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Alan Thompson – 32 Ford “Graffiti” Coupe

Today, we are going to talk with Alan Thompson about his Ford “Graffiti” Coupe. 16930902_10154162261152455_2015834075_o

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So, can you tell me a little about who you are?

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Paul Le Mat and Alan Thompson. Paul loved the Coupe!

I’ve been in the Auto Body Business since I was 14 working part time sweeping up and stuff then it just stuck.

I have been doing this for almost 40 years now, moving up the ranks, learning as I go.

Now, I own a Wheel Repair Shop Fixing Damaged Rims for a few Rental car Companies in Canada, which keeps me pretty busy.

So, why did you choose this car?

16930954_10154162261082455_1610241713_o.jpgThe movie, “American Graffiti”, came out when I was 10. I always said I would love to build a car like that, so when I was 30, I came upon an original 1932 Ford 5 window coupe.

See Paul Le Mat’s website, here.


Check out a couple of small video clips of Alan’s car.

1932 Ford Interior

1932 Ford Running


I intended to build it into a Rod, but one thing led to another and I sold it to an older guy that wanted to keep it original. The car needed way too much work to Rod, so I sold it and started from Scratch.

What did you do to it?mildred

My Graffiti Coupe was built from scratch, from two frame rails leaning against the garage walls.

I turned every nut and bolt on the car.16880686_10154162261147455_1467912023_o

Here is a breakdown of my Coupe. The drive line is a 350 cu.in. Chevy,67 Hi-Po 202 Heads, 30 Over with 11.0:1 compression. It has a hydraulic cam and Weber Induction 48 IDF Carbs.

Dress ups include Moon Finned Valve Covers, Moon Water pump and Sanderson Limefire headers.

Power is transmitted through a Centerforce clutch to a Borg Warner super T10 4 speed tranny ,9-inch Ford rear-end loaded with 3:73 Gears.

The chassis is a Horton chassis, set up by Autoweld, (Thanks guys!), with a traditional dropped axle front end, Pete& Jakes hair pins, So-Cal Buick finned drums, flaming river steering box and column.

The wheels and tires are Chrome Reverse rims wrapped with BF Goodrich Silvertown Wide Whites.

Body is a RamRod Body with Stainless Drip rails , 3 inch Chop, Baby Deuce Headlights, 48 Chevy Tail lights and a Moon Tank on the Front.

Paint. ICI Canary Yellow Base coat with the clear coat, sprayed by me.

Pin Striping by Rollie Guertin .

Interior. Stock Glide Seat finished in white and yellow, Tuck & Roll, 32 Ford Dash with classic Stewart Warner gauges , 40 Deluxe Steering Wheel and an Alpine Stereo System.

How long have you been driving and showing this car?

It’s been on the road since 2003.

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I’ve had it in many shows in Toronto,

Canada, where it’s won A lot of Awards, too many to count. It’s a real Fun car to drive for me and my Wife, thank God I have had her support since day one.

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Do you have any idea of about how much you have into this car?

 

The total cost I have in the Car is About $110.000.00 Talk about Crazy.

 

 

 

Also, if you could throw my good buddy’s name in there who helped me build the car. Without his help, it would of taken a lot longer.  He’s one of those old Hot Rodder guys that knows everything. His name is Jim Turner

6 replies »

  1. That thing is awesome and very yellow. Good thing I like yellow. Great story of an awesome hot rod, but I’d have liked to know who’s rod it was earlier in the story. Looking forward to the next interview.

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