On occasion we receive messages via social media from fellow automotive enthusiasts asking us to share their ride. Although we are a “car shows” page, we try to accommodate most folks no matter where their build is in the process. We received a few photos of this beautiful 1932 Ford Roadster owned by Justin Moriarty from Grain Valley, MO. The Roadster immediately sparked my interest and we needed to know more about the build.
The Roadster is painted with BASF Diamont Synergy Green which is what caught my attention right away. It is powered by a 350 SBC and 350 turbo transmission with a Ford 9 inch rear-end. To stop this beast is front and rear Wilwood disc brakes. The interior has ultra leather seats and a flaming river steering column with a billet specialties steering wheel.
I replied back to Justin asking if he was interested in an interview. I wanted to learn more about the build and the motivation as to why he wanted to build the ’32.
Here is what Justin had to say…
CarShowz: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Justin Moriarty, 1932 Ford Roadster Owner: I have been an Union Electrician since 1994. I grew up around the street rods starting with my Dad back in 1984 with his 1940 Ford Coupe that we went to a lot of shows in and still drive today. I went to a lot of car shows through the years taking a lot of pictures of cars especially 32s hopefully being able to build my car someday. In 2009 I donated my Dad a kidney and when he started feeling better we decided to build my 32 and the car you see is the car I dreamed of building.
CZ: What genre vehicle do you prefer? Do you like all style vehicles, mostly hot rods, etc. and why?
JM: I really like looking at all vehicles. Every car or car owner has their story about their vehicle so it’s really cool to see everybody’s personality stand out within their builds.
CZ: Who is your favorite car/truck builder and why?
JM: I don’t really have a favorite there’s so many good ones like Foose and Kindig, they just stand out and their builds are always so great.
CZ: What are some of the lessons learned while building your vehicle?
JM: Well with all the pictures I took through the years that definitely helped but, make sure you know somebody or have great resources to help out.
CZ: What advice would you give up and coming builders?
JM: Have fun and enjoy it. Don’t get in too big of a hurry make sure everything fits the way you want it do it right the first time.
CZ: What are some of the obstacles you have faced while building your vehicle?
JM: I really didn’t have too many obstacles, I faced more of my own procrastination and frustration of not knowing how to do something or wanting everything right before I moved on.
CZ: What is your next project?
JM: I have a 1999 2-wheel drive Tahoe that I’m going to repaint and redo the interior on. Also I have a 1972 El Camino I have had since 1992 that I plan on putting an LS3 in.
CZ: Please take this time to give a shout-out to those who stand by you, those who have helped you along the way (friends, family and sponsors).
JM: My Wife, my Dad and Mom, Bob at Vintage Fabrication, Jason at Pete and Jakes, Billy at Johnson’s Auto Body, Dan at Quacks Collision. And numerous neighbors, family and friends that helped me through the process.