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Little Classics Feature: 22 march 2014

A Classic Ford Transformed: Part Three

A Classic Ford Transformed: Ford Model YIf you’ve been following our feature on the transformation of the classic Ford Model Y, from a neglected shell into a custom hot rod, you’ll pleased to hear that it’s taken a another step forward.

  1. A Classic Ford Transformed: Part One
  2. A Classic Ford Transformed: Part Two

The last update saw the fabrication of a retro-style wooden flatbed, giving the first picture of the final proportions and style. Now we focus on the greasy stuff underneath.

The downside of so many upgrades and changes on a classic car is that nearly everything else has to be custom-built to fit. The latest fabrications by Mike are a new pedal box and fitting the steering box.

Classic Ford restoration and hot rod transformationBy mounting the original clutch and brake pedal to the chassis rail the final brackets to hold the servo and master cylinders could be built around them (above). They then needed to be strengthened with additional fabrication to cope with the pressures required.

For the clutch master cylinder, Mike did something a little less conventional. When working out the pushrod arm positioning (below) no stock part was to hand, but a little classic car ingenuity and imagination refabricated a horseshoe (this was never going to be a normal job!) to carry the job perfectly.

Classic Ford Model Y Hot RodThe Steering Box

Yet more bespoke fabrication was required to accommodate the MK 2 Transit steering box with new brackets welded to the chassis using 8mm steel plate. This will then be boxed in to add further strength.

In the true spirit of the project to date, the pitman arm linkage from the steering box was made from a recycled farm jack! It may be unconventional to accommodate these ‘junk’ parts, but the results are highly effective and they all add character to this most unusual classic transformation.

A Classic Ford Transformed: Hot RodFor the other linkages we can be sure that the next instalment will most likely reveal a path less trodden from the traditional universal joints. Cherished Vehicle Insurance said: “We’re thinking along the lines of cogs and chains for linkages, but we’ll wait and see what Mike does – we’re sure it will be something a little different!”

If you want to know more about this restoration project then visit CVI’s blog and don’t hesitate to get in-touch with CVI via Facebook if you have any questions on this project.


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