How to improve on The Standard

Back in 2008 I purchased a 1954 Standard Vanguard.


Then I decided to make it into a cool Hot-Rod based on the American lead sleds...... as the car is very small, I've named it a Lil'Merc.



How it looked originally....

Some would say, "It was an ugly duckling...."

How it looks today....

At Vintage Nostalgia 2018 in June....enjoying some sunshine....
At M4 Karting classic & custom 2018 in August....enjoying some sunshine....

...and the journey it took to get there....

After the long 4hr drive back from Cheshire
engine in
Back home in the garage
even looks good underneath
back in Primer....ready for some paint
Time to make a few minor modifications
Valley Gas
time to start with the wiring
Back to bare metal again
starting to take shape
and a few few more modifications
Spats finish off the look
Need a bigger garage
lots of smoothing off
ready to put it all back together
One of the best recovery lorries, ever!


........feel free to contact me if you see me out and about and have video / photo's to share.....


original to reality
"Sitting in the weeds", mission accomplished - May 2018
Just looking great in the sunshine

Your one stop hot-rod shop

Valley Gas Speed Shop has been established since 1999 and have built and worked on many different cars. We have always tried to supply you, our customers, with good workmanship - but at a price you can afford.

Our workmanship is a variety from your British Classics (MG's, Mini's) through to fully built turnkey Hot Rods (Rat Rod's / Show Winning) and have also been commissioned to build concept cars.

We can make you a bracket, stainless headers or exhaust system, build you a stock or a race engine, or custom made chassis. We have built many race cars including the Boston Brawler (9 second 33 Willys Coupe) which was run for over 15 years.

We are fully equipped with a service bay for standard American motors.

Call us now to see what we can do for you......


Protech Shocks

Protech Shocks Offer a complete competition and fast road shock absorber service for drivers looking for the edge in performance at an affordable price.


These units are ultra light weight all aluminium design and the components used are C.N.C machined to a very high standard, they are then anodised in clear and black to give maximum protection and presentation. (all units are hand built to order)



The Story continues

As they say, "it's never really finished".....

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