Feature Car: Bill Ritter’s 1932 Ford Coupe

With the ready availability of bodies and frames in this day and age 1932 and 34 Ford Coupes are almost as common of a site at car shows as the Tri-five Chevy’s and 1st Generation Camaros. But Bill Ritter’s 1932 Ford Coupe refuses to blend in with the crowd and is in fact about as far away from “common” as you can get!

At first glance the GM Sunset Orange Metallic paint brings your attention to the 32. But it’s the second glance that really catches your eye. Before this beauty left the Rebel Racing and Kustom Paint shops in Rabun Gap, Georgia shop owner Dennis Steppe added some fire to this baby that is sure to have most everyone drooling.

As I took picture after picture of the car it seemed that a new piece of fire came out with each shot depending on the angle of the sun. This thing is truly a work of art!

So now that all those shades of orange have your attention, lets talk a little bit about the 32. The body is one of Redneck Street Rods out of Lamar, MO. Its their standard roof height 32 body. The body sits on a Pete and Jakes 32 chassis. In front of the chassis sits a 383 cubic inch Smeding Performance engine topped with their Six Shooter setup. Pumping out 470 horse power and 480 foot pounds of torque. As you can see, even though this car has a lot of show, its all business when it come to the go! The power is sent out the back via Pheonix Transmission’s 700R4 and is put to the ground with a Ford 9 inch with a 4.10 gear.

The interior features ultra leather and suede wrapped by the late Fred Lane of Frankin, NC. Both consoles, solid walnut armrest and panels were made in house at Rebel Racing & Kustom Paint. The interior is kept cool with an ac unit from Hotrod Air.

The interior is where the custom aspects and attention to detail really take off in this car. The custom consoles and wood work are just the beginning. Mounted in the over head console is the display screen for the back up camera, no rear view mirror needed here! Beneath the seats you will find my favorite feature of the car, a hidden drawer that slides out to hide valuables or maybe a concealed weapon for those long road trips.

The custom touches carry around from the inside back into the trunk. Behind a hidden panel is the amp for the stereo system along with very crowd pleasing “medical cabinet”. I think I’ll let the picture explain itself!

The hidden panel also serves as a great place to mount the various dash plaques given out at the larger shows around the country. As you can see in the second shot below, this car is driven, piling up over 3,000 miles since the car was finished, this isn’t a trailer queen although one could easily be fooled by looking at it!


From one end to the other this 1932 Ford is certainly a work of art! We hope you’ve enjoyed this JDSMotorsports Feature Car!

Special thanks to Bill Ritter for letting us shoot his car along with Dennis Steppe @ Rebel Racing & Kustom Paint. Be sure and check Dennis out online at www.rebelkustompaint.com

For all of the pictures from the photo shoot or high resolution copies visit our smug mug album by CLICKING HERE

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