The first time I saw Jerry Duncan’s Deuce five-window coupe was the NSRA Nats East in June of 1988 in York, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t the first nostalgia themed ’32 Ford of the 1980s, but it was a car that had a whole lot of impact. It made quite an impression at the Nats East that year. Jerry lives in York and I photographed the car a few miles outside of town at an appropriately nostalgic gas station. The photos were the basis for a feature that appeared in the December 1988 issue of American Rodder.
I believe that what made the coupe so striking and memorable was just the right combination of era-correct parts along with what was thought to be a very unusual color for an old school hot rod back in the late 1980s. That color turned out to be a fleet truck purple teamed with a two-tone interior of white Naugahyde with purple Metalflake inserts.
Jerry fitted the un-chopped coupe with a 276-inch flathead equipped with an Isky 404 Jr. cam, Offy heads, Thickstun intake, dual Stromberg 97s and a Harman & Collins magneto. A ’39 Ford transmission and a stock Ford banjo rearend complete the drivetrain. The 16-inch whitewalls, Stewart-Warner gauges and Lady Luck decals in the quarter windows add to the appeal.
When we first saw it in 1988 Jerry’s coupe had all of the appeal of cars that hadn’t been in the mainstream in 25 years. What we didn’t know at the time is that it would fit just as well into hot rodding in 2013.