Surfin' and hot rods have gone hand in hand since the days of the Beach Boys, but today's version of a surfin' safari more often requires a computer and the Internet than it does a longboard and a woodie wagon.
Case in point: Big Al Liebmann and his latest hot rod coupe. Not long ago, Al, a longtime rodder and drag racer, sold his '39 GMC pickup and began a search for a new hot rod. Though he travels extensively to street rod shows around the country, he didn't have much luck finding a vehicle that really piqued his interest-until he expanded his search to his home desktop.
One evening while surfing the Web, Al came across an offering for a Deuce coupe that really caught his eye. The '32 had been originally built in Wisconsin back in the 1980s but had since been sold and ended up in New York State. Its foundation was a modified '32 frame topped by a "real" steel Deuce five-window body; the fact that it was built in the traditional style and was powered by an early 348 Chevy was icing on the cake. A deal was struck after the usual back-and-forth between buyer and seller, and Al had a new set of wheels.
Once Al had the car in his mitts, he realized it was really solid and would need nothing but a few personal taste-type mods to transform it into his vision of the perfect hot rod.
The first changes made were to swap out the wheels and tires that came with the car for a set of Radir Tri-Rib wheels and a quartet of wide whites, and to add a selection of cool traditional-style accessories from O'Brien Truckers, the Charlton, Massachusetts-based manufacturer of cast-aluminum hot rod accessories. Al also had the old interior stripped out and new upholstery and carpeting installed to finish off the transition of the coupe from a great Internet find to his own Deuce Bigalow.