Derrell Bosley was inspired to build this beautiful 1932 Ford highboy roadster by his older brother, Sonny Bosley, a fellow hot-rodder. The body is a Brookville metal unit finished in BMW Cinnabar Red paint. Bosley says it is virtually impossible to tell the reproduction body panels and pieces from Ford's 82-year-old factory parts.
Bosley opted to retain the old school look of wooden floorboards, but built his own sheet metal transmission tunnel to accomodate the 5-speed manual gearbox sourced from an '88 Camaro. Interior space is surprisingly roomy.
Go-power is supplied by a small block Chevy V-8 liberated from a '72 model pickup. The engine was built and blueprinted by Jerry Wilson and carries an Edelbrock Performer intake and carburetor, with the fuel mixture fired by a Pertronix electronic ignition and exhaust exiting by coated Sanderson headers. .
Bosley seriously considered installing old-time Buick finned drum brakes on the front of the roadster, but in the interest of safety, instead opted for a look-alike set of Wilwood disc brakes with Super Bell backing plates. Note the drilled Magnum front axle, dropped a full four inches for the correct hot rod stance.
The body is mounted atop a So/Cal Speed Shop frame, thus the `highboy' approach. Body-colored steel wheels mount a set of P245x75xR16 skinny radials in back, for a real hot rod look. A Currie 9-inch rear end is used, with a 3.70 gearset installed.
Bosley fabricated his own steering column drop and reinforced the lower firewall with a beefed-up square steel tube that acts as both a mounting point for the spoon-style accelerator and a convenient foot rail for his passenger.
A Hurst Indy shifter is fitted to the 5-speed transmission. Bosley decided if he was going to build a hot rod, he wasn't going to miss the fun of running it through the gears by installing an automatic.