1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Build

The Model A build is still sitting on static pages but I have made this directory. These links should be all pointing to the build pages. If you find any bad links feel free to ping your Humble Editor.


Frame and suspension

Frame Part II

Frame, part III

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame pinch
It is not necessary to pinch a 1932 frame to accept a ’30-’31 body, but I think one should, and here is why..

To pinch or not to…

Engine and Transmission

Including carburation options and accessories

Wheels and Brakes

Including pedal assembly



Including gauges and steering column


Electrical and Heater

Various Mock up stages

 …this one being an early one!

Body and sub-rails

Body Part II

Body, part III

Body, part IV

Body part V

Roof Insert


Including floor, trunk with gutters, and tank

Well, how did it come out?

High (and Low) Tech: High and low fog lights

“High and low fog lightsHuh??

I think I am being incredibly witty here, follow along and let’s see if you agree.

I admit it: I am a light junkie. I like to see well at night as well as being seen. Washington state offers incredible summers for cruising but the winters can be soggy and dark especially on those two lane black tops.  Also, driving a classic car makes me a bit more paranoid when it comes to other drivers. Being seen early can be a matter of life and …well, not so much life.

I usually upgrade all the lights equipment on my vintage cars to halogen headlights and new reflectors but you can’t really add modern auxiliary lights to a vintage car as it would look out of place. Here is America it is legal to run fog lights with your low beams. I know that is not the case in some countries.

So what do we do to improve a vintage car? How about adding some vintage fog lights? Great idea but yesterdays fog lights are usually powered by a weak incandescent bulb.

How do we fix that?

Here is my solution:

1937 Ford Vintage Fog Light
This is fog light made by S&M Lamp Company in Los Angels. It is a Model 570.

1937 Ford Vintage Fog Light lens

The lens is easy to separate from the old reflector. As you can see, the old reflector is nothing to be proud of. Also, it hosts an weak incandescent bulb. Double Dim!

IMG_2363This is a 5 1/4 inch Hella eCode headlight. Unlike the horrible Sealed Beam lights it has a removable H4 halogen bulb and a very high quality reflector. The H4 bulb has two filaments, high and low beam.


The plan is to remove the Hella lens from the nice reflector. The H4 bulb only goes in one way so we need to make sure the reflector is clocked correctly.

The glass is attached with a strong adhesive sealer so in order to remove the glass I have to brake it. Other than fixing things we do like to smash a few things as well. It is also quick and cheeper than seeing a psychiatrist! I filled the light with clean paper towels to protect the reflector.

Then I put the light in a plastic bag and then…


Some Euro guys with an Alfa or Volvo would probably think this is blasphemy but these lights are from current production and not obsolete by any means. As you can see, the plastic bag prevents any glass chards from flying around.

NOTE: Gloves, protective clothing and safety glasses is a must when performing this part of the job. Safety First!
I applied some heat to the seam with a heat gun and pried away the rest of the glass. Keep gloves and safety glass on! Clean up the area well afterwards.

IMG_2369With very light pressure I used a clean cloth towel to remove any remnants of the glass.

A screwdriver or knife is helpful to remove the last of the sealer.

Halfway there…here is a nice reflector ready to be married to a vintage lens.

Luck has it that the Hella lens have a notch right at the top. Even though we have marked the top position this will help when installing the glass with precision.
More luck. The old lens also had a notch marking the top position.

The marriage. After cleaning the inside of the lens we are really to marry the two.

Fits like it was made for it. Only 60-70 years between the two items!


I have used latex or silicon sealer to install the glass on the reflector in the past. There is always a chance that it can get messy as the sealer can get pressed in to the reflector. In this case I used tightly applied electrical tape. It worked very well and it is easy to remove if I have to replace any part.


This is when we say: “Ta-Da” or “Look at me!”…or “Damn I’m good!” Well, you get the idea. Vintage look with modern power.


1937 Ford Fog Lights Low

Here is the cool part. In low beam mode (above) it functions as a regular fog light and you can run it together with your low beams. (As always, check your local laws and regulations of course)

1937 Ford Fog Lights High Beam

When you hit the high beam in the fog light will aid your car’s high beam by increasing the output while still looking vintage.

Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part VI

The project is coming along nicely with the practical elements taking as much importance as the aesthetic ones. The bed is finished and Mike is on to the next item on the list; the battery box.

battery box round bar

Mike started by welding a rounded metal bar to the chassis.

battery box sides

With the rounded metal bar now fitted to the chassis, Mike created the sides of the box with sheet metal and it was welded to the round bar and the frame.

battery box bottom

The bottom was added and…Voilà…a battery box is born.  Simple, easy and out of the way.

battery box

The area in front of the battery can be used for the fuse panel. The area will be serviceable via a access door in the truck’s floor board.

As always, if you have any questions or if you have any ideas as to what you’d like to see done to the 1935 Ford Model Y Hot Rod, then head over to CVI’s Facebook page and check out their blog for the latest updates.

Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part V

In the fifth installment of the Ford Model Y Hot Rod Truck project Mike is focusing his attentions on the bed.

