By Bill Stephens
Why is it motorheads love to argue, debate, and disagree? It’s almost inevitable that when two or more car nuts are placed in close proximity with one another, give them enough time and some kind of difference of opinion will break out.
“I’d rather have a 440-6 Pack than a Hemi.”
“A Boss 429 could never outrun an SS396 Chevelle.”
“An automatic is always quicker than a 4-speed in the quarter-mile.”
It’s like rubbing two sticks together. At some point, if you keep rubbing, you’re going to get a fire.
This past Friday night, I was sitting around with some friends at a small cookout when the topic of conversation turned to what car is the most popular starting point for any kind of hot rod modifications. Everyone had their own ideas on this, but what ultimately happened was that once the 1940 Ford, the 1934 and 1957 Chevy, and 1923 Ford Model T (the basis for an infinite number of T-Bucket street rods) had been considered and rejected, there were two logical choices remaining.
The 1932 Ford and 1955 Chevrolet.
The point-counterpoint was animated and emphatic. The 1932 Ford supporters presented a convincing laundry list of why the Deuce was the all-time most popular subject of a hot rod makeover.
- The ’32 Ford has been around a lot longer.
- They can be built as full-fendered rods, fenderless Highboys, roadsters, cabriolets, Victorias, Tudors, sedan deliveries, pickups, track roadsters, Woodies and racecars.
- There were over 276,000 1932 Fords built. Many of them became hot rods or racecars.
- The 1932 Ford chassis will accommodate an unlimited number of engine choices, from Flatheads to Hemis, and the aftermarket industry offers everything necessary to build whatever drivetrain you choose to drop in.
- A ’32 Ford can be built strictly from parts acquired from aftermarket suppliers: bodies, frames, suspensions, interiors, wheels, etc.
This 1932 Ford Highboy makes a strong case for the Deuce being the car that gets hot rodded the most. This weekend, it will be up for bids at the Mecum Auction in Kansas City.