As a STREET RODDER editor, it's my job to be immersed in the hot rod hobby (hey, it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it), but as much as I hate to admit it, it's hard not to become somewhat jaded when I spend most of my waking hours scrutinizing hot rods of every description. Now, don't get me wrong-every hot rod is cool, and I love 'em all; it's just that it takes an awful lot to really stop me in my tracks. It doesn't matter if it's a quarter-million-dollar, professionally built car or a low-buck homebuilt-it has to turn my crank or I'm not gonna waste a megabyte on it.

The Deuce roadster you see here is one example of a rod that will get anyone's attention, jaded or not. It has the look of a master's creation-like it coulda just rolled out of Roy Brizio or Barry Lobeck's shop ... but it didn't. This beauty rolled out of the home garage of West Hartford, Connecticut's Gene Morin, a hot rod hobbyist just like you and me (well, a heck of a lot more talented than me, but hopefully you get my drift).

Gene's been roddin' since around 1957 and he's built more than his fair share of cool hot rods over the years (his A sedan was my favorite up until now), but, like many of us, his dream car was a Deuce roadster. About three years ago, he figured the time was right to step up to the plate and get it done. So, he took a ride by New Age Motorsports, a local Connecticut street rod manufacturer, and eyeballed one of the company's body and chassis packages. Pleased at what he saw, he loaded up his loot and headed home to get to work.

Gene proceeded to split his precious free time over the next three years between work, home life, the Wednesday Night Boys (a group of hot rodding characters he and I are both lucky and proud to call friends), and thrashin' out in the garage on the roadster. During that time, he not only assembled the components he'd collected, but fabricated everything he didn't buy. Plus, he performed the car's flawless bodywork and paint as well (just as an aside, Gene's the painter of choice for many rodders in the Connecticut area). As you can plainly see, Gene's efforts and talent resulted in one of the nicest homebuilt hot rods I've had the pleasure to photograph, and I'm sure it will not only bring years of driving pleasure to Gene, but also to those who are sure to admire it where ever it's seen.

Facts & Figures
Gene and Joan Morin
West Hartford, Connecticut
1932 Ford roadster

Frame / Manufacturer '32 Ford / New Age Motorsports (Monroe, CT)
Wheelbase 106"
Modifications C'd front & rear
Chassis plumbing stainless & braided steel
Rearend / Ratio 9" Ford / 2.82:1
Rear suspension triangulated four-bar, coilovers
Rear brakes drum
Front suspension 5"-dropped I-beam, reversed-eye monospring
Front brakes early Ford drum
Master cylinder dual-reservoir
Steering box Vega
Wheel covers '46 Ford
Front wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques (Fresno, CA), 15x5
Rear wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques, 15x8
Front tire make, size Diamond Back (Conway, SC), 145/15
Rear tire make, size Diamond Back, 255/15
Gas tank original '32 Ford