Hitting the road in a brand new Deuce Coupe
A Drumheller man in search of his perfect rod found what is old, can be brand new again.
Gerald Clarke of Nacmine is putting the final touches on his dream car. While it looks like at 1932 Ford, has the stance of a 1932 Ford, and turns heads like a chopped Deuce Coupe with no top, it is all brand new.
Clarke is no stranger to building up vintage iron. A few years ago, he put together a 1923 Model T Roadster, but the 1932 was his dream car, and two and half years ago he began to make it happen.
The journey began as a rolling chassis. He was able to skip the arduous task of grinding, welding, peening and smoothing out an eight decade old barn yard find, and instead opted to buy a brand new chassis and body. A quick search on the internet reveals a number of companies remanufacturing the frame and sheet metal for the classics, making restoration work less of a scavenger hunt, and a quicker way onto the road.
While the first challenge was to find the rolling chassis he was happy with, the second challenge came in bringing it home from the US.
He explains customs were a bit leery of him bringing what essentially looked like a functioning automobile across the border, when in fact, it was still very much a work in progress. The vehicle was holed up as they parted it out and brought the basis of his project across in five trips, in pieces.
It has been pieced back together and then some. In the tradition of street rodders, powering the unit is a small block Chev 350 chugging out an ample 290 horsepower through a three speed auto- matic transmission and 9-inch Ford rear end. He opted to keep storage space over a rumble seat in the back. The windshield is chopped to a cruiser height, and on everything that isn’t chrome, Bryant’s Auto Body laid down a gleaming deep cherry black paint job.
Mechanically the car is ready to roll. Right now, he is busy getting the interior in order, carpeting and upholstering the seats, and then he is ready to hit the road.
Clarke says after the car is complete to get it on the road he has to take it to a registry, and they will create the needed paperwork. He will also need a completed mechanical inspection to make sure everything is road worthy.
He says he is not sure if he will do the car show circuit, however no matter where he goes, he is certain to have gawkers.
Gerald Clarke’s journey towards building his dream car is close to the end of the road. Final touches are being put on his Deuce Coupe, and hopefully he’ll have a top down summer.
mailphoto by Patrick Kolafa