When Phil and Debbie Becker bought their 1932 Ford Victoria in 1976, it was nothing more than a pile of parts. Even then, they knew it was something special. It didn’t take long for Phil to get the car running, driving and painted black. After nearly four decades and a whole lot of miles, the Beckers decided it was time for a complete refresh.
For that, they contacted Dave Lane of Fastlane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa. To kick things off, the Fastlane team started with a torsion-bar chassis from Steve Moal. Up front, they brought down the nose with a dropped and drilled I-beam axle. In the rear, they opted for a Winters banjo located by Alan Johnson-built ladder bars. Covered Ridetech Hot Rod Shocks add an extra dash of style while improving the ride.
In the engine department, Phil chose a venerable smallblock Chevy. But this isn’t just any mouse motor. Instead, it features Borla injection, Jimmy Smith-designed air cleaners, cloth wiring and impeccable detailing throughout. It’s backed by a GM 4L60E automatic from Bowler.
Even though this is a contemporary build, there’s no denying that it has classic appeal. Much of that can be credited to the Nardo Gray paint, which is reminiscent of Ford’s Dove Gray. The wire wheels are Dayton items that measure 15 and 17 inches, respectively. The knockoffs are designed to remain stationary—even when the car is in motion.
The timeless look was carried over to the cabin. Highlights include modified 1939 Lincoln instruments, glove box doors and cut-down steering wheel. The bucket seats and door panels were expertly upholstered in black leather.
A Hot Rod to Remember
The Becker’s Vicky commands attention wherever it goes. In 2019, it earned a spot in the Pirelli Great 8. Later that year, the car was crowned Goodguy’s Street Rod of the Year. More than 85 years after leaving the factory, this ’32 is still turning heads.
For a closer look, check out the video below.