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Ive al­ways loved Ford Bonus pick­ups, but they’re a touch too truck like,” says Paul Bai­ley. Un­der­stand­ably, the man is not afraid to shape metal to suit his dreams, so he’s gone into great depths to let us know what he’d do to the body­work to get it to suit his tastes. That work would in­clude mould­ing the front bumper into the front guards for a much smoother look that would ex­tend to­wards the rear, where any metal deemed to be too sharp or pro­trud­ing too far would be given a good trim. Those mods are sim­ple com­pared with the larger body al­ter­ations, which would in­clude chop­ping three inches out of the roof height and nos­ing the bon­net by a cou­ple of inches to match. To ac­cen­tu­ate the pickup’s smooth lines, it’d be dropped on its arse thanks to airbags all round, which, as we know, would mean fit­ting a fourlink in the rear and an af­ter­mar­ket sus­pen­sion as­sem­bly up front. Atop that front end would be a blown 572-cube big block, backed by a man­ual box — for added tyre smoke, of course. Wrapped around 20x15-inch rims, that’d be some ex­pen­sive smoke, too, but, thank­fully, Paul’d save a bit of cash by clear-coat­ing the met­al­work rather than shelling out for a proper paint job. Of course, for now, this is all just a dream — but we know how dreams like this of­ten turn out!

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