Register now to get rid of these ads!

Hot Rods My brother bought a 32 Ford 5W- Old California hotrod with a 348

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. He likes the engine, but it’s not in very well. There is currently no water pump or fan...both are electric. My brother likes that the K member and firewall are not cut, and to make the 348 work you have to cut both. Which he may do? Time will tell. It also won’t allow the hood sides to close all the way with how wide it is
     
    Stogy likes this.
  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,178

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    It was said it was seen at a swap and bought after.

     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  3. I went up to my brothers today and we removed the package tray and moved the seat back, which really helped for room inside the car. We drove it around a bit and it really runs well. That 348 has good power and gobs or torque. The transmission 2nd gear is goofy, may have to pull engine/trans and out another trans in. Aside from that he’s planning on lowering it and changing tires/wheels and adding caps. Just a neat ol hot rod

    4BD4210D-9F17-4472-801D-3C9C75EF8847.jpeg 4A9246CF-D8B6-4EB5-90B4-2CD593D1E018.jpeg B02F4FE3-B877-4892-833F-C288B7744DEF.jpeg 75F95E27-04C4-4D86-8592-6F87ECFC54DA.jpeg E6FD0113-B0F6-4455-9698-196F17B50FE4.jpeg 05E94454-6A00-48F5-9279-A7BB5EE48C71.jpeg FCCF18D1-242B-4420-91CC-D410C8960874.jpeg EBF2C48B-8D0E-4773-9A36-7F4F6504E51E.jpeg FDF4AD6C-2D20-4EB2-BAE6-5C35A9CA90C3.jpeg
     
  4. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,178

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Chris whats with the clock in the rear view mirror is that a cool 60s dodad? That back end really works well together...Overall lots of cool going on and its a turn key wow...

    Is your brother a Hamber? If he isn't he should be after all its really the place to be with such a cool set O wheels ;)
     
  5. The Bitchin' factor is pretty high on that!
    So cool with a 348, Hope you can find out some back story.
     
    F&J likes this.
  6. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,129

    continentaljohn
    Member

    Wow, that's a awesome 32 5w congratulations
     
    F&J likes this.
  7. He changed the steering wheel?
     
    rexrogers likes this.
  8. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174

    F&J
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I've been into rods since the late 50s building AMT models...but one thing I will never understand is the WIERD deal about the 32 K is something of value? Shit can it, like I did with the Olds Rocket 324, or cut/weld it...keep the 348 for sure! as it is the true "soul" of that old awesome survivor!

    Sell me the car for just a few minutes,... I will take that hood off and cut it up in tiny pieces...then sell it back to him at no profit!, or even a ten dollar loss!:cool:


    really?.. wanting a full hood on a 348 32 5w? That is like asking John Holmes to wear pants! LMAO..

    Hey Chris, I had to run mine without the hood top for a while, I was chasing a pesky leak in the upper tank-to/core of my original 4 cyl rad... Drove it as a daily that way for a month, and people started putting raised fists up as I passed by in the other lane! I can "eventually? take a hint?, o_O...so that hood will never go back on!
     
  9. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,878

    philo426
    Member

    Very cool,and since it runs so well,it would be nice to keep the 348 after the trans issue is resolved.I like the instrument cluster and remember the Stewert Warner tach from Jaws!
     
  10. earlymopar
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 981

    earlymopar
    Member

    Bingo!

    - EM
     
  11. The previous owner put the wheel in the car and wanted to keep it as part of the negotiation process. It also made the car very hard to drive with how big it is. Like I said, it has had 4 owners in just the past couple years, so it has had some recent changes done to it.
     
    Stogy likes this.
  12. .


    The clock mirror is more like a 40's doodad. He is a hamber, although I am not sure how active he is. His name is @hotrod-40
     
    Stogy likes this.
  13. Lou39
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 125

    Lou39
    Member
    from Cedar, MI

    Clock mirrors were a popular factory or dealer option in the '30's. My '32 Chevie had one, even said Chevrolet on the face.
     
    Stogy likes this.
  14. Really neat car. Glad it's sticking around and in the right hands!
     
  15. WOW!! What a car!
     
  16. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,176

    Thor1
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Nice car! I'm really digging on the front and rear nerf bars. I too am a fan of the 348.
     
