For the past year we’ve been a bit quiet because one of us has been working with another custom garage (gasp!) but it’s ok, she had permission. Helen has become a Goblin as well as a Skull & Pistons rock ‘n’ rolla… Goblin Works was an engineering company from the 1970’s that sadly went out […]Read more "Goblin Works Garage is coming…"
WE finally got to a show! Sunday saw the A602’s holding their annual Autorama with loads of incredible custom builds, live music, great food and tons of custom classic fans. Our chopped custom Cortina was let out for the day and fit right in amongst all the builds, it was very well received and got […]Read more "A602’s Autorama 2017"
WE’RE really excited to be supporting the Mini Super Two’s British Championships on the 11th June at Aldershot Raceway. As well as creating some Skull & Pistons trophies for the championships we’re also gifting a few goodies to the winner and supporting racing driver Paul Sweeney and his Mini Super Two’s car. We caught up with […]Read more "Mini Super Two’s British Championships"
As we enter 2017 we wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone. We’ve had a very hard year with a hell of a lot going on, going wrong and going bananas – and you have all been incredible. Whether you’ve hauled ass to one of our events, spread the word on social media, […]Read more
After a chance meeting at our workshop we got talking to the guys at Largam Works about cars, (they’re petrol heads too) and now it’s turned into a regular natter over a cup of tea. Based in Essex they specialise in workwear – stocking Carhartt, Filson and Redwing. We like to support small British companies because we are […]Read more "Skull & Pistons Meet Largam Works…"
WE made a quick visit to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC on Friday to have a look at some classics and fit in a few meetings. This is a big car show and a main event on the petrol head calendar, it’s spread out over 5 halls so we could have done with another […]Read more "Classic Motor Show at The NEC"
WE thought it was about time for an update to let you know what we’ve been getting up to lately, because we knew you were wondering. So here goes, we went to Arena Essex Raceway last week to support our buddy Nick Underwood a.k.a Tin Tops in his debut Mini Super Twos race. Starting at […]Read more "Racing & Restoring"
WE’RE going to be showing our enigmatic custom MK2 Cortina at The Bike Shed on August 11th from 7pm onwards. This one-of-a-kind restomod Ford will be alongside some epic custom motorbikes under the arches of petrol head heaven, a.k.a The Bike Shed. The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club started in November 2011 as a blog about Anthony “Dutch” […]Read more
Well, what a month we’ve had – it’s been tough but we’re back on track now so we thought we’d throw together a video of our custom chopped MK2 Cortina. We also wanted to share some pictures of the finished build to tempt your bad selves – remember this baby is for sale so let […]Read more "Custom Cortina Video"
A few months ago Chris Frosin came to photograph our custom chopped Cortina for Classic Ford Magazine and the feature came out today! It’s a fantastic write-up courtesy of Daniel Bevis, amazing photos, we’re on the cover AND there’s a pull-out of the Cortina – Blu Tack that baby onto your wall and dream of custom […]Read more "Featured in Classic Ford Magazine"
AS one half of Skull & Pistons Garage, I recently started learning how to weld so I can be more useful. This gave me an idea, I’d get a project to learn on – that way my practise will have an end goal, and my time won’t be wasted. So I decided to look for a […]Read more "Mini Rat Rod, Mission Impossible?"
