Rugged ’32: Rugged Radios’ Newest Coupe Side-By-Side

August 2018 Feature

Arroyo Grande, Calif. - Inspired by the classic movie American Graffiti, Rugged Radios set out to build a replica of one of the most iconic cars in American culture—Milner’s 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with a 5-inch chop.

But here’s the kicker. It was all done with a 2018 Polaris RZR XP1.

This custom build is unlike anything you've ever seen before, merging an old school classic car and modern 4-wheel drive technology.

Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell commented, "I've always wanted to build something like this. And since we wanted something unique for the TV Show Destination Polaris, it couldn't have worked out better. Everything about this build just came together so well. It's a beautiful machine that actually performs, I mean really performs."

Developed as a full frame build, stretched one foot and utilizing the same suspension and motor mounting points, the build presented many challenges. The Rugged '32 was built as a classic throwback car, but this Polaris RZR still has to work hard on the dunes and trails, so every detail was carefully developed. From engine to suspension, no detail was left untouched.

No doubt, the engine up front is the biggest eye catcher and head scratcher, but here's the secret. It's actually a 350 Chevy motor mockup block. It's a fake, lightweight replica engine that's modified to be a 350 cubic inch gas tank. In fact, the carburetor intake is actually the fuel cap. All the power of the Rugged '32 still resides in the powerful Polaris motor with the addition of a Boondocker Turbo for 200 hp of off-road domination.

The Rugged '32 will be traveling to shows and events throughout the year, so be sure to take a look at this beast next time Rugged is in town. For more information, visit https://www.ruggedradios.com/rugged32

Vehicle

  • 2018 Polaris RZR XP1/1932 Ford Coupe 5-window
  • Added Boondocker Turbo (200 hp)
  • Front engine is a 350 mock up block converted to a 350 cubic-inch gas tank
  • Stock Polaris RZR transmission
  • Jack Daniels bottle being used as a radiator overflow reservoir
  • 1932 Ford Coupe fiberglass body/Chop Top from County Line Rods
  • Polaris RZR chassis is a 12-inch stretched from NVFab
  • Rear trunk provides access to the Polaris motor
  • Safecraft Fire Suppression system
  • Retractable soft top provided by Legacy Products
  • Custom paint done locally at Grossinis Auto Body & Paint
  • Rugged Radios Garage decals by Wolf Designs

Interior

  • Custom bench seat was made by PRP Seats
  • PRP 4 point harnesses
  • Transmission shift lever is made from a piston
  • Tucked away is a full 6-point roll cage

Electrical

  • Gravity Pro6 light bar from KC HiLiTES
  • KC HiLiTES Vintage Rally headlights
  • RRP660 Plus Bluetooth Intercom and waterproof 25 Watt UHF/VHF Radio
  • XTC Turn Signal kit was also installed to make this street legal in some states
  • sPOD Control Switch used to keep the wiring clean and under control

Wheels/Tires

  • 31-inch BFG KR2 tires for off-road and trail
  • GMZ Sand Stripper Paddles for dunes
  • 15-inch Raceline Chrome Smoothie Wheels

Suspension

  • Ruffstuff Suspension system designed by Shannon Campbell
  • 10-inch Walker Evans 2.5-inch Coil Over Shocks
  • All of the suspension links have been chrome plated
  • Zollinger hubs to convert to 6-bolt Chevy pattern

Fabrication

  • Nick Valentine and crew at NVFab, Grover Beach, CA
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