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Engine Install and Wheels and Tires - '32 Roadster


Now that the 383 is back from the engine shop, Jeff is going to help us install it in the car. We're going to change out the wheels and tires and throw in a few other details to make this car look like it rolled right out of the 1960's. Then, we'll be ready to hit the road!

We tried to make this look like an early to mid-'60s, era-specific engine using new parts. Finding a lot of these parts has been very difficult for years, but we managed to put together an era-correct package with parts off the shelf and out of the catalog.

The 4-71 blower has a 1960's look to it, but you might wonder why we didn’t use a 6-71. Some of the reasons for choosing a 4-71 are that it doesn’t have to be under driven as much, you can run it one to one, and you can overdrive it. The 6-71 builds a lot more heat, the rotors are longer, and there's more friction involved. The 4-71 is a lot more reliable package.

In order to maintain a cohesive 1960's look, we installed a Power Master Power Gen. This looks like a generator but it's actually an alternator. When you run a hot rod without a hood, every detail makes a difference. We’re using an MSD starter because of its reliability and proven track record. The swiveling neck thermostat we chose will give us more latitude when we’re ready to do the upper radiator hose.

We used the new GT performance steering wheel in the ’32. It fits the flavor of the car a whole lot better than the Lecarra '40 Ford Steering Wheel. It’s a 4 spoke Bell style which is very similar to what was used in a lot of vintage race cars. It has a rubber grip and a chrome center. It's a nice looking wheel. This wheel takes a standard three-bolt style adapter and horn set up. There's nothing wrong with a '40's wheel, it's one of our favorites, but for the hot rod dry lakes/drag strip look there's nothing like a Bell 4 spoke. After the steering wheel, we add a few other updates to the shifter knob/adapter, expansion tank and hoses.

In order to finish this out, we're changing the wheels and tires. These are ET, 15 x 4, front wheels, with Coker American Classic Radial Tires that look like old bias plies. We won't be going 700 miles with bias plies, but it's got the look we’re going for. In the rear, we've got some American torque thrusts with the same tires, only in an 820 15". These are 7’s on the rear & 4's in the front. These wheels give a really good section profile with the true 1960's flair.

It lives! It fired right up and we're ready for the Street Rodder Road Tour. Thanks for watching and be sure to tune it for updates from the road trip!

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