1932 Ford three-window coupe
Ron and Diana Stetter
Ron Stetter and his wife, Diana, of Longwood, Fla., are originally from Altoona. They have taken their 1932 Ford three-window coupe all over the country. They were selected to participate in the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 20th anniversary auto show on March 15 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel/Golf Course, Amelia Island, Fla. They won the Red Ribbon Amelia Award in a class for East Coast and West Coast original hot rods.
Ron provided the following description of the car: “This chopped and channeled ’32 Ford coupe came into being in 1952, after the current owner returned from four years in the U.S. Navy. The coupe was salvaged from becoming a dirt track racer.
“The top, doors, glass, etc., were chopped three inches and the body channeled over a frame and the dropped axle. The radiator was modified to allow leading the shell as well as the cowl air vent and roof.
“Today, 12 volts supplies the power for the ignition, lights and wiper. A 1940 Ford dash and Steward Warner gauges supply operating information and the interior is rolled and pleated. Moon ripple wheel disc complement the whitewall tires.
“Power is a 59L block Ford flathead bored 0.0125 over and a four-inch Mercury crank equaling 276 cubic inches plus a cam topped with 3/94 Holley carburetors and Mallory ignition developing 200-plus horsepower. The transmission is a 1940 Ford three-speed on the column shift with 3.54 rear gears.
“This ’32 Ford was put together in a back alley in Altoona (16th Street and Second Avenue). The welding was done using acetylene made from carbide and stick welding came from a Model A engine turning a generator. This vehicle has remained as built for more than 61 years.
“Over the years, I have attended many hot rod events, but not to this status, nor never to compete and judged against other rods in a selected category.”