The MSD Atomic Deuce


1932 Five Window Ford Coupe

In the fall of 2014, MSD Performance started gathering the best parts available to build an all new project vehicle – a ’32 Ford five window coupe. The car, dubbed the Atomic Deuce, would be a running showcase of some of the industry’s coolest street rod parts as well as a centerpiece for MSD’s new Atomic LS EFI and other late model performance components.

Russell Stephens, President of MSD, has been a fan of the ’32 five window body since American Graffiti. “It was tempting to do a modern interpretation of the Milner car, but MSD is about performance and racing red is our color,” Stephens added. “We’ve built a pro-street ’55 Chevy, a late model supercharged CTS-V and a number of test vehicles at MSD. It was time for a street rod, and a ’32 Ford is a favorite of any hot rodder.”

The Atomic was assembled entirely at MSD’s R&D facility in El Paso, Texas. Bobby Woleslagle, their own in-house craftsman, headed up the project and pre-assembled the Pete and Jakes Chassis from Posies with the New Age Motorsports body. An LS3, with dual throttle bodies atop a custom Hogan’s intake, was bolted in place with a 4L65E transmission to transfer the power to a Ford 9” rear end. A custom stainless exhaust was assembled with a set of MagnaFlow mufflers calming the engine’s tone to a perfect hot rod rumble. Rocket Igniter wheels were called in and wrapped with a set of Coker’s Silvertown BFG tires. A set of Wilwood brakes and Bilstein shocks add to the handling of the Atomic Deuce.

Once the body and running gear were assembled, the Deuce was taken down to the bare frame again and hauled west to Squeeg’s Kustoms where they applied the deep MSD red hue. Once back at MSD, the team began the assembly process. All of the wiring was routed through a Racepak SmartWire system for precise control of anything electrical while a Dakota Digital dash assembly was installed along with a Vintage Air system to keep cool on those hot summer cruises.

This beauty may have started out as just another ’32, but we can assure you, it’s anything but.

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