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1932 Ford Hot Rod Packs Toyota 2JZ Turbo Engine Under Hood

Nearly a century since its debut, enthusiasts have devised thousands of unique twists when building their 1932 Ford hot rod. Starting in earnest after World War Two, countless unsavory motor swaps have graced the Deuce’s engine bay, the most common offender being the small block Chevy. Despite there being no shortage of capable powerplants from The Blue Oval, hot rodders often take pride in being different. Case in point, this bizarre roadster powered by an engine from the Japanese tuner scene – Toyota’s 2JZ turbocharged inline-six.

Built by Youngblood’s Hot Rods in Centerville, Utah and recently on display at the Goodguys 2nd RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals, this eclectic 1932 Ford hot rod has been driven 200 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats, yet is also set up for autocross and even drifting. Though the 2JZ’s turbo-charged output and tunability are undeniable and make the vehicle quite capable in any of these racing endeavors, the same could be said of and accomplished with a number of FoMoCo engines. For instance, last year we came across a wicked Deuce coupe that also featured turbocharged six-cylinder power courtesy of the Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The Coyote V8 could have also been a fine choice, as seen in this 1965 Mustang autocrosser.

Aside from the offbeat powertrain, the Youngblood’s 1932 Ford hot rod certainly looks neat, with a purposeful motorsports aesthetic to it. Classic styling cues like the chrome hubcaps still look quite good with larger black alloy wheels and radial tires of much wider, modern proportions. Updated coilover suspension can be seen at all four corners of the RideTech-customized chassis, underneath a Brookville Roadster steel body. A beefy roll cage has also been fabricated to envelop the driver and meet safety requirements for competition use.

If the parachute at the back is any indication, there’s clearly an abundance of power residing under the hood of this 1932 Ford hot rod. Call us purists, but we just wish it was being delivered by an engine built in Cleveland or Dearborn. But to each his or her own, as they say.

A special thanks to Goodguys for the photos seen here.

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  1. Wazza351

    Don’t care, this is a Ford webpage, I did not sign up for stories like this!!!!!
    Someone needs to be sacked!!

    1. Lee

      Absolutely agree! Pure, undiluted blasphemy. Putting Japanese beer can engine in antique Ford steel body is worse than if y’all had put a bowtie boat anchor in it. What bigger automotive sin can y’all think of?

      1. Ford fan FTW

        You two are morons and didn’t even read the article eh?

        The guys at Ford Authority actually covered this perfectly. From the article…

        “Though the 2JZ’s turbo-charged output and tunability are undeniable and make the vehicle quite capable in any of these racing endeavors, the same could be said of and accomplished with a number of FoMoCo engines.”

        They said it better than I could and better than you both did: the builders used the 2JZ engine but should have used a Ford engine.

        Second, no one is forcing you to read a particular story. Don’t like it, just skip on over it.

        Third, no matter what you think of Toyota, the 2JZ is a masterpiece. It was EcoBoost before Ford did EcoBoost.

        Grow a brain, the both of yous.

        1. bob fisher

          same as posting it with a small block chevy. it’s no longer a ford with anything BUT a ford in it!!!!!! maybe you need to grow a brain?

          1. Wazza351

            Bob Fisher you are spot on!!!

        2. Wazza351

          Bloke you are not a true Ford man, if it isn’t Ford powered then it should not be published, really its that simple…..

        3. Dave

          Just wrong.

      2. American Patriot

        Actually, being a closed-minded Philistine is a much greater sin.

      3. Wazza351

        Lee, you are also spot on, but there seems to be a lot of narrow minded people on here, and I reckon that those narrow minded people are also signed up to their sister webpage GM Authority LMAO

    2. bob fisher

      exactly!!!! it’s no longer a ford if it has anything BUT a ford motor in it!!!!

      1. Wazza351

        Bob, agree 100%

  2. Jon Jones, MHFM

    Thanks for the interesting photos. HOT RODS have always been “creations”. Let them “create” and let the press report and let the critics criticize or praise as they wish! That’s true spirit of the American people.

    I like to see these amalgamations and I am reminded of the early days of Japanese auto invasion into USA. In our town, one of the first to own a Datsun was a heroic veteran of Iwo Jima! While the “ the boys in the bars” ranted about “rice burners” and Detroit turned out new bumpers on the same old rust buckets, the Japanese just developed good serviceable economy cars and “ quicker than you” little sports cars!

    The rest is history ……right up to and including the Indy 500. Maybe we should ban Japanese motors from American races? Whatever that means?

    1. Lee

      “Whatever that means” is there is nothing sacred anymore. When Toyota was allowed to compete in NASCAR, was when I was DONE WITH NASCAR!
      That plain enough English for y’all to understand “whatever that means”?

      1. Poor Lee

        @Lee life must be very difficult for you to be stuck in your own ways.

        Competition is ultimately a good thing. Grow a brain or two.

  3. jerry w guess

    can’t wait to start seeing briggs and stratton engine swap coming soon to the car bodies of some of our favorite fords next, lol

  4. B L Matter

    With all that troubles our world, this story is what turns many of the commenters into animals? I think I’ve seen some of you Karens captured on video.

  5. jason niotakis

    who said ..antique ford body …just pointing out that a brookside steel body while a very nice piece is far from antique…also I personally like to see the occasional 426 hemi stuffed into these hotrods…hotrodding is about being individual. not really for the closed minded muppets


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