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Hot Rods It's time to change the look of my 32 again. Looking for opinions

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mo rust, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 527

    Mo rust

    I've got a 32 3 window coupe that I bought as a channeled car in 2001 and ran it that way for a couple years, then built a new chassis for it and put it back on top of the frame in 2003. I then ran it fenderless a few years and then put fenders and hood on it for 6 or 7 years. I then took the fenders back off and have run it fenderless and with no hood since. It's time to change the look again so I'm thinking of putting the hood back on, painting the grill black, taking off the cowl lights and putting on some firestone 7.50.16's on the back and 5.50.16's on the front on wheels painted black. I have either steel wheels that I can run old ford caps or I have a good set of 35 ford 16 inch wires that I can run.
    Here's some pictures of what the car looked like over the years.

    threewindowc.jpg coupesnow.jpg coupesunset2.jpg coupe island.JPG coupeathamb.jpg coupegarage.jpg coupe mokan.jpg
  2. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,889


    looks great in all renditions but I really like the pic from 2007 with full fenders and hood.
  3. Great looking car with the fenders & without,I agree with removing the cowl lights and the Firestone's sound good.

    My new project might give you a visual idea of what the black wheels & tires would look like. .HRP

  4. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,576

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    The full hood and fenders looks the best.

    That’s a timeless look that won’t matter what year it is to look good.
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  5. Looked about perfect with the full fenders. Maybe replace the red color with white or beige. Replace the intake with F.I. setup from an early Corvette.
    Put a white top insert and running board covers on it. Then..Viola! its 1960 again!
  6. Deucedreamer
    Joined: Jan 11, 2010
    Posts: 518

    from BC Canada

    Black 35 ford or Kelsey Hayes wires with black walls, something like Excelsior’s, would look good. I would leave the grill red since your firewall is red.
  7. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,576

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Adding to my comment on the full hood and fenders, I also agree with losing the red grille and wheels.
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  8. Red grille go bye-bye. Beautiful car.
  9. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 527

    Mo rust

    That's a nice nook. What size back tires are you running on your coupe?
  10. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 914


    Looks good in the '07 pic. But, I'd lose the cowl lights & change the grille color. Maybe wheel color as well. What color is the interior? That should point you in the right direction. Or, fenderless. All black. '35 wires. Blackwalls.
  11. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,640

    from oregon

    Hey now!

    I will say changing the firewall color sure would tone down the "too much red" look.
    Not much for wide whites myself but a good looking car nonetheless.
  12. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,200


    Hard to beat this version:
    Just for the sake of changing it up though.....
    You've done steelies & wires, how about Torque Thrusts & blackwalls?
    Tame the grill down a little, maybe gray or charcoal. Never was a fan of the high contrast grill treatment, especially on a dark car. On a light colored car it seems to work better sometimes....JMO, you asked. :D
    Honestly, that car's always gonna look good, no matter the version!
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  13. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 527

    Mo rust

    I'm leaning toward adding the hood and black grill and change the headlights to a smaller set with a 32 bar like the ones on my roadster in this picture. I'll probably put the fenders back on in a year or two. My biggest debate is whether I prefer 35 wires or steel wheels. roadsterfront.JPG
  14. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,062

    Jalopy Joker

    x2 & eliminate cowl lights with smaller headlights
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
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    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
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  16. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,933

    from Iowa

    Lose the cowl lights and the bumpers, swap to smaller Dietz or King Bees, paint the grille insert black (maybe silver or charcoal) and put the fenders back on. I kind of like the red firewall as a "gotcha" moment when you pop the hood. I can't get with the red wheels. Black wheels would look sinister. Torque Thrusts would look good, too, but they've been overdone lately. Maybe satin center Salt Flats with polished rims?

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  17. Nice car all the way around. Loose the red paint, loose the fenders and change to something interesting for an engine. Like a Ford or a Cadillac or...? with a half dozen carbs on it. Put the full hood back on and use your '35 wire wheels with blackwalls. Neat toy. Widen the rear '35 wires an inch or two and yea, knock those cowl lights off.

    I love spending other peoples money. : )
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  18. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 527

    Mo rust

    I ordered a pair of 7.50 - 16 firestones today so that will be part of the new look.
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  19. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,836

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Personally full fenders, with hood..loosing the cowl lights.
    Beautiful car.
  20. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    That's the biggest AMT 3 in 1 kit I've ever seen!
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  21. 7.50 x 16" Lester tire. HRP

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  22. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,673


    2007 version with black grill, black wheels and blackwall tires and 3W Larry will smile down on you.
    Change your headlights to a set of J series Guides.
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  23. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,461


    Fenders and hood look great. Maybe a Model A grille? :eek::eek:
  24. Howza bout a nice pastel turquoise with ZZtop graphics?:D:p
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  25. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
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    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Are we counting wall ornaments Denny ? ;) :D :D I’m in agreement I dislike whitewalls wide or skinny.
  26. AlaskanMatt
    Joined: May 22, 2015
    Posts: 66


    How about keeping everything as is except for wheels.and tires. What about Cragar 5 spokes and black wall tires. The stance is perfect now.

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  27. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,930


    Now you’ll have to stay with the high boy look.
    (I was going to suggest put the fenders back on)
    My suggestions:
    Paint firewall black, and grille different colour, maybe black also.
    Black rims ? Solids or wires.
  28. Not a fenders guy ,but must admit it looks best in that 2007 picture. I think if you go fender less you need taller skinny tires and rims. Maybe 7:00X18 rears and 5:50x17 fronts.
  29. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,232


    One quart of Apple Green paint over all things red and four Blackwall tires and you are updated for less than a grand. Bob [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  30. If it was mine, I'd put on some satin gray, 5 spoke 'mericans with black walls, put the front nerf bar back on, fenders on, hood on (open sides), and have MONTANA do some striping on it, if it was mine! ;)
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