Terry Scroggin's Hemi-powered '32 Ford roadster is surrounded by vintage automotive signs in his shop. With a blower tucked tight under the hood, a checkerboard firewall, steeply raked windshield and genuine Halibrand wheels, the car captures the essence of what Scroggin thinks a hot rod should be.
The owner jokes that he hired a `tuba maker' to build the wild exhaust headers that let the venerable Chrysler 392 Hemi breathe freely. They actually were fabricated from `hoops and loops' by the previous owner.
Scroggin didn't especially care for the roadster's original windshield configuration, opting instead for this Rodwell windshield, which is raked back 37 degrees and chopped two inches. The windshield stanchions were custom-made to use the original mounting hardware, but accommodate the more extreme angle of the slightly curved glass.
For such a small space, the interior of the hot rod is chock-full of details; the Glide seat and door panels are done in marine-grade white vinyl tuck and roll with tasteful red piping. A sized-down Juliano's '40 Ford steering wheel is mounted to a chrome Limeworks steering column topped by a big Stewart Warner tachometer.
The classic wide-shouldered Hemi is a tight fit between the '32 Ford frame rails, but its big valve covers are perfectly accented by the checkerboard firewall painted by Chris Carlson of Chaotic Customs.
Considerably wider Halibrands are used in back, fitted with tall 285/30/15 BFG rubber. The sidewalls are like new, the tread area is well-scuffed, as the car is `a tire-smokin' son-of-a-gun,' according to the owner.
More attention to detail: the '52 Pontiac tail lights were frenched in by Chaotic Customs for a more subtle look and the stainless steel gas tank was painted body color, with matching frame rail covers to smooth things even further.
A ribbed aluminum Champion dash insert holds a brace of Stewart Warner `winged' white-face gauges; an 8-ball knob tops the tall Gennie shifter, which is mounted to a Chevy 350TH automatic transmission.
Terry Scroggin had planned to build another roadster himself, but when his son found this car for sale, it provided the perfect launch platform for the project. After three years of work on it, Scroggin says he has it right where he wants it. `It's a keeper,' he says.