Hearing about the Andover Soapbox event at the last minute, The Unhinged crew at VGSS stepped up and decided to build a soapbox with only 3 weeks before the event. The body for this was a childrens Totrod, which we cut into 4 and then used our skills as Ally workers to English wheel all the panels to stretch this body to the size it is now. We then set about making a chassis which some will say is probably over engineered, but when you build Hot Rods as a living, it was never going to be the standard 2 pieces of wood you would normally see in this sort of competition. We also then fabricated the front and rear axles and hubs, and used BMX stunt wheels with 14mm axles. We then painted this little sprint car in Orange with white scallops. All the little finishing touches, like exhaust, carb scoops, roll bar, grille shell right down to an orange perspex screen were included too. We think it looks fast just sat there! So after many late nights we finally got this little racer ready and went off to come 2nd in the 1st Andover Soapbox Derby. Next year we WILL be 1st!! watch this space!!
This Tasca tribute is a 1964 Ford Thunderbolt. It is being built by the Valley Gas founder Jimmy, who has owned this car since 2003, where he brought it at Wheels day. It will be powered by the legendary 427 FE Big Block Ford and is connected to a Jerico 4 speed transmission and 9 inch Ford. The rear suspension is a custom design 4-link with watts linkage, and at the business end is a custom A-arm suspension set up, with coil overs. It is being built for historic circuit racing and will also get some drag strip action from time to time. There is lots of killer and rare parts on this Thunderbolt that makes it well worth a look, even if you are, unfortunately not, a Ford fan.
This 5 window Coupe is powered by a Ford Flathead V8 and has come to us as a running, driving hot rod. We will be chopping the top 4” and we will also be filling the roof in. The axle requires re mounting to get the wheels to sit correctly in the fenders. At this time we will also lower the back, and add different wheel and tyre combinations which will also move the track out. We will also be fitting a wider dropped I-beam. This will all hopefully make the car sit a lot nicer and lower. There is a whole bunch of other mods the customer requires us to do, for example, smooth running boards, rolled rear pan, custom interior. This awesome little A will be pounding the streets very soon.
This early Sunbeam Tiger has been sat for the last 10 years and came to VGSS as a non-runner for a light recommission. This is a task we carry out regularly for classic car owners to recommission long stood cars and provide safety checks. We replaced the radiator with an aluminium one to stop the inherent overheating problems on Tigers and have now got the 260 V8 purring again. We just need to sort some electrical and charging issues out before this Tiger gets back on the road where it should be.
This Notchback Mustang is not always a favourable year. However we were given a free hand to restyle the body and put some power under the hood, in the form of a 351 Cleveland stroker motor. This will be 415CI with Ally heads, roller rockers, Performa RPM inlet manifold and a 4 barrel Holley, as well as a set of headers linked to a Dual exhaust system. There is also a B&M C4 transmission and a Ford 8 inch rear axle. The thing you will notice mostly with this car is its Kustom body mods which we have fabricated in Steel. This Mustang has had a total transformation in the looks department and now looks very menacing in its Jet Black paint, and Kuston red and black 20″ ARE wheels. It’s not just the outside that grabs you – check out the inside too!
This Pick Up was brought in as a donor vehicle for another customer originally wanting the rear wings. Then our Austrian Client decided to save it. As you can see from the pictures we have totally rebuilt and restored her. Our in house VGSS Engine shop has completely rebuilt the 350 SBC to a 383 tri power set up. There have been many hours spent on just the bodywork in saving this truck and we certainly think it was worth it. The truck now also sports a Kugel IFS and a Ford 9” Rear on 4 bar and coil overs. It will also have a 700R4 for overdrive on those autobahns.
This truck was in a very poor condition upon arrival into VGSS, with no engine or gearbox. We have now repaired the chassis, fitting an IFS with new 9″ Ford rear using a four bar set up. This truck is also running a Blue Print Crate Engine-SBC kicking out around 380 ponies. Whilst the underpinning will be new, along with some creature comforts and a 700R4 trans for highway cruising. We have also had to fit new floor pans and repair various body damage and rust issues. The overall appearance of the truck will however keep its aged patina look. Look inside and under the bonnet though as it will be a different story as this will all be repainted in a Gloss, and trimmed in leather.
