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A model restoration project!

A model restoration project!

Paul Bulbeck is our screwdriver assembly team leader, building and calibrating all models of GTL screwdrivers. Outside work, however, he has been spending a lot of his time on a truck restoration project which is now mostly completed.

Paul has owned many hot rods over a period of forty plus years. As a member of the Surrey Street Rodders, a custom and hot rod car club, Paul and his fellow club members take their cars round the show circuit during the summer raising money for charities which have included air ambulance and the provision of specialist wheelchairs. Paul's club has been so successful at fundraising that this year the club has been entered into the National Street Rod Association Hall of Fame for its efforts.

Paul bought the truck, based on a 1928 model A Ford, from a friend as an older hot rod which needed refreshing, as he was looking for a project to work on. He ran it for one season but then wanted to put his mark on it. He decided to respray it, but the only place available to do this was his single garage; he could therefore only spray one panel at a time. This was very time-consuming and meant that the respray took over a year working on it every weekend.

The truck sits on a new chassis with a tuned two litre injection Ford engine, dual fuel, gas and petrol, mated to a four speed automatic gearbox. The front suspension is independent and the rear axle is a later Ford model. Its colour is Brunswick Green, which Paul chose as it was a very popular colour for old stationary engines and steam trains. Having changed many vehicles over the years, Paul is going to be keeping this one as it has been a real labour of love.

The photo on the front cover shows the truck before restoration, and the one to the right shows the finished model.

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