In more recent years, especially in the street scene, Stageas have been growing in popularity — perhaps we’re finally starting to catch on to what Robbie Ward and Co. were doing many moons ago? Who knows, but one of those currently proving its potential is Jayden Keats’ VH41-powered example. “It’s been running for around six months now, but I have pulled it back into the shed for a manual conversion, as the auto just wasn’t cutting it,” he says. The motor came out of a Nissan Cima Y33, and while it’s not quite at that stage yet, Jayden tells us that in future the engine bay will be home to a big ol’ snail and cams to really squeeze the power out of the 4.1-litre V8 heart transplant. “It’s still got a wee way to go, and it’s been a bit of a challenge to get it to where it is currently at. I really didn’t want to cut the bonnet, so it had to be sat low enough and far enough back that it cleared,” Jayden explains. To get it securely tucked underneath the bonnet, he spent a decent chunk of time perfecting the engine-mount design.
A set of BC Gold coilovers has been fitted, along with adjustable arms in the rear. Workshop X side skirts from a Laurel have been modified to suit, while a drag-style wing can be found down back. Otherwise, the Stagea looks like your run-of-the-mill grocery-getter — only with a touch more go with a single depression of the loud pedal … it will make for one hell of a tow car, or whatever else Jayden decides to use it for.