If you're going to build your own hot rod, you'll want to start with a '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe. Favored by American servicemen returning from World War II, the '32 Ford remains the very icon of the hot rod to this day. The trouble is there were only so many of them made in the first place, and finding one today can be a challenge. That's where reproduction models come in.

The aftermarket is replete with companies that will sell you a fiberglass body in the form of a '32 Ford coupe, but quality can be hit or miss. So to help meet demand among hot rod builders and enthusiasts, Ford has teamed up with United Pacific Industries to offer officially licensed body shells.

Announced at the SEMA show in November, the '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe body is made from stamped steel according to original specifications from original machinery where possible or reproduced machinery built to the same original specifications where necessary. The bodies are ready to accept vintage powertrains or crate motors from the Ford Racing catalog, and join the 9,000 other parts offered in the Ford Component Sales catalog – including similar reproduction bodies available for the 1965-70 Mustang and 1940 Ford Coupe. From there, the proverbial sky's the limit.
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Jan 10, 2014 | Dearborn
Car Enthusiasts Can Experience Hot Rod Lifestyle with 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe – Latest from Ford Component Sales

- 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body is the latest official licensed product offered by Ford Component Sales and its licensee, United Pacific Industries
- Builders can buy classic V8 powertrains, or contact Ford Racing for a variety of crate motor options
- Ford restoration parts licensing program offers more than 9,000 parts, for vehicles from 1909 to the mid-2000s

Car enthusiasts will now be able to get behind the wheel of their own 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe through a new licensed product offering from Ford Component Sales.

Ford's restoration parts program is now offering the body shell for the 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe. The coupe has become a symbol of one of the biggest fads of post-World War II America – the souped-up hot rod and cruising culture that exploded with returning servicemen flush with cash and technical know-how.

"With the 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shell, you can literally build a classic-looking hot rod, ordering Ford restoration parts right from your computer, and avoid visiting a wrecking yard," said Dennis Mondrach, restoration licensing manager, Ford Component Sales. "The coupe body shell joins our growing list of ready-to-build stamped steel body shells, including the classic 1965-70 Mustangs and 1940 Ford Coupe."

The Ford restoration parts program has more than 9,000 licensed parts for Ford-built vehicles, everything from the Model T to those as recent as 2007.

"Ford Racing can supply crate motors and performance products to suit any appetite," said Mondrach. "Most of the parts needed to complete a build – including hardware, drivetrain, interior parts, even instruments with classic or customized faces – are available. You can build your car as a classic, or upgrade the components and build your own version of an icon that was part of the cruising culture in the 1950s and 1960s. You choose."

Whenever possible, Ford uses the original tooling to make the reproduction parts; in some cases, if tooling is no longer available, new tooling is designed to the original specifications.

The 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shell, which premiered at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, is stamped from new metal, and welded and assembled with state-of-the-art fixtures to maintain dimensional integrity. The finished body receives a rust-preventative coating for additional protection.

Every component manufactured by United Pacific Industries, the officially licensed supplier, is made to Ford Motor Company standards. The strict licensing process helps ensure any parts bearing the company's official trademarks meet the quality standards and authenticity Ford classic car enthusiasts demand.

Each approved part comes with a blue-and-white sticker with the Ford logo stating it is an officially licensed restoration part. That means fit, function and appearance is as authentic as the original.

Aside from body shells, Ford Component Sales licenses replacement parts like fenders, radiators and badging to complete most Ford project vehicles. The Ford restoration parts program means gearheads can avoid spending hours searching online for rare, new/old stock parts, or wandering through scrap yards for used parts to complete a classic. Anyone who has a solid chassis can now mount a fresh sheet metal body, and get a taste of the 1950s-era hot rod culture to park in their own garage.

Accurate reproduction parts make the restoration process easier, and can be the difference between a trophy and an empty-handed trip home for enthusiasts who enjoy showing off the finished product. The Ford licensing program has been singled out for special recognition from both Mustang Club of America and Thunderbird Club of America for supplying components identical to original Ford parts.

For more information
Visit the Ford restoration parts website at www.fordrestorationparts.com. Select the vehicle make and model in which you're interested to load a list of suppliers with contact information.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.


