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.

Facts & Figures
Al Liebmann
Kinnelon, New Jersey
1932 Ford coupe
Chassis
Frame / Manufacturer modified stock / Ford
Wheelbase 106”
Modifications boxed, custom crossmembers & bracketry
Chassis plumbing steel
Rearend / Ratio 8” Ford / 3.25:1
Rear suspension four-bar w/ coilovers
Rear brakes Bendix drum
Front suspension tube axle & transverse spring
Front brakes Monte Carlo disc
Master cylinder T-bird
Steering box Vega
Front wheel make, size Radir (Montville NJ) Tri-Rib, 15x5
Rear wheel make, size Radir Tri-Rib, 15x8
Front tire make, size BFGoodrich, 165/75-R15
Rear tire make, size BFGoodrich, 235/75-R15
Gas tank custom, 18-gal
Other chassis items chassis mods by Lee Osborn (Pennyan, NY)
Engine
Make ’58 Chevrolet
Displacement 348ci
Crankshaft iron
Pistons forged
Water pump Chevrolet
Cooling fan SPAL (Ankeny, IA)
Radiator Walker Radiator Works (Memphis, TN)
Alternator Powermaster (Knoxville, TN)
Valve covers Offy
Manifold / Induction Chevrolet / Rochester 2GC (3), O’Brien Truckers (Charlton, MA) air cleaners
Ignition / Wires PerTronix (San Dimas, CA) Flame-Thrower / PerTonix
Headers coated iron manifolds
Exhaust / Mufflers aluminized steel / Cherry Bomb
Transmission
Make Chevrolet TH350
Converter ProTorque (Bohemia, NY)
Shifter Gennie Shifter (Denver, CO)
Trans mods All Star Transmission (N. Halden, NJ)
Driveshaft custom
Body
Body style / Material five-window coupe / steel
Body manufacturer Ford
Body mods chopped 2 ½”, channeled 1 ½”
Hood Rootlieb (Turlock, CA)
Grille stainless
Bodywork unknown
Paint type / Color PPG / black, purple
Painter Alan Johnson Graphix (Blairstown, NJ)
Outside mirror Mac’s Antique Auto Parts (Lockport, NY)
INTERIOR
Insert / Gauges custom / VDO
Wiring previous owner
Steering wheel Grant Products (Glendale, CA)
Steering column Chevrolet
Interior mirror Mac's Antique Auto Parts
Seatbelts Juliano's Hot Rod Parts & Interior Products (Ellington, CT)
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