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Projects Saving an Original 32’ Roadster Body and building a late 40’s Hot Rod

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Barillaro Speed Emporium, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. 4F246319-272F-44AE-B3D2-63EAAC5090E0.jpeg 737EA28B-3A7B-4A3E-84E1-7716804D78BE.jpeg 7649937C-8283-483C-908B-5DFE0A34D0B2.jpeg DFFCC2B9-5D7A-4F24-9452-31D354F3AC21.jpeg D9F92052-2DA4-4F66-978D-3DAF6347899B.jpeg 53C10DF2-F351-4F89-8103-2598CC15C0A8.jpeg AD3DBB19-6857-4BC6-A750-8BED8CD8CB03.jpeg A couple months ago I sold my 1929 Pete Eastwood roadster so I could build a 32’ Roadster in late 40’s style. I had accumulated a lot of nice parts for the chassis and was about to buy a Brookville body. I have wanted an original 32’ Roadster body for about 17 years and decided to call a friend that I knew had a major project 32’. He had no interest in selling it and I told him no problem I understand. About an hour later he called back and said he would sell me the body as he realized that he had many projects ahead of this one and knew I would build it. I went over to his place on a Saturday and we struck a deal. Here is the start. It’s gonna be slow progress but I will try my best to keep updating the thread.
  2. 3EF1CD07-B792-4935-903C-CF8721E9A230.jpeg First thing I did was Jig my frame and make sure all body holes were to Ford Specs.
  3. C6948A00-7F85-4AFD-B3FF-05E7E5C6A442.jpeg Subrails are Brookville and cross braces are United Pacific. I welded up all the holes in the subrails and re drilled them to fit the stock chassis dimensions.
  4. 35EB3A99-19C3-43AB-A150-3A73D8938E25.jpeg 835E968E-D56F-4879-AC79-F8F02055908D.jpeg 4C0743F5-9423-4149-8AEF-675033DC5E08.jpeg EFA00169-9A89-42F3-A80B-E53F6F48CC80.jpeg 80666C3C-16DC-49CD-B94A-5F80F1361549.jpeg 7699BF6F-CD1D-45D5-A4A1-ED4DC922BF77.jpeg E9AF8788-F2CE-4910-B63B-BCD372A8780F.jpeg 2E2AD8EB-2E04-4D3C-8EFC-DE859928004E.jpeg I purchased a killer old dropped 32’ axle from Charlie at Gene’s Hot Rod parts along with a 59AB and a 39’ Toploader. After some mock up I sent some parts to the sandblaster. Planning on saving as much of the original body as possible including the doors. Now that everything is pretty clean it’s time to start getting the body panels situated and start rebuilding the bottom of the car.
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,075

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool project - looking good
  6. Old body looks to be in good hands to bring it back to nice shape.
  7. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,114


    :D Looks like a great start to a fun rod.I`ll saddle up and go along for the ride.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  8. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,700

    Atwater Mike

    Nice steering arm treatment on the '32 spindle. What did you do to mate '32 spindle with '40 backing plate?
    Envy your project!
  9. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,165


    Awesome project and really looking forward to this build. I have a johnnie Cash 32 roadster body in the rafters....
  10. More magic! You'll probably have it done by Shades!
  11. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,460


    Awesome project
  12. popawolf
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 301


  13. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,549


    I'm on board for the ride and updates
  14. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,966


    Quality job and also very very cool subject matter and vision...those dash graphics are pretty darn special too. Great stuff @Barillaro Speed Emporium...;)...thanks for sharing this with us.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018
  15. FDC0A3B1-1469-4525-B648-E91EFF7BE5D7.jpeg 398F238B-27FC-44D3-B669-6158965DFE12.jpeg
    Thanks Mike, I welded up the holes in the backing plates and used the rings that Richard Lacy sells. I drilled the backing plates for the spindles and welded the rings to the inside. They worked out really nice.
  16. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,948

    from Mesa, Az

    Nice job. Can't wait to see it done.
  17. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 787

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Ahhh . . . . youth - talent - enthusiasm & determination !
    No problem !
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  18. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,006


    Lookn' forward to see you work your magic on this one.
  19. I went to my friend and life long hot rodder, Jim Gombos’s house today and picked up a model B rear axle today. I am trying my best to build this car the way a young guy would have built a hot rod after the war. I’m sure as time progressed the model B rear would have been changed but I’m shooting for a car that would have been built in 1947/48’. I also like how the narrow 32’ rear looks in a hot rod with 40’ wheels.

  20. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,107


    im in on this one!
  21. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 1,561

    ramblin dan

    Sweet! trying to bring one back to life myself. Great pictures keep them coming.
  22. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 932


    Tag! Veddy Cool.

  23. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,106


    I will definitely be watching. That body is a little better than the one I have.
  24. Watching intently. The talent you guys exhibit is remarkable.
  25. 7F924A62-23A6-43B9-9797-1A4C4A999E3B.jpeg Bought this killer old offy Super Dual last week from Oiler Elrod to match my old original heads for the 59AB.
  26. x77matt
    Joined: Mar 2, 2004
    Posts: 576


    Oh yeah!! Can't wait to see this come together! The body actually looks really solid to me!
  27. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,752


    Awesome. Keep ‘me coming!
  28. Thanks, Matt!
    The pictures might make it look better than it really is!
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  29. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 784


    I am always amazed at the talent on the HAMB! Great job and I like your choice of parts and pieces.

  30. Man, this is gonna be killer! I agree, the body is not that bad.

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