1932 Ford Hot Rod VIN: B5199778 Washington Blue Dearborn Deuce all steel body 486 horsepower 383 cubic inch GM Performance engine TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission Currie aluminum 9 Ford rear end Custom headers and exhaust Monoleaf front suspension and coil overs in rear Folding convertible top Custom A/C system Power side windows As seen in Street Rodder magazine January 2018 Starting its life as a Dearborn Deuce metal shell in 2013, it would eventually transform into Phil Cocuzzas rolling dream over the course of the next two years. Cocuzza had been building hot rods and race cars professionally since 1970 and decided it was time for him to build his own. Before starting the build, he spoke with Steve Young who was the chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, and talked about building a hot rod. He also met Pete Chapouris of SO-CAL Speed Shop whom he shared his plans with which prompted Pete to give Phil his business card. He was soon put into contact with people that would help him get on the right track. Phil then went to the Grand National show and started taking in all of the cars there, picking and choosing the features he liked and cataloged them to add to his own car. Metalwork on the Dearborn was done by both Phil and Jack Hagemann in Morgan Hill, who is a world-famous sheet metal expert. The hood was massaged, as well as the sides of the engine covers with added louvers. Sanderson headers, in the San Francisco Bay Area, made the custom exhaust system and Phil requested to have a merged header specially made for the car. Sid Chavers covered the interior, now presented in Italian Honey Saddle leather. R & C Custom Auto Body and Magoos Rod Shop prepped the body and sprayed the Dearborn in PPG 35 Ford Washington Blue. A GM Performance 383 cubic inch V8 was chosen for the project, blue printed by Gregg Jacobson of PHD Speedcenter in Bakersfield where Phil opted for a hotter cam and an Edelbrock Tri-power manifold with three Rochester 2-jet carburetors. A TREMEC 5-speed transfers the power from the 383 to the Currie 9 aluminum rear end with 3.91 gears. Power side windows and a custom A/C system completed the hot rod. With the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona in 2015, Phil took his hot rod out for the very first time since the completion of the build. Consisting of 70 cars in his class, Phil took runner up in Modified Street Roadster missing first place by only one point. This is a fantastic opportunity for the 32 Ford enthusiast: a well-executed hot rod, done correctly, sorted and customized by a long-time hot rodder and racer. Between the unique features that sets this Ford apart from the rest to the quality of the Dearborn bodies bring to driving quality, this hot rod is just as comfortable on the road as it is on the show lawn.
Exterior: Washington Blue
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