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Restoration Project #1 – The Ford Y Truck Restoration Project

Restoration Project #1 – The Ford Y Truck Restoration Project

18 December 2013

We are pleased we can finally announce our amazing new restoration collaboration that we will soon be sharing with you all here on the blog.

Over the next 3 months, Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services will be following the transformation of a 1935 Ford Model Y truck on its journey to becoming a custom-built hot rod.


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.

We are so excited about this unique and rare opportunity to get a glimpse inside a professional fabrication shop. We know that many of you out there are keen restorers or even just keen to try it, so we thought documenting this story online would help you all with your own classic car projects.

And what could be better than something as awesome as a 1930s hot rod? It’s certainly not something you see every day. 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 the blog regularly with posts and photos of how the project is coming along. Hopefully by doing this we will help you with your questions and queries about restoring classic cars and maybe inspire some of you to get on with your own projects.

Mike’s technical knowledge and experience means we will get to see the project really stripped to the bones and totally deconstructed for a real detailed look into this rejuvenation. It’s set to be a really fascinating project and a useful opportunity to see the in depth journey of a professional custom build.

So stay tuned, keep in touch and follow how he gets along. Once the project is complete we will be uploading an interview and time lapse video of the whole transformation. We can’t wait to see more and hope you’re all as excited as us.

For more about Mike and Survivor Customs, check out his Facebook page. And watch this space. We’ll also be sharing progress on Cherished Vehicle Insurance Services’s Facebook page.

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


Custom chassis built in house

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