    Max Gearhead likes this.
  17. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,878

    philo426
    Member

    Every one seems to agree that you have a real winner here!Excellent car!
     
  18. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,704

    Flat-Foot
    Member
    from Locust NC

    The color on the dash is great! Congrats to your brother on a great find.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  19. Uncle Bob
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,088

    Uncle Bob
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Salado, Tx
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    More cool there than the law allows. Your speculation of early '60s is pretty good. In '61/2 it was trendy to do the underside in white (at least in So. Cal anyway). Usually though that included at least the rear axle housing and sometimes the front. Add bell tipped scavenger pipes hung below the rear axle and you'd be there. Could be over the years some parts swapping (updates?) have removed/replaced those mods. Shouldn't be too hard to find a butchered K member and clearanced firewall if he wanted to improve the fit of the W motor, and keep the good stock parts for "just in case".
     
    Squablow, Stogy and kidcampbell71 like this.
  20. I think it's more that when you are buying a pretty high dollar car, having a nice K member and firewall are a bonus. If it gets cut, it's nice to be the one to do it. Not have some scabbed together stuff. But who knows. I like the 348, it sounds awesome. Very low rumble and runs like a top. I would want to try and make it work. But my brother has a really bitchin 303 Olds with Horn 4x2 and some other awesome speed equipment that he was going to put into a car he sold to get this car. So before getting the car, his loose plan was eventually swap the olds into it. But who knows. I think for now, his only plans are lower it, tires/wheels, fix trans and while trans out go through the tough steering stock steering box. It actually runs and drivers really nice aside from a couple things like 2nd gear and tight steering
     
  21. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,002

    slowmotion
    Member

    Man, that thing's bitchin' right down to the tomato soup colored wheels! Only thing I'd change on that one is the oil!:D
     
    F&J likes this.
  22. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174

    F&J
    ALLIANCE MEMBER


    good lord, now,,,wait!...is there any way you guys can fit BOTH of those "yummie" motors in that coupe?.. LOL!!


    Yes, the K member ...I hear you on resale of a high end untouched chassis, or Flathead V8 build, or survivor stockish Flathead car...but when reality sets in with quite a few OHV swaps...the K is not really user friendly, and top it off, the K "should have been an X", like Many other brands of USA 1932 cars came out with... "Ridged X chassis, new for 1932" was shown and printed in many car sales brochures, as a new sales perk.

    and.. it makes such a difference in body twist issues..
     
  23. bluesman
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 301

    bluesman
    Member
    from spring tx

    You know what’s crazy Chris... is how well that 348 fits in that 32..It dam sure would not fit in know 33-34 without a whole a lot cutting! Congrats to your brother..
     
  24. I get what you are saying 100%. For some odd reason I think it is neat that someone shoe horned this engine in and didn't cut anything. They shoved the grill/radiator forward and even bent the original headlight bar out for more grill clearance. So...with that said, whatever engine ends up in the coupe down the road, I am sure mods will be made to get it to fit. Having an electric fan and water pump are really not an option HAHA
     
    Hamtown Al, kidcampbell71 and Stogy like this.
  25. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174

    F&J
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    must have never run the hood if the radiator was moved??...hint hint... NO hood allowed!.. he he


     
  26. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,178

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Chris your thought and restraint coupled with your brothers is admirable to this capsule...this Hotrod is extremely fortunate that's all I can say...
     
  27. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,551

    BJR
    Member

    You will need to change the trans and rear end if you are going to drive it much. Asking the original transmission and banjo to take the torque of a 348 is asking an awful lot.
     
    F&J likes this.
  28. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,311

    clem
    Member

    B79A5DCE-C42D-4CFE-AC43-23E4C8F4B86B.jpeg


    Here’s a way to fix that........




    .
     
    Stogy, kidcampbell71 and rexrogers like this.
  29. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,311

    clem
    Member

    Beautiful car.
     
  30. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,032

    rexrogers
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I think you can get a truck water pump for that motor and it will raise the fan and center it in the radiator. the lower outlet will need a reducer to neck it down.
    Outstanding car going over the photos it looks great!
     
    Stogy and kidcampbell71 like this.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.