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Hot Rods Traditional '32 Ford Hot Rods: Which ones are the Icons?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 26, 2022.

  1. My short list of Iconic '32 Ford Hot Rods would also include "the inspiration" for my father to chop & channel his Deuce 5wd Coupe (my grandfather was a "Chrysler Man" and talked him out of the flathead):

    Lynn Yakel 5wd - 1951 Hot Rods TREND BOOK NO. 102, Pages 72-73.jpg
    Lynn Yakel's 1932 Ford Coupe
    as it appeared on page 72 & 73 of the (1951) Hot Rods TREND BOOK NO. 102

    Here's some pics of the Yakel coupe at the Dry Lakes (late '40s - early '50s):

    Lynn Yakel 5wd - HOT ROD Handbook #129 - Page 65.jpg
    Lynn Yakel #6c Coupe at the Dry Lakes (1).JPG
    Lynn Yakel #6c Coupe at the Dry Lakes (2).JPG
    Lynn Yakel & his #100c Deuce 5wd.jpg
    photographers unknown

    ... a B&W shot in front of Montebello Senior High School:

    Lynn Yakel 5wd - Montebello Senior High School.jpg
    photographer unknown

    ... some vintage color photos Lynn's 5wd:

    Lynn Yakel 5wd - pg 310 of '32 Ford Deuce (by Tony Thacker).jpg
    Lynn Yakel 5wd - Hilltop Color 3-4 front.jpg
    Lynn Yakel 5wd - Hilltop Color Sideview.jpg
    Lynn Yakel 5wd - Hilltop Color Topview.jpg
    Lynn Yakel's 5wd & Monte Monroe's 3wd at Monte's house.jpg
    Lynn Yakel with his 5wd at Monte Monroe's house.JPG
    photographers unknown

    ... and a colorized photo taken at the 1950 Hot Rod Exposition held at the LA Armory:

    Yakel 5wd - 1950 Hot Rod Exposition (LA Armory) - Colorized by Rik Hoving.jpg
    photographer unknown
    image colorized by @Rikster Hoving
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2022
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  2. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
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    A Boner

  3. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,014


    Since many of my favorites are already posted, I'll bring up this all time great. Wayne Henderson's Vicky.
  4. Jack Rice
    Joined: Dec 2, 2020
    Posts: 238

    Jack Rice

    I'm not usually a jump on the bandwagon guy but my top three '32 roadsters are Doane Spencer's, McGee/Scritchfield's (even though it was red) and Tom McMullen's.
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  5. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,474

    Gary Addcox

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
  6. How about THE COLEMAN COUPE ?
    Coleman R&R 001.jpg Coleman R&R 002.jpg Coleman R&R 003.jpg

    Coleman R&R 004.jpg

    Here it is when I owned it, in the process of getting a complete mechanical redo and freshen up. Coleman R&R 009.JPG
    And one more after I finished it. COLEMAN June 20 2015 019 (2).JPG
    I sold the car and it is back home in Denver area from my home in Connecticut!
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
  7. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
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  8. V8RPU
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 257

    from Nor Cal

    Not well known but a great car. Marshall Krause 5W, completed in 1956. Built from a 19,000 mile original car. Original work done by Harry Westergard, paint by Dick Bertolucci, striped by Dean Jeffries. Flathead swapped out in 1956 with a crate Corvette 2X4 engine. Chrome firewall, etc. Current interior by Kenny Foster. On my short list, if not anyone else's. Krause 5W.JPG
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  9. Speccie
    Joined: May 22, 2021
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  10. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 982


    From the East Coast The San Giovanni's roadster 49 years so far and still going strong.

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
  11. hotrodlane
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
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  12. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,082

    from DFW USA

    2016 BOMA (3).JPG 2016 BOMA (7).JPG

    Yep, that's the best Deuce of all time.
  13. Looking at all these posts reminds me of this picture I took of Axel Izardis coupe. D4AC61F9-343A-48CB-AD4C-56389A763FE3.jpeg
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  14. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,708


    Fred Steele drove his Roadster from the East coast to California to have it upholstered in about 1955 and back. IMG_20201021_0001.jpg IMG_20201124_0004.jpg Scan0535.jpg
  15. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 3,177

    ramblin dan

    Don't know who built some of these but the like them just the same. $T2eC16FHJGQFFi!2mZHuBS(b!blkc!~~60_57.jpg $T2eC16VHJFwFFZ8-qQ9eBRgn3V8qfQ~~60_3.jpg 0b3f882b32d859ee9e9604dda48ef816--grid-girls-hotrods[1].jpg 50031919_2280427825569248_8413698266935328768_o[1].jpg FredSteeleRoadster1.jpg L1030013[1].jpg
  16. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,919

    A Boner

    Ken’s old coupe.
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  17. The Norm Wallace roadster
    upload_2022-4-29_21-0-28.png upload_2022-4-29_21-1-51.png upload_2022-4-29_21-4-2.png upload_2022-4-29_21-5-16.png upload_2022-4-29_21-6-18.png upload_2022-4-29_21-7-7.png
  18. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,608


    waters tony deuce.jpg
    One of the fastest deuces, over 200mph at Bonneville, first single engine hiboy to reach that speed, Tony at Bakersfield, 1958
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  19. Chev38
    Joined: Nov 3, 2007
    Posts: 38


