I posted the "before" photo onto http://retrorides.proboards.com/ and asked for some of my ideas to be made to the image. This then became the rough guide / sketch for Valley Gas to work from
I took the car to Valley Gas and showed them the photoshop and asked if they could handle doing all the major bodywork and mechanical modifications.
Jimmy liked the idea and even went further with some of his own style changes too.
During this time, Valley Gas named the car "SlamGuard" and I named it "The Albatross" (after the American poem, as well as a reference to the huge doors).
It was growing into becoming Lil'Merc.