Vehicle: 1952 DeSoto Firedome 8
Work Completed: Second-hand front suspension and front brakes from a Jaguar XJ installed by replacing the old front suspension mountings with modified chassis rails, shortened XJ subframe, and sway bar. Rusted metal front wings and bonnet replaced with one-piece fiberglass flip front panel. Rear lights and exhaust back pipes moved to the rear wings. Car painted in one of the original paint schemes from the famous “Pinball Wizard” Ford Popular with Medium flake Purple for the base coat and Holographic flake Gold for the stripes. Engine spruced up with new rocker covers and headers, chrome alternator, HT leads and a retro air filter. Original headlight pods replaced with Venom LED retro headlights and LED taillights. Interior upgraded with re-trimmed vinyl dashboard and door cards, new carpets and simple vinyl seats. Four custom made aluminum rims and custom back lit rear number plate installed.
Notes: Modified hot rod fitted with a 5.7 litre Edelbrock Chevrolet V8 that generates 300 bhp. Micky Bray built the famous “Pinball Wizard” Ford Popular from which the paint scheme idea was taken, and which was owned at one time by Mike’s dad, Roger. The restored car was taken to Southend-on-Sea for a test drive where it was shown to Roger for his approval.
Vehicle: 1973 Volkswagen 181 Thing
Work Completed: Refurbished side windows and seats. Replaced the spark plugs and leads, electronic ignition installed, heater thermostatic switch and fuel dampener, and exhaust system. Front drum brakes replaced with disc brakes. Bumpers cleaned of unsightly holes before being powder coated to black.
Notes: Purchased from Oregon at the seller’s asking price. Formerly an automotive museum piece from California. Sold at asking price to a buyer in Japan.
Vehicle: 1972 Datsun 240Z
Work Completed: Automatic gearbox swapped with a 5-speed manual from a later 280Z. Camshaft profiled, carburettors rebuilt and performance exhaust added to improve engine performance. New chrome camshaft cover added.
Notes: Purchased from a Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, California. Mike was initially searching for a manual 240Z but was unable to find one within budget. Restored car taken to Willow Springs Raceway for its test drive. Sold at asking price.
Vehicle: 1974 BMW 2002 tii
Work Completed: New fuel pump and hoses. New battery, condensor, rotor arm, UHT leads, and distributor cap. Engine serviced with new spark plugs and fluids. Fuel injector retaining screws refurbished with new o-rings. Kugelfischer pump reconditioned. Brake system overhauled with new master cylinder, front discs, pads, hoses, and rear drums and shoes. Full body respray. New driver’s side mirror and BMW badges. U.S.-spec bumpers replaced with original Euro-spec units. Front seats replaced with refurbished Recaro units. Original steering wheel replaced with Nardi unit.
Notes: Originally a non-running unit that had not been used for 17 years. Seller advertised it for US$5,975, but due to high demands from collectors, Mike bought it for US$7,750. Majority of the replacement parts purchased at a classic BMW car meet. Restored car taken to BMW’s U.S. headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where it was test driven before being sold to a Florida buyer
Vehicle: 1951 Ford F-1
Work Completed: The 3.9L (239 cu. in) Flathead V8 engine cleaned and upgraded with new aluminium heads, new inlet manifold, new four barrel carburettor and new tubular exhaust manifold. Engine bay resprayed in original teal colour. Electrical system converted from 6V to 12V. Four speed non-synchronous transmission upgraded to a modern automatic unit. Custom gear linkage mechanism fitted to the transmission using original steering column shifter. New exhaust system fitted. Custom “Mike & Edd” logo hand painted on both doors. Custom aluminium windshield sun visor made. Body painted in certain areas in original teal to create a Rat rod look, then sealed with a clear coat. Wheeler Dealers logo etched onto vent windows, using an angle grinder and steel tubing to create sparks. Vinyl seats and sun visors reupholstered with real cowhide. Steel wheels repainted in original teal colour and white wall tires fitted.
Notes: Purchased from Everett, Washington. Finished truck was taken to Twin Peaks, California, to participate in a rat rod cruise.
Vehicle: 1965 Pontiac GTO
Work Completed: New uprated aluminium radiator with electric fan, water pump, and thermostat installed. Power steering box refurbished and repainted. Air conditioning system reinstated, however original compressor and condenser supplied by the seller, could not be used because of damage and were replaced with aftermarket units. Aftermarket wooden steering wheel replaced with period correct leather unit. Wooly suspension fixed by tightening loose nut on suspension arm. Damaged right side exhaust downpipe welded with new pipe and realigned to match the height of the left side. Broken tachometer and fuel gauges replaced with new aftermarket units.
Notes: Purchased from Johnsburg, Illinois. Car was originally from California and had its engine swapped with a 1967 400 cu in (6.6L) triple carburettor V8 that generates 400 bhp. Restored car taken to Borrego Springs, California.
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Vehicle: 1963 Lincoln Continental
Work Completed: New oil sump gasket. New 17″ 150-spoke wire wheels with adaptors. Fixed leaking vacuum reservoir by spot-welding holes and re-welding broken bracket to solve the central locking system problem. Bumpers and exterior brightwork rechromed. Interior wood inlays replaced with laser cut aluminium panels with wood effect wet transfer. Full body respray and colour change from white to Ford Roman Bronze. Creme leather seats reupholstered.
Notes: Purchased from Sacramento, California. Restoration price includes £2,000 shipping. Original owner spent US$10,000 on rebuilding the engine. Sold at asking price.
Vehicle: 1903 Darracq Type L
Work Completed: Water pump refurbished with new impellers and shaft built from scratch. Radiator cleaned up; rubber hoses and clamps replaced and waterless coolant added. One wooden wheel re-tyred by the Royal Wheelwright. Replica inserts of the external oil-lamp headlamps made with a 3D printer to accommodate modern H7 LED bulbs.
Notes: Car was obtained from Haynes International Motor Museum. Used to celebrate 100th car in the show, this veteran car is not for sale. Restored car taken to a veteran car run spanning from London to Brighton. It suffered an oil leak and a sooted spark plug, but managed to finish the 64-mile run.
Vehicle: 1989 BMW Z1
Work Completed: Yellow leather seats and gear stick and hand brake gaiters dyed black. Clutch plate and release bearing replaced. Exhaust replaced with a custom made system. Door belt re-tensioned to fix drop-down door mechanism. Missing indicator stalk found under the passenger seat, welded and re-attached. Panels repainted in Toprot Red (The original colour that Edd discovered under the Canary Yellow colour while removing the panels). Seals replaced.
Notes: Purchased from the Netherlands. Car was trailered back to the UK, as it was not road registered. Restored car sold at asking price.