Twenty-eight year old Eric Morgan of San Diego, California traveled to the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals Columbus with high hopes last weekend. His father Terry, a retired 67 year old Goodguys member from Chula Vista, California sent his son to Columbus to stand in for him during the giveaway ceremony of the Goodguys Tribute ’32 deuce tudor.
Those high hopes turned into a dream come true when Eric drew the lucky key that started the bright yellow ’32 Ford hi-boy tudor built in 2012 by Salt Lake City’s Kindig-It Design. The scene was electric with 33 of 34 finalists on hand (all wearing bright yellow tee shirts) for the ceremony. Morgan was 24th in line to start the car and his key held the magic. When the V8 engine erupted to life, the place went berserk. “I laid back in the seat and looked toward the sky with gratitude,” he said. “I cannot believe we won this car. Thank you Goodguys and Kindig-It Design for an amazing hot rod!”
When Eric was just 16, Terry bought a 1957 Chevy Bel Air he and his son could work on together. Now a shiny red Bel Air beauty, the Morgan’s are regular participants at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals. Terry was drawn as a finalist for the Tribute ’32 at this year’s event in April.
The Goodguys “Tribute ‘32” features an all steel body (donated by George Poteet) bathed in PPG “Goodguys yellow”, a GM Performance Ramjet 350 featuring a custom intake from Arizona Speed & Marine, Hughes transmission, quick change rear end from Speedway Engineering, Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners and Billet Specialties “altered” front wheels (18×4.5”) and “fuelies” (18x10”) out back.
Body mods include a stretched nose, forward-leaning grille, 2 ½ “ chop, filled roof, raised rear wheel wells, Kindig-It constant radius door hinges, custom built roll pan and custom floor panels.
The interior features one-off custom “Goodguys” edition gauges from Classic Instruments, Tea’s design “Posies” styled seats and a matching rear seat done in Tea’s light linen ultra-leather. The upholstery and trim work was handled by JS Custom Interior’s in Salt Lake City, Utah.
After the excitement died down, Morgan and his girlfriend Michelle hopped in the family’s new hot rod and drove to Indianapolis to a relatives house where they will arrange to have it shipped back to California.