Tag: 32 build

’32 Update: Axle centerline, front end mock-up/ installation (article 1, archived)

Setting up axle centerline on the '32. This is one of the most important measurements to take - it will look "wrong" if the tire isn't centered in the wheel well. I also assemble some front suspension components.

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Ride height gauge

’32 Update… Ride Height Gauge (article 57)

What we were finding in the '32 is that just because the pressure in the bags was 50 psi, didn't mean the car was sitting where we thought it was. Enter the ride height gauge.

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’32 Update: Steering Box Install (article 7, archived)

Basically, we just installed the Pitman arm, moved the box forward and backward until the drag link was parallel with the tie rod, then moved it up until the top of the upper tab was about flush with the top of the rail.

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’32 Update: headlight/shock mounts (article 21, archived)

We've liked this headlight/ shock mount combo from Pete & Jakes for a long time. We didn't think about installing another bracket, because we like the curves and gracefulness.

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’32 Update: mirror installation (article 22, archived)

I'm using cowl mirrors from a '40 Ford made by Bob Drake, minus the cowl attachment piece. They're quite swoopy and I think will match nicely with the door handles.

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’32 Update: More Air Conditioning (article 27, archived)

More Air Conditioning
A/C hoses rank right up there with brake lines on my “things I don’t like looking at” list. What else is on the list, you might ask? Cigarette butts flying out of car windows, mold, and melting snow are all making their way to the top. Anyways, I tried pretty hard to come up with a way of dressing down the hoses. The first way was using Vintage Air’s reduced barrier hose and fittings. The second was to try to make the zinc plated fittings look a little less shiny. Follow along!

Here’s what the fittings look like out of the box. Photos from horton.on.ca

You need a special set of pliers to snap the rings in place. A really nice feature is that you can get an amazing crimp without taking the hoses out of your garage. Get them clocked in the right direction and snap the rings on. That’s all it takes.

This is #10 hose!
On the ’32, I’ve used shrink wrap to cover the hose as well as the fittings. This makes it consistently matte, and looks somewhat like a snake which just swallowed an air conditioning fitting.


I installed the drier in the trunk to save space under the dash. It was a little extra #6 hose, but not enough to notice a performance drop especially since the cabin is so small. The trinary safety switch is mounted right to the drier. To mount the drier, I just used a tube machined to the correct length and welded two 1/4-20 threaded bungs to that tube. After drilling and countersinking holes to match, that’s all it took. The bolt heads will be hidden by the access panel.