For this Fan Car Friday we take a look at a 1932 Roadster owned by our friends over at Por15. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners. We are not paid, endorsed, or given discounts when we work with another company. We simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.
A major problem with any great classic car, especially ones that are almost 90 years old, is that they are rusted out and full of holes. If you don’t have to worry about any rust, most people feel like they can tackle the rest of the build when it comes to a restoration. Por15 was created as a rust preventative paint company and they saw an opportunity to restore a car from the ground up and completely overdo it. Ensuring the car wont rust for another 150 years.
Luckily they are a company owned and operated by guys who love classic cars and preserving the past. That means an over the top budget, a high allocation of resources and they picked a fun car to work with (Not yet another Mustang or Bronco that companies seem so fond of doing); to quote John Hammond they “spared no expense”.
The car itself is a 1932 Ford Roadster Flathead V8, and while it may have originally had 85 horsepower it can now move down the road with ease and it looks fantastic while doing it. There is truly nothing quite like a Ford Flathead V8 engine, it is easily the most beautiful engine ever designed. 1932 was the introductory year for the Flathead V8. It was designed to be a mass market V engine that was also a mass market 8 cylinder engine, Ford wanted it so the common man could afford more power. It was not an easy process though, the engine was prone to cracking as well as seized crankshaft bearings due to oil starvation. Despite this, the engine was widely produced until 1953, and production even continued until 1973 in Germany for a series of trucks. The team spent a long time deciding on what design to go with for the finned aluminum heads and their choice really makes Henry Ford’s engine pop in their Roadster. The performance isn’t too bad either.
After spending an entire year on making the engine perfect and exactly what they wanted, they moved onto the rest of the car itself. This Roadster is straight out of the hotrodders playbook, something not seen to often these days when the newest trend is all about customizing the car into something no one else in the world has. It is a fenderless convertible coupe body with a lowered chassis, louvered cowl with blue-dot taillights. They also decided to go with some Stromberg 97 carburetors, as were first added to the design in 1936. For the transmission they are using a T5 manual that leads into a Ford banjo-style rear end.
All in all it makes for a terrific hotrod. Something that will look great at a show, look great on the road and above all else-be fun to drive. The team says their favorite thing about this vehicle is the sense of pride they have with it and the fact that it will live strongly into whatever the next wave of automobiles are.