Well, it’s been some time since the last posting. Lots going on with the family, but nothing with the cars. But, I’m here to tell you that I have started working on the roadster again. Been going back and forth with the idea of using the van seat or just buying a completed seat from one of the seat manufacturers. I’m really considering the seat manufacturer version.
Along with the seat issue, been checking out swatches of color for the interior.. That’s a lot harder then one would think. What ever you pick, you are going to have to live with for the life of ownership of the car…
Now that it’s starting to cool off a little and the grass isn’t growing a few inches everyday. I can start playing around with my 32 roadster again. The fiberglass guy is coming out in a week to give me an estimate on installing the eyebrow for the windshield. Glad I got someone else to do the glass work, I just hate the itch. A few little things that I’ve been doing in the evening is working on Eco Air Meters. I purchased a few of them, will be restoring them, keeping the best one and selling the rest of them. Check it out, I tossed out a site to document the restoration work on these tireflators ECO TireFlators Maybe one of you guys want to buy one off me.. LOL
Anyways, the 32 Roadster will get my attention now and I’ll start posting new updates on a regular basis.. Thanks for hanging around and asking questions!
I started planning out the next steps on the roadster, seems that I will need to do them in somewhat of an order.
Glass in the window eyebrow and install windshield
Cut out the holes for the shifter
Cut out the holes for the remote access door for the master cylinder
Cut out the hole for the steering column
Mount the steering column
Rough mount the seat in the body (don’t want to be drilling mounting holes after painting)
Uninstall items so roadster body can be remove
Lift body off frame
Place body on dolly
Route the external wire harness on exposed frame (engine, alt., fan and headlights)
Route the brake lines on exposed frame
Route fuel lines on exposed frame
Drop body back on
Cut holes for the fuel line to Tank
Cut holes for the wire harness
Rough in dash
Rough in gauges
This is just a high level checklist, there’s more details, but you get the idea of the next steps.
Well, I seem to be getting somewhere with the 32 Roadster, I’ve started installing a few of the items on the roadster.. i.e., tail lights, license plate, etc.
Great idea on the license plate.. I’ve seen a few roadsters where they have just mounted the license plate directly to the back of the car without any brackets or frame.. Well, since I’m working on my 1960 vette as well, I noticed that the license plate bracket on the 60 vette would work great on the 32 ford. So I picked up one and installed it.. It works great, just the right amount of stead-off from the body. I’ll toss up a photo or two shortly of the plate installed. Now, one big question, I’m putting a real 1932 license plate on the back of the roadster.. the problem is that they are smaller then current license plates. Where do I get a nice simple frame for this plate, anyone know?
Well, I’ve fallen into the common practice of just walking by the 32 Ford now and not working on much. I did work on test fitting the Dick Rodwell windshield, check out the photo. And I have talked to a really good fiberglass guy to do the eyebrow for me. I’m not going to attempt doing the eyebrow myself, I’ll let a pro do it.
I’m getting a few comments and email asking what’s going on with the roadster project. Well, just like most folks out there, other tasks or projects have taken priority right now. I’ll be back on the project within a few weeks, finishing off the plug wiring and trying to get the Rodwell windshield installed, so that all the necessary body work can get started.
On the list to get done:
– Finish off plug wiring
– cooling fan installed
– rough-in Rodwell windshield
– rough-in base for seat
– rough-in steering column
– rough-in pedals
– Pull body
– Installing roadster chassis wiring
There’s a few other tasks to finish off before I pull the body and start preparing the body for paint. One of the main tasks to finish off would be mounting the gas tank and cutting out the holes for the brake pedal and steering column and then rough mounting the Wanlass windshield to the roadster. All these will require some cutting and I’m just not looking forward to the fiberglass itch.
Once all the above is completed, I plan on building a jig to mount the body on so that I can roll it around. Then the fun starts, I get to start the running the brake/fuel lines and all the wiring. It’s going to be an exciting point in the build and I really enjoy doing that detail level of work. Of course, photos will be taken..
After the chassis is finished, then I will start the body work.. oh joy, the itch!
Still working on the routing of the plug wires on my 32 Ford.. In the photo below, you can see how I’m bringing them up the back side of the engine. I’m using the plug wire brackets from 58-62 Corvettes, will be tweaking them a little to tuck them in tighter and not expose the wires so much.. But this photo give you a good idea of how I’m routing the wires.. In the previous post I mentioned that I was thinking of creating a channel for the wires on the back side of the engine.. Now, I’m thinking that I may just run them in the brackets and leave it at that. As I finish off the wires and trim them to size, I’ll take a few more photos…
Here’s a better photo of how the wires are tucked down and close to the engine of my 32 roadster.. This creates a really clean look with the engine.. Remember, I’m putting on the eight stack fuel ingestion system from Inglese, I want that system to be the focal point of the engine.. Not some spark plug wires hanging loosely around the engine.
You can click on the photo to give you a real zoomed in look at the spark plug wires on my roadster..
Also, the picture gives you a good look at that Jegs mini starter that I installed.. It tucks in there nicely as well. Well worth the extra money..
Next step, fab together something to channel the wires up to the distributor. I think I will be using some plug wire brackets from my 60 Corvette. I just ordered all those repro pieces to see what I would work with. Will take some more photos once I get the pieces installed on the 32 Ford.
Routing those spark plug wires is a daunting task. I prefer to keep the top of the engine clean and not show the plug wires at all. So first, I installed wire brackets that belong to my 60 Corvette. I’m pretty sure these little brackets cross over to other cars as well and show up in C2 and C3 Corvettes. So it shouldn’t be a problem from anyone to find them.. They are only $2.75 a piece and you only need four of them.. The nice thing about those little brackets are they pull the wires in nice and tight, keeping them away from the exhaust manifolds.
As I work through the next step of bringing the wires up the back side of the roadster engine, I’ll take a few more photos. Looks like I will have to fab some routing channel to bring the wires up to the distributor.