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Hot Rod Magazine - Beach Hop Pictorial CoverOur Custom Cabover features in the 8th edition of NZ Hot Rod Magazine‘s ‘Beach Hop Pictorial’.

Here’s the article:

By Craig Stare
SOMETIMES it doesn’t take much to plant the seed for inspiration for the next project, and this is a story of just that. I have known Mark Stead for about three years now and always enjoy calling into his shop Big Shed Customs whenever I get to go through Blenheim.

Inspiration came from an original COE Mark saw in the USA in 2009 and he did open his trap and say “I could build one of those but my way.” The cabover has a loose resemblance to a Ford but when asked by curious onlookers what did it used to be? They all get the same reply – “just a half pallet of panel steel.” Starting with a Hilux chassis he installed an injected 302 Ford engine with a 4-speed Falcon auto and rear end. Mark created all the bodywork himself from a vision inside his head, including extensive metalwork inside the cab as well. The truck was painted in-house in Perculiar green, their own concoction. The paint is set off nicely with 20 x 10-1/2” rims on back and 20 x 9” rims on front and cream leather inside. The total construction was only 2 years and 2 months and had only 30kms on it when they left for the Beach Hop.

A full indepth feature will appear in NZHRM in the near future including construction shots.

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