Projects

1968 Mustang Bullitt tribute

Description & Details

Delivered to Griffs as a rolling body ready for final assembly.

The tired 302W has been completely rebuilt in house with stage 1 camshaft, slight port work to the heads, stellite seats to suit unleaded fuel, bored, honed and fitted with forged pistons and moly rings. C4 transmission is also fully rebuilt with stage 1 shift kit and stall convertor to match camshaft and rear end gears. Rear end has had housing powder coated and diff centre is currently undergoing a rebuild.

Engine and trans have been installed as well as Borgeson Power Steering upgrade kit, front and rear disc brake system.

Keep watching as work progresses.

1937 Ford Pickup

Description & Details

This will be the Griffs Shop truck………

Factory 1935-40 Ford chassis which will be boxed, HG Holden disc brake front suspension running P76 rotors with HQ Holden calipers and shortened commodore rack and pinion steering.

Rear end is a shortened Ford 9″ running 3.7:1 Detroit centre with billet axles and Ford rear drum brakes. Engine is a 283 SBC coupled to a T5 5 speed gearbox with hydraulic throwout bearing clutch operation.

The body will be modified of course and the 37 cab has already has been channelled 3.5″, front sheetmetal will be 1935 Ford pickup and tub will be factory design narrowed to suit the rear end.

Keep watching as we find time to work on it………..

1970 Mustang Mach 1

Description & Details

Delivered to Griffs as rolling body. This 70 Mach 1 has already undergone complete bodywork and paint in metallic black with custom grey metallic Mach 1 style striping.

Also has had a RHD (right hand drive) conversion.

Now up to the Griffs team to carry out the finishing work for the RHD conversion and full assembly of drive train, interior and exterior.

Drive train is a built 351W, FMX transmission to suit and 9″ rear end. We have installed a Billet Specialties True Trac serpentine drive system to the engine to complete the package. Braking system is by Wilwood with front and rear 4 piston calipers and 320mm rotors.

We have a custom American Autowire wiring harness being fitted to handle the sparks for the power windows, power door locks, E-Stopp park brake system, Dakota Digital Analogue gauge pack and clock.

Interior is being trimmed with TMI Sport seat upholstery, matching sport console and custom brushed aluminium wrapped dash fascia panels and door trim inserts.
Gearshift will be looked after by a Lokar system which will display gear selected on the Dakota dash. Heating and A/C system is a custom fit Vintage Air unit.

As usual Vass (Engineering) and rego will be handle by Griffs also.

Keep watching as work progresses.

1969 Mustang Mach 1

Description & Details

Delivered to Griffs as rolling body. This 69 Mach 1 has already undergone some excellent structural repairs by the owner. Now up to the Griffs team to complete all bodywork and paint in Mach 1 fashion.

Rolling body has been completely disassembled, placed on one of our rotisseries, garnet blasted and epoxy coated. We have fitted new door shells, trunk lid and rear valance, all panel gaps have been perfected as required to all hang on panels, hood has had shaker hole cut out and hood pins fitted.

Custom front to rear sub frame connectors have been fabricated to blend with the existing front and rear frame rails, front and rear bumpers have also been modified to better fit the bodylines and shape, rear louvre and rear spoiler have also been fitted, rear valance has been modified to fit custom exhaust tips, radiator, thermo fans and A/C condenser have been test fitted and modified as required to fit.

Final bodywork is well underway with rear quarters, roof, front fenders and doors having been finish repaired.

Colour to be a custom Orange/Yellow Pearl.
Keep watching as work progresses.

1971 XY GT

Description & Details

Complete rotisserie restoration.

After a massive effort with the metal work the bodywork and final paint in Track Red has been completed.

The assembly is complete, all new suspension and driveline are now fitted. Engine has been completely rebuilt, transmission rebuilt and they are both in their final resting place. Custom wiring loom has been installed and all new interior trim.

The 351C engine has been started, tuned and is ready to go!

The final stages of RWC and Vic rego are now underway which means we will soon have to part with the XY.

1964 Ranchero Pick Up

Description & Details

Wouldn’t this be cool for a shop truck!

Sourced and imported by Griffs for our customer this beauty has already had some upgrades but needs finishing off in a more tasteful manner.

Powered by a built 302W with a stage 2 camshaft, 4 bbl Holley and intake, complete MSD ignition system, C6 auto transmission, Currie 9″ positraction rear end, front disc brakes and air conditioning.

Ranchero has now been completely converted from LHD to RHD (right hand drive), bench seat has been replaced with bucket seats with factory blue trim, new door panels, carpet, dash pad and a Mustang style T-bar shifter has replaced the B&M unit. Engine bay has been repainted after the conversion and is now nice and neat.

Engineering (VASS), Vic RWC and Rego has been completed.

Ready to hit the road……..