Some would say there was no way forward after seeing the body falling off the chassis on this rare Dodge Route Van. This soon to be restored van which will be running a SBF just because of it’s size and dimensions, an AOD transmission, Ford 9” rear on coil overs and 4 bar. Plus a Kugel IFS she will be driving better than she ever did back in her hey day. This is being built to be a towing vehicle for our customers jaunts to Le Mans and spa with his Mustang and Datsun Z240 race cars. Keep your eye out, on those circuit tracks.
Another build for the team at Burlen Fuels. We can’t wait to see this trade van finished. It will carry the J40 Pedal company logo and be used to transport the pedal cars to events like the Goodwood Revival. This ambulance will sit on a custom fabricated VGSS chassis, using new Kugel IFS and a Ford 9″ Rear on 4 bar and coil over. Power will come from a new 302 with AOD Transmission that will be mid mounted. Inside there will also be a polished wooden floor all the way through with a Kustom dash and clocks to keep an eye on all the vital statistics of the engine. Keep your eyes out for this one, further tricks to come.
This truck came into us with a 350 Chevy along with stock suspension. It now sits on a Kugel IFS front end, with a Ford 9″ and 6 link on coil overs, that is suspended on a Canter lever rocker arm set up for the shock absorbers at the rear. The chassis has been extensively modified with CDS tubing, and a roll cage. This truck has big Wilwood brakes all round including a Wilwood pedal assembly and master cylinders, to handle the 500+ Ford Small Block 427ci, and 5 Speed Trans. The induction on this is a trick down draught injection set up with throttle bodies. This truck has got a lot of influence from circuit racing and is guaranteed to be a blast!
This car has an interesting history, as it has completed the Paris to Peking Ralley. Now it will have a new life as a street rod, with many cool modifications, such as; pillar-less doors, side mounted rear boot, flush fit fuel filler, smoothed out running boards, the bonnet has been shortened and nipped in too. The front wings have been reshaped as well as the rear arches which have had the rear flicked out at the back. The rear bumper has had a lot of work including the exhaust exiting through the overriders. Also on the outside you will notice the trick grille shell which will have pop out headlights. When you get inside this car the modifications do not stop there! There is also a Kustom dash and center consul, as well as all new floor pans. This body sits on a VGSS Kustom made chassis with IFS and 4 bar rear, whilst running a Jag V8 under its hood. There are so many killer touches on this car you need to see it to believe it.
This Volvo was already extensively modified including the roof chop prior to arrival with us. Under the hood you will find a TVR V8 3.9 Rover and 5 Speed Transmission. It has now been painted in Ford Roman Bronze by our very talented team at our paintshop. It will be reassembled with a Kustom dash, centre consul and have lots of creature comforts inside. It will also roll on vintage daisy mags and will get it’s V8 sound through a Kustom made stainless steel exhaust system. We have also made a one off stainless steel grille. There are lots of cool modifications on this Volvo so when you see it don’t think this is just your normal ‘old man’ Volvo you would see at the local grocery store.
We’re excited about this build. This MK4 has had a custom built IFS along with an E-Type Jag IRS, it will also sit on E Type wire wheels with the beautiful knock off centres. The car will sit a lot lower than standard with big 14″ custom made brakes. All of this is to help stop this Jag, with it’s Daimler V8 built by the legendary Russ Carpenter, however our team here at VGSS will be adding a supercharger too. Estimated power will be 300bhp+ which will make this luxury cruiser stop and go and keep up with today’s traffic. Inside will be fully loaded with every extra adding to the luxury flavor of this Jag. There will be all the usual touches you get out of VGSS including our Kustom stainless steel headers and exhaust system, and Kustom made aluminium radiator. It will also be painted and trimmed by our very talented team here at Valley Gas Speed Shop.
Showing that Valley Gas is open to all challenges we have in, this Datsun 720 Kingcab with a SR20 turbo motor and 5 speed transmission. We have now also fitted a trick 5 link coil over suspension set up. As well as a fully adjustable A-arm front suspension with coil-overs. We have fabricated new inner wings and there will be lots of Kustom tricks done on this little Japanese truck which include moving the arches up and flaring them, fitting a steering rack to get rid of the horrible steering box. We will also de gutter the roof – all these mods will be done before we send her off to our body shop for her new paint job which will definitely make this truck stand out.
