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What makes the 32 Ford cpe better than the 31

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by pearl31, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. You nailed it.

    Most guys posts are just opinions... because they don't know about the history.

    But '32 was one of Ford's worst years... so production of this landmark car was low.

    It was the first successful v8 engine... and the aftermarket equipment and speed parts industry made the flathead "great".

    You could have a factory hot rod... strip the fenders, hop the motor up... hot rod.

    Well, the '32 bodies were heavier than the Model A bodies... so, quite a few '32 bodies got junked in favor of the lighter Model A body.

    This added to their rareity...

    and price.

  2. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
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    Hot Rod Magazine went over this 47 years ago. ;)


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  3. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,881

    dirty old man

    I've owned 2 "A" roadsters, have one now, and a coupe, One 32 3wdw, and a 34 3wdw. My favorite is the '34, but I like them all.
  4. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    I've owned all four years and several styles of Model A's. Never a 32. But most of the posts answer why I'd take a 32 over a Model A anyday !
    Just the switch to the V8 and flush doors is enough.
    And as a few posts say, it wasn't a perfect car or a smooth transition. After all, many loved the Model A Ford.
    To begin with, the early flathead V-8's were mostly trouble, not completely road ready when the 32's did come out. But eventually they proved to be much more reliable and fast.
    Like the Edsel, the bullet nosed Studebaker, the Chrysler Airflow, Tucker, etc. different and ahead of it's time.
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  5. Stupid is as stupid does.. I own 2 model a's but would sell everything I own to get a 32
  6. Let's not forget the A Vicky was a proving ground for many many many of the duece attributes :)
  7. I have had some of both, but still have the 32's
  8. bblue34
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 251


    Because Bonnie and Clyde had one.....And the would out run the COPS
  9. Mr Haney
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    Mr Haney

    same thing that made the 55 chevy "Holly Grail" with guys my age

  10. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
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    Model T1

    A lot of people think that. But I've had Model A's and 55 Chevys way before I ever heard of that movie. And loved 32 Fords since I could say "car kar".
    Of course, I'm probably not your age.
  11. Model As are acceptable ... if they have a 32 nose on them, but nothing beats a thirty two with the 32-34 pu in second.
  12. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,953


    Not to nit pick but I believe Bonnie and Clyde had a '34. Supposedly wrote Henry praising its attributes. However, the sheet metal was thin so they both got shot up good!:)
  13. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,417

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    'cause model a doesn't have a three window coupe :)
  14. Joe Didio
    Joined: Oct 7, 2006
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    Joe Didio

    Most everyone should or will agree that the 32 is the king. I have owned two. A roadster and still have a 3 window (both glass cars). But I have to say I really like my 30 Model A.

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  15. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,297


    What's the difference between a $20 and a $100 bottle of wine? Not really all that much, but to some people it's worth it and the other 95 percent of the people wouldn't know the difference.
  16. seabeecmc
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,036


    I have to say I really like your 30 Model A too! Ron
  17. I personally like the looks of a 30/31 coupe over a 32 when they are hot rodded, but thats personal looks. As for quality, the 32 is way above an A.
  18. gasserjohn
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,219


    i think that the stainless steel modelA type grill is the best
    i think that the 32 shell looks stupid on a modelA.......

    i think a 33-34 ford low&chopped looks fast just sitting there

    built my A in 65 still have it..............

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  19. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    The lines. It's all about the lines. While the '32 isn't my favorite, compared to a Model A, it's just about perfect.
  20. modelamotorhead
    Joined: Dec 24, 2011
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    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
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    from alabama

    If their built like 3030"s and Joe Didlo's Model A's..I like the Model A's almost as good.........but the best explanation I know is this one...."Have you ever had the date of a lifetime out for the first time when you were young...and when you pulled or walked in and you could tell everyone was looking at you thinking....Man!!!!....I wish that was me with that!".......that's the way you feel when you drive in somewhere in a Deuce Coupe.........................just my opinion.
  22. N8B
    Joined: Sep 28, 2009
    Posts: 476


    Because the song doesn't go: "Little A coupe - You don't know what I got - Just a little A coupe with a flat head mill - But she'll walk a thunderburn like she's standin still".
  23. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,939

    from Michigan

    Now all you need is a matching 5W coupe...;)
  24. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,939

    from Michigan

    Yeah, it don't sound right....
    But I do like the Hot Rod Lincoln song... ;)
  25. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    They were killed driving a 34 ... but this March 1933 photo shows them clearly with a 1932 :D The fact is Clyde preferred V8 Fords and stole ( and drove ) whatever he could steal.

  26. The Model has wood.
    The '32 gives you wood.:D
  27. Model A 3 window coupe.


  28. And a vicky.
    My favorite actually.
  29. I like the look of the 32s, no sharpe bits, but the Model As are catching up in my opinion. I had a steel 32 roadster in the early eighties. OH and why and how can a glass 32 be worth so much even when it has NO real 32 bits in it !!!!!! the cost of image ? JW
  30. 343w
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,482


    It has become a situation of supply and demand establishing the price. The 32 has always been in greater demand, mainly for style and build quality, and the flathead V8. No year model american made car can even come close in popularity to the world famous 32 Ford. It will always be number one with us old farts from the 40's and 50's.........

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