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carshowsite 08-25-2007 01:19 PM

32 Ford Coupe bodies
I am researching building a 32 Ford 3w coupe using a fiberglass body. I have researched Wescott, Downs and Bear all of which have different building processes. I am leaning toward the Downs for the pricing reason but I was wondering if anyone had any opinions?

NEW INTERIORS 08-25-2007 01:30 PM

I don't know about the rod shop,But it looks like some nice work.

327NUT 08-25-2007 03:04 PM

First hand knowledge...... I'm building a '32 Victoria using a Downs Mfg. body. Will never buy from them again, they have at the best MARGINAL quality control. The wood structure inside looks like a beaver chewed it out and big gaps at the bottom of the doors. The top of the front door window openings don't fit the lines of the rear quarter windows so I'm doing lots of re-working them to match...customers shouldn't have to do this. When I called Downs about this they said...."well the moulds are getting a little worn out" So needless to say I won't be buying anything from them again.

Now if I was in the market for a '32 3 window I would definitely go with Bear Fiberglass, I have seen their body and it is very nice, no wood and it comes lizard skinned with inside panels. A good dealer is Jim Welch in Prescott Az. ...see Good luck.....Dave

302 Z28 08-25-2007 06:13 PM

Just returned from the Louisville street rod nationals. I looked over several bodies very closely since I have built a Gibbon 34 3 window coupe. If they were not out of business I also would not buy from them again. By far I was impressed with the Outlaw 32 3 window coupe. The interior work was as nice as the exterior, no rough fiberglass, close tight fitting wood and a general overall professional look. The other vendor was BeBops which also had a nice looking body. I have seen a Wescott body under construction and I was not impressed, especially hearing such good comments about them. I would have zero second thoughts about ordering from Outlaw.

Do not base your decision on price alone. I paid a premium for my body compared to Outlaw and I would have been much better off going with Outlaw. If at all possible I would spend the cash up front to visit the factories.


cares 08-25-2007 07:50 PM

I have a 'Russ No More' body and it is questionable. The hinge on the trunk needed to be replaced and when I decided to install a Roetlieb hood the body lines did not match up.
I would not buy another one.
good luck

ride00007 08-29-2007 10:23 AM

I just received a gas tank cover from Outlaw and it was a very nice piece. Good fit right out of the box. Nice and thick.

Redneck made a very nice product but they are out of business. I'm not sure when that happened but that's a dissapointment.

Centerline 08-29-2007 10:43 AM

I have a Dave Korrey 3 window body and for the money I believe he produces the best around. Mine came with doors and truck hung, electric window units, and bear claw latches installed. The fiberglass is thick and although I haven't started the body work as yet it looks pretty straight.

I will say one thing. I've had mine for about 10 years (it takes me a long time to collect the parts for a project) and during that time the price has almost doubled but even at today's price its a darn good deal.

boatbob2 08-29-2007 11:01 AM

fiberglass cars
you all know opinions are like a - - holes,everyone has one,i have been repairing fiberglass boats for almost 40 years. a repair (or a car) does NOT have to be thick to be strong.the shape of the glass normally gives you the strength.(think about that) most f.g. car builders (NOT ALL OF THEM) build a thick car,because they either dont know what theyre doing or cant afford good materials,or are using a chopper gun.the materials (and shape) is where the strength comes in.i can make a body 3/16 in thick,that will be as strong or stronger than most bodys currently made. to the inside of the mold,i spray 2 coats of gel-coat, then hand lay-up, 1 layer of 3/4 oz mat,2 layers of 1 1/2 oz mat,and either 1 bi-ply,or 1 roving. both are very strong)roving is a little harder to wet out. the average 32 roadster body DOES NOT HAVE OVER $250.00 in F.G.materials in it. labor and building the mold is where the price comes in, oh,dont forget the 200 to 300 % markup. now,how many manufacturers did i P - -s off?????

Deuce 08-29-2007 11:27 AM

Fiberglass has it's place ... but I would buy a Brookville 3W coupe before spending all that money for a glass car. Yes, the Brookville would cost more initially ... but would also be worth more when and if you want to sell it.

Most of the repro fiberglass bodies ... LOOK LIKE fiberglass repro bodies. The rear window shapes are wrong ... no hinges, and a lot of other little things.

Disclaimer :

I like a 32 Ford to LOOK LIKE a real 32 Ford ... and I admit to being prejudiced. I am old school and like the traditional look. I also own a Murray bodied ... original 1932 Ford 3W coupe ... so I am biased also. :rolleyes:

You can see the project journal of it's ongoing construction @

Youngster 08-29-2007 05:11 PM

'32Ford coupe bodies
......and how many of those have you collected Deuce? :D Just kiddin'!!!! Youngster

Deuce 08-29-2007 05:27 PM


Originally Posted by Youngster
......and how many of those have you collected Deuce? :D

I am down to TWO ... :D
Never owned a fiberglass car except a 65 Corvette roadster. 396/4 speed/RED. Had a fiberglass bed ... on a 55 Cameo pickup also.

I have had 32 sedans, roadsters, 5W and now 3W.
They are out there ... but do require a little more looking lately.
" Took 5 years " to get the one in my photo.

BUT PERSISTENCE has it's rewards ... :rolleyes:

bentwings 09-05-2007 12:23 PM


I have their 41 Willys and it's a beauty.

Chevrolet4x4s 09-05-2007 04:09 PM

anyone know of a place to get quater panels wether steel or fiberglass? dont necessarlu have to be 32 ford just coupe or roadster.I have the crazy idea that these could be grafted to an old truck cab and make an interesting cutom.

Youngster 09-05-2007 04:56 PM

re'32 ford coupe bodies
Hey ....I'm not the only lunitic here....I know were there is a '30 coupe back section just a sittin' in the woods. When I found it, I remember thinking of how it would look on the back of the '35 cab not 6' away from it. Wanted to try it out but there was a frame buried in the leaves under the A. Couldn't move it.

Chevrolet4x4s 09-05-2007 08:05 PM

I thoutdit would look decent on oneof these cabs
heres a skech of one as a pickup that didnt scan too well Ireally need to take a picture of it so that it'll show up better.
I also sketched one with a coupe back that I can put up on here if anyone wants to see it.

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