Custom 1985 Ford Courier - Rails

It's Not A Mazda!

Ernie Macias
Dec 1, 2007
Photographers: Jamie Starling
Photo 2/6   |   Owner: Ben McGuireRide: '85 Ford CourierHometown: Brisbane, AustraliaClub: Negative Camber
Every time we read somebody's tech sheet, we gather a few things about them, such as do they have a sense of humor, are they serious, are they boring, are they crazy? You name it, we see it in print. From reading Ben McGuire's tech sheet, we can tell the guy is very dedicated and has a crazy sense of humor, we think. Because, of course, you can't really know somebody by only reading about them.
Ben wrote that he learned a lot about the wrong way to do things, but from this he learned the right way. His story started like most peoples'. One day, in a land far away, Ben noticed a HiLux sitting on the ground, and realized he had a new reason to live. He immediately started looking for a truck to hack up, but knew that not just any truck would be good for him. He wanted something different and unique. The body lines on the Courier caught his attention, and soon he traded a VW bug for one.
Photo 3/6   |   1985 Ford Courier engine Bay
A few cartons of Woodstock Bourbon later, he had started on his blank canvas. We've heard of people pounding a few beers, but Ben claims that after the first night of cutting, he decided it would be a good idea to fill up the back wall of his shed with as many empty Woodstock Bourbon cans as possible. "This, I believe, was why my truck took so long to build. And why my liver hurts every time I look at Woodstock Bourbon!" exclaimed Ben. Now that's some serious drinking.
Photo 4/6   |   1985 Ford Courier custom Interior
Being patient isn't one of Ben's strongest qualities, either. It seems his good friend, Cameron, finished doing the interior on the truck and got it back to Ben. Ben decided to hurry up and rush the dash back in, then one thing led to another, and the interior caught on fire. "I got on the phone to Cameron and filled him in on my handy work. After realizing I wasn't joking, and confirming that I was an idiot, he told me he wasn't too impressed, and not looking forward to redoing some of his handy work," said Ben.
Luckily for Ben, Cameron is a good friend and was there to help him, no matter what the circumstances were. What did Ben learn from all of this? He learned how to do things the wrong way and the right way, and now he can't wait to get his hands on a new project. Like most guys, he jumped around and even had to redo some stuff, but next time, he'll be ready for a first time and top-quality job. But maybe the next time, he can keep the Bourbon to a minimum.
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 19x7.5 one-off made Billet, three-piece wheels with CNC ma-chined, chromed centers.
Tires (Front/Rear): 225/35R19 Goodyear Revspecs
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Rear suspension: Four-link
Airbag type and size (Front/Rear): Firestone 2600
Spindles: 2.5-inch drop spindles
Shocks: Pedders shocks
Valves: 1/2-inch SMC valves
Compressor: Dc5000
Air line: 1/2-inch nylon lines
Frame mods: 6-inch notch
Gas tank: Modified Mazda RX3 fuel tank
Performed by: Ben McGuire, Bill Hart, and Kane at Kommited Kustoms
City/state: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Body Modifications
Shaved: Ariel, door handles and locks, cowl, fuel flap, tie-down rails, the back pillar plastic vent was removed, a metal pillar was made, tailgate, and smoothed out the body lines.
Frenched: Number plate, a.k.a. license-plate box
Body-dropped: 2.5-inch body-drop
Front end: One-piece smoothed bumper, Billet Phantom grille, recessed headlights, lifted and reshaped bonnet a.k.a. hood (for engine clearance), pumped and reshaped guards, tubbed firewall, and handmade front wheel tubs.
Back end: Custom-made alloy, side hinged,and solenoid-operated hard lid, sheetmetal tray-or bed as we would say in the United States.
Taillights: Euro taillights
Misc.: One-piece window conversion-noquarter glass.
Performed by: Ben McGuire, Bill Hart, and Greg McGuire
City/state: Australia
Brand and colors: Protech paint in Winning Blue
Style: Solid
Performed by: Greg McGuire at Powers Smash
City/state: Toowomba, Queensland, Australia
Photo 5/6   |   1985 Ford Courier custom Interior
Seats: One-piece bucket Lotus seats.
Material: Light cream vinyl
Dash: One-piece fiberglass dash fully shaved
Door panels: Light cream vinyl, raised out Tribal patterns
Center console: Sheetmetal center console
Flooring: Light cream vinyl, raised out tribal patterns
Headliner: Light cream vinyl
Gauges: VDO Gauges
Misc.: Billet rear-vision mirrors
Performed by: Cameron at North Coast Custom Trim Ed at Cougar Glass, Ben McGuire and Bill Hart, and Cam's at Sunshine Coast
City/state: Sunshine Coatst, Queensland, Australia
Head unit: Pioneer Head unit
Mids and highs: Pioneer Front splits hidden behind dash, Tweeters in dash.
Amps: 1x400w and 1x1000w Pioneer amps.
Subwoofers: Two 2x12-inch Pioneer subwoofers, located behind the seats.
Performed by: Ben McGuire, Bill Hart
Photo 6/6   |   1985 Ford Courier rear Passenger Side View
Make: Nissan 2LT 4-cylinder SR20 DET (Red Top)
Intake/exhaust: Modified Supra intercooler, Turbo Smart blow-off valve, K&N filter, 2-inch mandrel-bent intake plumbing, 3-inch one piece mandrel-bent exhaust Hi flow cat, 3-inch muffler12-inch thermo fan, and a Nissan radiator
Turbo: Standard
Transmission: Nissan five-speed gearbox, two-piece tailshaft
Fuel delivery: Holden VL turbo fuel pump
Rear-end: Borg Warner differential
Inner fenders: Hand-rolled inner guards
Performed by: Ben McGuire and Bill Hart
Special Thanks By Owner:
Big thanks goes out to my good friend, Bill Hart, who helped me with every step of the build; my fiance Donna, who put up with us welding and grinding every night! To my Dad, Greg McGuire at Powers Smash. Cameron at North Coast Custom Trim (you can tell he's a legend, just look at his work), Kane at Kommited Kustoms, Ed at Cougar Glass, Darren at Pioneer, Pedders Geebung, Bob Jane Chermside, and the boys and girls of Negative Camber.



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