1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Ten thousand street rods showed up at Back To The 50’s in St. Paul last summer. All of them were remarkable in one way or another, but a 1932 Ford 3-window coupe with contemporary style, striking blue paint, and an all-business rake kept distracting us every time we walked by. After a few inspections, we met Rob Bush from Chattanooga, Tennessee, the owner and co-builder of the attention-getting coupe, who gave us the full story. His award-winning Deuce was a 19-year project, but it had been on his mind for more than 50.

People talk about their hot rods being “the car of their dreams.” A lot of times, those dreams started when they were young. Model car kits, photos in magazines, and drawings in school notebooks sufficed until we were old enough, skilled enough, and financially fixed enough to take the next step toward turning the hot rod of our dreams into the hot rod in our garage.
“I loved this model of car since high school and always wanted one,” Rob told us. At that time, the late ’60s, he worked at the local service station, read hot rodding magazines, and spent his weekends cleaning parts for a friend “who had a very fast 1957 Chevy two-door post with a bored-out 283.” Eventually, he was building and driving his own hot rods, but it would be a while before he would build the Deuce he’d dreamed about as a teenager.

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