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1932 Ford 3-Window With 427SOHC From The Newest MCM Issue 216

Dennis Lacy

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This model will look familiar to those of you who have the newest Model Cars Magazine #216. Back in April I was asked if I would contribute a build for an upcoming issue focused on hot rods. I never imagined this would actually happen and it was an honor to be asked. I obviously agreed and spent the next 4 months constructing the 1932 Ford you see here. The only direction given was “build a hot rod, whatever you want.” With the pressure on for my big magazine debut I wanted to build something really bad ass looking and I believe I accomplished that goal. The only negative aspect of the project was that I couldn’t share it here until the issue came out. I do plan to do a retroactive WIP thread because there was only so much space in the magazine and there’s a lot more details and pictures of the build that I can share. 

I also need to add that the icing on the cake of this experience is being featured alongside Tim Boyd @tim boyd, the single biggest influence over the years in my scale hot rodding journey. It was his old monthly column in Street Rodder Magazine, Modelers Corner and his many articles in SAE and MCM that inspired me the better part of 30 years. 

Special thanks to @TimKustom for asking me to contribute a model to the magazine and my friends @Kit Karson and @Rocking Rodney Rat for their initial and continuous encouragement throughout this project. 

- Revell 1932 3-Window base kit

- Drag City Casting chopped resin body (which I created the master body for).

- Kit frame modified with tubular center cross members from AMT ‘32 Phantom Vicky.

- Kit front axle and suspension with spring trimmed to lower as much as possible. Modified shocks and mounts from Revell ‘29 Roadster. Revell ‘40/‘48 Ford brake plates and Revell ‘29 Roadster finned brake drums. 

- Quick change center from Atlantis Mooneyes dragster with kit axle tubes grafted on. Trailing arms and front mount fit from Revell ‘40 Fords. Kit coil overs. Revell ‘40/‘48 Ford brake plates and Revell ‘29 Roadster finned brake drums. 

- Ford 427 SOHC kit bashed from multiple sources. Foose FD100 block and oil pan with oil pan sectioned for ground clearance. Revell ‘64 Thunderbolt bell housing, 4spd trans, intake, carbs, air filter (side inlets filled), water pump and belt drive. AMT ‘33 Willys heads, cam covers and front cover. Parts By Parks wired distributor, Model Car Garage wire dividers, Detail Master fuel line and line nuts.

- Revell ‘41 Willys Gasser headers shortened with collector caps added. Exhaust made from cut up and reworked large diameter pipes and mufflers from Revell Stacy David ‘32 Rat Roaster with S&S Specialties machined tips.

- Polar Lights funny car front wheels and tires. Rear wheels are fronts from AMT ‘32 Phantom Vicky made deep with barrels cut from slot mag wheels in Monogram ‘30 Phaeton and grafted on. Knock-off wing nuts from Revell ‘32 HiBoy Roadster. AMT parts pack M&H slicks. Finished in flat black with Model Master Jet Exhaust centers and Tamiya Silver Leaf wing nuts. 

- Kit door panels smoothed off and painted to look like aluminum. Separate handles from Revell ‘37 Pickup. Center from Kit dash removed and replaced with dash center and gauges from Revell Stacy David ‘32 Rat Roaster. Revell ‘32 5-Window seat. Revell ‘29 Roadster Bell Auto steering wheel on tube column. Blue tinted clear sheet for window glass. 

- Rear fender tails bobbed 6 scale inches. Original gas tank deleted. Frame horns shortened and tucked under back edge of body with new spreader bar. Hood top smoothed off. AMT ‘32 Phantom Vicky firewall with Revell ‘48 Ford master cylinders and Revell ‘41 Willys Pro Street dual oil filters. 

- Body finished in Tamiya gray primer with their Light Gun Metal for accents. Interior in Tamiya Dull Red and Light Gun Metal. 


























This model also had its public debut last weekend at the Spirit Of Speed VII model contest/show/swap held at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, California. Their special them class was celebrating 90 years of 1932 vehicles (open to all makes, not just Ford) and the judging was “peoples choice” voted on by all of the entrants with a field of about 50 high quality models. To my absolute shock my name was called for 1st place! 



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I've read several of your wip threads and at your finished builds. You mentioned other builders as influences and I feel you can honestly place yourself in the same circle.

Great looking build and congrats on your article as well as your win.


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ADL, for several years now @Rocking Rodney Rat has said "Dennis knows Hot Rods!" I have yet to disagree!!  @tim boydraised a generation, maybe two or three, on scale modeling and Street Rods, Rods & Customs, Scale Auto Enthusiasts and Model Cars Magazine for readers across the USA and around the world!  

Please allow me to share all six pages featured in #216:





Outstanding How-To build a three-window deuce koupe! -KK

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