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So the old woody back Transit project had been sold on and was sat rusting away for 12 months before being bought back by the previous owner.

Some questionable work had been done to it and with plans for it to come with me to a hot-rod show I didn’t want it there looking the way it did, with my name on it.

The worst crime committed to it was the paint, it had been rattle can painted with red and brown aerosol to try and create the look of rust but instead created the look of vandalism. Bit of a shame as I thought the original diamond white paint really suited it.

So with a week to get it sorted and a massive list of work to get it looking cool and roadworthy again I got to it.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABI started rubbing down the cab with the plan to paint it one flat colour but as I was rubbing off the red and brown it was looking kinda cool so I started adding a few bits of extra red here and there along with some black and eventually ended up with a kind of patina effect.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABOver the top of that went some 2 pack satin lacquer to seal it.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABThen onto the back end where some arches were made from an old drum.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABStep sides made from scaffold planks.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABAnd a bit of router work on the tailgate.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABThere was an old aluminium motorcycle ramp checked in the back so I cut that up and added a bit of aluminium into the mix.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABThe engine was still the old trusty 2.0 Pinto but plans were being made to stick a 6bt Cummins engine in the rear bed with Jaguar IRS rear suspension but the old transit has since been sold on again so I will have to save that idea for another future project.

The MK2 Transit Step Side Gen 2 URCHFABThe trusty steed made it to the show and was well received, as with all of my builds some people love it, some people hate it and some people just don’t know what to make of it, but that’s the idea!

March 12, 2018 0 comment
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This thing started life as a trusty old 1984 Honda CD200 Benly.

I bought it from an old boy who had owned it for decades. He was quite attached to it, but said he was happy for me to breath some new life into it.

Although I did tell him I was planning to restore it rather than mutilate it.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABThe bike ran great and had been well looked after so I got straight to the chopping.

I stripped it to a bare frame the cut the whole rear half off just leaving the engine cradle, I cut off all the unwanted tabs, welded up any holes and smoothed out any nasty looking welds.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABThen I got the frame jigged up on the bench with more of a tilt to rake out the front forks and set about making a new rear end. This was made from scrap metal out of the bin, the seat pan was cut from a gas bottle and I cut the bosses for the shock mounts out of the old frame and reused them to mount the shocks.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABI extended the standard swing arm by 6 inches and added some mounts with additional holes so the height of the rear could be adjusted.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABThen it was onto the foot controls, again all made from old junk welded together with some foot pegs I spun up on the lathe.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABHONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABThe fuel tank was made from an old jerry can cut up and welded back together, I reused the fuel tap and frame mounts from the old tank.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABI removed all the unwanted electrics and ended up with just 2 switches for the whole bike, one to make it run and another 2 position switch for high and low beam, the side lights were on constant as soon as the bike was running.

My favourite part of the bike is the exhaust not only for the looks but it makes this 200cc motor sound awesome.

HONDA CD 200 RAT BOBBER URCHFABLast off was some 2k satin clear coat on the frame, nato green for the tank, I had the chrome wheels basted then painted satin black, deep cleaned all the parts and added  a few new parts here and there.

I wanted to try and build a bike that was different to anything else I had seen, with the insane amount of custom bikes knocking around this is quite an ask but I think I might have done it.

For my first attempt at a custom bike I’m pretty happy with it but I already have the next bike planned out and its even weirder than this one, so keep your eyes out for that in the near future.

To see and hear this thing bob along in real time check this vid!

 

March 12, 2018 0 comment
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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.

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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
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