1932 Ford 5-window Coupe
From Bill Neumann
Bill Neumann, former editor of Rod & Custom magazine is known to many by his famous roadsters and customs, and as Founder and CEO of Automotive Performance Systems, Inc and NEUSPEED®. Bill is now building a new hot rod project. He purchased a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe project car from John Francis who had it advertised on HotRodHot Line.Com last year and has been working on it ever since.
The coupe shown here is how it arrived in Camarillo, California from John’s garage in Oregon. So far, it has been chopped (2”) and channeled by Terry Davis at the County Rod Shop over a Kugel ’32 chassis with their IRS. Front end is a SS dropped tube axel, chrome Posies spring and SS Magnum radius rods. Power is from a ZZ4 Chevy crate engine sporting an Offenhauser three carb manifold from Larry Fulton at Automotion and Muncie four-speed.
You can follow Bill’s words and photos of the Coupe Build in Street Rod Builder magazine. It is a six part series and starts now in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue. It’s a great story with lots of photos of new build ideas and nostalgia from the 1950’s. Don’t miss a single issue!
Here is a great piece of history about a previous owner of my coupe and its Boise, ID roots
Hi, Bill. Ken Rhodes here with a little bit of trivia for you in regards to your coupe build. The car came from Boise, ID. It had been an early hot rod around here in the 50’s after sitting for many years. I was told the owners name was Miller, and he owned a sheet metal shop off Broadway. He sold the coupe to Bill (last name ?), who lived on Boise Ave. He tore the car semi apart and found out he was in over his head. Eldon Sailor told me about the car, and Galen Blanc and I went over to check it out. He didn’t want to sell, but I left him my name and phone number if he was ever interested. About six months later, he called and I bought the car. It was dark in his shop, and it looked a lot better than out in the day light, but hey, it was an original ’32 Ford. I took the car over to Galens and we proceeded to take the car further apart and found they did all of their body repairs in brass as he had hit a guard rail going up Bogus Basin road. They hit the right rear quarter and when they rebuild it they made their own deck lid to fit the now re-arranged opening. I ended up buying a new Brookville deck lid and front fenders as well. The car ended up over at Bill Griffins, and he got the body pretty well straightened out, primed and on its wheels again. I ended up trading it to John Francis for a running ’32 Ford sedan – he didn’t do anything to the car and ended up selling it on HRHL to Bill Neumann. It looks like Bill replaced everything but the body in his build and it is looking good. I just had to pass on the cars Boise roots.
I want the Coupe to follow my original roadster look in the front, so I’m using a Speedway Motors dropped stainless steel axle, so Kugel welded in a ’32 cross member for me instead of his normal IFS.
The body is about finished: chopped two inches, channeled over the frame, wheel wells raised and the floor installed. With everything welled up, it’s now a solid uni-body. I have also installed all-new wood from Ford Wood Art with stainless steel screws which adds to the rigidity.
I’m also checking the new seat from Glide Engineering and the mounting position for the Flaming River steering column and steering wheel.
More to come as the project moves forward.
Be sure to get Street Rod Builder magazine each month as the project is very detailed with lots of new ideas. The series started in SRB’s January/February issue, then March and April. May should be out soon. There is lots of nostalgia from the 1950’s and photos of my early cars. If you don’t have the first issues, give SRB a call: 423/664-5133. You older guys may remember me as a former editor of Rod and Custom for five years in the early 1960’s, so I have lots of experience in hot rodding, and the articles (6 in all plus the finish) have lots of my new ideas for the Coupe.