
  20. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,225

    from Orange, Ca

    I think you might have nailed it....
  21. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,390


    Looks kinda like my father's Auburn Boattail Speedster. Even the same colors.
  22. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    There is an older gentleman here in town who has a "stock" Model A with a boat tail built from two KB International hoods trimmed and welded tobether. Looks great. Someday if i get back by I'll try to remember my camera.
  23. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    This one is much better executed, IMO:


  24. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    New build. Brookville or fiberglass pseudo roadster pickup body, Chinese attempt at 25 louver hood, tail/hood spliced on with no attempt to flow body into the boat boot...the whole look of a non stock finished rear panel with spliced on hood tin is just lame, and despite the use of '30's and '40's parts looks more 1920's than anything because of the lack of flow. It might be really neat if they tossed that hood, whatever it is, and built a new boattail with the sides flowing smoothly to the doors and to starting off the rear of the cockpit.
    and the guy that produced the molds for the model Edselcar should be flogged! Looks like upper and lower moldings were made on separate continents with no communication. Fenders look to be about a scale foot down from where they are on the real car!
  25. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,561


    Does not look coachbuilt to me. I kinda agree with the notion of a hood turned backwards. The coachbuilt cars of the 30s have very flowing lines as a general rule.
  26. spooler41
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,099


    Looks like some one started with a 32 RPU body and built/grafted a early 40's hood for a boattail.

  27. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    No......fucking ugly.....:D

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