Rob Head's hot rod background is similar to many a rodder-he was inducted into the hobby by a gearhead dad (who built and drove a T Speedster powered by a Buick straight-eight). So, when he decided to build a '32 five-window of his own, Rob had two prerequisites: It had to be traditionally styled, and both his sons, Bobby and Jody, would be involved in the build. Well, it took a while, and there were some bumps in the road (the most devastating being the loss of his oldest son, Bobby, along the way), but instead of losing heart, Rob marched on, as he knew Bobby would have insisted. As you can plainly see, the result was extraordinary.

Rob originally found the coupe body during a chance meeting with Ken Wall at the 1999 L.A. Roadster Show swap meet. During their conversation, Ken mentioned he had a steel coupe body for sale, and since Rob was in the market he decided he might as well grab it and get started on a project he'd been contemplating for a long while. Well, Rob got the body home to Littleton, Colorado, and the project began in earnest.

Rob enlisted Rob Crouse to put together a frame for him using a pair of ASC 'rails, which provided the basis for the chassis. The new 'rails were sewn together using a Model A front, a '37 center, and a '34 rear crossmember. A dropped I-beam hung with a POSIES Super Slide spring, and a pair of split 'bones was installed up front, and a '65 Mustang 8-inch, another Super Slide spring, and '36 Ford radius rods hung out back. A quartet of Pete & Jake's shocks, a pair of Buick drum brakes, 15-inch Wheel Vintiques wheels wrapped in bias-ply Firestones, and a '50 F-1 steering box completed the roller.

The Chuck Schutter-prepared 239-cube Flathead, dressed in traditional Edelbrock accessories, and a pair of Red's headers were topped with a duo of Stromberg 48s wearing Speedway Motors helmet-style air cleaners and backed by a Flat-o-Matic C4 conversion, then dropped between the 'rails and connected to the 8-inch via a custom-fabricated driveshaft.

Meanwhile, Dave Landeck was handling the bodywork and paint. The coupe body was massaged back into pristine shape and treated to a top chop and radiused door and trunk openings. With the body primed and ready, Dave laid down a glass-smooth coating of PPG black, which was complemented by a touch of Mike Young artwork. The body was then mounted to the chassis and a Glide seat assembly finished in red vinyl (as was the balance of the interior) by Sew Fine Upholstery of Littleton was installed inside. Rob then chose a '40 Ford column and wheel, as well as a full array of Classic Instruments gauges to finish off the traditional hot rod interior.

Though it was an arduous task, Rob's '32 finally hit the road-a testament to perseverance and a fitting tribute to both the tradition of hot rodding and a hot rodding family.

F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Robert Head
Littleton, Colorado
1932 Ford highboy coupe

CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer '32 / ASC framerails
Wheelbase 106"
Modifications Model A front X-member, '34 rear X-member & '37 center X-member
Chassis plumbing steel
Rearend / Ratio 8" Ford / 3.55:1
Rear suspension '36 Ford radius rods, POSIES (Hummelstown, PA) transverse spring
Rear brakes drum
Front suspension dropped I-beam, POSIES spring, split 'bones
Front brakes '59 Buick drum
Master cylinder GM
Steering box '50 Ford F-1 pickup
Front wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques (Fresno, CA), 15x5
Rear wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques, 15x6
Front tire make, size Firestone, 5.60-15
Rear tire make, size Firestone, 8.20-15
Gas tank '32 Ford
ENGINE
Make '50 Ford
Displacement 239ci
Cooling fan electric
Radiator Walker Radiator Works (Memphis, TN)
Alternator GM
Heads Edelbrock (Torrance, CA)
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock, Stromberg 48s (2)
Ignition / Wires PerTronix (San Dimas, CA) / 8mm
Headers Red's Headers (Thousand Palms, CA)
Exhaust / Mufflers aluminized / Smithy's
Other engine facts assembled by Chuck Schutter (Lakewood, CO)
TRANSMISSION
Make Ford C4
Converter Flat-O Products Inc. (Salem, OR) Flat-o-Matic
Shifter column
Trans mods Golden West Auto (Denver, CO)
BODY
Body style / Material five-window / steel
Body manufacturer Ford
Body mods chopped 2 1/2", radiused door & trunk openings
Hood Ford
Grille shell Brookville Roadster (Brookville, OH)
Bodywork Don Coleman & Dave Landeck
Paint type / Color PPG (Pittsburgh, PA) / black
Painter Dave Landeck
Graphics M. Young
Headlights / Taillights Guide / '48 Ford
INTERIOR
Dashboard stock
Insert / Gauges owner-fabricated / Classic Instruments (Boyne City, MI)
Wiring owner, E Z Wiring (Bunnell, FL)
Steering wheel '40 Ford
Steering column '40 Ford
Interior mirror stock
Seats Glide Engineering (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Upholsterer Sew Fine Upholstery (Littleton, CO)
Material / Color vinyl / red
Carpet red
Seatbelts Juliano's Hot Rod Parts (Vernon, CT)
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