The Brookville body was massaged by the crew at SO-CAL Speed Shop before it was painted in-house by Mick Jenkins and his crew in 1931 Ford Lombard Blue. The Brookville grille received similar treatment, as did the hood top and custom louvered hood sides. Once the paint was dry, cut, and buffed, the body and sheet metal pieces were mated to the chassis and the SO-CAL Speed Shop bull nose, headlights, '39 Ford tail lights, chopped windshield posts, and other odds and ends were bolted on. From there, the car was sent down the road to Gabe's Street Rods Custom Interiors were Gabe Lopez and his team fabricated a custom bench seat and panels before covering them with antique mahogany leather purchased from the Hide and Leather House in Napa, California. The floor received German square weave tan carpet with matching leather piping. Back at SO-CAL Speed Shop, a set of Stewart-Warner gauges were placed in a SO-CAL Speed Shop aluminum insert and installed in the `32 dash, fronted by a LimeWorks banjo-style steering wheel and column that mate to a Vega steering box. Completing the cockpit's accoutrements is a tan LeBaron Bonney soft top to keep the interior dry regardless of the weather.

By studying the cars built when hot rodding was in its infancy and keying in on the aesthetics of those early cars, Kevin was able to avoid making those mistakes commonly made by many a newcomer to the hot rodding hobby. He was able to decide what he liked in particular when it came to a certain build style, the parts that made up said style, and the guys involved today who build cars that emulate that style. The resulting car is a study in contemporary traditionalism.

F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Kevin Washburn
Burlingame, California
1932 Ford highboy roadster
CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer step-boxed ’32 Ford / SO-CAL
Speed Shop (Pomona, CA)
Wheelbase 106”
Modifications pinched nose
Chassis plumbing SO-CAL Speed Shop
Rearend / Ratio Currie 9” / 3.25:1
Rear suspension transverse spring, SO-CAL Speed
Shop ladder bars, Pete & Jake’s
(Peculiar, MO) shocks
Rear brakes drum
Front suspension Chassis Engineering (West
Branch, IA) axle, transverse
spring, SO-CAL Speed Shop
hairpins, Pete & Jake’s shocks
Front brakes SO-CAL Speed Shop disc
Master cylinder Wilwood (Camarillo, CA)
Steering box Vega
Wheelcovers ’40 Ford Deluxe
Front wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques (Fresno, CA), 16x6”
Rear wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques, 16x7”
Front tire make, size Firestone bias ply, 550x16”
Rear tire make, size Firestone bias ply, 750x16”
ENGINE
Make Ford
Displacement 331ci
Machining / Assembly Gary Clark @ Clark’s Auto &
Marine Machine Shop
(Burlingame, CA)
Cooling fan SPAL electric, 16”
Radiator Walker Cobra Z (Memphis, TN)
Heads Edelbrock (Torrance, CA)
Performer RPM, aluminum
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock Performer Rpm Air-
Gap, aluminum
Ignition / Wires MSD M6A (El Paso, TX)
Headers Sanderson (South San Francisco, CA)
Exhaust / Mufflers Magnaflow (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
TRANSMISSION
Make Richmond 5-speed
Shifter Hurst (Chatsworth, CA) & Lokar
(Knoxville, TN)
BODY
Body style / Material ’32 Ford roadster / steel
Body manufacturer Brookville Roadster (Brookville,
OH)
Hood louvered Rootlieb (Turlock, CA)
Grille Brookville Roadster w/ SO-CAL
bullnose
Bodywork Mick Jenkins @ SO-CAL Speed
Shop
Paint type / Color PPG / Lombard Blue
Painter Mick Jenkins @ SO-CAL Speed
Shop
Headlights / Taillights SO-CAL Speed Shop
INTERIOR
Dashboard Brookville Roadster
Insert / Gauges SO-CAL Speed Shop / Stewart-
Warner
Heater Vintage Air (San Antonio, CA)
Steering wheel ’39 Ford reproduction
Steering column LimeWorks Speed Shop
(Whittier, CA)
Seats custom by Gabe Lopez @ Gabe’s
Street Rods Custom Interiors
(San Bernardino, CA)
Upholsterer Gabe Lopez @ Gabe’s Street
Rods Custom Interiors
Material / Color antique mahogany leather
Carpet German tan square weave