Conrad W. Jacobs' 1932 Ford

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When Conrad W. Jacobs of Baltimore, Maryland completed his first Ardun powered 1932 Ford Roadster, he decided to acquire a 3-window and install a big Chrysler V8. After a year of hard work, he finally had a deuce coupe as nice as you can get them. Conrad did most of the work by himself, such as the steering, the rear suspension, and made his own engine adapter from a 1955 Plymouth bell housing, making the 1956 Chrysler engine fit the 1941 Cadillac column shift transmission. The rear axle with a ratio of 3:31 was from an Oldsmobile, as was the brakes, the rear wheels were Buick units. 1946 Ford spindles were mounted up front, along with a 3 " dropped axle and Mercury front wheels. The suspension was leaf springs, with Monroe tubular shocks. The 354 cid delivered 300 hp was equipped with a Dodge 1 1/2 ton truck flywheel and 11" pressure plate. The top was chopped 3 inches, and the body was channeled 7". The frame was also Z'd 7 inches. All the holes were filled, and the body was done in white lacquer. The upholstery was done by the Adler & Mandel shop in Washington, D.C.. The interior was done in Gold and White Naugahyde tuck & roll, with a fully padded dash, chromed instruments and mouldings, pebble carpeting. The steering wheel was a 1956 Ford unit. Custom made nerf bars were installed up front and in the rear.[1]

Magazine Features and Appearances

Rods Illustrated June 1958
Rods Illustrated October 1958


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