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01-31-2014 12:37 PM
Donwas32 Has any one had any dealings with fastlane speed and rod shop in mission ks.
09-25-2012 03:31 PM
dilligaf
Best bang for the buck

You can probably rethink the hvac in a roadster and save some dollars. I am using a classic frame and I am very happy with it. They are out of So Calif. As for a body I went with a steel Rod Bod (since then they have sold out to an outfit in Denver Colo. but I think the same phone number forwards. Look them up in Sparks, Nevada.) The price of the Downs would probably more than cover the steel body. One thing to do is have the body lengthened 2". It makes all of the difference in the world. Love that you are going Ford in a Ford.
09-25-2012 12:49 PM
jdm3
Speedline 32 (the old Down's Dearborn Deuce)

In January 2012 I made a deposit on a Speedline 32, the formar Downs Dearbord Deuce, to Ricky at Timeless Rods and Customs in Lula, GA. It has now been 8 months and all I have to show for it is vague promises. The Speedline 32 has great promise and is one of the few options if you want an up to date Dearborn Deuce. Time will tell.
03-19-2011 12:57 PM
39 OLDROD
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Originally Posted by 302 Z28
From experience, anywhere from a minimum $20 to upwards of $50K. The one I would tell you to avoid is already out of business.

Vince
Vince if you are talking about the one's that you got your body from I read some where they got the company back and moved it back to where they came from.

OLDROD
03-18-2011 10:21 PM
Fin
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Originally Posted by 35terraplane
Oh But they do sit in groups, some times even big groups.

Bob

Well then, I'll hang out with the big gay truck guys running 5.9 Cummins and huge dual stacks in their pickup trucks.

I'll have to iron the bill on my baseball hat flat.
03-18-2011 09:18 PM
35terraplane
32 fORD ROADSTER

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Originally Posted by Fin
Bob, eagles don't flock! I'll be the rebel without a clue.
Oh But they do sit in groups, some times even big groups.

Bob
03-18-2011 07:26 PM
Fin
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Originally Posted by 35terraplane
...how many die hard 32 guys would let you park with them...

Bob, eagles don't flock! I'll be the rebel without a clue.
03-18-2011 07:25 PM
Fin
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Originally Posted by 302 Z28
Just my opinion, but if you build that 32 with the 4BT in you will own it until you die, or you will wind up giving it away.

Vince
Anything is better than a SBC!
03-18-2011 03:53 PM
35terraplane
32 Ford roadster

Quote:
Originally Posted by 302 Z28
Just my opinion, but if you build that 32 with the 4BT in you will own it until you die, or you will wind up giving it away.

Vince
Vince, I'm with you on that, Plus how many die hard 32 guys would let you park with them, seems now they are all using flatheads, which is good with me.

Bob
03-18-2011 03:45 PM
302 Z28 Just my opinion, but if you build that 32 with the 4BT in you will own it until you die, or you will wind up giving it away.

Vince
03-18-2011 02:36 PM
Centerline
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Originally Posted by Fin
Weight would be an issue. The 4bt is 745 lbs wet, that is 70 lbs heavier than an iron head BBC and 170 lbs heavier than an iron head SBC (of course in reality I should be comparing it to an aluminum head engine). It would require more spring for sure.
The transmission would also be an issue. I would want a nongranny 5 speed. Since it would be a truck tranny it will be heavy. I would like to stay out of the after market tranny adapters ($$$) if I did go this route.
Not to worry. Its about the same weight as an early hemi.



Centerline
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03-18-2011 01:53 PM
Fin
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Originally Posted by 327NUT
Yea the Cummins would be different but they weigh a LOT!! have to figure that weight into the chassis and suspension. As far as resale?? forget it, you build a car for yourself not someone else..........because someone else would most likely never buy a '32 with a big diesel. $20k for a roller with all the stuff you mentioned is not a bad deal but get as much stuff included as possible...twist thier arm a little.

