The Heart of the Goodguys 2023/2024 Grand Prize Giveaway ’32 Ford Coupe Will Look as Good as it Performs and Sounds
We’ve spent the last couple installments focusing on metalwork and fabrication on the Goodguys 2023/2024 Grand Prize Giveaway ’32 Ford coupe being built at Streamline Custom Designs in Utah. Like any good project, though, there’s always more than one thing happening at a time on this coupe. In the midst of all that metal movement, the Streamline team has also been gathering, assembling, and fabricating a variety of parts that will help this hot rod go, steer, and perform the way it should. We’re going to take a look at a few of those things this month.
When we first kicked off this build back in November 2022, we told you it would be getting a Roush Performance Ford crate engine for power. The 347c.i. stroker small block should be plenty potent thanks to a roller camshaft, aluminum heads, and a host of other premium internal parts. Like true hot rodders, though, Goodguys and the Streamline team wanted to make it even better in both appearance and performance.
To that end, we reached out to Borla Induction for one of the company’s trick throttle body induction systems. This setup certainly looks the part with eight intake stacks, each funneling air to individual throttle bodies to feed each cylinder. With machined air horns, high-volume fuel rails, and a precision-machined manifold, this induction system straddles the line of classic cool and modern finesse and will perform beautifully when paired with the Holley Terminator X fuel injection management system and the MSD distributor and ignition controls.
Our friends at Borla also stepped up to help with the exhaust system, supplying the stainless pipes and mufflers so the Streamline crew could craft custom-tailored pipes. Fumes will be directed to the exhaust system by custom headers built from components provided by Stainless Headers.
In addition to the nostalgia-influenced injection system, we wanted other elements to give the engine a more vintage flavor. One key was the Ford Y-block valve covers, which were installed using adapters from Wicked Fabrication. These are being augmented with Olds-style spark plug wire separators and Offenhauser valve cover breathers from Speedway Motors. We also got the ARP engine fastener kit and engine mounts from Speedway. The vintage-style plug wires came from Lokar, as did the engine and transmission dipsticks and throttle cable.
To keep the various vehicle systems functioning properly, a March Performance accessory drive system was bolted to the front of the engine. This system keeps everything tucked in tight, mounting the Powermaster alternator and Vintage Air A/C compressor up high above the valve covers to eliminate interference with the hood sides. Powermaster also supplied the mini starter for the Ford engine.
Behind the engine, shifting duties will be handled by a Bowler Performance Tru-Street 4R70W four-speed automatic transmission. This dyno-tested transmission got the full Bowler treatment, with new internal parts like clutches, seals, gaskets, and solenoids, plus a recalibrated valve body, an improved lubrication system, and other precision enhancements designed to deliver strong and reliable performance behind the potent Roush engine.
While working on things in the engine compartment, the guys at Streamline also built a steering shaft to connect the steering column (a LimeWorks unit we’ll show in more detail an upcoming installment) to the steering box. The Vega steering box came from Borgeson, as did the steering shaft pieces, U-joints, and support bearing needed to route the shaft around the driver’s side header.
It’s exciting to see the powertrain coming together, and you can bet that it will look even more impressive after the guys at Streamline Custom Designs get everything painted and detailed to coordinate with the car’s exterior color. Bodywork, paint, upholstery, and detailing will be coming soon, so stay tuned as we see this coupe through to completion.
Photos courtesy Streamline Custom Designs