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Just a snap shot of our previous work

Due to this being a new upgraded website, we are slowly updating this page with our previous builds. As you can appreciate 20 years on we have built a lot of cars, so please be patient with us whilst we continue to add more.

1940 Pick up

Jimmy met this customer at Classic Le Mont in 2015, he wanted to build something with big Horse Power and a big CI. After showing the customer several early Fords he then purchased the truck you see here. It may look very similar to when it 1st came in but under this truck is a total transformation. With re worked front and rear suspension, Disc brakes all round, custom fuel system, headers, exhaust system and Kustom Ally radiator. All this is done to handle the 558ci BBF built by Roush. This engine produces 705 BHP and 719 ft-lbs Torque. Then runs through a 6speed manual transmission to a Denys Aluminium custom propshaft. The wheels are driven by a Plus9 Currie rear axle, which has been braced. This truck is fast, handles and stops exactly what the customer wanted.

C Cab

We Originally started this vehicle for a previous customer. The new customer who purchased the vehicle then brought it back to us and we stripped all the original work that was carried out down and started again. Our new customer wanted a completely different style and gave us a free hand. This 70’s style C Cab is running a 383 Tri power. The body is painted in House of Kolor paint with Melliards Modern Sign writing to really bring out that depth of paint that pops in the sun. This stunning car was featured in October 2021 Custom Car Magazine!

“The Boston Brawler” 33 Willys Gasser

The well known British Gasser is back into VGSS. The customer wanted to retain parts of the history of this iconic car but using his own ideas. This Gasser is now being powered by a Blown Injected Hemi built in house at VGSS. The paint and sign writing will certainly be a big feature on this car, so keep your eyes on the drag strip as this Willys will be back where it belongs in the Gasser Circus. Originally featured in Custom Car 1997.

Kevin's 57 Chevy

Circa 2006

Kevin originally brought his two tone red and white 57 Chevy to us for an engine oil change and general check over. He and his wife used it to drive down the coast and wanted it to be reliable. After viewing the workshop and seeing the new shiny crate engines on display. He decided a new engine was needed. Shortly after this evolved into a full nut and bolt restoration. We loved worked with Kevin on this car and we still store and maintain this car to date.

This 57 was featured in Custom Car Magazine back in the day.

Carter's Chevy C10

This long bed C10 is a perfect tool for carrying your chopper in, and when your a bike guy like the owner of this, it needs to be made easy for loading bikes in and out. So what better way than to slam this killer truck on the deck. We have ripped out its 6 cylinder engine and replaced it with a Bow Tie 350 and TH350 Transmission. We’ve upgraded the brakes to power and disc, as well as 17” Steels that make this trucks stance beautifully. But what really makes this awesome truck sit right is the fitting of the air ride, that gets this truck deep in the dirt. The added bonus to this is, it makes loading your Panhead super easy. This truck will end up with a very trick paint job too, as it’s owner runs a paint shop in South Wales!

Burlen Fuels

This 1942 Chevy was originally built in the US but after close inspection the build quality wasn’t up to modern standards. VGSS set about and totally transformed this truck into what you see today.  With its rare SU downdraft tri power and its many cool features (Customers input) This unique hot rod can be seen in the SU Carburettor Christmas video along with being featured in Classic American Magazine February 2020. 

Standard Vanguard

The Standard Vanguard is not the best looking car should we say to begin a project with. But with some metal work magic and numerous hours, she is now a take on an American lead sled. The Slamguard is powered by a Rover V8 and a Borg Warner Transmission and all the suspension has come from a MK5 Cortina, this is as “English Hot Rod/Custom” as you could get. 

Featured in Custom Car Magazine December Issue 2020*

Chevy Suburban

This Suburban was brought to us for a total revamp. We set about modifing the chassis and suspension, whilst also installing a new blueprint crate engine 383ci, running a brand new 700R4. The whole Sub sits on custom air ride suspension, and when the air is out, this thing rides deep in the weeds. We also made up inner tubs for the rear wheels and new floor pans at the rear to give as much room as possible for storage. The bumpers were also modified, a peak added, and various other little touches were made to make this one killer low Suburban. Keep an eye out for this Chevy as the owners are at more shows than most people get to in a year!

57 Chevy Pick up

Our customer wanted to retain the original patina look of their pick up truck, but wanted the reliability along with drive ability to a more user friendly standard. We've upgraded the underpinnings with an IFS front suspension with a 9 inch rear axle, upgraded rear posie springs and a full rewire. We have also fitted a new 350 Blueprint crate engine along with running a dual stainless steel exhaust system, with power brakes and power steering. She's ow a trustworthy, reliable workhorse or plaything you can drive anywhere!

