Gordy Kordowsky's 1932 Ford

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An early photo of Gordy's coupe dated February 1956. Photo by Louie LaBossiere, courtesy of Jeff Bloedorn - East Side Speed Shop.
Gordy's coupe next to Dick Hanson's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Photo courtesy of Bruce Rosengren.
A photo of Gordy's coupe dated January 1958. Photo courtesy of Bruce Rosengren.
A photo of the coupe taken in 1959. Photo by Louie LaBossiere, courtesy of Jeff Bloedorn - East Side Speed Shop.
A photo of the coupe taken during the mechanical restoration. Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
The coupe as it sat after East Side Speed Shop had performed a mechanical restoration for Louie. The restoration was completed in 2012. Photo by Chadly Johnson, provided by East Side Speed Shop.
Photo by Chadly Johnson, provided by East Side Speed Shop.
A photo of Louie and his son in front of the restored version of the coupe. Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
A photo of Gordy Kordowsky with the car at the GSTA Rod and Custom Spectacular. Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
At the GSTA Rod and Custom Spectacular., the coupe was displayed next to Ed Ward's 1932 Ford roadster, another survivor hot rod. Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.
Photo courtesy of East Side Speed Shop.

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe owned by Gordy Kordowsky of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Gordy bought his Ford in South St. Paul in the 1950s, and it already had a chopped top when he got it. According to White Bear Lake hot rod enthusiast Bruce Rosengren, there were about three hot rods in town in the mid 1950s. These were Bruce Rosengren's 1936 Ford cabriolet, Gordy's coupe, and Dick Hanson's 1934 Ford 3-Window coupe. There were other mildly modified cars in town as well, such as Bill Martin's 1933 Ford 5-Window coupe, but running with a lowered stance and without a hood wasn't enough for the local kids to consider it a hot rod back then.[1] In 1959 Gordy put the car in storage with Louie LaBossiere. While in storage, Louie drove the car around and took care of it as it was his own. After storing it since 1959, Louie bought the coupe in 1964. After he bought it, he put it into longterm storage.[2]


Louie still owned the car by 2012, it remained untouched and unchanged since 1964. Life had gotten in the way, so he hadn't done anything with it. The car had been sitting for many years when Louie bumped into Jeff Bloedorn of East Side Speed Shop. At the time Jeff worked at an auto parts store in White Bear Lake, running the machine shop. Jeff had a 1932 Ford coupe as well, and that's how he met Louie. Louie worked across the street, at the competitors. He saw Jeff's coupe and stopped by to talk. He told Jeff about his old hot rod, and Jeff asked if he could see it. Jeff pestered Louie a lot about the car, and he told him to get it out, as Louie had told him he wanted to get it running again. One day Louie showed up to work with the coupe. They brought it over to Jeff's house and found out that the flathead was stuck. They yanked it out, and Louie brought it to a buddy to have him go thru it. The project petered out, and Jeff sent the car home with Louie for a few months as he was moving to a new place. 7 years later the motor showed up at East Side Speed Shop, and Jeff could finally complete the mechanical restoration. After a long slumber, the restored version of the coupe made its debut at the GSTA Rod and Custom Spectacular in 2012.[2]


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