Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ Scene -

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.

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