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Home : Scrapbook : Roamin Angel Corner Index : 1932 Chevy Coupe
The Other Deuce Coupe

1932 ChevyAlthough the Beach Boys made the Ford’s ‘32 (Deuce) coupe famous in song, other companies made them as well. Fellow Roamin Angel charter member Lanny N. had a coupe body of unknown make sitting in his back yard. It was so far gone he was going to use it as a planter. However, Lynn P. saw potential in it for a street rod and in 1993 Lanny gave it to him on condition that he use it for that purpose. It was in such bad shape that his wife Lou said that there was no danger of it ever being on the road. While this might have intimidated lesser rod builders, Lynn jumped right in. First he found a frame from a ‘32 Chevy sedan that he boxed (enclosed the frame rails) and chopped a section out of the middle. He added a Mustang II rack and pinion front end with disc brakes for handling. To power his rod, Lynn used a 454 CID Chevy engine bored out to 462. It puts out a massive 500 HP to the Turbo 400 auto trans. Using a triangulated four bar system (a stable suspension that uses a triangle of the axle housing with two upper and lower bar pairs meeting), he mounted a nine-inch locker Ford rearend with a 3.50:1 ratio to turn the fifteen inch Cragar rear wheels with fourteen-inch wide Hoosier tires. Then came the body. After replacing the rotted wood framework with square steel tubing, he tubbed it (cut the fender wheels into the body for tire clearance) and made a new roof. Next came adding electric door locks, trunk release and windows and frenching (recessing into the body) the antenna and custom tail lights. For cooling, he used a seven-core custom-built radiator housed in a ‘32 Ford radiator shell. Its Chrysler seats do give some comfort for long drives, which have been needed. Since finishing his rod in 1998, Lynn and Lou have driven their rod a lot, including trips organized by Roamin Angel Dick Teague to places like Bend, OR, and Route 66 in San Bernardino, SoCal. It performed without a problem, which says something of Lynn’s skill as a designer, welder, mechanic, body man, etc., since he did the work himself. Oh, and after a lot of research, Lynn found out that the body is a ‘32 Chevy, the other Deuce coupe.

Although he originally painted it hot-rod black, Lynn’s Deuce now has nine coats of pearlescent purple paint. With only 2 ½" ground clearance, he has to be careful of speed bumps, but it handles very well.

1932 Chevy

This big-block Chevy has Edelbrock aluminum heads with a 750 cfm Holley carb on an Edelbrock intake. Hedman Tight Tube headers give free breathing, especially with the 3 ½’ cut-out exhaust.

The gauges are S/W and the tilt steering column is Ididit. It was the unique shape of the dash that finally led Lynn to know his rod is a Chevy.

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