1932 Ford V8 Street Rod “Extreme Thunder” – A Car Designed Around An Engine

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Shortly thereafter Quintal opened up his own shop—Super Rides By Jordan in Escondido—and in 2005 Barton decided to hand the entire project over to Quintal to finish. It was a big job as there was much to be done but Quintal completely understood Barton’s dream and managed to both complete the car and fulfill Barton’s vision.

1932 Ford V8 Street Rod Xtreme Thunder rear
When the car was completed, it was entered in America’s Most Beautiful Roadster show in 2007. The car, by most accounts, should have won. But it didn’t. Some say the green was too much for the judges to handle. Others say the secondary burgundy color was the reason for not winning. Barton wasn’t obsessed with trophies as he built the car for himself. He took the car to just a couple more shows before putting it into his garage at home.


Only one photo shoot of the car was ever conducted and it never surfaced as the magazine went out of business before the feature could run. It’s almost as if the car was cursed. But the fact remains that this is one awesome car and now that some time has passed, Barton was willing to let us shoot a full feature on it and tell you all about the car. It was probably good for him to drag it out, have it detailed and see a bunch of guys slathering all over it. The original love for the car was kind of rekindled in 2014 as we wrapped up our photo session in Barton’s driveway.

Steve Barton 1932 Ford Xtreme Thunder with 904 ci engine
So, how about some more information on the engine that got the whole project started? The 904 cu. in. are derived from a 4.90-in. bore and a 6-in. stroke. The engine has dual overhead cams and 32 valves. At 3000 rpm, it puts out 1200 bhp and 900 lb.-ft. of torque. The custom port fuel injection was built by Schubeck and an Accel engine control module ignition system lights the fire. A dry-sump system was used for the oiling; the tank is in the trunk. Everything on the engine is polished, chromed or powder-coated. A GM 4L80E transmission from Jet Transmission sits behind the potent mill.


The differential, built by Currie, has a 3.58:1 ratio. A GearVendors overdrive allows for a final ratio of 2.7:1. The differential housing and axles were made by Mark Williams. The tube and reproduction 1932 box rail chassis, built at Boyd’s, has independent front suspension with Aldan shocks. The wheels are custom one-offs made by Evod Industries. Mickey Thompson tires cover the 18 x 8 wheels in the front and the 20 x 15 wheels in the rear.

1932 Ford V8 Street Rod Xtreme Thunder differential
The steel body and aluminum top were made by Marcel Delay and his sons Marc and Luc. The Ex-7 HID headlights are by Headwinds. Charley Hutton did all the body fitment, final finish and custom paintwork. He used PPG paint (now called Axalta). The striping was laid down by Pete Finlan.




This was definitely a project that took a lot to get done and Barton is quick to point to those who helped. He wanted to be sure to thank Jordan Quintal III, Phil Hayes, Roy Schmidt, Mike Curtis and Steve Waldron for their craftsmanship.


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