Wheeler Dealers: S10 E8 – Ford Popular 103E

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Budget:  £10,000
Purchase Price:  £6,000
Final Cost: £18,250
Selling Price: £23,000
Profit/Loss: +£4,750

Work Completed: Second-hand front suspension from a Jaguar XJ installed by replacing the old front suspension mountings with modified chassis rails, shortened XJ subframe and sway bar. Rusted metal front wings and bonnet replaced with one-piece fiberglass flip front panel. Rear lights and exhaust back pipes moved to the rear wings. Car painted in one of the original paint schemes from the famous “Pinball Wizard” Ford Popular[4] with Medium flake Purple for the base coat and Holographic flake Gold for the stripes. Engine spruced up with new rocker covers and headers, chrome alternator, HT leads and a retro air filter. Original headlight pods replaced with Venom LED retro headlights and LED taillights. Interior upgraded with re-trimmed vinyl dashboard and door cards, new carpets and simple vinyl seats. Four custom made aluminum rims and custom back lit rear number plate installed.

Notes: Modified hot rod fitted with a 5.7 litre Edelbrock Chevrolet V8 that generates 300 bhp. Micky Bray built the famous “Pinball Wizard” Ford Popular from which the paint scheme idea was taken, and which was owned at one time by Mike’s dad, Roger. The restored car was taken to Southend-on-Sea for a test drive where it was shown to Roger for his approval.

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