Speedy Martinez

Project Description

I have always loved Hot Rods ever since I can remember. As a young man, my father had a 1946 Ford which I still own today.  I remember working in the garage with him and hoping that one day as soon as I could drive, he would give it to me. As I got older, I fell in love with fenderless Hot Rods and more specific, ’29-’34 Fords. With the support of my wife and hard work, I was able to buy my first ’32 Ford 5W coupe in my mid 30’s. Next, I saw a ’32 Ford Roadster one night on the Rolling Bones website and thought to myself, “One day I’ll have a car like that” and the plan was set in motion. Fast forward 10 years and I now own this very car which is really cool! The car has been so much fun and I feel that I have been able to add a few of my own ideas to the car without changing the original intent of the build. The subtle progression of the Roadster, with help from many friends, both professional car builders to garage buddies, all have helped this car evolve into what it is today, This Roadster might not have the history or be the best ’32 out there but it’s mine and the history I’m creating with it is good enough for me. I’ve made a lot of friends along the way who share this great hobby and I look forward to making many more, so I’ll see you down the road!!!

Project Owner

Owner/Builders  William J. Martinez / Austin, Texas
Social Links  Instagram: speedymartinez32
Website  speedymartinezspeedshop.blogspot.com

Car Specs

Year/Model  1932 Ford Roadster
Builder Name Brain Darwas (Atomic Hot Rods – NYC)
Car Design Based off of a Rolling Bones style Hot Rod
Body Type  Steel body
Chassis  1932 Ford
Engine Specs  1949-53 Mercury 8ba 286 C.I.
Brakes  40 Ford
Wheels  Ford – Front: 16 x 4.5 / Back: 16 X 6
Tires  Firestone bias ply 4.50 16 / 7.50 16
Paint  Black lacquer
Interior  Tan canvas
Body / Metal Work  Brookville, 25 louver hood, 1949 Ford rear end with 32 split wishbones, straight axel with split wishbones, front rails bobbed & pinched, chopped windshield, Fat Lucky stay-fast top

About the Build

What led you to build this specific car?
I was inspired by a build from Atomic Hotrods in 2008.

Are you a professional car builder?
I’m not a professional. I do it as hobby with help from friends. I am the Craft & Import Beer Manager for Tenth And Blake Beer Co in the state of Texas.

Other than yourself, whom else did you find invaluable as a relationship to make the car a reality?
Reggie Hill (previous owner who purchased from Brian Darwas), Keith Tardel (RexRods), Jesse Miller (Miller Metal Works) Mike Boerema (Gas Axe Garage)

How often do you use the car?
1 to 2 per week

When showing the car what do you tend to point out the most?
I love the patina which is amazing on the car and I have updated with many original ford 1932 parts that add to the nostalgia. I replaced the late 40’s Ford Flathead with a 1949 Mercury out of my dad’s buddies 4-door passenger car. I had the motor rebuilt by Keith Tardel at Rex Rods who built me a stout 1949-53 Mercury 8BA which is now 286 C.I

What part of the build results surprised you the most?
Less is more on these types of old style hot rods.

What wisdom gained from your build experience would you offer to someone considering building a car like yours.
Stick with a theme and follow it… tradition is timeless and will always be cool even when you lose focus remember to stay true to your style.


1: Inspired by @atomichotrods 2008 | 2: Built a Revel model replica | 3: Saw it at Lone Star Roundup 2009 | 4: Bought an original frame to build | 5: Struck a deal with Reggie Hill @kontinentals | 6: Mike Boerema @gasaxegarage supplied some original parts | 7: Jesse Miller @millermetalworks knocked out some metal work | 8: Keith Tardel @rexrods built me a Tardel Special 49-53 8BA SPL. | 9: Best #flathead award @hotrodhillclimb 2016

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If you own a 1926-1932, fenderless highboy/vintage styled car and would like to share your build experience with the Fuel32 tribe, 
send us an email with a short description and a few car pics for review.
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