What could be better for father and son bonding sessions than building a few old cars?
Good old swap meets. Remember the days before TradeMe, when if you wanted to hunt out a bargain or sell your wares, you waited until the annual swap meet?
Before crochet and jam replaced car parts and good yarns, the swap meet was the only place to buy those hard-to-find bits. These days it seems conversation has been taken over by email and texts, or should that be txtz? And not only has the English language turned to custard, the good old-fashioned swap meet appears to have too.
There are a few exceptions, however, such as the recent Rotorua swap meet and a few that have a strict ‘car parts only’ rule. It was at one of these events three years ago that young Quinton (Sid) Cotterell picked himself up a bargain. Until that fateful day the 1966 Ford Fairmont Sid fell in love with had been used and abused as a daily driver. Once it reached Sid’s hands, that would all change.
Ever since helping has dad build a MkII Ford Zephyr, Sid has been hooked on older cars. Having such a passion at a young age is refreshing in this generation of plastic cars. As with many builds, Sid intended just to give the old girl a tidy-up to make a bit more of an impression on the street. That tidy-up soon blew out into a solid 12-month, ground-up rebuild with stunning results.
As Sid had helped dad, it was dad’s turn to help Sid strip the car back to a shell so it could be delivered to Colour Strip services for a full bead blast. Once blasted, it appeared the shell wasn’t in bad nick, despite nearly 40 years of street use. Before the spray guns were fired into life, Sid decided to remove some of the vehicle’s chrome and badges.
To stop the myriad questions from passers by querying what the vehicle was, he wisely chose to keep both front and rear Ford badges in place. The hole filling and smoothing treatment has been continued into the engine bay, where you will now not find a single unused hole.
The clean and tidy look has been enhanced by the relocation of the battery to the boot, and a PBR brake boost is hidden away out of sight under the guard.
With such a straight shell, Sid knew it would have been an injustice not to finish the vehicle to an equally high standard. With this in mind he took it to Dale and the team at Cambridge Panelworks, where it was expertly treated to a new suit of PPG Apache gold paint. The resulting look attained by the colour and smoothing is far more modern than that of the standard car, and almost defies the fact the vehicle is perhaps a little over the hill.