Shot in October of 2015 for SA Hotrods Magazine, I was a little concerned about shooting in the confines of a workshop, but it actually worked out great, especially since at that time of the day the light outside was a little too harsh, some of the details on the rod would be missed. I did use a pair of speedlights to help with some shots, something I don't do too often as I quite like the challenge of using available lighting. I always tell myself that I'll make more use of them, but once into a shoot I usually feel that they're not needed. I'll try use them more though, when needed.
For those wanting to know more about the specs of the Phoenix, here's an extract from the article:
Two 1934 Ford steel bodies and an angle grinder set up the base for the Phoenix cabin, which is a full fibreglass piece that’s made so well you’d swear it was off a billion Dollar production line. I actually knocked on it a few times to be certain it wasn’t metal. The two dead bodies weren’t used in vain; they gave rise (heh heh heh) to the name Phoenix – born again through the ashes (grinder shavings). The chassis used was sourced from a… Well, nothing. There wasn’t one available with the specs needed so the team simply created their own from scratch – as you do. Parts making up the chassis were all laser cut and made from top quality materials. With the main bits manufactured it was a case of building a load bin, fitting a motor (a sweet Ford V8 from engine builder Brian Cook at Raceparts Distribution) and sorting out an interior. Simple when said, but a fair lick of work in reality, a year’s worth truth be told.
On the exterior, we see some basic red steelies in wides and narrows complete with white walls and chrome hubcaps - a great contrast to the light matt green finish given to the cab and load bin. The Rage Phoenix logo stands out on the doors, as does the same logo fashioned into the tailgate. The roof features a nautical star logo, also a nice touch. That Ford V8 has been left exposed and there’s plenty custom parts and trick bits fitted with Phoenix logos engraved, it’s a really good-looking engine. I love the custom pipes ending in a star-exit. Being left exposed gave the guys a chance to show off their customizing skills in the front suspension and chassis mounts, there’s a freaking V8 logo laser cut into it. Details that kick ass! Custom tappet covers, a Holley double pumper, an Edelbrock intake manifold, billet ignition wire holders and an upgraded ignition system are all part of the setup.
In the cabin it’s plain and simple, a cream dash is fitted with the classic series, chrome-bezel Auto Meter gauges and a few small lights. A wooden 3-spoke EMPI steering wheel is in play along with a B&M shifter. Seats and door cards have been finished in white and red leather. It all looks just right. It’s spotless in every way, it’s got that factory finish feel to it.
Here's some more pics from the shoot for your viewing pleasure, I hope you like.
Author: Chris Wall
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