Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

32 Ford Tudor Resto-Rod - W.I.P.

3 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
32 Ford Tudor Resto-Rod - W.I.P.
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, October 29, 2018 8:45 PM

Like many of us, I’m certain, I often get inspired by the articles and photographs in The Rodder’s Journal for my hot rod projects. Last year I built a jet black open-wheeled ’32 Ford Tudor inspired by a feature article about George Poteet’s 2017 Street Rod of the Year winning car. While not identical, since I seem to be congenitally incapable of building true replicas, it came close. The closing 2-page spread, the traditional panel with all the detailed specs, showed the car paired alongside a stunningly handsome unchopped, full-fendered Tudor belonging to John Kokoska. It looked virtually stock excepted for some striking big ‘n’ littles based on ’37 Ford truck “artillery” wheels and a tasteful rubber rake. Even as I was building that first Tudor I already knew I would have to build a companion full-fendered version.

Inspired by the Kokoska car, I’ve made some changes. Most obvious is the two-tone maroon (Tamiya TS-11 over Duplicolor Bright Red) and black (Duplicolor Universal Black) paint scheme. Also, perhaps less obvious, is a mild 2 ½” top-chop. The wheels and front tires are from a Revellogram ’37 Ford Delivery Van and the rear tires are my go-to traditional rod rears, Herb Deeks bias ply truck tires. Most of the rest of the car is straight out of the box Revell ’32 Ford Tudor. The small block Ford V8 gets the same hop-up I did on my Poteet-inspired rod, a Cobra-Jet 3-carb setup courtesy of BNL resin. The front suspension was lowered by removing 3 leaves from the front spring, and the rear suspension lowered a like amount, so that the rake on the car will be due to the difference between the tire diameters, like on the Kokoska car.

This is a relatively simple project, although the wheel and tire swap combined with the full fenders and the lowered suspension has required a surprisingly lengthy process of fettling to get things fitting right. This w.i.p. would be very brief since I’m ready for glass, foil and final assembly. But, while I’m waiting for some custom decals for a couple of other projects this seemed like a proper candidate for some bench time.

Thanx for lookin’,

Last year’s Poteet inspired fenderless Tudor:

The John Kokoska full-fendered Tudor in TRJ:

My progress so far:

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 1:58 AM
Looks good. always going to enjoy seeing an early ford build
  • Member since
    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:16 AM

Nice build for sure! Great color combination!

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:51 PM

Looks to be another case of less is more! I can see why you were inspired by that photo! Stance is everything. Dinner



Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our privacy policy