The Goodguys 2023/2024 Grand Prize Giveaway ’32 Ford Coupe Gets Some PPG Color
There are many milestones in a hot rod build. When you first get the tires and wheels mounted so you can roll the frame around and assess the stance. When you first fire the engine. Or when you first mount the body on the chassis. All are significant, but few match the thrill of finally seeing paint being applied to the body.
There’s something about getting color on body panels that really rejuvenates the momentum on a build. Color is one of the first elements we tend to envision for a hot rod or custom project, so getting a taste of that fresh hue provides us with a glimpse of the completed build.
With that in mind, all of us at Goodguys were excited this spring when Donnie Hall at Streamline Custom Designs let us know he was rolling our Grand Prize Giveaway ’32 Ford coupe into the paint both and preparing to apply color using PPG materials. We were almost as giddy as new parents learning the gender of their child, even though we know some lucky winner will be raising our “baby” after it’s given away next year.
We’ve shown you the top chop and other metalwork highlights on this Eric Black-designed coupe in previous build installments. And since we started with fresh sheet metal from United Pacific, we didn’t need to fight with rust repair or other major repair challenges. But as any bodyman will tell you, there’s always bodywork to be done before paint can be applied – even when you’re working with fresh metal. So, we can assure you there were many hours invested in fitting panels, applying and sanding filler where necessary, applying primer, and block sanding. Those last two steps – primer and block sanding – were repeated several times until the panels were deemed straight enough for a shiny finish.
The color we ultimately selected for the coupe was a custom-mixed sandstone hue, an earthy tone that will look right at home on this ’32 Ford. It’s one of those subtle colors that will surprise you, as it has just enough green and yellow in it to change a little depending on what light you see it in.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to soak in this new hue on the completed coupe!
Photos courtesy Streamline Custom Designs