Tuesday, 5 February 2013

'32 Ford Deluxe V-8 Phaeton

The point of a hot rod, traditionally-speaking, is to be faster than standard; the aesthetic treatments we've come to know and love are all borne of function-over-form. With this in mind, the '32 Phaeton you see here has been built the old-fashioned way by SoCal's Paul Gommi, employing the tools, parts and methods he was using half a century ago. "Increase power, reduce weight, and streamline the vehicle," that's his mantra. Everything else flows from there.
It's powered by a '37 Ford 221ci 21-stud Flathead with a ’49 S.Co.T. supercharger, ’55 Chevy valves, Lincoln valvesprings and Stromberg 97 carbs. Elsewhere we find '55 Ford axles, '39 Lincoln brakes, '40s Stewart-Warner gauges, and a '36 Philco radio with drive-in movie speakers. It's not just cars that are robbed for their parts either - there are also '41 Harley-Davidson footrests and '50 Triumph exhausts, as well as a horn from a '37 Indian. This may all give the impression of a mongrel, but that's the point of a proper hot rod - it's not all about concours originality, but period tuning; finding the best parts for the job whatever their provenance, just making the damn thing faster.
Oh, and that chopped soft-top roof looks spectacular.
You can read the full story at Street Rodder.

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