It seems as though every hot rodder dreams of building/owning at least one Deuce roadster during the course of their lifetime, and Mooresville, North Carolina's Darryl Rogers is a perfect example. Darryl's been hot rodding since '53, building and owning his share of beautiful examples along the way, but in all those years not one of `em was the venerable Deuce roadster. Well, by the summer of '07 he thought the time had come to rectify that fact once and for all.
Wandering the grounds at that year's NSRA gathering in York, Pennsylvania, Darryl spied a brand-new Dearborn Deuce body on display in the vendor area of the show. After taking a close look at the body, and liking what he saw, he made the decision to plunk down a wad-o-cash right then and there. After thinking about "his" Deuce for a long time, he had a pretty good idea of how he wanted it done, and also who was going to do a lot of it for him. The deal done, Darryl had the body shipped directly to his pal, who just so happens to be Posies of POSIES' Rods and Customs. Darryl and Posies' friendship goes way back, and Darryl knew that Posies' design ideas and craftsmanship would ensure that his dream roadster would live up to his expectations. The pair tossed around some ideas as Darryl expressed his vision, one that exuded both a hot rod persona and class while still embodying the classic Deuce design.
There are countless custom...
There are countless custom fabrication details all over this baby like handcrafted taillight assemblies, beautiful wind wings, and fully molded front splash apron to name but a few but none is more evident than Darryl's POSIES'-crafted aluminum hood assembly with vertical side vents.
While Posies fine-tuned his ideas, Darryl began the task of gathering the balance of components that'd transform the body into a complete automobile. Beginning with the foundation, he chose a Pete & Jake's '32 frame and traditional suspension components. Since this baby was gonna see a lot of road time, motorvation would come in the way of a 383-cube SBC backed by a 700-R4 overdrive tranny, and a hot rod staple--a 9-inch Ford rear end. Since Darryl's vision was one with an air of class rather than muscle, a full complement of fenders and running boards were in the mix, along with a quartet of wire wheels.
The cockpit was to be as stylish as the roadster's exterior, so Darryl made the decision to fill it with yards of glove-soft leather in a color that would accent the car's anticipated exterior color. Speaking of the car's color, Darryl took a lot of heat from his friends over his color choice, but he held his ground and both the interior and exterior colors are, along with the car's masterful workmanship, perhaps one of the more refined aspects of the finished product. And refined it is--this full-fendered Ford is, as you can plainly see, is a class act and a hot rod that's sure to be well worth the wait.
Darryl chose a powerful yet...
Darryl chose a powerful yet dependable 383-cube SBC crate motor backed by a 700-R4 and a 9-inch for motorvation. After waiting all those years for his first '32 roadster, Darryl plans on drivin' the wheels off this one; the drivetrain choice is perfect for his intentions.
From any angle this Deuce...
From any angle this Deuce is a gem. Darryl had a really good idea of the result he wanted achieve, and he enlisted the talents of some of the best in the industry to help him make it a reality.
The car's interior is every...
The car's interior is every bit as refined as its full-fendered exterior, and the color combo is perfect in our opinion. Darryl filled the cockpit with ideal choices, component-wise. From the awesomely comfortable Tea's seat to the single Haneline instrument nestled in a custom POSIES'-fabbed dash and flanked by a pair of classic art deco control knobs, a good-looking yet handy package tray, and some tastefully done A/C and defroster vents.
Facts & Figures
Mooresville, North Carolina
1932 Ford Roadster
|Frame / Manufacturer ||Custom ’32 Ford style / Pete & Jake’s |
|Wheelbase ||106” |
|Modifications ||2” kick-up at firewall |
|Chassis plumbing ||Stainless brake, aluminum fuel |
|Rearend / Ratio ||Ford 9” / 3.90:1 |
|Rear suspension ||POSIES’ (Hummelstown, PA) Super |
Slide springs, hairpins, Pete & Jake’s shocks
|Rear brakes ||Drum |
|Front suspension ||Dropped I-beam, POSIES’ Super Slide |
spring, Pete & Jake’s hairpins and shocks
|Front brakes ||Disc |
|Master cylinder ||Pete & Jake’s dual res with 7” booster and |
custom pedal assembly
|Steering box ||Borgeson (Torrington, CT) 605 power |
|Front wheel make, size ||Dayton (Dayton, OH) wires, 15 x 6 |
|Rear wheel make, size ||Dayton wires, 17 x 8 |
|Front tire make, size ||Michelin Harmony, 205/60R15 |
|Rear tire make, size ||Michelin Harmony, 255/70R17 |
|Gas tank ||Vintique 16-gal |
|Make ||Crate Chevrolet stroker |
|Displacement ||383ci |
|Machining / Assembly ||GMPP |
|Crankshaft ||Stroker |
|Rods ||Powdered steel |
|Pistons ||Cast |
|Camshaft ||Hydraulic roller |
|Water pump ||Aluminum |
|Cooling fan ||16” electric |
|Radiator ||Walker (Memphis, TN) copper/brass |
|Alternator ||Powermaster (Knoxville, TN) 140amp |
|Heads ||Iron |
|Valve covers ||Stamped steel |
|Manifold / Induction ||GM aluminum / Edelbrock |
(Torrance, CA) 750cfm
|Ignition / Wires ||GM HEI / AC Delco 8mm |
|Headers ||Iron manifolds |
|Exhaust / Mufflers ||Custom 2½” by POSIES’ / Flowmaster |
(Santa Rosa, CA) Hushpower
|Make ||GM 700-R4 |
|Converter ||DelTrans (Newark, DE) |
|Shifter ||Column |
|Trans mods ||DelTrans |
|Driveshaft ||Custom Harrisburg Machine |
|Body style / Material ||Roadster / steel |
|Body manufacturer ||Dearborn Deuce (Branford, CT) |
|Hood ||Aluminum, handcrafted by POSIES’ |
|Grille ||Vintique, chopped 2” |
|Bodywork ||POSIES’ and Time Machines (Mooresville, NC) |
|Paint type / Color ||DuPont Spectramaster / I Told Ya So Green |
|Painter ||Time Machines |
|Headlights / Taillights ||Vintique / handcrafted by POSIES’ |
|Outside mirror ||Vintique |
|Bumpers ||Modified ’32 Ford repro’s, Vintique |
|Other body items ||Handcrafted hood sides and molded |
splash apron by POSIES’
|Dashboard ||Custom, handcrafted by POSIES’, |
custom A/C vents crafted by Time Machines
|Insert / Gauges ||Custom handcrafted by POSIES’ / |
Haneline (Morongo Valley, CA)
|Stereo / Speakers ||Sony |
|Air conditioning ||Vintage Air (San Antonio, TX) |
|Wiring ||Time Machines |
|Steering wheel ||Ford |
|Steering column ||Shorty, by ididit (Tecumseh, MI) |
|Interior mirror ||Ford |
|Seats ||Tea’s Design (Rochester, MN) |
|Upholsterer ||Chuck Hanna’s Hot Rod Interiors |
|Material / Color ||Leather / Dark Green |
|Carpet ||German square-weave |