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The ’32 Ford Victoria of Bob Johnson’s dreams began as another man’s project
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The simple truth about building hot rods is, “It’s not worth much until it’s done.”

Folks willing to pay top dollar for a completed car often lack the skill, time or knowledge to finish a project. However, to the diehard car enthusiast these unfinished projects represent an excellent investment.

When Bob Johnson of Newark, OH, came across a Downs-bodied ’32 Ford Victoria for sale by Greg Goins of Monroe, MI, he recognized it was a diamond in the rough – though “rough” may be an exaggeration. Greg had already completed a lion’s share of the difficult work, including smoothing out the glass body and TCI chassis and laying down several coats of PPG base/clear maroon paint. A Chevy 383ci small-block had already found its place between the Deuce rails, and was backed by 700R4 transmission and a John’s Industries’ nine-inch limited slip with 3.70:1 gears. A fully chromed Pete & Jake’s dropped beam front axle gave the Vicky the hot rod look with the added safety of GM-based disc brakes. American Racing “Torq Thrust” wheels ensured its hot rod status.

Exterior refinements included a set of ’33 Ford Commercial headlights, swan neck outside mirrors, ’37 Ford taillights on custom brackets, and a signature Moon tank mounted to the front spreader bar. Much of the chassis, drivetrain, and bodywork were already complete, leaving only the interior and additional refinements to the exterior to complete the ride.

Bob is no stranger to building hot rods, having built several over the last 30 years. He could see the value in Greg’s ride greatly exceeded the parts alone, so a deal was struck.

Bob then teamed with the folks at Appleman Interiors of Baltimore, OH. They selected quality modern components to complement the theme of the vintage race-flavored Vicky. Rich brown leather and tweed upholstery were selected to mate with the classically styled components. A Lobeck’s stainless steel engine turned dash insert featuring Stewart Warner gauges combined with Krist Kustoms vents help define the dash, while an ididit hot rod steering column with a Pete & Jake’s brown leather wrapped wheel help define the look of the interior. Adhering to the vintage race theme, the rear seat was removed and replaced with a custom storage compartment.

Soon the little Deuce Vicky was “finished,” and Bob had the hot rod of his dreams. His diamond in the rough is fully polished and sparkling at car shows and rod runs throughout the Midwest.


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comment By tonyman @ Monday, March 11, 2013 1:15 PM
Nice car

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