Subtle Mods and Custom Metalwork Complement the Chopped Top on the Goodguys Giveaway 1932 Ford Coupe
Last month we showed you how the team at Streamline Custom Designs chopped the top on the 2024 Goodguys Giveaway 1932 Ford five-window coupe. It was a milestone event for this in-the-works hot rod that will be unveiled this summer, but it was far from the only metalwork to be done on the body. While the Streamline team had the benefit of starting with fresh no-rust reproduction sheet metal from United Pacific, there was still plenty of fine tuning required to get the body just right, plus some subtle mods they wanted to perform to give the Deuce a truly distinctive look that corresponds with the Eric Black rendering.
Some of the metalwork was basic, necessary car-building stuff, like fabricating floor panels and crafting a custom transmission tunnel to cover the Bowler Tru-Street 4R70W transmission. They also built a custom sub-floor structure in the trunk area, which will raise the floor to accommodate the raised rear spring crossmember. Ahead of that is custom bracing between the trunk and interior, which will eventually support removable panels for the engine ECU and other electronics.
Other mods were more aesthetic, specifically some of the subtle alterations on the fenders. The front fenders were extended 1/2-inch by adding a section at the rear, where the fender meets the running board. This stretches the front just slightly, and better centers the front wheels in the fender arches. The rear fenders were shortened 3-inches to visually lighten up the rear, and custom frame horn covers were fabricated to give the back end a tidier look. The fuel tank came from Tanks, Inc., and was tucked up tighter to the body and the frame rails were shortened and raised.
Back up front, there has also been a lot of attention paid to fitting the Rootlieb hood. This is Rootlieb’s Henry 25 Louver hood assembly that is one of the defining elements of the car. And while all the parts – body, hood, fenders, and grille shell – are high quality, anyone who has built an early Ford will tell you there are many hours involved in fitting everything together just right so the body lines, gaps, and panels all fit and flow well. The team also filled the cowl vent, since a Vintage Air system will be mounted under the cowl behind the dash.
This mockup phase has also seen the fitting of other key elements, like the headlight bar from United Pacific (a 2-inch dropped unit that was lowered an additional 2-inches), and the headlights and grille insert from Speedway Motors. Look closely and you’ll also see that the Streamline team built a curved front spreader bar for the frame with a shape that flows better with the fenders, plus a custom valance built to fit around the grille and that’s rolled down to mirror the reveal line of the car.
All of these little mods and elements might be hard to pinpoint on the car when it’s finished, but they will all contribute to an overall look that’s clean, tight, and cool. And that’s exactly the appearance a high-quality hot rod should have.
Photos courtesy Streamline Custom Designs