The original fenders were...
The original fenders were bobbed, yielding an unmistakable East Coast look. The wheels are American Racing Torq-Thrusts with Coker 10x15 cheater slicks.
The Ford three-window coupe featured more of Doug’s handiwork in the top chop. The A-pillars had 3-1/2 inches removed and leaned back (negating the need to lengthen the roof), while the rear of the top was chopped 3 inches. (Doug tells us that he always liked the look of the Doyle Gammell ’32 coupe; not a bad choice!) The original fenders were bobbed and he made a die to form the bead around the edge where the fenders were cut. He also used lead rather than a modern plastic filler during the bodywork process, and replaced the wood with steel; particularly to allow the door hinges to be securely anchored. Other original ’32 items include the hood, grille shell, and insert.
Doug massaged the body and then readied it to accept the DuPont custom mix maroon color. When it came time to paint he needed more space and not wanting to fill the house with paint fumes, as the garage is under the house, it was back to his place of work. (Good idea!) The pinstriping came by way of The One Armed Bandit—Charlie Decker.
The Glide bench seat frame...
The Glide bench seat frame was covered by Vintage Motorcars using black leather with maroon piping. The custom door panels and carpeting were fit and finished by Doug.
The headlights and taillights are both home brew. The Bob Drake front buckets were sandblasted and painted, eventually propped on a pair of homemade magnesium headlight stands that feature built-in turn signals and internal wiring. The taillights are custom-built teardrops made to look like those on a ’39 Ford but in actuality slightly smaller so that they fit in the lower panel on a three-window. More Bob Drake items include the door handles and the ’36 Ford inside rearview mirror. The brightwork throughout the street rod was applied by Speed and Sport Plating.
Again, needing space it was back to work where Doug set up his dad’s old sewing machine. Doug tells us that, “I researched online how to do things like door panels, and practiced on some small pieces to get the hang of it. It’s way harder than the pros make it look. Now that the coupe is done, I will get lots of hours of enjoyment, but I think the thousands of hours over the past 15 years working on it brought me an immeasurable amount of joy.”
The Hurst shifter is strapped...
The Hurst shifter is strapped to the Tremec TKO-500 (five-speed). Other business appointments include the Stewart-Warner gauges, a homemade insert used with an original ’32 dash, and a ’66 Caprice steering column and wheel.
The interior is based on a Glide Engineering bench seat that was upholstered by Vintage Motorcars in black leather with maroon piping. The headliner, door and kick panels, and carpeting were sewn and installed by Doug over plenty of Dynamat insulation. He also made the aluminum dash insert that he sprayed with black wrinkle finish paint and then outfitted it with a set of Stewart-Warner gauges. The stereo comes by way of Custom Autosound in one of its Secret Audio SST units with six speakers broken into pairs of 5-, 3-, and 1-inch speakers all installed by Doug. Wiring the stereo and all the other electrics run through a Painless Performance wiring kit, again done at home.
Doug, and all of the Top 100 finalists, received a Top 100 jacket for being selected. All 100 rods where then placed in contention for the Street Rod of the Year. For Doug’s coupe being selected as the SRY he received a leather-sleeved jacket and a custom billet aluminum air cleaner with his car’s likeness, SR and Painless logos, and his name etched into the metal. For the past several years Eddie Motorsports, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, has stepped up and made this one-of-a-kind trophy and it’s greatly appreciated. While intended to be a wall hanging, or a tabletop award, the custom air cleaner is functional and could be placed on one’s engine.
(Be on the lookout in 2012 for the latest Top 100 program: the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California; the Detroit Autorama, Detroit, Michigan; the Goodguys event in Scottsdale, Arizona; the NHRA Reunion, Bowling Green, Kentucky; the Goodguys in Columbus, Ohio; the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York; the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky; the Hot Rod Roundup in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; the Cruisin’ the Coast event along the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and the Goodguys event in Charlotte, North Carolina.)
Congratulations to the Bredburys for managing their time, displaying the effort, and budgeting the money (these cars aren’t cheap) to build such an awesome example of what a street rod can be. And, of course, happy birthday to STREET RODDER. (There will be more celebration in the upcoming December issue.)
Painless Performance Products presents the STREET RODDER Top 100 Street Rod of the Year award to Doug and Cindy Bredbury for their ’32 Ford three-window highboy coupe