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So fine 409

Gary McCormack’s 1932 Ford five-window coupe made its debut at the NSRA Supernationals and created quite a stir with its 409 Chevy V8 oozing hot rod appeal.

The car had been languishing in a field in Connecticut since 1959 and there wasn’t much left of the standard '32 below the doors. However Gary bought it complete and shipped it back to Wirral as a long-term project. “It’s taken three years to get it on the road, but there’s still more to do,” says Gary.

Hard to believe this is the same car!

The striking rod comprises American Stamping reproduction rails and the original steel body. The ultra rare 409 is equipped with twin four-barrel carbs and is rated at 425hp. What may be difficult to appreciate in the photos is that the engine has been rebuilt era perfect – “it looks like it has been lifted straight out of a new ’63 Impala,” says Gary.

 They don't come any cleaner than this!

Now you can see where the time and effort has gone. 

Power is fed through a Muncie four-speed to a Winters rear end with suspension from a Model A and traction enhanced by a pair of home-made ladder bars. The nostalgic theme continues up front with a four inch Deuce Factory dropped axle with home made hairpins. Completing the look are Wilson Welding finned drum brakes and ultra rare Hallibrand magnesium rear wheels (8x16) and 4x15 inch ARE’s up front, though Gary states these are just a temporary fit. The traditional appearance continues with era perfect 1932 Washington Blue paintwork (the fenders would have been black) with a matching blue tuck and roll interior. All in all, this is one beautifully detailed yet subtly restrained hot rod.

Story: Andy Kirk

Photos: Andy Kirk & Gary McCormack

Great stance, great look...great ride!

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