Old School Deuce Cruising

The quintessential hot rod, 32 Ford 3-Window High Boy Coupe, “Little Deuce Coupe” is the prized possession of Tony Hudgins. It was first built in the Old School Style in 1988 by Troy Cook of TC’S Rod Shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Coupe was built to showcase and promote the opening of Troy’s New Street Rod Shop. He loved three things: building street rods, showing off in the cars he built, and street racing. The “Little Deuce Coupe” satisfied his need to do all three for over 10 years. 

The Coupe was constructed with a set of completely boxed original 32 Deuce Frame rails, Adjustable K-Members, Pete & Jakes 4-Bar Radius Rods, Super Bell 4 inch drop Front Axle, and a Mustang Steering gear. Troy completed the chassis using a 12 bolt Chevy Rear with 3.73 gears and parallel leaf springs on the rear. A Chevy Small Block 350 Roller Motor was machined .30 over by Kenny Lazarus at Ellis Piston Ring Machine Shop in Shreveport and assembled by “Doc” Island at Shreveport Automotive, this powered the Coupe along with a built Turbo 400 Transmission. A Gibbons Fiberglass Body was chosen for it’s quality, 3-Piece Rootlieb Hood, Stock 32 Grill & Shell along with 32 Ford Commercial Headlights. A set of 8 inch wide Cranberry Red smooth steel wheels on the rear with chrome Ford script dog dish hub caps and trim rings were used, 5 inch wide on the front with matching big and little BF Goodrich T/A Radial tires.

A Cranberry Red Roll-N-Pleated interior by George Jones of Stitchin’ Interiors in Baton Rouge was installed. Stewart Warner gauges, GM Tilt Column with shift, Vintage Air, Power Windows, and a matching Cranberry Red LeCarra Steering Wheel completed the interior. The body was finished in yellow primer with red flames as was the hot trend in the late eighties. 

In its first major Car Show after completion, the Coupe took the Top Honors at The Goodguy’s National’s Car Show held on the grounds of The Southfork Ranch, Dallas, TX in 1990. The Coupe and it’s owner/builder Troy Cook were featured in several regional and national car magazines and newspaper articles.

In 1998, the Coupe was sold to a new owner to make room for a new build. The gentleman who bought the car unfortunately died soon after purchasing it. His young son totally trashed the car within a year. With the car no longer operable, it was left to out to rot in a pasture for 5 years. 

Tony purchased the car from a bank foreclosure sale in 2005. It took him 4 years to completely restore the Coupe and get it on the road again. The motor was bored to .40 over and rebuilt by the same machine shop that did the original work 17 years earlier. The transmission and rear end were refurbished. A chrome Mono Leaf front spring was added when all of the front suspension, the rear springs and shocks were replaced with chrome and billet units from Pete & Jakes. 12” X 15” Weld Draglite Wheels were used on the rear, 5” X 15” on the front with matching BF Goodrich T/A rubber. The interior was repaired, the carpet replaced, and the body was covered in a beautiful Cranberry Red DuPont Base/Coat Clear Coat applied by Olin Davis of Shreveport to match the interior and frame. 

The Coupe has seen over 60,000 miles of Street Rodding in the last 28 years. It is maintained in excellent condition by Tony and seldom misses a Car Show in the Ark-La-Tex region. Tony enjoys cruising every weekend and has taken the car to shows as far as Northern AR., E. to Jackson, MS., W. to Dallas, and S. to the Baton Rouge area. Since being restored in 2009 The Coupe has won over 100 trophies.

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