Something crazy for a mid-week read, but where do I start with a build like this, well first, as you can see its still not even close to finished, but we wanted to show you now anyway because so much has already gone into this, if we didn’t do a work in progress feature you’d miss out on the insane amount of work that Ben has taken on with his very unique, monster Sierra pick up.
It started life as a mk2 4 door Sierra, it was standard as you like but needed a fair bit of work to get through an MOT when Ben picked it up. As with most old Fords it was riddled with holes in all the normal places, floor pan, arches, battery tray, boot floor, inner and outer sills, the list goes on, and sadly again, common now with old Fords most of this was well covered with filler, in some places up to a half inch think…
not what Ben had signed up for.
But every cloud has a sliver lining and the rot was so bad Ben figured if he had to do all that work to fix it, he might as well build what was in his head, so he had a plan, and that was no plan, just build what he could see in his head, custom build every bit of it, do it by hand, and on your driveway.
Its hard to give enough credit for the work that’s gone into this, last weekend I welded my first plate into my XR and I was shitting myself, in all honesty I did a terrible job, good enough but not good. It gave me an idea what its like to weld with 2/3mm sheet metal, its not easy to do well.
I’ve always loved is a badboy bonnet, but to do it properly you need to weld on plates, grind it back etc etc, and that’s not something I would personally take on, so when you see that not only has this sierra got a badboy custom see through bonnet, it also has custom vents, custom arches, custom skirts, and that’s just the first stage of the build, you have to appreciate the work involved. But then there’s the next stage of the build and that’s where it gets a bit more crazy.
I’ve recently come across a couple other pick up conversions, there’s a lifted escort van pickup that Ill try and cover in future days, and I saw a interesting BMW pickup at InCarNation, but there is something about this which blows my mind. Other than the obvious cutting the roof off, Bens cut out the spare wheel well and petrol tank, strengthened all the rear floor in prep for a new inline tank, freshened up the entire underside, lifter the rear, built a sexy looking custom exhaust, and then of course the duck tail which to me is the icing on the cake. And before I gloss over it, all of this has been smoothed over, and rattle canned to a high finish, which lets be honest is tough work…
Because this is getting a bit lenghty Ill try and speed through the rest, but the interior has been stripped and dipped, fully caged, custom dash, and a nice set of cobras to chill in. A build like this wouldn’t be complete without some serious lump under the hood, and right now its not complete, but there are some serious plans for its future. Bens looking at running a 5.7 litter big block v8, but as the man himself says that depends on weather he changes his mind or not.