Proof of Concept – United Pacific’s 1932 Ford Pickup

When it comes to hot rods, there isn’t much out there that can beat the looks of a 1932 Ford Coupe or Roadster. Well, except maybe a 1932 Ford Pickup.

This version is a proof of concept made by United Pacific as they have launched their line of 32 Ford restoration parts. While you may know them for the lights, they are now also producing full bodies for restorers and hot rodders.

It’s American Made

The bodies United Pacific build are done completely in-house at their Long Beach headquarters and warehouse. They are stamped out and assembled by hand using jigs to ensure each one comes out better than the originals that Henry would be jealous over.

The Incredible Body

The body is made by United Pacific and this one is the version with the working cowl vent, the B21000-A. You don’t even need to order a full body as they offer individual parts, too. It’s shot in PPG Industries primer, paint, and clear.

They also offer reproduction and updated LED lights that fit the 32 Fords. I’ll talk about this more in detail in another article coming soon as I was also given the chance to tour the warehouse after shooting this beautiful ’32 pickup.

Classic Chassis and Suspension with Modern Bits

Hot Rods by Dean was commissioned to build the ‘32 Pickup for United Pacific. The frame and front suspension are made by the Roadster Shop, so this is a modern frame with far better materials but utilizing the original transverse leaf spring and “hairclip” suspension. The suspension was created by Pete and Jakes Hot Rod Parts using Afco coilovers in the rear.

Steering was improved with Flaming River Industries parts and components. The original steering system has been replaced with a modern rack-and-pinion one. This conversion requires different spindles, but they are now fitted with Wilwood Disc Brakes. The exposed chassis and steering parts are all chrome plated by Sherms Custom Plating.


It’s All Ford Power

You’re probably expecting one of two engines at this point, but you’re probably wrong. Instead of going the typical route with a Small Block Chevy or a Gen III or IV LS, they choose to keep it pure with a Ford Performance X347D.

The block is a Boss 302 with a 8.2-inch deck and bored out to 4.030-inches. The SCAT Forged Steel crankshaft with a 3.400-inch stroke. Connected to it are a set of their forged I-beam connecting rods with Mahle forged pistons that use floating wrist pins.

Bumping Stick

The heads are aluminum Ford Racing M-6049-X306 sets with 64-cc combustion chambers, giving the engine a 9.6:1 compression ratio. They are also fitted with a 1.94-inch intake and 1.54-inch exhaust valves bumped open with a Comp Cams Hydraulic Roller camshaft. It specs in a 206-degrees of duration at 0.050-inch lift and advertises a 0.533-inch lift on the intake and exhaust lobes. The 1.6:1 roller rockers and Ford Performance Double Roller timing chain set allows the engine to spin up to 6000-RPM.

That’s No Carb

That also may look like a Holley 4150 carburetor, but it’s their Terminator Stealth fuel injection system and intake manifold. It looks deceptively like a standard Holley carb, but this is a full TBI (Throttle Body Injection) System. The MSD Billet distributor is made for the Ford 302 but is controlled by the Terminator EFI controller. Every fastener on the engine are ARP parts.

Modern Comfort

The great thing about a modern hot rod is that you don’t have to build it to suffer while you drive. The Vintage Air air conditioning system keeps you cool with the windows up, but you can roll them down without cranking thanks to Specialty Power Windows namesake part and they even had their modern wiper system installed. All of the wiring is provided by Painless Performance Products to make powering these electrical components so much easier.

Though, you can still open the windshield if you want some vintage “air conditioning,” too.

The seats are pure hot rod low-back buckets built by PROCAR by SCAT. Headrests or full tall-back buckets just wouldn’t look right in this pickup. Sound is deadened and the body is insulated by Dynamat.


Rather than using a manual transmission, a Hughes Performance Ford Transmission and matching torque converter allow for easy driving. The driver shifts with a Lokar Performance Products Shifter.

That sends engine torque via a custom Dynotech Engineering driveshaft to a Winters Performance Products Quick Change Rear End that’s bookended with Wilwood Disc Brakes.

Classic Looking Wheels and Rubber

While most builders will opt to go with fat tires, a classic 32 looks better with thin wheels and skinny tires. The Wheel Vintiques steel wheels with “Ford” caps and trim rings give it a classic hot rod feel while the Coker Tire Firestone bias-ply tires keep it period correct.


A Driveable Show and Display

The greatest part about the United Pacific 1932 Ford Pickup is that it wasn’t made to sit around. This truck is driven to events where it can. While it does sit on display in their showroom, you’ll also see it at events like Street Rodder Tour and the Grand National Roadster Show, among others. This is not only made easier from the use EFI, air conditioning, and a comfortable suspension, but also that these new production bodies give you some comfort that you can repair road damage that might happen while driving down the road.

Their reproduction panels and full bodies means that these old hot rods can continue to be appreciated by people old and young. A panel rusts out, you can order a brand new one to replace it. Dent a door and you can a new one that fits better than the original.

The most important part is that these trucks and cars will continue to be driven until the world somehow run out of steel. Though, I’m sure United Pacific will find a way to get around that from what I saw in their warehouse.

Justin Banner

Justin Banner, Lead Editor and Founder of Carbage Online, has been involved with the automotive media and industry in many capacities and now tackles publication ownership with CarbageOnline.com. Prior to that, he has freelanced for top online publications of modern media that include Speedhunters, MotoIQ, Super Street Online, Hot Rod Magazine and many others. All due to his nearly 20 years experience as a mechanic, service writer, and technical support in the automotive industry. Justin is also a Journalist Level member of the Motor Press Guild - an industry recognized entity of professional automotive journalists - since 2015.