Dick Stoebel of Manchester, Connecticut, is no stranger to hot rods, having started his relationship with everything motorized back in the '50s. Scraping together $50 by the time he was 16, he laid down the cash for a '50 Pontiac coupe and hasn't looked back since. As the decades passed, the teenager's mechanical talents grew; he worked as an engineer by day and rodder by night; continuing to do the majority of the builds by himself in his garage.
To give the devilish black coupe some well-deserved decadence, Dick contacted Ken's Uphols
Having always held a fascination with automotive styles from the '30s, Dick began a quest almost a decade ago for an original '32 Ford five-window coupe. His research led him to a rolling body and chassis combination located in Nebraska through a site on the Internet. Not being able to travel out to see the car, he asked all the right questions and even found out that the body had been found abandoned in the woods by a pair of game wardens in Minnesota. A deal was made for the car and when it arrived a closer inspection proved that primer and bodywork can hide lots of dirty little secrets, especially in pictures. A thorough evaluation of the body proved that this was indeed one of Henry's children, which had seen better days thanks to poor panel replacement, bad fabrication, and even worse bodywork. Not one to be distracted by the situation, Dick reevaluated the cards he had been dealt and forged on with the build. With the body removed from the chassis, it was time to get busy dialing in the spine with a pocketful of ideas he had been carrying around since he was a teenager. On the plus side, the package deal came with a new, well-designed Deuce chassis from Heinzman Street Rods in Phillips, Nebraska, which was fully boxed, and C'd. For a perfect stance, a 9-inch Ford rear filled with 3.08:1 cogs and suspended in place with a combination of ladder bars from Pete & Jakes, complemented by a Panhard bar and antiroll bar while Aldan Eagle coilover shocks suck up the bumps. To give the car a nose-in-the-dirt attitude, Dick drilled a Super Bell 4-inch dropped axle, which was linked to '40 Ford spindles, an antiroll bar, and four-bars from Pete & Jakes. To add a bit of comfort to the ride, a Posies Super Slide spring and Pete & Jakes tube shocks keep the asphalt as smooth as velvet. For ample stopping power, fluid moves through a Corvette dual master on its way to 10-inch Ford drums out back and 12-inch '59 Buick finned aluminum drums up front, accented by Wilson Welding and Machine '39 Lincoln backing plates. To roll in style, lipstick red Wheel Vintiques steelies wrapped in Coker/BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whites do the job just fine.
The pinstriping was applied in traditional style by Charlie Decker, aka The One-Armed Band
When it came to powering the coupe, Dick kept his options open. A conversation with fellow rodder Glenn Sinon confirmed he was pulling a solid running engine and trans combination out of his '47 Ford coupe to make way for a fresh crate engine. Dick picked up the used mill and went right to work cleaning and detailing the '70 Chevy 350ci V-8 while also adding a fresh coat of paint, and polished stainless hardware. Breathing through an Edelbrock Performer intake topped with a matching Performer 600-cfm carb, it comes to life through a PerTronix ignition and dumps its spent gases through a set of Patriot block-hugger headers. Linked to a TH350 tranny shifted by a Lokar stick, the combination gives the coupe more than enough go when the gas pedal gets mashed. After stripping the body down to bare steel, Dick was ready to start his mountainous climb from the bottom up since the lower 6 inches of the coupe needed to be cut off and replaced. Working from experience, whatever patch panels weren't available he made, including a driver side doorskin, which he formed on the garage floor using a boat seat cushion and a soft-faced mallet. From there he laid out the chop and sent sparks flying to lower the lid 4 inches in front and 3-1/2 inches out back combined with a 5-degree layback of the A-pillars. Completing the overall look, he sectioned the original grille shell 1-inch while also pie-cutting the hood tops to allow the beltline to flow perfectly. He then media blasted the body in his driveway and followed with final bodywork till the exterior was as straight as glass. Dick began to spray the PPG single-stage black gloss onto many interior parts as well as the bottom of the car and the firewall in his shop. He contacted good friends Glenn and Jeff Sinon of West Suffield, Connecticut, to final prep the body and lay down its mile-deep finish. The pair also created the wicked flame-job, which was given its final accent by Charlie Decker, aka The One-Armed Bandit.
With reassembly time at hand, Dick credits his hot rod buddies for coming over with the promise of coffee and doughnuts (how could they ever refuse!) to mount the body to the rolling chassis. To bring the build to completion, nothing says hot rod better than a rolled and pleated deep red interior. Dick had Ken's Upholstery of Ellington, Connecticut, cover a modified Glide Engineering seat with yards of supple vinyl while Haneline gauges monitor the vitals and a LimeWorks banjo-styled steering wheel sets the course. Dick's perseverance sure paid off when he fired up the car for the first time and laid down plenty of miles without ever looking back. This is one Deuce that'll motor off into the sunset for decades to come. That's just plain bitchin.'
Dick nailed between the 'rails a '70 Chevy 350 ci with an Edelbrock Performer intake and 6
A detailed (upholstered) trunk adds a great deal to the final fit and finish of any hot ro