The evolution of a hot rod

As I was looking through my digital photo album I ran across some older pictures of your Humble Editors 1932 Ford five window coupe.

I have not done a ton of things to this car but it is amazing how the look and feel of a hot rod can change with rather simple modification. As a hot rod can be an extension of your personality so it is important to make it the way you like it.

Here is how it looked at one point:

1932 Ford rear

 Fenders made from ’36 Ford spare tire covers in the front, home made in the rear.

Olds motor in 1932 Ford

 1956 Olds power plant.

 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe

OK, those slicks has to go and so does the drag race “high in the nose” look.

 

1932 Ford Five Window Coupe Firestone 2

Dropped original heavy axle and Firestones pie crust tireas changes the car completely.

 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe no lettering

Loosing those silly numbers on the side certainly helped to clean up the car.

At this point I started to like the car but something was still missing…

1932 Ford 5 window hood

 Aha! A hood! Yup, that added greatly to the lines. It completes the car and it flows great. Mmmm…something is still missing!

 

1932 Ford 5 window rear

 Yes, that’s it. Fenders. It puts the old back in to the car. This just shows how versitile the 1932 Ford is. It can be built in many ways and look great.

This car is now sold and Your Humble Editor is looking for something new and fun, Well, something old and fun. Like a 1937 Ford cabriolet. Know of any? Let me know.

 

Sherpa got new shoes

Sherpa is the name that the original owner gave this 1967 122S Volvo Amazon Wagon.It served as a work horse for many years but they managed to keep it in very good condition until your Humble Editor became the custodian.

By the way, in some contries they are also call the wagons Combi or Estate. This car has been pure joy to own and drive and I love when I have time to continue to improve it. The 165/70 tires were OK to drive on but for looks and handling some more rubber would be great. Also, when these cars were new in Sweden the hottest thing to have was KPZ made 5.5 inch wide rims. It gave the Amazon the “look”

I was planning to have a set made using the original Volvo hub and installing a 5.5 or 6 inch rim. However, luck has it that a 1967 123 GT that I bought came with a set of widened rims. The GT is destined for some R&R in the shop so it will not be needing these rims for a while.

Volvo Amazon wheels wide

I had the rims blasted and powder coated and then opted for a set of 205/65 with a Falken tread pattern.

1967 Volvo Amazon Combi Wagon Estate

1967 Volvo Amazon Combi Wagon Estate front

Now I am thinking I we should lower the car a bit. Stay tuned.