Longtime Deluxe readers might remember this ’32 roadster, which graced our pages almost a decade ago (“Built to Drive,” May 2009). Helped with atypical parts from Paul’s stash, the vehicle is constantly evolving, hence we decided to take another look at it.
A group of G.I.S built it on a budget in 1947, as they wanted to go dry lakes racing, leading to a top speed of 129 mph at El Mirage two years later. It also participated in the first Hot Rod Exposition at the Los Angeles Armory in 1948. The team went their separate ways in 1952, and the car ended up in a storage building for decades until Paul found the hulk and revived it. The current 231ci 21-stud flathead powerplant runs a S.CO.T. supercharger with custom pulleys, plus dual Strombergs topped with uncommon filters made on the East Coast. Paul is now assembling a 290ci 24-stud V8 with a 4-71 supercharger, planned to be ready for the October 2018 RPM Nationals.
As you can see from the pictures, he picked a handful of rare parts from his collection to dress the roadster: a radiator cap cast from a $25,000 Lalique crystal cap, 18- and 20-inch Chrysler high-clearance wheels, a ’32 Chrysler gauge cluster, Philco radio control head (linked to a modern FM radio behind the dash and complemented with drive-in speakers), and a supercharger boost gauge from a WWII plane. Best of all, Paul does not hesitate to cruise in his old roadster anywhere and everywhere.