    These do it for me, Pete Henderson, Joe Nitti, Hank Negley! Zweird239.jpg Zweird240.jpg Zweird241.jpg
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  20. I can’t remember the name of the owner, but my pick is the blown, maroon, chopped sedan with the halibrand wheels and red grille from SoCal. Anybody remember who it was? I believe it was in Streetrodder in the ‘80’s.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2022
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  21. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
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    There's one that I see just about every day that I really like...........
    Bonneville '32 Roadster.jpg
  22. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,466


    ab8698b33bfca46fcf8a456eb0af9cba---ford-pontiac.jpg Andy-kassa-1932-ford-coupe-2.jpg Joe Kissa's 3Window
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2022
  23. KKrod
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,436


    As has been mentioned by 1-Shot. The Charlie Adams roadster. It was by far the nicest roadster in Dallas starting back in 1947. Ownership never left the Dallas city limits in all those years.
    CustomAutomotive.jpg .
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2022
  24. Mpls 40
    Joined: Mar 18, 2005
    Posts: 172

    Mpls 40

    I could not agree more, Mark. I had the opportunity to take this car for a spin a few years back ... it is an amazing hot rod.
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  25. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    Speed Gems

  26. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    As far as icons go, the popular choices were the ones that always showed up in the magazines and other publications. Some had notoriety in car shows and others just were cool. Drags or street or both were our two choices. Yes, some of those magazine models were very cool builds, but for us a far away dream or two. With our weekly attendance of racing and just relaxing at our local Lion's Dragstrip, we saw plenty of cool cars in the parking lots, the pits and even racing in a class or two.

    A curious teenager admiring the look, the build and the speed secrets we might use in our later builds. What was not to like about a 1932 Ford 3 window coupe? A chopped one with the look of going down the highway on those Friday/Saturday night cruising times?
    upload_2022-5-5_4-58-44.png Thanks, James...

    That is some teenager watching all of the prepping going on for the next round of eliminations. My brother had taken this particular pit movie at Lion's Dragstrip. I just happened to be in the film, with my cool tripod for my movie camera and the flapping pit pass.

    upload_2022-5-5_4-59-31.png The cool 1932 Ford chopped coupe just drew our eyes and interest like no other...

    This chopped 32 coupe was a good introduction to 1932 Fords. Not too many were on the street at the time and none were as chopped as this Altered Coupe. So, if it did not have the motor set back 25% as per rules, it would have been a cool modified custom 32 coupe for the street.

    Plus, how can one not like the two front opening “suicide” doors? As far as the chopped top was concerned, my brother and I did not mind the chopped top. We knew it was only for “a quarter mile at a time…” and not a 100 mile one way hot rod cruising road trip. As cool as the chopped top was, it stood out in the pits with the red color, but it was the modifications that made this little deuce coupe popular and memorable.


    My brother and I always liked the every weekend activity at Lion’s Dragstrip. Sure, we enjoyed looking at those 32 fords in the magazines and in posed cover shots at the edge of a swimming pools, but for us and 1000s of other kids, it was not real life. We liked what we saw on the streets, the drags and as a last resort, car shows.
    My brother was already thinking what a cool coupe it would be for the streets of Bixby Knolls and the daily drive to high school, as well as the weekend races at Lions. I was just thinking a cool 58 Impala driving to high school, let alone a chopped 32 3 window coupe. His mind was always working the angles and narratives in auto mechanics. And for him, it was the next best thing in having a cool street legal, hot rod/drag racing vehicle.

    As per rules for the street legal class, the motor back in its normal place with all street legal items would still place it in the Altered Class. Due to the restrictions of fenders, running boards, and lights. But, it would be a fast hot rod for daily driving and cruising. 10% set back + fenders= Gas Coupe And Sedan Class, whereas fenderless = Altered Class, 10% or not.

    Cook and McCartney C/Altered Coupe
  27. Inspirational, yes..."traditional" ? Subject to your viewpoint.
    Don Thelen's bad-ass Vicky as it appeared in an HRM feature and made me lust after hotted-up Lincoln's (enough so that I have one stashed at Chip Quinn's joint waiting for a good car to stuff it in):
    DonThelen 32 Vicky_HRM.jpg

    And one I just found - pure mid-'60s porn:

    Attached Files:

  28. It’s Bob Bauder’s sedan. I got some of the details right.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Aug 1, 2022
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  29. telecaster_6
    Joined: Dec 8, 2001
    Posts: 604

    from Dorr, Mi

    Paul Beck's 32' roadster.. I didn't grow up in the 50' this is the most influential traditional hot rod of all time for me. First saw his son ripping it down a dirt road shooting rooster tails with it around 1998... He's drove the wheels off it, its as traditional as you will ever find...
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