My addiction in cars and motorised things in general started way back around 1974 when aged about 12 or 13, I used to hang out with a friend called Micky, who's dad worked at the local scrapyard, (Junkyard). On school holiday's we would spend all day down there and whenever they got a car in to be scrapped his dad used to let us take all the glass out, and remove the passenger door (for safety purposes) and then take it in turns to drive the car round the field out the back where we had made an oval track until it ran out of petrol. Then we would take it in turns to tow the car into the scrapyard using the tractor. Since then I have been hooked on all sorts of motorised things. In my teens I had the usual array of tatty cars with 'go faster stripes' and 'furry dice' until one day I went to Santa Pod to watch some drag racing and the old style Hotrods blew my mind and from that day on all I wanted was a Hot rod.
|This was my first hot rod, a 1959 Ford|
Popular with a stock rover V8, an automatic
gearbox and attached to a live Jag rear end
with Vauxhall Viva front and finished in two
|Flared steel rear arches, jacked up rear end |
and tinted windows, well it was the early 80's.
|I still love the shape of the Ford Anglia / Pop.|
This was a true British hot rod car and they
are still popular today within the hot rod
community. I could quite easily get another
Pop, it was great fun to drive around in.
|If I remember correctly these were 10" x 15"|
rear wheels with 7" x 14" front wheels. The
rear lights are not original Ford Popular but
they are period.
|On the motorway en-route to a hot rod show,|
Malc took this photo as they came alongside in
Stu's van . I had a trendy 'Magnum PI' looking
moustache in those days, but then it was the
mid 80's and they were in fashion.!
|A nice photo of me driving on the motorway,|
taken by Malc.(I think) as they followed in the
van that also doubled as the sleeping quarters.
|This photo from around the same time shows|
the Aylesbury Ford Pop crew. Malc's red
pop, Bob's blue pop, my grey primer pop, and
Lee, who bought my old pink pop.
|With the paint scheme decided Stuart sweet|
talked another mate into lending us his
workshop to paint the Pop. The prep work is
going well as this photo shows.
|Stuart working hard in prepping the body.|
|All prepped and ready for paint in the spray|
booth. The large bonnet to the left is off a
Camero, and it almost dwarfs the Pop.
|Stuart couldn't wait to start spraying my car,|
here he is applying the filler primer. which was
sanded down before proceeding.
|The gloss black starting to go on, I think I'm|
right in saying this was Stuarts first complete
car he had sprayed.
|Stuart is in there somewhere... the black is|
almost complete. After a few hours in front
of the heat lamps the paint dried quickly.
|Once completely dry Stuart then covered the |
bonnet in 3" masking tape, and using a sharp
blade cut out the flame design by eye.
|After the car had been masked up to avoid|
any over spray, Stu started to apply the gloss
white to the grill, lower front wings and front
of the bonnet.
|Again after a short period in front of the heat|
lamps, the yellow could be applied over the
remaining bonnet and wing area's and over
his masking tape flame design.
|WOW, What a transformation, those flames |
look absolutely brilliant.
|It's hard to believe it's the same car car I drove |
around in grey primer just 2 days previously.
|Nice photo showing Stuarts handiwork.|