Jan Coe has owned '36, '37 and '40 Fords, but always wanted a '32 highboy roadster. When he spotted this one built by shop students at Peabody-Burns high school at the Starbird show several years ago, he said, `I had to have it.'
Jan Coe's '32 Ford highboy roadster was wearing a coat of John Deere Blitz Black paint when he bought it. He enlisted Rick Starbird of Starbird Collision to transform it with a flawless application of Porsche Green paint.
A 1986 Dodge mini van gave up its middle seat to the project; Scott Downey recontoured it and upholstered it and the door panels to match in understated biege; he also installed the color-keyed carpeting.
Coe said he had struck out on finding just the right vanity plate for his bright green roadster; as luck would have it, when he went to tag the car, this was the plate that came up in the daily rotation. Tail lights are 1950 Pontiac reproductions and the gas tank is a reproduction of the original '32 Ford unit.
Big 1934 Ford commercial headlights light the way, while the front end is brought down to earth by a Super Bell dropped, ventilated front axle. GM-style disc brakes are used up front, while Ford drum brakes provide stopping power at the rear.
A Chevy 350 Vortech V-8 powers the hot rod, equipped with a Crane roller cam, Edelbrock intake and a Holley 4-barrel carb. The valve covers are a little misleading, made to look like Oldsmobile units; Speedway block hugger headers feed into an exhaust system crafted by Matt Schroeder of Newton.