F100 5.0 Pick Up

This South African RHD F100 came to us totally stock with a 6 cylinder engine. Now she runs a 2019 Ford Coyote 5.0 Engine with 7 Speed Auto. The front is now running on a custom Kugel Komponents  IFS (We are the sole UK Dealer) and now running a Ford 9″ rear with 5 Link and coil overs. The suspension is fully adjustable and stops with four pot Wilwood front brakes and Ford SVO rear discs. The customer wanted this truck to be usable with creature comforts, we feel we nailed the brief on this one.

Featured in Classic American December Issue 2020*

"Viperceptor" Jensen Interceptor

Not all the cars we do here at VGSS are your typical hot rod. The said name “Viperceptor” has become a world wide named car and since emigrated to Texas. What started off as a bone stock rusty Jensen Interceptor, we totally restyle the body as if Jensen had built a 2013 Interceptor re-creation. Running an 8.2 V10 Viper engine with an SRT-10 Auto transmission and big brakes all round, this GT Car could be used as a daily or for a trip to Monaco. 

Featured in Octane Magazine 2014

Steve’s 32 Model B

This 32 was the last of the fibreglass bodies that we produced, so for us this needed to be a special show build. With our love of Fords we picked a 429CJ with a C6 transmission, previously used in the Boston Brawler Gasser. VGSS Built a fully custom chassis with a 9″ rear. Along with custom front brake covers and a one off interior. This car is not just built for shows but with 450 bhp and is built to go! 

Was featured in Custom Car Magazine 

Richard's 49 Chevy P/Up

Circa 2009

Richard originally bought  just a cab/chassis along with boxes and boxes of parts. We then set about building a show winning truck. Various custom touches were added into this build such as frenched headlights, custom dash, smoothed body, de badged. The big impact of this truck was the paint, originally due to be painted Orange, however this left with a VG custom mixed paint job.

The truck was featured in Custom Car Magazine. 

37 Ford

Built at our old shop in Newbury, this 37 Ford came to us with a TPI small block Chevy, and the customer wanted to run it with a supercharger. We bought a crate 350 and a complete blower kit, and shoehorned this into the compact engine bay. It as always going to be sticking out the top of the hood so this was modified to accommodate a shotgun scoop.  We also changed the lights and added side trim and various other modifications including a repaint.

41 Willys

This glorious Willys Coupe was built in the States, but the owner realised that it was a total show car trailered to the shows and back home winning many awards but not being driven. Its new owner wanted to use this car, so we sorted out all the overheating problems and fitted a hydro-boost brake system as the brakes were nonexistent. You will now see this car regularly on the street, and at the drag strip 

MG SPECIAL

This customer had been racing an MGB in hillclimbs for several years, but wanted to have something different harking back to nostalgic years. Being an MG fan, the whole car was built with MG front and rear suspension, custom made 4 bar with coilovers at the rear, an MG engine and gearbox, and the chassis was custom made at VGSS. The front nosecone and tail section was also supplied by us. The car was finished to a rolling steering stopping state so that the customer could then finish the car off and go racing.

'69 Camaro

This 69 Camaro came to us for a full build. It was fitted with a ZZ3 engine with a 700R4 transmission, the whole of the suspension was upgraded with a total handling pack, sway bar kit, and biggest Wilwood brakes we could fit. Wheels are AREs, inside was retrimmed in black with red piping, the instrument panel was upgraded with Auto Meter Classic Series gauges, and then it was bare metal repainted in this beautiful gloss black with a red hockey stick. As you can see the customer was pleased with the end result. This Camaro was fast, comfortable, and stopped like any modern classic should.

The Camaro was featured in Classic American.

Model A

This hot rod was originally built in California, the customer wished to add his own touch, and make it more usable as he lived in the Scottish Highlands, and as you can imagine every show journey was a long trip. We had Gear Star build build us an adaptor plate and 700R4 to be connected to this Pontiac 401 engine. We also added new steel floors, wheeled in a roof insert and lots of extra custom touches that the customer required. After this, the seats were trimmed in bright red leather, and the car travelled down from Scotland to many shows and we now believe the car lives with its new owner in the south of England. This hot rod is exactly what hot rods should be- loud, fast and slightly uncomfortable.

32 5 Window Coupe

Originally built for a previous customer as a Graffiti inspired coupe. He wanted good gas mileage and towing ability, and once finished, he travelled thousands of miles in the 10 years he had this car.  The new owner then wanted a completely different look, so we embarked on a full makeover whilst also getting a little more horsepower out of the engine and some gears to bring back a bit of acceleration. Customer then had it painted this beautiful candy red colour. We then finished the look off with a lowering job, a nice set of whitewall tyres, full retrim and a new dash layout.

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Other work carried out at VALLEY GAS SPEED SHOP.