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1932 Ford Spark Wires

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.

1932 Ford Roadster spark plug wires
1932 Ford Roadster spark plug wires

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.

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New additions to my roadster

Well, been working on and off between my 60 Corvette and the Ford Roadster.. The Corvette is getting more attention right now because I’m so close to getting back on the road.. In the past few weeks I have picked up a few additional parts for the roadster, including mini starter, distributor, plug wires and coil.

Jegs had a really good deal on a turnkey bundle package with Pertronix. The bundle package includes: Billet Plug & Play Distributor, Flame Thrower II 45K Volt Coil & 8MM Universal Spark Plug Wire Set for only $264. Since I wanted to keep the chrome and colors to a minimal in the engine compartment, this package fit the bill, with a black cap on the distributor and black plug wires. I think I’ll change out the coil, as it has a chrome base, go with a black base.

As for the mini starter, I picked up one the JEGS Prostarter Mini Starters for $179, perfect fit and looks great.. I think I will mast it off and paint the body of the starter black just so it’s not distracting.

Now the trick is going to be routing the plug wires on the roadster so that don’t heat up nor get caught near the headers. I purchased some wire looms from 68-75 Corvette, going to try to route the wires behind the engine and bring them up by the oil pan. This is the same style as my 60 Corvette. We will see, wire looms are in enroute, should get them by the end of the week..

I’ll take a few photos showing the starter and the routing of the plug wires shortly, so you all can see how it’s looking.

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Working out brake issues on a 32 Ford Roadster

Every time I walk by the 32 roadster in my garage, those factory GM calipers just stick out like a sore thumb against all that nice chrome and stainless steel parts.. I know down the road, those calipers will lose their factory coating and begin to rust, leaving a poor presentation of the front and rearend of this roadster.

So I’ve been diggin around to see what I could get to replace those GM calipers without having to redo the brackets, etc. looks like there could be a few direct replacements available out there that will be bolt-on.. I’m tossing around the idea of purchasing a set from Wilwood, here’s the breakdown:

Wilwood Disc Brakes introduces their new forget billet D154 replacement caliper for 1968 – present GM vehicles.
– The calipers are specifically designed to mount in the stock location
– Calipers are available in black or red powder coat
– The caliper comes in a single piston 2.50” diameter
– For two 2-piston configurations is available in, 1.62/1.62” and 1.12/1.12” for vehicles that have been converted to four wheel discs

I figured I would do the black powder coated ones, as the red would just stick out too much.. I’ll let you know how they turn out shortly..

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More roadster parts

Lots of ordering roadster parts and test fitting has been going on with the roadster lately. I’ll try to sum up all the additional parts that I’ve ordered in the pass few weeks in a list:

  • Painless Wire harness (12 circuit) – Summit Racing
  • 1939 tail lights – (So-Cal Speed shop)
  • License frame – Speedway
  • Ignition switch – Summit Racing – If fact, I ordered two of them, to see which one I’ll be using
  • Flaming River Steering column (Tilt column) – Flaming River
  • Upper and lower radiator hoses – Summit Racing
  • Flaming River Ignition Switch – Summit Racing
  • Flaming River headlight Switch – Summit Racing
  • Still playing around with the alternator, haven’t had much time to make the necessary mods to it to make it fit. Will be doing that over the Christmas break. Should have a lot of test fitting going on this weekend. Will toss up photos real soon..

    Also working on the dash setup, just ordered a few of the parts, looking at Classic Instruments “All American Nickel” AN01SHC- with GM sending units and SN84- is the wiring harness. I planning on doing the dash, wrapped in black leather, then a stainless steel insert with the gauges set inside. Going to work on a design for the roadster dash and see how it looks mocked up..

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