A few years back, when Marco Warren first went into business as Juarez Fabrication, we were privileged to be the first to feature in print the cool work that Marco was putting out at his secluded workshop in the heart of the Sussex countryside. The feature was published in different magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and while we doubt Marco won any work from the USA on the strength of the piece, it probably helped show them the quality of traditional hot rod building in the UK.
That was back in 2008, and a lot can change in seven years, and Marco ever keen to hone his craft further, took a few years out from the business while he went off to work at a high-end restoration shop to learn as much as he could about early coachbuilding and chassis fabrication techniques. Having heard that he was back working on his own again, this time located down on the South Coast of England a few miles West of Brighton, we were interested in visiting the resurrected Juarez Fab. and seeing what was going on. Marco though, was initially less keen, and explained that he was deliberately keeping a low profile while he quietly re-established his new workshop with a view to managing the workload gradually, rather than throw open the doors to all and sundry and take on too much work before he was fully ready.
As it worked out this time around, we spoke to Marco about some suspension work on our own ’34 Coupe first, with the idea of this blog post only coming afterwards, which was cool, and so on the day we went to collect the finished job, we were able to eventually get a few pictures the his new operation.
In the last couple of months, Marco has been kept busy putting some serious metalwork mojo into this ’50 Shoebox, now known as the ‘Stu-Box’ on account of being owned by a local guy called Stuart, (well, there’s a surprise?)……
The sharp, yet still unfinished sedan has lost 3-inches in height at courtesy of Marco’s hacksaw, with subtle early custom touches such as moulded (rather than frenched), headlamp rings, a shaved and leaded hood, shaved handles and rear fender skirts. At the rear, the trunk lid has been shaved and then stock rear lights moulded in, the gas filler door has also been welded up for a smoother line. The whole theme of the car is for a mildly customized period street custom, rather than an wild out and out sled, with the Oldsmobile sombrero caps being a particularly nice touch. We’re looking forward to seeing how this one turns out when it’s eventually finished.
Also in the shop was this ‘High School Hot Rod’ ’30-’31 Roadster, imported in 2014 and brought straight to Juarez. Marco has already installed a twin carbed ’40 Ford V8, coupled to a ’39 transnmission and ’39 pedal box, along with a ’40 rear end, Marco being careful to make everything ‘bolt-in’ while still retaining a stock-ish appearance, just as they would have done back in the day, mildly rodded cars like this would have been much more common on the street back then, and most California High schools would probably have had one similar in the student parking lot, you can just imagine it headed out to the local ball game packed with teenagers and cheerleaders in their team colours!
Also in the shop, but stripped to a bare shell, is a ’32 5-Window that was imported around 10 years ago but is now undergoing a full rebuild right down to all new cross-members on its original side rails. It’s due a 3-inch chop, and will be fitted with a 350ci crate motor, 5-speed ‘box and quick change rear end. You can just see it behind the Model A Roadster.
In our lead-in picture you can the basis of Marco’s next car for himself, though here’s a better shot, a ’27 T Doctor’s Coupe that came into the country as ‘flat-packed’ separate panels some time ago. Sporting a crazy 8 3/4-inch chop, it is now back on a T Chassis with a bolted in ’32 crossmember, and will stay on its stock springs and axles for a true jalopy look. The motor is an early pump-in-head V8 from a ’35 Ford, making for an inexpensive but fun traditional old hot rod. Having assembled it thus far, Marco will be taking it home to finish in his spare time leaving more room at the shop for ‘paying’ jobs!
Speaking of ‘paying jobs’, we can now call ourselves bona fide customers of the born again Juarez Fabrication, and we have to say, Marco is a pleasure to do business with, he really does care about every detail of any job that leaves his workshop. if anyone is looking for traditional fab work on an early car, or custom metalwork on a later car, Marco’s your man.
Thanks to Marco for not only the work, but the opportunity to share the love via this blog post. (The tea’s ok too).
Oh and by the way, don’t bother looking for a website, there isn’t one yet, and Googling Juarez Fabrication will only take you to a steel fabrication business in the Phillipines, and that’s not him. Instead, you might leave a message on 07944 571509 and he’ll get back to you when he’s finished welding……..
By the way, this is the only time we’ll be featuring a Ford Transit, or part thereof on this blog. Thank you.