This 57 Olds was once owned by Geordie Paul (Dukesville) and now owned by Kelvin who has a vast collection of cars. This will be very different from his current collection as its powered by a 558ci BBF, with a pro charger to top it off. This engine once powered the 9 second Boston Brawler Drag Car and has now been de-tuned for road use, but will make this big ol’ Cruiser a surprise at the traffic lights. We have also painted this car in Candy wine with lots of Kustom touches including a trick stainless steel exhaust system with side exits. It sits on an IFS and has power steering and brakes. Open the door and you will find our trimmer has made this look as good on the inside as it does on the out.
Phil’s gorgeous 1955 Ford F100 in this eye-catching turquoise and black colour scheme has come into us at VGSS for a new Mustang II front end, new front suspension and brakes from Scott’s Hot Rods and a light overhaul before it gets sent to the body-shop for a new paint job! It is a beautiful truck already, and we are excited to see what she will look like after the overhaul and paint.
Have you ever seen the film Cobra? with Sylvester Stallone? This is what is destined for this super cool Mercury. The first big job we will be doing is chopping the roof. The chop on the cobra is slightly different than our traditional roof chop on a Mercury as the window is slid up and it has a seam round the bottom edges of the screen. We will also be frenching the lights front and back, De chroming, modifying the grill and altering the fender skirts so this car can look as close to a Cobra clone as possible. We will paint this car in the dull silver, then the next steps will be making this car go as well as it looks, this will end up with a SBC with Nitrous Oxide. Once finished you will have to have sunglasses and a toothpick in your mouth to drive this cool car.
If you take an MR2 Turbo and a stock Renault 5 with a little bit of magic you can turn it into a Renault Turbo 2. Like the ones we all remember as the group B rally cars. Difference with this one it will get the Japanese reliability and extra power, but with the crazy looking group B rally look. First thing we done was work out all the wheel bases and track, and we then slowly cut away the body on both cars and dropped one on to the other. It was then the case of working out the best way to get the strength back into the car. We have now got the front and rear wings, bonnet and light pods all in GRP, which will be fitted to the car on this visit – then the customer will wire the car and paint it in one of the classic Renault race colours.
This Consul has been modified in the past by its owner. We will be taking over the reigns to push this car over the finishing line for its lucky owner. It is powered by a 3 litre V6 Essex engine, with narrowed Zephyr rear axle, and fully adjustable MacPherson struts. The bumpers have been pulled in and reshaped. As you can see it sits super low to the ground.
This 32 has traveled all the way from France to be here with us at VGSS. It is powered by a SBC which is currently undergoing a full rebuild with Eagle cams and uprated pistons. It has a 9” rear axle and a dropped I-Beam sat on 32 rails and a rod line body. A long term project that should be getting a lot more updates soon!
Originally featured in Custom Car 1997. The well known British Gasser is back in VGSS. The customer wanted to retain parts of the history on this iconic car, but using his own ideas. this Gasser is now being powered by a blown 392ci Hemi built in house at VGSS. The paint and sign writing will certainly be a big feature on this car; which has been carried out by the best sign writer in the country Neil Melliard and paint shop – Brookfield VW – The original wheels are still on the car as well as the front and rear axles, and most of its original Ally work. So keep your eyes out on the drag strip as this Willys will be back where it belongs.
As well as all our projects in the workshop – in our engine shop we build engines from Mild to Wild. Whether it is a street engine or a blown and injected race engine VGSS and the team will get you the horsepower that you need. We also have a machine shop which works very close with us for Rebores, Balancing, and hardened seats etc. We can also Port & Polish your heads, and test your engine on our engine stand to ensure everything is correct before fitting into your project. Remember we are also main agents for Blueprint engines, where we can supply any of their crate engines. Please inquire for more details on engine builds or crate engine requirements on 01264 353 646.
Here you will see some of the other cars we currently have in at the VGSS. We don’t just cater for Turn key builds, we also do servicing and Small jobs, which include; Engine building and General Maintenance.