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History Andy Brizio's Deuce 5wd Coupe

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by HEMI32, May 16, 2018.

  1. In the mid '50s ... before he was the flagman at Half Moon Bay dragstrip ... before his years with Champion Speed Shop ... before selling "Instant T" roadsters (& winning the '70 AMBR with one) ... before he held annual "Picnics" ... before he started a Tee-Shirt business ... and well before he was given the moniker "The Rodfather" ... Roy Andrew Brizio (better known as "Andy") built this bitchin' 1932 Ford 5-window Coupe:

    Andy Brizio's '32 5wd Coupe - front.jpg

    Andy Brizio's '32 5wd Coupe - rear.jpg
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
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  2. The July 1958 issue of ROD BUILDER & CUSTOMIZER magazine:

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Cover.jpg

    ... included a feature article on Andy's Deuce 5wd:

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - pages 40 & 41.jpg
    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - pages 40 & 41

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - page 42 .jpg
    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - page 42

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - page 43.jpg
    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - page 43
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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  3. Here's some zooms of the inset photos from the QUEEN 'B' article:

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - page 40 - Andy PACERS jacket.jpg

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - page 42 - 3-4 rear.jpg

    Rod Builder & Customizer - July '58 - Queen 'B' article - page 42 - Engine.jpg
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
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  4. deuceman32
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 263


    Timeless. And 60 years later it still stands as, "a monument of cleanliness and exceptionally fine workmanship".
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  5. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,387


    Looks like Andy started the resto-rod craze a bit earlier than others. That's a neat car, thanks for posting HEMI32.
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  6. tombstone
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 261

    from sk.canada

    And THAT is why he is the “RODFATHER” .... beautiful hot rod and great guy !!! Thanx for posting !
  7. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,678

    Dave Mc

    First time I have seen this one , Thanks for posting
  8. The 1957 National Roadster Show Souvenir Catalog:

    1957 National Roadster Show Souvenir Catalog - Cover.jpg

    ... reveals that Andy entered his Deuce 5wd in the "Street Coupe" class at the '57 (Oakland) Roadster Show:

    1957 National Roadster Show Souvenir Catalog - Page 8.jpg
  9. Rustygt
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 125

    from Emeryville

    Great History on a great guy ! His kid ain't so bad either !!!
  10. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,703

    from Mesa, Az

  11. Ah, the good old days when you could find solid, rust free coupes that haven't been all beat up and hacked up. And affordable chrome plating. Andy became a great rod builder but that first 32 coupe was probably his easiest build back then. Beautiful car. Where is it now?
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  12. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 2,874

    from So Cal

    Very cool. Gonna add these pics to my "WA blue" thread.
  13. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,795


    Always have liked that one. Thanks for posting it.
  14. I'm not sure how close it was to "Washington Blue":
    • The '57 Roadster Show program referred to it as "Baltic Blue" ... I'm guessing:

      1953 Oldsmobile Baltic Blue - Color Chip.JPG
    • The '58 magazine article referred to it as "Hawaiian Blue" ... I'm guessing this circa 1952 custom metallic color:

      1952 Nason Hawaiian Blue - Color Chip.jpg
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
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  15. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 2,874

    from So Cal

    True, it's a slightly different hue, but still good for the thread.
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  16. Unfortunately, Andy doesn't know what became of his Deuce 5wd ... only that he sold it to a guy that (later) moved to Hawaii.
  17. As you might have noticed in post #1 & #3, Andy was a member of the PACERS - San Francisco car club:

    Andy Brizio's '32 5wd Coupe -PACERS plaque.jpg

    Andy in PACERS jacket.jpg
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  18. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,421

    Corn Fed

    Full fenders, bumpers, stock height nice!
  19. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 3,754

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    What a very slick 5W!!!! Andy is a great guy,
    I really think that Roy Boy Jr. oughta do a cool dupe of this for his Pop’s, I’m sure that Andy drive the wheels off of it.....;).
  20. Although ROY BRIZIO STREET RODS has never built a "clone" of Andy's Deuce 5wd, they have built a couple of similarly styled coupes:
    • David Farmer's Deuce 5wd:

      David Farmer 5w (3-4 front).jpg
      David Farmer 5w (interior).jpg

    • Roy Brizio's personal Deuce 5wd:

      Roy Brizio 5w (3-4 front).jpg
      Roy Brizio 5w (interior).jpg

    In 2014, Roy drove his Deuce 5wd from SF to Baltimore (& back) to attend the "Rodder's Journal Revival" at Pimlico:

    Roy Brizio 5w in Baltimore (for 2014 Rodders Journal Revival - Pimlico).jpg
    image by @Tom davison
    Last edited: May 18, 2018
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  21. banjeaux bob
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 5,594

    banjeaux bob
    from alaska

    EXACTLY! When cherry OEM parts were readily available for reasonable prices.
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  22. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 2,441


    Rodfather Roots, now there's some great taste! Thanks!
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  23. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,457

    from Hampsha

    Thanks Hemi! Andy was a great host when we traveled west in '73.
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  24. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,242

    from Burton, MI

    Great car!
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  25. This is such a killer car.
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  26. Would be cool if someone would chime in as to it where it is now?
  27. That would be C:cool::cool:L! ... but like I stated in post #16:

  28. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 494

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    Pinstriped by Tommy The Greek... how cool!!
  29. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,159


    Thanks for this Todd. How many hotrods have a conspicuous spare tire? Looks like he planned to drive the hell out of it.

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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  30. little howard
    Joined: Mar 13, 2005
    Posts: 72

    little howard
    from kcmo

    So, What's the fruit jar master cylinder, on the firewall, for,
    One interior shot shows a through the floor brake pedal, so, I assume a hanging, hydraulic, clutch pedal,
    Any other shots of the interior,

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