CHASSIS NO: AB5973166
• Designed and built by Chip Foose and his Foose Design team
• Built to emulate a period-built, wingless WW II fighter plane
• Lincoln V-12 powertrain, Brookville steel body and Deuce Factory chassis
• Built during the 2000s and shown to acclaim at the November 2017 SEMA Show
292 cid Lincoln L-head V-12 engine, 1939 Lincoln three-speed manual transmission, dropped 1932 Ford front axle with 1936 Ford wishbones and shock absorbers, live rear axle with 1936 Ford wishbones and shock absorbers, 1939 Ford four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”
The star of the long-running TV show “Overhaulin’, Chip Foose is a lifelong artist, hot rod builder and visionary with a worldwide fan base. Learning the basics of rodding and restyling from his late dad Sam, Chip combines an artist’s fertile imagination with a craftsman’s work ethic and sensibility. Chip Foose conceived and built “P-32,” this ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster, at Foose Design in Huntington Beach, California during the 2000s as an homage to Rat Rods and the iconic design elements of America’s WW II warplanes. As Chip always wondered, “…what if a pilot returned home from the war and missed his old plane so much that he built a hot rod emulating it?” Not until Chip was on hiatus from the Overhaulin’ show between seasons was he able to turn his unique vision for P-32, a hypothetical wingless fighter plane, into reality.
Starting with a ’32 Ford chassis from the Deuce Factory and a steel Brookville Roadster body, Chip and his Foose Design team performed extensive mods to achieve a distinctive look, including lengthening of the doors by two inches and removing two inches from the quarter-panels. He also designed a custom aircraft-style nose cone, rendered in aluminum at Marcel’s Custom Metal Shaping where the P-32’s aluminum hood was also fashioned. Recalling the urgency of wartime aircraft repairs, stitch marks, hammer marks and welds were left in place on the body to enhance the overall look of the car.
Power is delivered by a 1939 Lincoln flathead V-12 engine, with exhaust-manifold tips exposed to simulate the exhaust stacks of a P-40 fighter. Other ’39 Lincoln components include the side-shift manual transmission that sends the power to a Halibrand quick-change rear end with a ’36 Ford housing. Front and rear ’39 Ford hydraulic drum brakes were supplied by Andy Wallin and are operated via a ’32 Ford master cylinder. Suspension components, shock absorbers and wheels are a mix of 1932 and 1936 items. The grille was liberated from a 1935 Chevrolet, adapted to the Brookville body and modified to give the appearance of a WW II P-40 radiator scoop. The dashboard, gauges and Art deco-inspired waterfall central panel are 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr items and both the pilot and navigator seats were sourced from a real Boeing B-17 heavy bomber, trimmed for the build in black Naugahyde and fitted with wartime seatbelts. Electrical wiring was handled by Pete Morrell. A 1948 Ford steering column and red Bakelite Lincoln steering wheel provide directional control in concert with custom steering setup by Chip Foose. Other interesting items include a custom shift lever with Bakelite knob, a Moon gas tank with Moal filler cap and cut-down wraparound windscreen. Wheels are ’32 Ford 18-inch wires, with the rear wheels widened. Tires are narrow motorcycle-spec items up front and wider Firestone-type Coker tires in back. Military-style Olive Drab paint and natural metal finishes continue the highly imaginative WW II aviation-related theme.
Quite likely Chip Foose’s most unusual custom creation, the “P-32 Highboy” has often been spotted since its completion by fans and passersby at Foose Design in Huntington Beach. It also enjoyed high-profile display at the 2017 edition of the massive, world-famous SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Numerous articles and videos featuring the “P-32 Highboy” are also posted online. If you are looking for a new ride with a vintage vibe and aren’t afraid of drawing lots of admirers wherever you go, Chip Foose’s “P-32 Highboy” is the one for you!