Sunday, 30 March 2014

Here's What You Might Have Missed

If you aren't a follower of my work on Facebook or Instagram, or even if you are, then you might find this post pretty interesting. I thought I'd kick off my new blog with a recap of some of my favourite hot rod and car projects from the past year or so, and some that are still ongoing; hopefully it will give you a taste of what I do and what you can expect to see from me in the future.

1935 Model Y Ford Custom

The first hot rod that I ever made. Built from the ground up with a Rover 3.5 V8 engine and gearbox and custom chassis, this car was built to be driven and that's exactly what I did with it - the above picture is of me racing it at the Hotrod Hayride in 2011. It was Custom Car magazine's cover feature car in May of the same year but in late 2013 I decided it was time to finally let this car go. It's now somewhere in Newcastle-Under-Lyme with a new owner, who is hopefully giving it all of the use that it deserves.

Austin 10 Rat Rod

This car earned me my second appearance in Custom Car, this time in December 2012. Built for a customer to his specifications with an after-market chassis that I modified and fitted, along with a suicide perch to mount the front end, custom tie-bars, front axel stubs and brakes, a Ford Falcon rear axel, a heavy roof chop, and channel to the body shell - not to mention a hefty amount of repair work to the body shell itself. 

1962 Ford Consul Custom

Another project for a customer and good friend, it came in for an engine and gearbox transplant so I fitted it with a Rover 3.5 V8 engine and five-speed gearbox. This involved a lot of metal and fabrication work and I lowered it by four inches too before sending it on its way. 

Bonneville Salt Flats-Inspired Belly Tank Racer

I don't even know where to begin with explaining this project! A good customer of mine came to me with a vision - he wanted a streamliner built around an aeroplane drop tank to take to the UK land speed trials. I fully custom built the chassis to fit around the Ford Pop axels and Yamaha XJ900 power plant. The picture above is how the car left my workshop, as it's gone back to the customer for finishing touches of the body shell and electrics. 

E30 Type

A 1960's MkII 2+2 E-Type Jag body shell on an E30 BMW chassis and engine. This is an ongoing project since November 2012 that started with the scrap body shell being dragged into my workshop and will end with a car that's (hopefully) going to upset the Jag purists. I'm going to dedicate an entire blog post to this build when it's finally done which will be very soon, so keep a look out…

1950's Chevy Truck Rat Rod

This car is basically a bucket of parts from a customer's field of junk, put together to create a road-legal car. The chassis is a 1930's commercial Model A but the rest of the parts are from various other cars including a MkI Ford Transit, a Ford Falcon, and a 1970's Chevy. There's a straight 6 Vauxhall engine and gearbox, and a 1930's Vauxhall grill shell in there too. To me, this is the epitome of a rat rod - built from shit that you just happen to have laying around. 

1928 Model A Delivery

The body shell of this car has been in my workshop for a while now as it's needed a lot of panel work, plus a conversion from a sedan to a delivery van. I recently got the rolling chassis, a 1932 reproduction, dropped off so I could start fitting the body shell. The motor fitted is a small block Chevy with an auto box, and it's got a Ford 9" rear axel.

I've loved working on all of these projects but from a young age, my main passion has been bikes. In my next blog post I'm going to show you my motorcycle builds, most of which have been my own projects but there are a few for customers too.

Thanks for reading, if you'd like to know more about any of the projects leave me a comment…


1 comment:

  1. Awesome work Mike. Didn't know about a couple of them!

    Looking forward to the bikes!