Publish date: 2016-12-21 10:32:25
The Moal family from Oakland, California, has been building unique and outstanding vehicles. They specialize in building classic style roadsters fitted with modern technology. Their creations are considered as one of the best in the world. The Moal family has been building exemplary roadsters for almost a century, each generation inheriting and refining their craft which can clearly be seen in their works of art.
This 1932 Ford Roadster is one testimony to the world-class craftsmanship of the Moal Coachbuilders. It is part of JR’s private collection and has rarely made an appearance since it was completed and made its debut during the Good-Guys Pleasanton Car Show in 2008. This roadster is a tribute to JR’s best friend Mike Martin who passed away before it was completed. JR has aptly named this Model B as “Mike Martin”. JR has been a hot rodder for most of his life and was never really a show car guy. He just loves the experience of driving his hot rods and does not really care about awards but has received a number of awards in the rare occasions he showed this beautiful roadster.
The chassis was built using an original 1932 Ford AM frame rails that were supplied by Pete Eastwood from his collection of vintage parts. Rod Sexton who was a famous chassis builder did his magic, he fabricated a tubular support and rolling stock to prepare the chassis for any powerhouse it will have. The chassis was completely done in traditional hot rod style including the chrome front suspension with a cross steer and buggy spring, custom “peaked theme” front hairpins, custom peaked drilled/dropped front axle, adjustable rear coil-over shocks, rear ladder bar suspension, Wilwood Disc brake calipers, and slotted rotors on the master cylinder.
Rod Sexton then prepared the power train and fabricated the engine mounts and hand built the perfectly straight stainless steel exhaust system. The engine of choice is a very rare and authentic Gurney-Weslake Trans-Am Racing Series engine that used a NOS Ford 289/302 from the 1960s-70s. The engine has been stored for quite some time so the famous “Art Crisman” was called to revive the engine. It was completely taken apart, cleaned, refined, and rebuilt with a new camshaft. It was rebuilt using NOS G-W parts such as intake manifold, Stage 4-5 cylinder heads, oil pan, Holley carburetor, water pump system, and customized the front cover. The powerful engine is matched by a Tremec 5-speed transmission with Lakewood bell housing and Wilwood hydraulic clutch. All of the power is directed to an updated Halibrand Quik Change rear differential.
Moal Coachbuilders did most of the bodywork, such as designing and fabricating the body and then adding the final coating. Most of it were done by hand which makes this roadster a very refined masterpiece. Steve Davis did a lot of work modifying and fabricating all of the body panels and prepared the finished Brookville steel body for the glossy Jaguar Blue finish. The body is extremely smooth and features a custom peaked chrome spreader bar and front apron, a custom grille, shell, and hood, a Henry 25 Louver hood sides which can easily be removed, Guide headlamps, embedded rear license plate, customized rear roll pan, and chrome Duval windshield. Moal also installed their signature fuel cell fill cap and dual cowl vents. This roadster also has a handmade convertible top than easily be removed whenever desired.
For the interior, upholstery master Tom Sewell did the classy interior design using a full saddle tan Leather Cowhide that snugs tightly around the interior. The interior also featured a custom built seat with vertical pleat. The door panels have hidden pockets. Moal added another signature touch with a one of a kind steering wheel mounted on a tilt column. The Delahaye dashboard is fitted with GPS gauges that were rebuilt by Classic Instruments.
It goes without saying that this 1932 Ford Model B roadster is perfectly done in every detail. The level of mastery to craft such a vehicle is outstanding, it’s a shame that this roadster isn’t featured in more car shows.
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