Al Liebmann – 1932 Ford 5w Coupe

This featured article will probably be known to quite a few people, especially if you have been around the drag racing scene for any length of time. Below is just a quick summary

of why you may know, or know of, Al. (Taken straight from his Facebook account.)


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2003- Present


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Chief marketing officer (CMO)2009 to present

Frantic Entertainment Group & Pirrone Raceing currently campaigning the 1969 version of the Frantic Ford AA/FC

The Frantic Ford features the new nostalgia funny car chassis and will have a period looking fiberglass body with all the latest safety equipment making it legal to run at NHRA and IHRA tracks

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Al Liebmann

Al, enjoying some quiet time, apparently, looking for an event!

2001-2007 ( 5 years)

Team Mgr
Densham Motorsports / NEC Funny Car
1990 – 1999 (9 years)

Quarter Mile Ventures / Shady Glenn Funny Car
1978 – 1989 (11 years)

Frantic Ford

Al backing up the Frantic Ford

Partner in a NITRO FUNNY CAR team called Shady Glenn Racing. Raced our FC at selected NHRA, IHRA events .Team was noted as match race car from West to the East Coast. Shady Glenn was always a crowd favorite because of the body style and designs during this 70′ & 80’s

Funny Car Mechanic
Misc Funny Car Teams
1972 – 1977 (5 years)

Worked on many of the East Coast Funny Car teams … Fireball Vega, Boston Shaker, Chicago Patrol & TV Tommy Ivo and others during this time

Make sure you go to the bottom to see all of the pictures of this great car!

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So, now you know a little about the man who owns the 1932 Ford 5W Coupe, let’s get into the history of the coupe.

Finding a unique piece of documented history and it being a 1932 Ford 5W coupe is few and far between these days, especially one like this.

1959 Fl veh regThis original car was purchased in 1932 by a New Jersey Judge (we were told) who lived in Miami, Florida. In 1957 Frank Ferree of Orlando, Florida bought the car. In the mid-60’s, Ferree replaced the original Flathead engine with a Ford 302 from a Mustang.

In 1971 Ferree and his son installed a Chevy 327/350 with a 2B carburetor and manifold from a newly wrecked car, repainted the car while keeping the original black paint on the fenders. He then drove the car to Bonneville, Utah and also made 2 stops in California. The car lived between FL and NC until 2004

1932 Ford 5W Coupe - Bonneville Salt Flats

Trip to Bonnevile

In 2004 Mr. Hildebrand who lived west of Atlanta, Georgia purchased the car from Ferree Jr. where the car was in sitting in a field in North Carolina. Mr. Hildebrand dragging it out of the field rebuilt the engine, the wheels and tires were replaced, a Vega gearbox and Ford 9” rear end were added as well as a new x-member. Mr. Hildebrand kept it until 2014.

After being posted on an auto trading website in 2014, Donnie T who lived in Alabama traded Mr. Hildebrand, who was by then 80 years old, a 32 roadster for the coupe. Donnie also installed the tri-powered carbs and manifold.

It changed hands quickly for a black new interior until Al purchased it in 2015

Al drives his car year round and enjoys it to the fullest.

1932 Ford 5W Coupe - Engine - 2The current engine/transmission is an early 1970 327 with a 350 Transmission

Al has put in a new exhaust, Diamond Back Auburns Bias look Radials.

He added a new gauge cluster with SW gages.

New tire rods, new Painless fuse-block.

LED bulbs all around for better nite driving

His future plans are to keep it as it is and drive the pants off it.
Fellow Hotrod builders love what they see on line and even more in person, especially at the 2019 Autorama in Detroit.
It does get the cameraman eyes when they see it and hear the history.


You can see more in the Facebook group. Preserving time in a 1932 Ford 5W Coupe

Make sure to click on the photos to see more.

Let us know which photo is your favorite in the comments.

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