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Early 50's Style Channeled Nailhead-Powered 1932 Roadster Hot Rod

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  • Member since
    April 2011
Early 50's Style Channeled Nailhead-Powered 1932 Roadster Hot Rod
Posted by Dennis Lacy on Monday, May 27, 2019 11:10 AM

I built this '32 Roadster to represent an early 50's hot rod built during the  transitional era from Flatheads to overhead-valve engines like the Buick "Nailhead" which debuted in 1953.

Chassis: Revell 1932 Ford series frame back-dated with a Revell 1940 Ford center "X" and rear cross member. Revell '32 series dropped axle front suspension. Revell '48 Ford rear axle and spring with Revell '40 Ford shocks.

Brakes: Early Ford brake plates and Buick finned drums from Revell '29 Roadster / '30 Coupe.

Wheels & Tires: Revell '29 Roadster / '30 Coupe with Revell '40 Convertible "Deluxe" hubcaps.

Engine & Trans: Buick block, cylinder heads, timing cover, water pump, belt drive and modified headers from Revell '29/'30 Fords. Revell '57 Chevy fan and generator. Revell Tony Nancy 22jr valve covers and oil pan. AMT '40 Ford 3-carb intake with Revell Tweedy Pie carburetors. ProTech fuel line and fittings, Detail Master wired distributor. Revell Tweedy Pie adapter bellhousing and early Ford 3-speed trans. 

Body: Revell "Rat Roaster" '32 Roadster, firewall and windshield. Revell '32 Series grill, small headlights and '50 Pontiac taillights.

Interior: Modified Revell '40 Ford dashboard and steering wheel. Modified Monogram 1930 Ford Touring seat and side panels. Revell '32 Roadster floor & bulkhead. AMT vintage seatbelts.

Paint: Tamiya Racing White, Gloss Black, Light Gunmetal and Light Earth.


  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, May 27, 2019 7:20 PM

Looks great, Dennis! You knew where you were headed from the start and mixed all those parts to perfection! I think your light background is detracting from the overall look with the light body color. Your details are awesome and I think the body color needs to "pop" against a darker background to really get the overall effect. This is not meant as criticism, but as a suggestion to get maximum effect from your hard work. I love this one. It looks to be right out of a fifties "rowdy teens" movie. Thumbs Up


  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:18 AM

Beautiful clean build, Dennis, you got the look you were going for.  Your match up of all those disparate parts has been well thought out and neatly executed.  Top job.  Cheers


  • Member since
    October 2015
Posted by Tim Boyd on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 9:45 PM

Dennis - sweet!  Love the choice of colors - that Tamiya Racing White is a color that was just begging for a traditional hot rod model application.  

Love the precise engine detail, the overall stance, how you handled the chassis crossmembers, and all the details. 

Terrific result....IM 


  • Member since
    July 2004
Posted by 52-fan on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:36 AM
That is a very pretty car. The details are spot on and I think that is the best Buick engine I have ever seen.
  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:39 AM
Very cool, that looks great!
  • Member since
    March 2008
  • From: Canada
Posted by smellyfatdude on Friday, July 19, 2019 1:35 PM

Looks like it drove right off the pages of Rod and Custom. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

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  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Friday, July 19, 2019 2:29 PM

Wow! An award winner for sure. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Highland, UT
Posted by avidinha on Friday, July 19, 2019 10:50 PM

Nice stance and nice detail. Great job.


  • Member since
    April 2011
Posted by Dennis Lacy on Monday, July 22, 2019 10:13 PM


Wow! An award winner for sure. Absolutely beautiful.



Funny you should say that... 

  • Member since
    November 2006
  • From: Melbourne,Florida
Posted by 63SplitWindow on Friday, August 2, 2019 12:10 PM

Stunning build, nice job.


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