Ken Brown is selling this recently completed '32 5 window, but not because he is unhappy with any aspect of it. He already has 2 other '32 Fords in his garage, and one has to go. Ken (KB to his friends) has been involved with rodding since the early days, having joined Rods Inc. in '68, when he had various projects. In '73 he had a flathead powered '34 coupe that was his daily driver, and was also building a '28 roadster pickup, and a 389 Pontiac powered '29 Sports Coupe.

Ken obtained a TCI '32 chassis for his ex-John Anderson '32 roadster in '77, but 10 years later put the chassis under the blue '32 roadster pickup that he still owns. In that period the Brown's moved from Brisbane to Iluka, where Ken became a foundation member of Borderline Rodders. KB then bought his '32 more-door sedan, and drove the wheels off that for 12 years - until the coupe was built by Darryl Kuhnemann.

Pictured in the tranquil setting of the Blue Dolphin caravan park at Yamba, the black beauty looks right out of the fifties.

The guards have been bobbed, but retain the '32 Ford's stock bottom edge. Note the tiny Harley Davidson turn signals.

These are indeed classically conservative lines, unspoiled by extraneous do-dads and tacky add-ons.

There is a Landcruiser heater\ demister in there, and VDO gauges. Syd Jameson created & fitted the burgundy trim, in the classic pleated style.

Ray Lester assembled the mildly souped up 327 - and Ray knows a thing or two about engines.

Ken and coupe, at speed. The lightweight car has more than adequate acceleration, and rides well.

Bobbed rear guards and cycle guards on the front are an attractive alternative for hiboys.

15" steel wheels are used front and back, with old style trim rings and '49 Ford hubcaps.

The car doesn't have that big a rake - the photographer was leaning to one side.

That battery location is great, in terms of access.

Falcon discs and Commodore calipers are common enough as front brakes, and many use the 4" dropped axle. Not many rods use Harley Davidson headlamps though. Stainless steel arms and four bars complete this picture.

The roof insert would suggest that this is an original all steel body, but looks can be deceptive.

Darryl began with a deuce Customs body and a set of American Stamping chassis rails. Darryl z'ed the rear, added the cross members and bracketry in his own jig, and soon had the whole deal rolling.

The front axle has been dropped 4", and uses reversed spring eyes to lower the car further - the frame rails being notched to prevent conflict with the spring.

In behind the repro grille shell sits a Walker radiator, which is fanned by an after market flexible fan.

Another Iluka resident and friend, Ray Lester, put together the reconditioned 327, using new bits, and others that had been machined by Need Speed in nearby Yamba.

The steering box is from an HG Holden, and uses a GTS Monaro wheel; the original column shifter is attached, indirectly, to the Turbo 350 trans. The dash has heater\demister, CD player and VDO gauges.

Under the floor is a Street Rod Constructions pedal assembly, L300 master cylinder and Gemini booster. The battery isn't underneath in an awkward to get at position - it is in the boot.

The diff is a Ford 9", in the finest street rod tradition. which has been narrowed and fitted with 3.00: 1 ratio gears, and a transverse leaf spring. Stainless steel ladder bars are used on the back, and Pete & Jakes chrome shock absorbers.

The very stylish '39 Ford tail lights are complemented by Harley Davidson turn signals mounted on the frame horns, either side of the Vintique fuel tank cover.

Brad Gosney prepared the body and applied the DeBeers black paint to the body and chassis. The whole build took Darryl Kuhnemann only 9 months, which put KB & Julie on the road in quick time

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