Assembly Required: 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

This car is purportedly a real-deal 1932 Ford 3-window coupe that was built as a hot rod in the 1950s. The seller says it was recently found in a storage barn and unfortunately it doesn’t have a title. It can be¬†found here on eBay with a current bid of over $4,300. A buyer would be very wise to do some research on this one since real ’32 Fords are some of the most sought after cars. Currently located in Naperville, Illinois, there is definitely enough to start a fun build with the parts that are here. If you’re the winning bidder, you’ll have to find some doors, a grille shell, and engine, but other than that, it appears mostly complete. Have a look for yourself.

Unfortunately, the cab is probably going to be the biggest question when deciding how to build this car. As you can see the top is caved in. The sheet metal can be fixed, but it probably won’t look 100% unless there is a bit of body filler and paint added. If you’re looking to do a rat rod, you’d probably be better off doing a roadster and getting rid of the top all together. Also, the car had suicide doors at some point and the wheel arches have been cut. All things to consider when evaluating this project.

The seller says the body was channeled about six inches over the frame. Also, the original grille shell is gone, but as you can see, there is a custom grille that comes with the car.

There is no engine included in the sale, but the transmission and adapter is included. The seller thinks the car originally ran a 265 cubic inch Corvette V8 with Offenhauser 3×2 intake and Stromberg 97 carbs. The block and heads were found with the car, but were too far gone to be salvaged and the intake has been sold separately.

Overall, this looks like a challenging but potentially very rewarding project. What do you think?

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Lot of work here but at least you don’t have to take it apart. Don’t see the suicide door conversion, single latch area still in place as well as front hinge recesses. since the fabric top insert is now steel it should not be a difficult task to repair. If the price of this thing doesn’t go to the moon it might be fun to see what could be done with it.

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  2. Classic Steel

    I think it will drive home with some quick assembly ūüĎć

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  3. TimM

    Finding the steel body is half the battle when building a street rod 32

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  4. Andy

    Ran when taken apart?

  5. Mike

    I’ve seen bare-bones real Henry steel 32-3 bodies go for 25k and up

  6. stillrunners Stillrunners Member

    Yep….the adapter you see is a stock Chevy part – it was used along with another adaptor to the later 3 so gear box you see. Nice at that today price – but will go higher.

  7. TK

    is it my imagination or not the roof looks smash ?

  8. Steve S

    Yes the roof is dented up in a couple spots but that can be fixed. If I got this I would beef up the frame for a 427 or 429 scj with a 4 speed manual transmission. If I couldnt find a flat head V8 with a 4 speed manual transmission.

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