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      irv61
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wish Ford would bring back a true Thunderbird retro in the '57' body style. In this country boy's opinion 1957 was one of , if not, the best years in auto design. To date, the '57' Chevy is the most prized car by most auto collectors. Add to that the '57' Ford Fairlane and Skyliner and Thunderbird. Chrysler, Dodge,and Desoto had beautiful cars as did the Packard with it's Clipper. Even Rambler did it's best and had a good looking car.
      xlch1000
      • 11 Months Ago
      Im glad to see this. It shows that a good design will last.
      John Myers
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hate to think what California charges for replica new car license and probably smog for twentyfive years. Not trying to scare anybody but I would look into that ahead of purchasing. My old VW bug is nearing forty and still has to be smogged. I only run it on private property where nobody comes around. Ca. is so damned c/s with all the b/s laws.
        tjdnorco
        • 11 Months Ago
        @John Myers
        I have a car in Ca built in 74 and there is no smog check. I believe if your car is pre 77 there is no state smog check required anymore. It changes every couple of years. You might wanr to check with DMV.
      rbrtkyte
      • 11 Months Ago
      Thats gonna lower the costs of these cars at Auto Auctions ...YES !!!!! Tired of lofty prices some shmucks will charge for one of these old classics !
        Dennis
        • 11 Months Ago
        @rbrtkyte
        sir...it's an auction - regardless of what the seller 'charges' (sic), the price is set by two or more buyers bidding on the car. The mere fact that the seller sets some lofty price makes no difference. If there's no reserve, it sells for the highest bid amount. If there is a reserve and it's not met, the seller can take a hint that he/she either has it priced too high, or it's at the wrong venue. Don't blame the seller for high auction prices.
      syntheticlubeguy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Do the automakers save all their sheet metal stamping dies from past runs? A 57 Chev would be nice .
        WESLEY
        • 11 Months Ago
        @syntheticlubeguy
        A 1958 Chevy Impala H/T would be nice also, The Frist Impala. 55,56,57 are nice but I always liked the rounded lines of a one year only 58, Frist big block also. 59 had the frist 4 speed.
          irv61
          • 11 Months Ago
          @WESLEY
          Yes, 58 was the first year for the Impala. The Bel Air was the top model from 53 thru 57. The 59 and 60 models were great looking cars but the fins made them unstable at high speeds. The fins had a tendency to cause the back end to float.
          bhcarley
          • 11 Months Ago
          @WESLEY
          I owned a 58 chevy and thought it was the ugliest car on the road , the only reason I bought it was that in my town we only had a chevy dealership. It replaced a57 chevy my step mother wrecked , the 57 in my opinion was a very good looking car
          Dale
          • 11 Months Ago
          @WESLEY
          I have to agree BH. I too thought the '58 was pure ugly. Hard to believe that the same designers could make such nice looking cars '55-'57, then just loose it in '58!! Would not be till the '90's upside-down bath tub Caprices came out that anything as ugly as the '58 would appear!!
        sharcsawsupply
        • 11 Months Ago
        @syntheticlubeguy
        I believe the 57 Chevy is in production in Australia with the original machinery making them. If my memory serves me. This was true just few years ago. The original beetle is still being produced in Mexico as well.
          frenchblue367
          • 11 Months Ago
          @sharcsawsupply
          I must disagree about the Beetle. I'm pretty sure they ceased production on the "Classic" Beetle in (I believe) 2003.
          rbrtkyte
          • 11 Months Ago
          @sharcsawsupply
          Actually they just stopped producing it ,but yeah the Volkswagen WAS in production in Mexico up until like last year or so .
      jrb359
      • 11 Months Ago
      Great idea with ALL the boring cars to choose from.
      okhomejames
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's probably just in time for them to renew all their patent and copyright claims.
      Krazeecain
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is pretty awesome, it's somehow comforting that ford supports this kinda thing, but I wish the laws were a bit clearer/lenient for this kind of stuff. Are you supposed to put this body on a pre-existing frame and register it as whatever donated that frame? Or can you make/buy a totally new frame and register it as a '32 Ford? Or a kit-car? I live in Winnipeg MB, Canada and my understanding is that the government here is pretty strict about kit-cars, not to mention that the mandatory "safety inspections" required here in MB in particular would likely make this even more complicated...
      larry
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looking for chevrolet to make reproductions of a 1959, 1965 chevy impala.
      fautocom
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hello Ford: Here's a thought...why not just go into production, build the 32' with modern components beneath the bonnet, and offer the model at all the Ford dealerships... and while you are at it..please build the 41 Ford pickup, as well... Yeah I know... the new model would not be cheap.. but I'll wager they would both fly out of the showroom
        P.F. Bruns
        • 11 Months Ago
        @fautocom
        For that matter, how about a 1934 Ford Sedan based on the D4?
      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      more FORD garbarge FORD is despirate for attention what can I say at least sell it without an engine so you can put a far more reliable GM engine in it but you will still have FORD shody body work and it will probably leak and doors fall off not worth it
        RustyShackleford
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        I'll bet Ford laughs at being called desperate....by someone who can't spell it.
        RustyShackleford
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Ill bet ford loves being called desperate.....by someone who cant spell it.
        DavidG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Maybe someday GM will build something worth having a program like this for.
        bc3091
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        What does 'despirate' mean, or did you mean to say desperate?
      Sorten Borten
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wish Honda would do this with their original CRX.
        rbrtkyte
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        Contact Honda ,if you have the cash I'm sure it MAY be possible.
        Cyrus Brooks
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        I'd rather have a reproduction second gen CRX. 4 wheel double wishbones in the second gen car leaves the 1st gen strut/beam axle setup for dead.
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