Home AuthorsAll posts by Matt Urch

Matt Urch

This 1984 Ford Transit started life as a trusty old campervan. I’m a massive fan of the Transit van and have owned loads of them over the years.

It was a bit of a find given the condition of the body and chassis, it’s never been welded and needed one patch to get through the MOT!  Most of these have been welded to death by now.

My plan was to build it to tow my rat rod around with but after sharing my plans and a few drawings with a friend he decided he had to have it and a deal was done.


After some hard graft removing the living quarters from the back which was all very well fixed in I started off with lowering the beast.


August 15, 2015 0 comment
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

For the build post click here.

Here’s my own project and result of a winter of hard graft and endless nights at the workshop.

I wanted to create something that I could use as an advert for the business that would stand out and catch attention on the track as well as at the hot rod shows. It does the trick.


It looks right at home parked up next to the Rat fork which still runs like a watch, sort of.


The car has been built with next to no budget, I made use of parts I had lying around, parts from my local scrapyard modified to fit and made as much as possible from scratch.


August 3, 2015 0 comment
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

Last August, having spent the summer drifting in my MK2 Escort, I decided that I wanted to build something different for 2015. I bought the Escort in 2011 with the plan of restoring it into a nice road car but as the car was getting near to hitting the road I discovered drifting and that’s where the plan changed. By the time I sold it on it was an all out drift car designed for track use only.

It was modified from front to back and handled like nothing else, for a little car with a basic setup it could hang in with some big budget cars. I said I would never sell it, it had given me a new passion and purpose in life but I knew it was the only way I could build something new. It was really hard to hand over and felt like giving away one of my kids but that was that.


(Image credit)

I had always wanted to build a hot rod/rat rod, I think they are so much more unique and personal. There are very few cars that I’m really passionate about but I could show you a fair few rods that float my boat.

 I was having a good time doing drift demos for various car shows so decided I wanted to stick to doing that instead of competing, this meant I was able to go ahead and build something without sticking to any rulebooks. The plan was I could do both, build a rod and go drifting, I just had to build a Rod that could drift.

I started searching for a shell and one turned up about 100 yards down the road from my workshop. It was a 1953 Ford Anglia Hot Rod which had been cut up and used to repair another crashed Rod. It had no floors, no rear end and no bulk head but it did have a roof chop and was perfect for what I wanted it for, and for £200 my budget build was starting off on the right foot.


August 1, 2015 2 comments
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest
Older Posts