Kenny Ferguson's 1932 Ford Hiboy (from Volume 12, Issue 135)

Like many other guys growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, Kenny Furguson’s passion for cars first manifested itself in the form of drag racing. He got started at the age of 19 with a 1969 Plymouth, and later raced a 1965 Mustang. Drag racing was his driving force until about the age of 35, when he got into street rods in a big way. Obviously he still had the same passion, which was now just channeled in a different direction, as over the years he has owned nine different street rods. Or I should more accurately say, he has built nine different street rods himself. The list includes a 1934 Dodge, 1932 Ford Sedan, 1933 Ford Cabriolet, and five (yes, five!) different 1933 Ford Coupes and Sedans. For his latest creation though, Kenny decided he wanted a ‘32 Ford Hiboy, but with a closed top so he wouldn’t have to deal with the weather.

As always, Kenny didn’t cut any corners in creating a top notch ride while constructing the 1932 Ford Hiboy you see pictured here. At the core is a Ford frame, to which was added a TCI chrome and stainless front suspension, Pete & Jake’s 4-bar rear suspension with Pro shocks, and polished Wildwood disc brakes at all four corners getting good grabbing force thanks to a “fruit jar” style remote master cylinder and power booster. A Model A tubular front cross member was utilized, as was a Flaming River steering box.

Atop the frame sits a Bee Bop body, which was massaged, then painted by Randy and Brian Green of Greens Auto Restoration. That included a classic red color, to which a set of long, lingering flames were later added to really ensure a real hot rod look. A set of Colorado Custom wheels (17x8” front, 20x8” rear) round out the great styling cues on the exterior, along with that “just right” stance.

Finishing out the interior was a task for Howard Krusey of Complete Auto Upholstery in Altamonte Springs. Howard has done many of Kenny’s past cars, and for this one they decided on buff colored leather upholstery. Howard came up with and stitched the custom design, while his son Chris Krusey pitched in and made the polished stainless ribs that are incorporated into the door panels, the aluminum door handle pulls that were installed into the armrests Howard made, Chris fabricated the under dash extension out of steel, plus installed and wired the Alpine AM/FM/CD head unit into the overhead console created by Howard. The seats were donated by a Fiero, which were then cut down and had the headrests removed. Howard also built the small center floor console, and covered the dash in buff leather. Items adding some tasteful flash include an Ididit polished aluminum tilt steering column, a stylish aluminum gauge bezel housing classic white faced gauges, and various other polished aluminum pieces.

Providing the power is an ‘85 Chevy 350 V-8, which is dressed up with brackets, pulleys, valve covers and headers from Street & Performance. A 700R4 overdrive automatic gives the car an extra gear for comfortable highway duty, and puts the power back to a Ford 8-inch rear end with 4.10:1 gears. A Griffin radiator keeps the cruising cool for the engine, and a Vintage Air system does the same for the passengers.
While Kenny obviously spends a lot of his time crafting cool cars at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, his daytime job is working at the local Anheuser-Bush plant. As a result he told us his new ‘32 Ford Hiboy has taken on the nickname of “Home Brew”. That’s pretty catchy if you ask us....and like any home brew should, this one has lots of taste, and is always satisfying!