As  the bed is rather noticeable, Mike spent a lot of time ensuring the wood fits well.
To keep the vintage look to the project Mike opted to use stained recycled wood and it’s safe to say his work looks great.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 2

Drilled brackets are ready for the wood.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 3

Looks good.


1935 Ford Model Y Truck 4

All the inserts are now cut, fitted and bolted to the frame.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 5

The bed was test fitted to the frame and body.


1935 Ford Model Y Truck
In keeping with the vintage style of this build, the tried and true 1939 Ford tear drop tail lights with blue dots were used.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 8

The project is taking shape and a hood has been test fitted as well.

If you have any questions you would like us to ask Mike then please get in touch via CVI’s Facebook page and make sure you visit CVI’s blog to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news on this project.

Stay Tuned…

From the archives: Volvo 164

Sometimes we look through an old photo album and find a picture of a person or place and we will be waxing nostalgically about that memory. For us car dudes and car dudettes there are other things that may be hiding in old photo albums: Old CARS!!

Pictures of cars or motorcycles we use to own. Of course we always say:
“I wish I kept that one” but you know you would not own any of the other cars that followed if you did, and what fun would that be?

Volvo 164 front 3

This latest photo album dive started with me finding this car behind a house. This looks to be a 1974 with the Federally MANDATED huge A$$ park benches as a sad excuse for bumpers. Other than that: We dig it. Love the color…or what’s left of it.


Volvo 164

This prompted us to take a look back in my brother’s album from 1981. That does not sound too long ago but these are 33 year old pictures. Ronald Regan became president, Muhammad Ali retires, Lady Diana marries some dude named Charles and the 52 Iran hostages was released.

This is a 1972 model. This is the first year for flush door handles. We would probably not opt for the pop-up sunroof today but at the time it was all the rage. We like those super rare optional Volvo wheels. The we sold black but just like the valve cover on this car they got 
polished. Jan Wilsgaard designed a concept car called P358 and that design would be used for the 164 design.

Did you know that they did not have mobile phones back then??!! How did they survive?
I mean, people were not able to instantly post a picture of their meal on the great big web, how did they manage get thru life?? …and what about the people that did not get the benefit of seeing that meal, how did they cope?? Just saying…those were hard times!


Volvo 164 rear

Swedish Butt: The earlier 164 cars had the smaller 140 style tail lights but the big”164″ on the rear facia made sure everyone knew you were traveling in style and comfort.

Volvo 164 side

A stylish car from every angle. Speaking of waxing…my brother is still talking about that super smooth six cylinder with amazing low end torque. This car was equipped with 4 speed overdrive and you could hit second gear very quickly and enjoy the 6 cylinder power.

Photo: Lars Åström

Ford Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part IV

Part 4 of the UK restoration project sees Mike Hill this week welding the pick-up bed frame and repairing the doors on the Ford Model Y. The English Fords had a lot more wood in them than the US counter parts so Mike replaced the rotten wood with steel. Wood worms HATE steel!

Next week there will be an interview of Mike at Survivor Customs about Hot Rod background and more importantly, what are the final plans for the Ford Model Y Hot Rod.

If you have any questions you would like us to ask Mike then please get in touch via CVI’s Facebook page and make sure you visit CVI’s blog to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news on this project.


The bottom and rear facing panel is all wood so out it goes. The pieces were used to create a template for the metal that will replace it.

As you can see, originally the tin was just nailed to the wood. Now it will be a steel structure.


After installing the steel the door was stripped and ready for test fit.


During the process the doors were test fitted to make sure of proper gaps.

blured-out-768x1024Mike fabbed up a bed frame that will covered with repurposed wood.


Mike added gussets in the corners that will serve as attachment points for the wood.

Stay tuned!

Model Y hot rod truck, part III

We continue the report on the Model Y hot rod truck taking shape in the UK.


This week Mike turning his attention to fitting the gearbox and shortening the drive shaft to fit the Ford Model Y Truck project.

For more about Mike and Survivor Customs, check out his Facebook page. And watch this space. The project will also be shared on Cherished Vehicle Insurance’s Blog


Fabricated gearbox mount fitted to a modified Model Y Ford crossmember.


BMW E30 drive shaft shortened by 4 inches and now connecting the BMW 5 speed  m60 transmission to the rear axle which is from a Kia Sportage.


The BMW alternator had to be relocated underneath the engine to create more clearance with the chassis. A custom mount and tensioner took care of that.


Original model Y Ford brake and clutch pedals were reused but relocated and modified to fit the Nissan Micra brake booster and cylinder.

More later…

Model Y Hot Rod truck Part II

We continue the coverage of a model Y truck built in the UK.

Mike Hill at Survivor Customs has been working endlessly on the project from his Middlesbrough workshop. This time, Mike focused his attention on certain parts of the vehicle’s body, completing the rolling chassis and mounting the engine in a mock up stage of the build of the hot rod truck.

This project is brought to you by Cherished Vehicle Insurance and don’t hesitate to Facebook or tweet them, they love to hear your thoughts on this project!



