Vehicle Restorations

1958 - Vanguard Phase III and Vignale

Series III Vanguard Utility - Alan McMillan

In mid 2001 we obtained this 1958 Vanguard ute by swapping it for an unrestored Australian backed Phase 11 panelvan we had no use for. At the time we had another, quite easily restorable, 58 ute which we had acquired from a hayshed in Morpeth and we thought the swapped 58 ute would be of some use in this project. However other restorations took priority and we never got around to the Morpeth ute and finally handed it on to another member.

This ute sat amongst its comrades, untouched, until early 2015 when we found ourselves with nothing to do having completed a series of improvements bringing all our registered vehicles to top condition. We wanted something that would fill in quite a bit of time so we looked at all the possibilities in the yard. Some could have been much easier to complete, however, the thought of owning an early Phase 111 ute still had great appeal for us.

So we set about tackling the task which finished up taking us almost exactly two years to complete. The photos take you through the project from dismantling, removing all rust, welding replacement panels where necessary, replacing all the wooden framing in the tray with steel, mechanical work on the running chassis, final body preparation, priming, painting, sewing all the interior pieces and fitting them. We were able to do all the work ourselves, we enjoyed most of it but like any restoration some parts were more enjoyable than others.

Now we look forward to taking this vehicle to club events and enjoying the rewards of the work we have done.

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  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility
  • 1958 Vanguard Phase III and Vignale
    1958 Series III Vanguard Utility