I'm hoping that telling my story and putting my car on here will help me keep...or rather, regain.....my enthusasm for it. Peer pressure is what I'm looking for!
I had a serious breakdown a few years ago and, after coming out of it, it was suggested to me that I needed a hobby, something to wind down for an hour or two after work but that had no timetable. So, having been into yanks and custom cars since 1976, I bought a Morris with the idea of just uprating the brakes and putting in a 2 litr Pinto. I thought it was a fairly unusual car...until i got a phone call from Kings Lynn cruisers and there was one there with a 2 litre engine in it!! I wanted to be different and be sure that if/when i took it to runs, it wouyld be the only one l;ike it there! So, ideas came to me as I looked at the car and I thought it was like a baby 1950 Ford/Mercury woodie. Apart from the fact that it isn't a woodie and has 4 doors!! As I've always hankered after a woodie, being a bit of a surfer in my youth, Adrian Wells came into the scene at this time and sold me the idea of doing the work I needed. The car was going to come back to me as a running and drivable motor to MOT standard with the frame for the wood and I would do the rest, ie wood and interior and worry about the paint then. Long story short, the bloke was a liar and thief and a CCJ later, he owed me £5k!!! I hated the car for a long time after that!!
So...up to date, someone else did sopme work for me on the car and it is drivable and running.....but that is all! So I am going to do the work myself. Following are pictures of what inspired the idea and what work has been done so far. I will then post as I do bits and pieces. 1st job will be to repair the dents from reversing into my work bench when the inhibitor switch I wanted fitted, wasn't!! Nearly smashed my brothers legs to pieces!!
Thanks to Gary, Trev and others for encouragement, but especially to my wife who keeps telling me, 'You've got plenty of time, why don't you get in the garage and do some work on your car' !!!! One in a million!
First picture is as it was when I got it.
Along with the mice, this is the sort of thing I found!
This is what inspired me!! A Hot Wheels car!! And a few pictures of 1950 Woodies from the USA! Notice the sloping B pillar.
This is what a real 1950 Ford woodie looks like with the wood off.
This roughly where it is now. Framework done...ish! There is not a straight line on it. The new sills AW was paid to put on are curved and dont follow the cars lines or meet the front wings!! Has widened steel wheels on now. You can see the slanted B pillar and 2 doors now.
The following pictures are some of the work that has been done.
Floor cut out.
Engine in place.
Chassis and floor strengthening
Doors off and rear panel cut out.
Front door lengthened. I didn't want to just weld the rear doors shut. It had to be done properly. I also wanted wood on the front doors, not like the Morris 1000 traveller with steel doors.
Ford Capri (I think) back axle fitted.
Ford front suspension and discs fitted.
Some repairs done
Master cylinder under the floor. Has now been changed for twin Wilwood cylinders.
Pictures of the dent caused when I blipped the throttle and it was in reverse!! My brother had just that second stepped away from the back of the car because of the exhaust fumes. I really don't want to think about what might have happened.
These are the most recent pictures of the car. Feel free to post abuse if you don't see any progress!!
Notice fat b'stard by the car....well, I've lost 2 stone since then!!
Rover V8 fitted and running. The bulkhead had to be recut and jigged...couldn't take rocker covers off!! Radiator is a Mazda with twin elec fans, bought at Old Warden last year for £10!!