Just the Facts
Model: Three-Window Coupe
Owner: Curt Pindler
Who knows what hobby Curt Pindler would be pursuing today if his father hadn't instilled in him a passion for cars. His dad's weekend activities were simple—washing his cars to keep them looking good and turning wrenches to keep them running right and getting Curt involved. "I helped him install an odometer on his 1950 Ford coupe, and he taught me how to drive a three-speed stick when I was 11," Curt remembers.
Repro 1932-40 brake and clutch pads were added to the Brookville pedal assembly. The custo
Before he was able to afford fast cars, Curt was riding fast motorcycles—street bikes such as Triumphs and BSAs at first, followed by dirt bikes for racing. When he was 20, he bought a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster for $2,000 that he restored and owned for 14 years. That was followed by other European sports cars and several early Corvettes. If it has wheels, and was built for performance, Curt's a fan. His current diverse collection includes Porsches, Shelbys, Ferraris, race bikes, and a street rod: this 1932 coupe. The common denominators are style, engineering, and a high proportion of fun.
Since his high school years, Curt has dreamed of owning a chopped, full-fendered 1932 three-window coupe. In recent years, he's admired the work of the award-winning builder Larry Boughter at Fab Garage in Tempe, Arizona. When Curt contacted Boughter, they started making plans for building the coupe of Curt's dreams. They started from scratch with a repro body and aftermarket parts to create a hot rod that was an exact fit for its owner's taste. The finished car features beautiful design and extraordinary workmanship—like the sports cars in Curt's collection. And underneath all that excellence is a surprisingly simple hot rod with no non-essential extras.
Ron Mangus upholstered the Glide split-back bench seat in tan leather with French stitch s
As with all of Larry Boughter's projects to date, this one started with a Brookville body. The coupe body was delivered to Hot Rods By Dean in Phoenix for a traditional top chop. Jonathan Williams sliced 3-1/2 inches out of the front and 3 out of the rear, just the right amount to give the three-window an unmistakable hot rod character. The A-pillars were leaned back as a result, streamlining the profile of the coupe. A roof was finished with a steel insert. The front and rear bumpers are reproductions, as are the door and decklid handles. A Vintque Inc. side mirror was mounted on the driver side A-pillar.
A coat of shiny black can be as dignified as a tuxedo jacket or as defiant as a motorcycle jacket. You can decide for yourself which attitude is represented by Curt's coupe. The metalwork and paint prep was handled at Hot Rods By Dean, where painter Chris Walker shot PPG paint over the flawless sheetmetal.
This tire-and-wheel combination fits right between old-time skinny bias-plies and the modern low-profile trend. American Racing Torq-Thrusts have become as timelessly classic as Ray-Ban sunglasses, Chuck Taylor sneakers, and (for that matter) 1932 coupes. It takes a lot of rubber to fill up those Deuce fenders, but these 255/70R15 and 155/70R15 BFGoodrich Radial T/As fit just right.
The Brookville 1932 Ford coupe body with full fenders was built with a cowl vent and fille
The body rides on a repro 1932 frame also from Brookville. The 'rails are fully boxed and have been strengthened with a Brookville center X-member and front and rear crossmembers. Panhard bars were added at both ends as well. A Magnum drilled I-beam axle is dropped 5 inches, contributing to the classic hot rod stance. Hairpins and batwings were supplied by SO-CAL Speed Shop. Posies leaf springs and Bilstein shocks in the front and rear help smooth out the ride. The ladder bar rear includes a Ford 9-inch loaded with 3.70:1 gears and a Tru-Trac limited-slip differential.
The Chevy crate small-block is finished in varying degrees of shine from chrome to polished to satin. The engine is a Chevrolet Performance ZZ4 350 equipped with Fast Burn aluminum cylinder heads, capable of 385 hp. A 750-cfi Demon carb on a Chevy high-rise intake provides fuel and air, lit by a Chevy HEI ignition. Exhaust is drawn out by Sanderson headers, with Jet-Hot coated 2-1/2-inch pipes running to a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. The five-speed TREMEC TKO 600 transmission is equipped with a McLeod Racing clutch, flywheel, and disc. Curt goes through the gears via a 16-inch Lokar shifter.
The Chevy ZZ4 Fast Burn engine features a water pump, alternator, and starter from Tuff St
The car's blend of elegance and simplicity is probably best displayed on the inside, where noted interior designer Ron Mangus used dark tan leather to cover the Glide Engineering seat. The leather extends to the custom door panels, rear panels, and headliner. Functions are monitored with a complete set of blackface Bomber gauges from Classic Instruments. Black leather wraps the banjo steering wheel from The Wheel Shoppe. The column and column drop are from LimeWorks; the stainless shaft connects to a Vega box.
The coupe was newly finished when it won its class at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show. We gave it a STREET RODDER Top 100 pick at a Goodguys event in Scottsdale later that year. We hadn't seen it around much after that, but had been in contact with Boughter, who pointed us toward Curt. Earlier this year, owner, builder, photographer, and coupe all finally managed to be on the same country road at the same time in order to get these shots of Curt's elegant but simple dream car.