In 1978, when Ron Wolcott was 11 years old, he found himself hanging out at a local rod and custom shop near his house in Columbus, Indiana.
One day during a visit to the shop he caught a bad case of hot rod fever. An affluent customer arrived trailering a ’32 ford coupe hot rod that needed some work.
The instant the rod’s blown engine was fired up, Ron was hooked; he never stopped dreaming of one day owning a real hot rod of his own. Not until he was in his early forties did his dream become a reality. Ron hooked up with Garret Kitchens, owner of Garret’s Rod Shop in Columbus, Ohio.
The foundation of Ron’s dream rod was a TCI frame. The front suspension consists of TCI Mustang II upper and lower control arms with a pair of Carerra coil-over shocks. A second pair of Carerras suspends the Ford 9-inch rearend. To achieve traction and style, a set of 15-inch polished aluminum American Torque Thrust II wheels is consumed in BF Goodrich wide white rubber up front and Coker Firestone wide white cheater slicks out back.
Bill Lemon machined and assembled the healthy Ford 460-ci engine equipped with a BDS 8-71 supercharger and a pair of Holley 700-cfm carburetors. Grabbin’ gears is done with a Tremec five-speed manual transmission.
A New Age Motorsports 1932 Ford coupe body was mounted highboy style (above the frame rails). The frame, body and grille shell were painted by Chris Hayes using House of Kolor Tangelo Orange.
A pair of Glide low-back leather bucket seats, door panels and suede headliner were stitched, covered and installed by Mark Davis and Bob Mosher at Portage Trim in Ravenna, OH. Engine-turned aluminum inserts accent the armrests of the door panels. A set of stylish Lokar door and window crank handles enhances the coupe’s interior décor.
It’s always cool to see a long-time dream come to fruition. Ron’s three decades of hoping and dreaming thoroughly paid off.