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30-01-14, 04:22 PM
Hi guys just thought I would share with you our latest project which we will be working on over the next few months!

We have teamed up with a chap you may or may not know? Mike Hill at Survivor Customs (www.facebook.com/survivorcustoms?fref=ts) who is well known for his outstanding work in the Hot Rod fraternity.

So here we go, we present to you...The Ford Y Truck Project

As the project started a few weeks ago I have compressed the first 3 stages together so itís easier for you to digest, but if you would like more information on each stage of the restoration to date feel free to visit www.cherishedvehicleinsurance.co.uk/blog/ and www.facebook.com/cherishedvehicleinsurance?ref=ts&fref=ts, to ensure you donít miss a thing!

Synopsis of the work weíve done so far.

We have stripped the Ford down to its shell, chopped down roof by 4 inches and shortened the shell by 12 inches. The custom chassis was built and fitted in-house. Engine mounted, fabricated and then fitted. Fully customised gearbox attached. A BMW E30 prop shaft was then shortened by 4 inches and thatís where we are at so far! The next phase will see Mike repair the old wooden door frames and fully weld the pick-up bed.

Below are a couple of images from each phase so far.

Phase 1:

The 1935 Ford Model Y in its original condition.


Car stripped down to a bare shell ready to undergo work



Chassis built in house


Phase 2: Completing the Rolling Chassis

Front quarter elliptical suspension fabricated and mocked up in place


Engine and gearbox mocked up in place, body shell also mounted to chassis



Engine mounts fabricated and fitted, engine sat in the chassis


Rolling chassis now complete with body and 3.5 BMW M62 engine with a 5 Speed M60 gearbox mounted in a mock up stage of the build


Phase 3: Fitting the Gearbox

Fully custom fabricated gearbox mount fitted to a modified Model Y Ford crossmember.


Original model Y Ford brake and clutch pedals relocated and modified


BMW M62 alternator relocated underneath the engine to create more clearance on the chassisÖ


Let us know your thoughts on this project!!

30-01-14, 05:06 PM
I love this shot,

Keep the pics coming

Special When Lit
30-01-14, 05:48 PM
Some ace fab work there, love it.

02-02-14, 06:53 PM
I love this shot,

Keep the pics coming

Me too! Looks menacing

14-02-14, 12:33 PM
Playing a bit of catch up here but here is...

Phase 4

We see Mike Hill concentrating on repairing the doors and welding the pick-up bed frame.


As you will see from the images below, the original wooden door frames are beyond repair so they have been removed and replaced with steel.


The old door frame, which is made of wood and is beyond repair will be removed and replaced with steel.


The main part of the wooden frame which holds the hinges is removed and will be used as a template to create the new steel structure. This part of the door was very rotten and full of wood worm!


With the rotten wooden frame now removed, the old primer paint was cleaned off so all that is left is the bare metal.

At this point the door is checked on the truck for the correct fitment. This is a necessity to make sure that the gap is equal all the way around the frame and the door before fabricating the steel structure.


While waiting for the delivery of steel to work on the doors, all joints are welded and smoothed in on the pick-up bed.


Ornate brackets are then added to bolt the wooden pick up bed sides to the frame.


The pick-up bed is now fully welded and smoothed out and all the brackets are now attached and ready for the wood to be cut and fitted. Mike will be using reclaimed timber from old pallets to give it a unique vintage look...


So thatís phase 4 complete, let us know your thoughts!

26-03-14, 02:49 PM
PHASEíS 5 & 6

Just thought I would give you an update on where we are at with our 1935 Ford Model Y restoration project!

Synopsis of work completed since last post.

Now the pick-up bed is complete and attached to the chassis, Mike has been extremely busy creating from scratch the bed frame and working endlessly on building the fuse box and fitting the battery, which was no easy job!

Here are a few photos for the enthusiasts out there who Iím sure will appreciate and love Mikes work!


The first job when building the bed frame was to cut the metal to size. Once complete, the brackets were welded together, making them ready for the wooden inserts!


Wooden inserts are now fitted and the pick-up bed is now attached back to the chassis. Mike has even cut and fitted the rear lights, what do you think to them?

Building the battery and fuse box!


After cutting the 10mm stock round bar to get the initial shape, Mike then welded the bar back to the chassis.



The rest of the fuse box was then built and fitted to the chassis, now how good does this look?


The last thing to do was to pop in the battery and prey it would all fit perfectly. Which it did!

The last job of the week was to fit the lid (which will be a trapdoor type) to keep everything looking tidy!

As always, if you want a comprehensive breakdown and tons more information on this restoration project then check-out Cherished Vehicle Insuranceís blog and if you have any questions or you just want to keep up to date with the latest information on this project then follow CVI on Facebook!

What are your thoughts on this restoration?

26-03-14, 05:47 PM
Top class. Grenade shifter handle is a bit Euukk for me though. Nice to see a different engine in a trad style rod.

26-03-14, 05:58 PM
I'm confused , didn't he build this at least 2 /3 years ago ?

26-03-14, 09:44 PM
29th November 2010 ?




27-03-14, 01:10 PM
I'm confused , didn't he build this at least 2 /3 years ago ?

Hi Kev,

Yes it is a project kicked off by Mike of Survivor Customs back then but never got round to finishing it.

As we wanted a project with weekly updates we thought it was a good idea to collaborate on one that was underway and a bit stalled rather than have weeks with nothing for us to say.

Its Worth it just to help Mike get this one finished.