Weight would be an issue. The 4bt is 745 lbs wet, that is 70 lbs heavier than an iron head BBC and 170 lbs heavier than an iron head SBC (of course in reality I should be comparing it to an aluminum head engine). It would require more spring for sure.
The transmission would also be an issue. I would want a nongranny 5 speed. Since it would be a truck tranny it will be heavy. I would like to stay out of the after market tranny adapters ($$$) if I did go this route.
03-18-2011 12:22 PM
327NUT Yea the Cummins would be different but they weigh a LOT!! have to figure that weight into the chassis and suspension. As far as resale?? forget it, you build a car for yourself not someone else..........because someone else would most likely never buy a '32 with a big diesel. $20k for a roller with all the stuff you mentioned is not a bad deal but get as much stuff included as possible...twist thier arm a little.
03-17-2011 07:52 PM
Fin Guys, thanks for all the information.

I went by Timeless Rod & Customs today to have a look at their cars and was pleasantly surprised!

I was expecting a car or two to be there, but I would guess there were 10-15 cars in their shop(inside & out front, I didn't go around back).

There were a few cars in for various upgrades as well as 8 or 10 new builds in various stages.

They had all three versions of the convertible they sell in stock.

The high dollar (to me) steel Dearborn and two glass versions (curved windshield & straight windshield).

They had the glass convertible in "raw" gelcoat and a couple that had been sanded and several roadsters in paint.

The glass body was very nice right out of the mold(I can only compare it to a couple crappy glass C#bra replica bodies I have seen). Ricky had to show me the seams as they were no obvious (to me). The door gaps/fit and trunk lid gaps/fit looked good.

There were several frames in the shop as well. One frame was painted and set up as a roller. It was a sweet setup with a drilled i-beam front suspension (all chromed).

The price for a roller '32 convertible with body (body with doors & trunk mounted, power windows installed and body shimmed on frame), top and chassis (unpainted frame, 9" rear, rear suspension, master cylinder, brake lines run, 4 wheel discs and chromed front suspension) was right at $20,000.
I might have forgot a couple items that are included.

The major items I would need would be engine/tranny/hood/grill/grill shell/hvac/radiator/fan/driveshaft/interior/steering/paint.

I did have a crazy thought while I was there. I have a Cummins 4bt/tranny setup and we pulled a tape on a car and I think it would drop in. The 4bt is loud (plenty of videos on Youtube for those no familiar with them), but they have nice power & great fuel economy. In a Jeep/Bronco 25-30 mpg is normal. In a light weight '32 I would expect 30-35 mpg.
It might hurt resale value, but rodders love crazy stuff. Opinions?
Another thing I would like about the diesel is that 20 gallons of gasoline in a '32 scares me (in a collision, explosion wise). With diesel it wouldn't be a concern.

A must have for me is HVAC and weather proof top that can go up and down fast. I have had a couple fair weather cars and they are a pain. I want something I can throw the old lady in and hit the road. This glass convertible fits the bill.

I ended up staying there for 45 minutes to an hour. Very nice folks.

Does anybody need a skidsteer or backhoe? I need to sell mine to fund a new project!

Thanks, Jim
03-17-2011 07:11 PM
karfever
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Originally Posted by Centerline
I have heard nothing but good about N&N glass bodies. The last one I had a close look at was an outstanding car. They make 32 roadsters, 3 window coupes, and 33/34 coupes. Cost for their roadster body is in the vicinity of $4500 and is probably the best bang for your buck out there.

When it comes to chassis, most like TCI but Pete & Jake's makes a good one as well as several others. It all depends on how much you want to spend on suspension systems and how much work you want the chassis manufacturer to do. All it takes is money.

Centerline
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My 32 3 window is a N&N, and I have zero complaints after 3000 miles with a 420 HP small block, with I spank hard on a regular basis! No cracks or problem after 3 years.
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