Out back a SO-CAL Speed Shop transverse leaf/ladder bar setup was used with custom brackets, Bilstein shocks, a sway bar from Alan Johnson, and a polished Winters quick-change rear. Up front a Posies spring, 4-inch-drop Super Bell axle, and another set of Bilsteins went in. GM disc brakes up front (with custom vented covers) and SO-CAL drum brakes in the rear supply the whoa while rollers (17x8 and 15x4.50) came in the form of knock-off Dayton Wire wheels wrapped in Diamond Back rubber.
Something you don’t see too...
Something you don’t see too often—look how shiny and smooth it is under the fenders on Becker’s coupe!
When building a car that is as understated as this, there is no need to shout when talking about the drivetrain. A simple 350 crate motor from Chevrolet received that same amount of detail from FastLane as the rest of the car. Up top a trio of Barry Grant Six Shooter carbs (fitted with O’Brien Truckers finned aluminum air cleaners) feed the engine, which has its exterior sanded and ground smooth before being color-matched to the car.
Ignition comes from an MSD 6AL and Taylor wires, and exhaust runs through smoothed Speedway ram horn manifolds, exiting out a pair of Stainless Works mufflers. More of Lane’s fabrication skills can be seen in the aluminum fan shroud he made up for the Walker radiator as a custom overflow tank was incorporated into its design.
Only small changes were made to the three-window’s body itself, which included a minor 3/4-inch chop and leaning the rear window forward for a more dramatic silhouette. The cowl vent was left intact, though now it operates electronically, and the hood tops were pie-cut 3/8 inch.
The front fenders were cut, reshaped, and recontoured to better follow the shape of the front wheel. The roof insert was flush fit, and Lane made the front and rear aprons as well as the headlight bar, which was dropped 2 inches, narrowed, then drilled for internal wiring. The front spreader bar is curved, a design element Phil carried over to the rear spreader bar, which follows the shape of the body. Dave then also curved the backside of the stock gas tank so it, too, follows the body line. Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome handled all of the car’s brightwork, while Dave used Greening Auto Company headlights and taillights (with custom stands from FastLane) from Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop. Once the custom bodywork was complete, Lane sprayed the body and parts with a custom-mix DuPont Chroma Premier single-stage butterscotch paint.
A lot of work here for some...
A lot of work here for some subtle results. The rear spreader bar was curved to match the shape of the body, but so was the gas tank! Phil Becker bent both spreader bars, and Dave Lane did the trick work on the gas tank.
The simple-but-clean look was carried through and into the interior as a ’32 Ford dash (from Brookville) now houses a ’34 Plymouth gauge cluster that was reworked by Classic Instruments before being wired in with a Centech kit. The dash and interior metal pieces were painted an exterior-contrasting chocolate brown, except for the Lime Works stainless steel steering column and drop. Even the ring of the ’60s-era Porsche steering wheel got the treatment after being downsized almost 2 inches.
For the first time, Lane worked closely with Dave and Sally Schober of Schober’s Custom Hot Rod Interiors of Sandwich, Illinois, in creating a unique interior for the three-window. The bench seat was fit to the owner and then covered in espresso-colored leather—the same material used on the door panels that feature saddlebag pockets fitted with Lime Works buckles. Dynamat insulation is found under the brown square-weave carpet, and black seatbelts came from Juliano’s.
The appeal of a hot rod from FastLane is that it is about as close as you can get to getting an old-world coachbuilt type of car from a master craftsman. Not that there aren’t talented builders out there, it’s just you don’t run across many one-man shops that deliver this caliber of car year after year. Phil Becker recognizes that fact, and even more so after his Deuce debuted at the Goodguys Nationals in Columbus in 2011 and won Street Rod of the Year honors. A dream come true for Phil and Debbie Becker, their ’32 is just another facet in the gem that has been their life together—a love affair that started years ago at that newsstand where Deb worked and Phil hung out reading those hot rod magazines.
Lime Works made the stylish...
Lime Works made the stylish trim pieces used on the coupe’s decklid.