Project Hunter

CLAS­SIC FORD PROJECTS YOU SHOULD BUY AND TRANS­FORM.

Classic Ford - - PROJECT HUNTERS - Il­lus­tra­tions: Si­mon Coul­son

When it comes to clas­sic com­mer­cials, we all know that the Ford-badged ver­sions are the best, and th­ese two projects will be the bestest once we’ve given them some ten­der lov­ing care. Start­ing with the Thames, we’ve gone back to the early ‘90s with some cus­tom-in­spired touches, the most glar­ing of which are the lus­cious coats of Porsche Ruby­stone Red, a pop­u­lar shade with the cus­tom crowd of the time and one which has been ap­plied not just to the body­work — once we’ve done some smooth­ing, re­lo­cated the rear num­ber­plate and made a one­piece rear door out of the Squire’s split tail­gate af­fair — but the chrome as well, leav­ing just some black for the win­dow sur­rounds. Those 15 inch bil­let al­loys are bolted up to a set of coil-overs front and rear to al­low us to get this 300E se­ri­ously low. Pop the bon­net and you’ll find a smoothed en­gine bay painted pep­per­mint green while power comes cour­tesy of a 1700 Cross­flow on throt­tle bodies with all the wiring hid­den. In­side, think much black suede, re­trimmed Re­caros and a black car­peted rear bed with a so-’90s ICE in­stall. Bass — how low can you go? In this case, very.

When is a Tran­sit not a Tran­sit? When it’s an A- Se­ries of course. The much big­ger brother came in all sorts of guises though this one looks to have some kind of farm trailer- type canopy fit­ted to its pick- up bed. It’s not the pret­ti­est rear in the world, but it does give us an idea to use our favourite world­wide courier liv­ery — UPS — and turn this beast into a multi- drop mon­ster. We’ve got some work to do first though, start­ing with the chas­sis which is never go­ing to al­low this A- Se­ries to run that low, so we’ll fab­ri­cate a new one kit­ted out with the finest air sus­pen­sion so that we can go low, and then go lower. The cab and pick- up bed and can be re­fit­ted, and an alu­minium frame and cover made for the lat­ter fea­tur­ing a roller shut­ter rear door, be­fore ap­ply­ing coats of Pull­man Brown ( the of­fi­cial UPS shade) fol­lowed by the sig­na­ture gold pin­stripe. Sit­ting in­side the A- Se­ries’ bul­bous arches are some 22.5 inch di­am­e­ter Al­coa truck steels which have been mod­i­fied to take low­pro­file white­wall tyres then painted black with a sil­ver rim edge ( again ap­ing the UPS vans), while un­der the bon­net is a se­ri­ously- smoky Cum­mins diesel. All we need is some brown uni­forms and we’re good to go!

SMOOTHED BODY IN THE WEEDS BIL­LET WHEELS ONE PIECE DOOR

AIR SUS­PEN­SION BIG STEELS CUS­TOM BOX REAR

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