All good things come in threes, right? And that’s why the world’s most iconic detailing duo are back for another battle. It’s part two of the Meguiar’s build-off 2022!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years (no, being at home in isolation doesn’t count), then you must be aware of the Tom v Dale saga that has been running since 2019. For those still looking a little confused, Tom Clarke and Dale Masterman are both long serving members of the Meguiar’s UK team and after struggling to agree on the finer details of the brand’s own demonstrator vehicle back in 2018, the top dogs at Meguiar’s decided the lads would be better off both building their own cars and going head-to-head for bragging rights. Round one saw Tom build a wide-arched R5GTT, while Dale went for a customised Merc W115. Round two saw Dale put his race-inspired Jag S-Type R (read the build) against Tom’s old-skool, flam-popping Volvo Amazon (read the build). But it’s now time for the trilogy and we’re delighted to announce that we’re going document the builds right here, on Fast Car. So, without further ado, it’s Meguiar’s Build-off 2022.

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Meguiar’s Build-Off 2022 Part Two

Dale’s 2001 Ford Ranger King Cab

Since the last update the Ford Ranger King Cab has been shipped off to Swallows Racing, and with the help of Phil from The Install Company and myself we got to work stripping the Ranger down. As you can see from the pictures, we didn’t mess about and the old oil burner and pick-up bed was removed in super-quick time. It would probably have been even quicker if I wasn’t there sticking my nose in, but you’ve got to show willing in these situations and I was on hand to grab the biscuits when called upon.

There’s an awful lot of work to do to get this thing show worthy, and even our Multipurpose Cleaner won’t help that chassis but we’ll get that sorted at another time, our main objective was to mock-up and see where the new Ford Duratec will sit in the bay. Doing an engine swap is never an easy job, even when you’re swapping like for like, so the fact we’re binning off the stock engine and fitting a completely different powertrain and transmission is testament to the skills that Swallows and The Install Company possess.

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With everything out the way, Swallows raided their spare parts room and grabbed a V6 to dummy-up where everything is going to sit, including the two snails that they are going to bolt to it. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a tight squeeze but I have every faith in Swallows to get it sorted.

The other main factor that we’re taking into consideration when doing the swap is that we want the truck to roll super-low, and that’s one of the main reasons Phil popped along to help out, as this is his forte and he’ll be responsible for body dropping and tubbing it before the Car Audio and Security supplied Air Lift suspension is bolted in – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves as this going to take a lot of fabrication and engineering to get everything aligned. The only way is up, or should I say down? Until next month, readers…

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Tom’s 1985 Mk2 Golf

So, after last month’s deep clean we were initially pleased with what we found beneath all the dirt and grime that had built up after years sat outside with no cover. What would the major strip down reveal, though? Well, there was only one way to find out…

It’s hard to believe but in the whole strip out of the interior just one screw didn’t enjoy coming out!!! The rest of the bolts and stuff were like new. I guess this is part of the reason why people love VWs so much. I don’t know if this is normal procedure for Wolfsburg builds in general but I’m used to French cars and that definitely isn’t normal! Externally, all panels appear to be original too, which is great and when it came to rust, honesty, we found just one bit that will need a little TLC – that’s the outer of the rear suspension turret.

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With everything removed, next stop for the car is Custom Cages to have a full, GT-spec, six-point cage welded in. I appreciate all these images of a bone-stock Mk2 aren’t exactly sexy, but I’m not quite ready to show you the render we knocked up of the completed car. I’m happy to tell you a bit about it, though. As we’re going to be using a Japanese bodykit, I wanted to throw homage to the Advan racing livery, but with a German twist. So, the current plan is to go with Rubystone Red inside the car and bay, then something two-tone (front pink, rear black) externally. My brain is always whirring away, though, so maybe this will change a little over time but this is where I am currently. Catch you in a couple of weeks with the next update

Meguiar’s Build-off 2022 Part One

Tom’s 1985 Mk2 Golf

Tom has form for choosing obscure project choices, his debut solo effort was a wide-arched R5 GTT that he gave a 21st century twist, then last season he went fully left field with a fully customised Volvo Amazon, quite an eclectic mix. So, we were quite surprised to hear that 2022s weapon of choice is a Mk2 Golf. Of course, the car might be a sensible choice but I’m sure his plans are anything but….

FC: Why did you opt for a Mk2 Golf?

TC: They’re iconic for me. Having owned one for just months but watching friends build them over the years I’ve always wanted to scratch that itch properly. Truth be told, there are some pretty mega builds out there and it’s about creating something I feel is different but that takes the recipe and adds some spice.

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FC: Where did you source the car?

TC: I bought it from a good friend, Max. He’d owned the car for 15 years, with a plan to do something with it. Turns out, that ‘something’ was to sell it to us. Ha ha.

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FC: What condition is it in, other than being very dirty?

TC: Before Max, it was a one lady owner car. Obviously, it doesn’t look it but, it’s a great base car. It’s been sat under a tree for 15 years and never moved. The inside of the boot hasn’t been touched for all that time and is like a time capsule. The jacking points and the rear beam mounting point are all solid and whilst there is some moss and superficial grime… it’s all good. I hope…

FC: What are your plans for the project?

TC: To not follow the recipe and cock up the chance I have of building a decent Mk2 show car.

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FC: Which cars will inspire the build?

TC: Well, let’s just say that when you said I have an eclectic taste, I’m looking to bring some of that taste to the build and inspiration from not just the VW scene. Watch this space…

FC: So, when are you aiming to have this finished? Will it be 6-months late like the Amazon?

TC: Haha, I hope not. My deadline date is the cover of PVW for Ultimate Dubs, so it needs to be ready for Jan 2023!

Dale’s 2001 Ford Ranger King Cab

You’ve got more chance of winning the Euro Millions than you have trying to predict what Dale will build next. First time out he went for a low and slow W115 Merc, while last year he went for track-focused Jaguar S-Type R, that he had converted to manual. Quite the contrast. Is he going show or go in 2022? Well, he’s actually going for both with his Ford Ranger King Cab…

FC: Why did you opt for a Ford Ranger?

DM: My Dad loves American mini trucks and used to buy all the mags to follow the scene, his enthusiasm rubbed off on me and must have planted a seed all those years ago.

FC: Where did you source the car?

DM: I looked locally for a few weeks before word got out and I was offered this King Cab from an associate of Swallows Racing. I wanted this model because it makes for a slicker looking truck.

FC: What condition is it in?

DM: It’s been used for transporting mountain bikes about, so has a few battle scars but is a solid base car, and I’m going to completely transform it anyway.

FC: What are your plans for the project?

DM: Well, I want to combine my two previous builds, so Kustom Colours who painted the Merc and Swallows Racing who did the work on the Jag are both getting involved again. The paintwork will have a tribal show paint vibe, while the diesel engine is going to be ditched for a Jaguar AJ30, which is based on a Ford Duratec. The biggest difference is Jag upgraded it to a VVT. We’re going to twin-turbo it, we know it can be done as the Noble M400 ran this engine and was a twin-turbo setup from stock.

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FC: Any other key modifications?

DM: Yeah, so Phil at the Install Company is also getting involved. He’ll be responsible for body dropping and tubbing it, then Car Audio Security are going to supply all the Air Lift goodies so we can get it rolling really, really low. They’ll also be an SQ sound system and loads more too.

FC: Loads to do then, when are you aiming for completion?

DM: Well, unlike Tom I always hit my deadlines, so I’m hoping to have it ready for Autosport in January 2023.