Just about the time you believe you have seen every which way a Deuce can be built one pops up that makes you rethink your perception. As is often the case when a highly creative and talented builder gets his hands on sheetmetal, the end result is spectacular. Dale Boesch and his crew of Boesch Auto Body in Humphrey, Nebraska, combined with Owner Dave Doll of Omaha, Nebraska, to build one of those incredible Deuces, causing all of us to have a “rethink moment.”
The 383-inch SBC is equipped with a COMP Cams Mutha Thumpr cam, AFR aluminum heads, and 48
The ’32 Ford five-window retains the unmistakable beauty associated with a full-fendered coupe. However, the looks were enhanced with Boesch extending the front fenders 3 inches with boxed braces. Speaking of lighting, the headlights are Dietz 7-inch buckets with Hella HID innards bolted to a custom mounting bar while in back custom lights are based on ’37 Ford bezels and an LED lens. The rear fenders were widened 1-1/2 inches and shorted in the rear by 4 inches. The rear wheelwells were moved in 2 inches. At this point a faux rear fuel tank and rear framehorn covers were made; all fasteners are hidden. Next up was the obligatory top chop with 1-1/4 inches removed and the addition of a filled roof covered with Mercedes Hartz cloth, giving the traditional looks with modern affect. From here the cowllights, cowl vent, and trunk handle were neatly removed and smoothed over. Tempered gray glass was used throughout while the top 2 inches of the windshield features a “shaded” edge. The hood was extended by 3 inches and sports ’39 Chevy louvers. All this hides the custom ribbed firewall. The grille shell, accented with a Dan Fink Metalworks black powdercoated insert, was narrowed by an inch, the radiator fill hole was covered, and the overall height dimension was shortened 2-3/4 inches, all the while wrapped around a Steve Long copper and brass radiator with an offset drive electric fan. The coupe sports an unusual feature in the air tank that’s mounted in front of the radiator. It appears to be an old-time gas tank but in reality it’s the reservoir for the RideTech system. Note the flush fit on all the body panels yielding an incredibly flat profile. From here the sheetmetal was covered in DuPont ChromaPremier Pro basecoat/clearcoat by Team Boesch. The upper half of the body was sprayed in Diamond Black while the lower half in a Boesch custom-mixed Ivy Green.
The original ’32 Ford frame was stretched 4 inches, kicked up 2 inches at the cowl, and widened 1-1/4 inches just in front of the rear wheels. Other front suspension items include a Chassis Engineering dropped-and-drilled I-beam axle, Flaming River Vega-style steering box, and a RideTech ShockWave air system in front and RideTech airbags with QA1 shocks in back. The rear suspension is housed around a Richmond quick-change with 4.11 gears to handle daily driving chores while a Boesch custom-fabricated triangulated four-bar locates the rearend.
At the corners you will find the one-off Boesch-designed wheels built by Intro, featuring functional knock-offs. The front spindle mounts measure 18x4 inches while the rears are 18x9.5 knock-offs. A combination of Mickey Thompson Front Runners measuring 24 inches tall are mounted forward while the rears are Michelin 255/60R18. Other corner appointments include the Wilwood disc brakes; 11-inch rotors/calipers in front and 12-inch rotors/calipers in back all operated by an ABS master cylinder and electric booster.
The interior is just as spectacular as the exterior. Starting with the dashboard, which is a combination of a Deuce five-window coupe upper and a roadster lower half, then fitted with tapered tubes that house the Classic Instrument custom face gauges. You will note that the dash curves around until it blends into the doors, which continues this treatment into the rear quarters. The Flaming River steering column is topped with a modified Grant wheel and used along with the Boesch custom pedals accompanied by the Hurst Shifter that operates the Richmond five-speed. There’s a fiberglass headliner that also incorporates the window trim. The custom-made bench seat was covered in black leather by the Recovery Room as they also stitched the door and kick panels, carpeting, and trunk. Other items found inside are the American Autowire wiring system and the Vintage Air heating and A/C system.
Intro Wheels built the one-of-a-kind knock-offs that measure 18x4 in front wrapped with Mi
Any hot rod worthy of being called a hot rod must have some real shake, rattle, and roll on the hood and this bad boy has plenty. Still, the “King of the Engine Bay” is the small-block Chevy, this one muscling in with 383 inches and pumping out over 400 hp and 500-plus lb-ft of torque. A COMP Cams Mutha Thumpr provides the base for the internals while AFR aluminum heads are used along with a chrome-plated Inglese intake manifold topped with Weber 48mm downdraft carburetors. There’s loads of engraving on the engine all aptly handled by Jerry Conwell. Lighting off the air/gas mix is an MSD ignition system, sending the spent gases through Sanderson headers dumping into Boesch custom-made 3-inch exhaust pipes through Magnaflow mufflers.
The parts are all there but it’s the way they’re arranged that makes this Deuce coupe stand apart from the rest of the Deuce crowd—and that’s a good thing.
The Flaming River steering column is capped with a modified Grant wheel that runs a Vega-s
The Recovery Room received the nod to stitch the custom bench seat in black leather.
The dash is a combination of a Deuce five-window upper and a roadster lower blended togeth
The custom pedals were built at Dale Boesch’s shop and they operate the electric-powered A
The rear suspension is based on a Richmond quickie fitted with 4.11 daily gears, Boesch fa
The upper fender-mounted gas fill is reminiscent of old English racing cars of the ’50s. I