1962 Studebaker Champ

Description & Details

Designed at a time when Studebaker’s truck line hadn’t seen major upgrading in over 10 years, the company, which had endured years of declining sales, was forced to use a number of existing components, but the result was impressive.

The chassis and cargo box of the Champ were basically the same as what had been used for Studebaker’s ½ and ¾-ton trucks since 1949, but the cab section was very different.

An entirely new cab was out of the question because of cost considerations, but the new Lark compact car’s body proved to be just the right size and shape to suit the purpose. The engineering staff took a four-door sedan, cut it in half behind the front doors and modified the front half slightly to fit the truck chassis. The only new sheetmetal stamping that was required was the back wall of the new cab. Minor modifications for mounting of the cab to the 1949-vintage truck frame were also made.

The Lark’s front end sheetmetal was retained as well, but funds were allocated to give the Champ a new horizontal-bar grille that delivered a “tougher” look.

From the start of production, those desiring V8 power could choose between Studebaker’s 259- and 289 in³ engines with either a two- or four-barrel carburettor. Both engines remained largely unchanged during the Champ’s production run.

The LHD to RHD (right hand drive) conversion is well underway, we have used some parts from a donor Australian delivered RHD Champ which has worked out great. Also steering has been modified and will now be EPAS or electric power assisted steering using the factory rebuilt steering box and modified steering column. The dash section has been fitted up, heating system modified to suit our conversion, pedal box assembly used form donor Champ and rebuilt.

As usual we will complete the Engineering (VASS) certificate as required and fully register the Champ.

Stay tuned to see what happens next………..

1970 BOSS

Description & Details

This amazing vehicle was constructed in USA and Griffs arranged shipping from Texas to our workshop for final preparation, paint and full assembly.

This is very much a custom build and no stone has been unturned during the build process.

Build concept is factory look BOSS in stealth mode, being fully streetable with the ability to throw it around a race circuit or hill climb.

It features a custom built 428CI small block stroker engine by Leon Patton Race Engines in USA with a Kinsler/Motec fuel injection system coupled to a custom built 4 speed 4L80E automatic transmission with paddle shift at the steering wheel.

Powering through a custom 10.5″ full floating rear end assembly built by Cone Industries USA. Steering, front and rear suspension is by Total Control Products and has been tweaked of course by Cone Industries.

As vehicle will be fully Engineered and registered in SA it has also undergone a RHD conversion during the build. Interior is also modified from standard but still retains the Mustang look. Custom dash , gauges, console and Cobra seats are a certain feature.

Vehicle has been completed and is currently undergoing the process for registration in SA.

What an amazing vehicle to drive, handles like a true sports car, unbelievable power and it gets the power to the ground exceptionally well without fuss or hesitation. Best of all you can drive on the street without any issues. The transmission is set up with two driving modes; at the push of a button you can switch from “pick up the shopping mode” to “let’s go racing” mode.

1956 F100 pick up

Description & Details

We have completed right hand drive conversion, dash has been modified as required, new RHD power steering rack and pinion has been installed along with positioning of steering column. Brake booster, master cylinder and pedals have been relocated to RH side also. Glide Engineering split bench seat has been custom fitted to floor pan.

New Roush 427CI stroker engine has been installed, custom headers have been fabricated to suit application. AOD transmission and Ford 9″ rear end set up will remain.

Custom inner fenders have been fabricated for an even smoother, clean look, radiator support has been replaced and modified, all front sheet metal has been modified to make the section a complete 1 piece front clip. Factory cowl vent has been filled and smoothed out and complete new burst proof door lock system has been installed.

All interior components have been test fitted, push button start, remote door lock system fitted, electric window mechanisms, electric park brake, steering column, Glide seat, Lokar shifter and dash cluster.

We have also designed and manufactured a custom tailgate insert with “FORD” lettering, what a work of art!

The F100 has been disassembled for final bodywork and paint which is well underway.

Chassis has been through its paces and undergone a torsion and beam test as part of Engineering. Powder coating in black done and now is fully assembled waiting for the sweet 56 body.

Vehicle will be fully Engineered and road registered for SA standards by the Griffs team.

1933 Ford Three Window Coupe – ‘Chicken Coupe’

Description & Details

Owned by Tim Griffin

This is an extremely rare totally original all steel Ford three window, never chopped or modified. It was a barn find from New York where it had been sitting for 25 years.

It will be fiited out with a 331 Hemi engine (minus the blower), manual transmission and 9 inch rear end. It will be built as a traditional 50’s 60’s hotrod with no billet or bling.

At last some progress !
I have test fitted the front suspension and hairpins. Axle is a Superbell 4″ drop, Pete and Jakes shocks,factory spindles modified and fitted with XF rotors and will have VS calipers, hairpins are SoCal Speedshop. Rear end is sitting in its position waiting for the rear suspension.

Next job is some rust repairs.

Keep watching for more pictures as the project takes shape.

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