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After decades of customizing, it’s sometimes hard to come up with something new when it comes to fixing up a ’32 Ford roadster. But elegance never goes out of style, and William “Buddy” Shores was determined his Deuce highboy should exude a certain amount of class to go along with the traditionally inspired nuances.
Buddy is a typical hot rodder in that he has more than one project, and he owns a ’67 Chevelle that was reworked from the ground up by Goolsby Customs in Bessemer, Alabama, less than eight miles from Buddy’s home in Concord. The team at Goolsby went through the Chevy, fabricating parts and pieces as needed and customizing the interior and engine compartment to make it look like no other Chevelle out there. Buddy was so impressed with the work on his Bow Tie that he thought Goolsby could handle the roadster project, too.
Goolsby built the transmission cover (for the Tremec T5) and floor mats and painted them m
As with any car project, stance in everything, and the Goolsby team had a two-prong approach on achieving the correct look for the car. First was the chassis, which was set up by The Roadster Shop on a 110-inch wheelbase with an original-style, C-shaped X-member that was riveted in place. The framerails are of a “swept up” design, which allows the center area of the body to have a profile that mimics the appearance of being channeled. The rear saw a Winters quick-change (4.11:1) go in, nickel-plated aluminum ladder bars from Perfection Hot Rods, and a set of Pete & Jake’s shocks to go with the Posies rear spring.
Up front a 5-inch-drop Magnum axle is equipped with Super Bell spindles and a set of Wilwood brake discs inside the SO-CAL Buick drums, along with another Posies spring. Each corner features Wheel Vintiques steel wheels (15x4 and 16x5) and all are shod in Excelsior rubber (15x5.00 and 16x7.50).
A ’53 284 Mercury engine was machined by Howerton’s Machine and built by both the owner an
The second prong is the body itself. A steel repro unit from Brookville Roadsters, Goolsby raised the rear wheelwells 2 inches and shaped them to follow the outside edge of the 31.60-inch Excelsior rear tires. Work was also done inside the cockpit by creating steel pockets for the doors and a raised floor section in the trunk area. Goolsby also fabbed a trans cover for the Tremec T5 transmission and created a new bulkhead for the firewall.
Buddy contributed to the buildup by machining his own pedal assembly (that works with the Kugel Komponents master cylinder) as well as his own shifter and pedal pads. Steering is handled by a Flaming River Vega-type box, which connects to an ididit Old School column.
While the body and chassis work was being done, Buddy had his ’53 Mercury Flathead machined by Howton’s Machine (Hueytown, Alabama) and assembled the engine with his friend, Billy Parker. Innards include a Scat 4.125-inch crank, Scat rods, and J&E 3-5/16-inch pistons. Buddy hooked up with H&H Flatheads for a set of their Navarro aluminum heads and intake manifold for the trio of Stromberg 97 carbs. Spark comes from a Vertex magneto and exhaust exits through a set of N.O.S. Fenton headers. To complete the vintage look of the engine, all of the cloth-covered wiring was cable laced. The smoothed block was painted flat brown and, once assembled, was mated to a T5 trans.
Goolsby Customs raised the wheelwells 2 inches on the Brookville Roadsters steel body and
Goolsby Customs continued the work on the car by prepping it for paint, and Jonathan Goolsby sprayed the maroon BASF Glasurit paint over the car, which included the Rootlieb four-piece hood. Goolsby had Steve Tracy’s Advanced Plating in Nashville do all the chrome work on the car as well as the nickel plating on the curved spreaders bars used both front and rear. To give the vehicle a more streamlined profile, a Rodwell windshield was also installed.
To finish up the car, Goolsby turned to Wayne and Pam McGriff at M&M Hot Rod Interiors in Holly Pond, Alabama, to create an elegant look combined with traditional elements for the cockpit. They made a bench seat and covered it in diamond-pleated leather, then made large door flaps (looking more like satchels) in the door panels to accommodate any paperwork or the like. The flap design was also carried over into the trunk, where the stitchwork is complemented by the steel and rubber mat design from Goolsby found on the raised floor of the trunk.
Buddy also machined the dash for his car, and it was so well received by those who saw it
Goolsby Customs finished up the interior with the addition of a Petri banjo steering wheel as well as a stylish Auburn-type gauge console that was designed by Goolsby and machined by the car’s owner. (The response to the gauge panel has become so popular that Lokar has decided to market a line of Goolsby Customs–designed parts). A tortoise shell insert in the gauge panel complements the car’s maroon paint, and five Classic Instrument Nostalgia VT gauges are the perfect choice for instrumentation.
After completion, the roadster was picked as a finalist in the Goodguys 2012 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year contest, and it also won a Top 100 award from STREET RODDER at the Goodguys Columbus event (and it will compete for the magazine’s Street Rod of the Year title). But while awards make some people happy, Buddy is equally as happy knowing he got exactly what he wanted from Goolsby Customs for his ’32 roadster: an elegant hot rod that will no doubt have a timeless appeal.
Not only is the nickel-plated rear spreader bar curved to match the shape of the body, but
A tortoise-shell insert is used behind the Classic Instruments Nostalgia VT gauges.
Petri first started making steering wheels more than 100 years ago, and the banjo wheel is