Custom Cortina Magazine Shoot & Open Day We’ve had a busy week this week, on Friday we had a visit from Chris Frosin who came by to photograph our custom chopped MK2 Cortina for an upcoming magazine feature. Then Saturday (as Modfest was postponed) we had a few people over to the workshop to see […]Read more
WE’VE been working on our first project for quite a while now – at the same time as setting up the business as a whole – so this really has been no mean feet. We’re very close to the end of this build with just a few tweaks to go before our chopped MK2 Cortina is totally finished […]Read more
WE’VE been designing some new merchandise over the last few weeks which is now available for men and women. Skull & Pistons Garage t-shirts, vests, sweatshirts, hoodies, bags, caps and mugs all featuring our new graphics. Not only will you look smokin’ hot rocking these new threads you will also be supporting a small independent […]Read more "New Skull & Pistons Garage Merchandise…"
WE are making progress, honestly, we’ve had to wait on parts from the states and a few last bits to bring the build together. Our original bonnet was unfortunately unsalvageable so we had a new one made and decided to change the design of the scoop slightly while we were at it. Custom glass has been […]Read more "Update On Our Custom Chopped Cortina…"
YESTERDAY we introduced our first project to press and special guests in association with Pistonhead Lager at the world-famous Ace Cafe London. We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our launch with press, special guests and lots of other Cortina fans. (Click on galleries to see images full size). A bit about us: We both hail from […]Read more "Skull & Pistons Launch at Ace Cafe London…"
Project one starts to take shape as we get her rolling and ready for metalwork. The rear axel has been refurbished and orange brake lines added to continue our colour scheme, we’ve popped the bonnet and boot lid back on to get her ready for the next stage of the build and this allowed us […]Read more "We’re Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin…"
A quick update from Skull & Pistons, the first evidence of our paint scheme can be seen in the engine bay of project one and it’s bright orange… Combined with one of our three body colours – gun-metal grey, black and/or old Ford white – along with our Skull & Pistons logo the orange will […]Read more "Things are Looking Bright…"
THE work continues on project one, lots of elbow grease and attention to detail on all the parts you can’t see. All very important on a custom nut and bolt restoration. The engine block has been re-painted, our new 4 Port brake calipers arrived, we reconditioned the rear axel and added orange brake lines, we […]Read more "Update on Project One…"
GOODWOOD Revival, the ultimate weekend for classic car enthusiasts. We rocked up on the saturday and had an absolute blast, surrounded by the most incredible classic cars, vintage fashion, amazing food and drink and an unbeatable atmosphere. We’re definitely going back next year with some of our own creations, so watch out Doom Bar you’d […]Read more "Goodwood Revival…"
WE’VE been working really hard doing all the boring business stuff that comes with starting up an independent garage, this means the projects have been on a go slow. But it’s all getting into gear now though with new premises, new projects, merchandise and bespoke touches all happening at once we thought we’d better give […]Read more "Update…"
PROJECT One is very much underway and although we’re being quite secretive about that model we would like to present our not so secretive Project Two, a 1964 MK1 Cortina Estate and Project Three a 1974 MK3 Cortina Pick-Up. We’re really excited about these two, the MK1 will be restored and customised with a solid nod to […]Read more "Project Two & Three…"
As we continue the mammoth task that is our first Skull & Pistons Project, ‘JJ’ begins to take shape. The roof has come off and been lowered 4″ and it’s been smoothed out in a few places too. There’s been a lot of welding going on including the bonnet which has the start of a killer […]Read more "Project One Starts To Take shape…"
Our maiden project continues and he (we’ve named this car JJ) has been stripped. JJ is a very solid car which is great news especially as it’s a classic, so we would have expected some rust but this car is very clean. If you’ve been following the build via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you’ll have seen the updates but […]Read more "Project One Stripped…"
The first epic build begins tomorrow so we thought you might like a few hints as to what ‘project one’ might be. We’ll be unveiling the finished car at shows in September and only then will it’s identity be revealed, so you’ll have to keep guessing. The whole build will be documented via our website, […]Read more "Project One…"
We visited the Knebworth Transport Festival this weekend and despite the drizzle and the whiney bloke on the mic polluting the airwaves it was a good show. There were lots of great British cars on show and the classic Fords in particular were drawing the crowds. So after making a nuisance of ourselves and munching on some […]Read more "Knebworth Transport Festival…"
Born from two people’s infinite and slightly obsessive love of cars, Skull & Pistons Garage, which has been gassed about, planned and sweated over for quite some time, is finally here. We are a unique British brand specialising in the renovation, improvement and customisation of classic British vehicles and we’ll be documenting every project on our […]Read more "And So It Begins…"