Retro Modern Classic
Hot Rod|August 2021
This ’32 Ford Uses New Parts to Create a Period-Inspired Hot Rod.
Tim Bernsau

Tried and true and traditional are the words Joe Rebozzi uses to describe the hot rods he has owned, built, driven, and been involved with. The words definitely apply to his 1932 Ford roadster.

Joe has been in the hot rod hobby since the ’70s, but his taste—judging by the details of this Deuce highboy—seems to be planted in the early ’60s. We’re talking about the last years of that golden era of hot rodding between the end of World War II and the beginning of the muscle car years. Now, 20 years into the 21st century, rodders are building period-inspired roadsters like Joe’s with up-to-date advantages they didn’t have 60 years ago.

Joe started thinking about building his latest rod when he was approaching his 60th birthday and his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife Kathy. He knew that the perfect way to commemorate both milestones was with traditional iron, and his choice of builders was Brizio Street Rods. Roy Brizio has made his mark combining old-time style and new-time standards. This roadster is a great example of how that combination works and the parts used to accomplish it.

The chassis is a good place to start. The frame rails look like the ones Henry Ford built, but these have been stretched 2 inches beyond the original length and have been fully boxed for strength. The ’60s-era front suspension components are pieces available today: a Super Bell 4-inch dropped I-beam axle, spindles, and hairpin radius rods, transverse leaf springs from Posies, and tubular shocks from QA1. The Currie Enterprises 9-inch rear end with limited slip and 3.89:1 gears is located by Pete & Jake’s ladder bars for a traditional appearance. QA1 rear coil overs—plus Brizio-built Panhard bars and So-Cal Speed Shop antiroll bars at both ends—complete the suspension package. Wilwood 12-inch front disc brakes paired with Currie rear drums guarantee reliable stopping power.

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