Custom built chassis tie bars and suspension setup


Front of chassis and reclaimed front grill from another Ford truck, that has been altered to fit the Model Y


Full custom built front axle and quarter elliptical front suspension


Steering box and body shell mounted to chassis


Engine and gearbox mocked up in place, body shell also mounted to chassis


Engine mounts fabricated and fitted.


Here we are: A rolling chassis and body mocked up with drivetrain.  Motivation comes from a 3.5 liter BMW M62 engine with a 5 Speed m60 gearbox.

Follow a Ford model Y transition to hot rod truck

You have probably heard of Model T, model A and even model B…but how about model Y? Huh?

Yes, the model Y Ford was built in several contries including Germany and UK. It was smaller than it’s American counterpart and powered by a small 4 cylinder engine. One thing is for sure, they make for an excellent choice for a hot rod.


The subject: A 1935 Ford two door sedan.

Fabricator Mike Hill from Survivor Customs, based in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, will be carrying out this personal project and we will be following his progress from start to finish.

In Mike’s words:

“The first main reason why I chose the Model Y Ford for my project is that I think the shape of the car is perfect. I love the way all of the lines flow around the car and I’ve used these lines in the other parts of the build to accent the body. The Model Y was also the first Ford car to be built in this country following the American imported Model T and Model A Fords. The styling of the English Ford was very similar to the American predecessor; therefore it’s very nicely fitting for a hot rod project inspired by all-out American hot rods of the 1950s.”

Though in its early stages, the project is under way and we will soon start updating with posts and photos of how the project is coming along. .

Mike’s technical knowledge and experience means we will get to see the project really stripped to the bones and totally deconstructed to later emerge as a hot rod.

For more about Mike and Survivor Customs, check out his Facebook page. And watch this space. The project will also be shared on Cherished Vehicle Insurance’s Blog

Here are some photos of the build so far:



Car stripped down to a bare shell ready to undergo work.


Car roof chopped down 4 inches and body shell shortened by 12 inches to create the truck shell.


Shell welded and cleaned back to metal finish with welds flushed off.


Front quarter elliptical suspension fabricated and mocked up in place.


Rear axle and suspension.

Stay tuned.

Rare 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT on eBay, no reserve!…with parts car!


1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT

Vin # 133351M-251533
1967 volvo 123GT right side
1967 volvo 123GT Left Hella light
1967 volvo 123GT right side Hella light
1967 volvo 123GT left Hella detail
Hella Spot light
1967 volvo 123GT right Hella detail

Hella Fog light


1967 Volvo 123GT front 1967 Volvo 123GT left side 1967 Volvo 123GT LR 1967 Volvo 123GT RF 1967 Volvo 123GT RF2 1967 Volvo 123GT right side 2

1967 Volvo 123GT engine left 1967 Volvo 123GT engine right 1967 Volvo 123GT interior right 1967 Volvo 123GT interior 1967 Volvo 123GT left door panel 1967 Volvo 123GT rear seat 1967 Volvo 123GT rear GT emblemNOS truck 123GT emblem. Note rust in corner. 1967 Volvo 123GT loud horn

GT only Loud Horn
1967 Volvo 123GT left fender mirror 1967 Volvo 123GT right side mirror 1967 Volvo 123GT left side Recaro


1967 Volvo 123GT right side Recaro

Passenger side Recaro Seat adjusters

steering wheel

GT steering wheel is very nice. The center hub has a crack and the GT horn button has a crack. They are now finally being reproduced.

overdrive and floor
Overdrive and floor

new brake hoses and lines

Recent brake pads and Bilstein shocks, new brake hoses and caliper brake line.

Volvo 122S body side 2

Solid parts car

Volvo 122S body

Volvo 122S body side

The parts car have a super straight body and floors are perfect.

NOS and like new trim

NOS and like new trim moldings for the gutters and rear lower window moldings.

NOS lenses

NOS or like front and rear new lenses, rubber gasket and reflectors.

NEW blink rubber housings

New rubber housings for the front blinkers.
NOS trunk mldg

NOS trunk molding

Underhoods light and 4 way flasher

Rare GT only under hood and trunk lights, actually five of them. Also, rare Canadian GT 4-way flasher included and fog light wiring..

1967 Volvo 123GT tool kit

Complete correct factory tool kit.

Volvo 123GT Speedometer

Super nice speedometer housing. If you have been around vintage Volvo chances are that you have never seen one with the grey wrinkle finish intact. This speedo is!

volvo 123GT engine

Code 496860 GT engine

123GT vin number

Vin # 133351M-251533

123GT Volvo for sale

Dent in roof

driver side front

Rust on driver’s floor board and the transverse beam under this area is weak.

driver side rear floorTwo small rust holes in floor behind driver seat.

pass side rear floor

Rust hole in floor behind passenger seat

trunk left
Some filler in the corner
Trunk right side

right side wheel well.

engine compartment right side

Rust under battery area

right rear rockerRockers have rust and filler.