32 Roadster Hi Boy

My 1932 Ford Roadster Hi Boy purposely built LHD

A Miller-Speedshop (Cape Town based) fiberglass roadster shell was bought from Shaun Sale as an abandoned project. The internal body was strongly reinforced with square tubing throughout by him and the doors pre-hung, and trunk lid pre-fitted.  I used a stamped and boxed ’32 Brookeville frame, that I had bought 2 years earlier, to build a ’32 roadster. The 2 front horns on the frame were cut a little shorter & blanked off and no front spreader bar is used. This configuration is a newer trend in the US currently.

The steel hood and two steel side panels were made by Eddie Finch. The steel grille surround (without a radiator hole) was imported from Speedway Motors was married to an high-dollar Alumicraft custom grille.

A full Heidts independent front suspension with QA-1 coil-over shocks was used and a XJ6 Jaguar diff and rear suspension (fully chromed) was custom fitted. A strong 383 Stoker Chev (built by Dave Corbett) with 350 turbo gearbox was used for power and transfer. There are lots of extra billet parts used on this motor, as well as bright orange 383 valve covers from Summit Racing.

Autometer Sport Comp gauges nestle in a hand-made aluminum surround as well as the column drop, self made. An unique DuValle windshield was imported, locally chromed and fitted, instead of using the 3-inch chopped one, that came with the purchase from Shaun. Grey calf leather on a Glide Engineering tilt-forward bench seat frame and side panels were upholstered by Shakespeare from Rosettenville.  Dynamat was pre-laid under the black thick-pile house carpet.  A Flaming River tilt steering column was painted grey and joined up with a Budnik steering wheel wrapped in the same matching grey leather as the seats.  A pair of King Bee headlights with inner turn signals were fitted on custom made mounting brackets. A 12 inch Lokar shifter (plain and simple) was our choice here for gear selections as well as Lokar pedals. 4-pot Wilwood disc brakes are used in the front and standard Jag discs in the rear.

Both, aluminum radiator and transmission oil cooler was custom built by Barry van Niekerk from Walkerville. Valley oval-shaped inner door handles as well as three Valley rear view mirrors were used. The finish on them, is just perfect for our project. The exhaust system was custom built by TNT and the headers are Hooker & are ceramic coated. An original ’32 fuel tank was fitted and looks the part . A pair of cat-eye taillight/turn signal combo LED’s were fitted. This gives it an up-to-date modern look in the rear.

 My own custom-mix orange paint (basecoat) with a very fine gold flake and 4 coats of clear was  sprayed by Kyle from Eddie’s Fast Hot-rods in Primrose. Imported American Racing Torque Thrust II – 20 inches in the rear and 17 inch in front gives this Hi-Boy serious rake ….we wanted a smooth Boyd look ‘without any frills’ on this classic ’32.