This slick ute is virtually remanufactured from tip to tail. Down Town Kustoms (DTK) has re-designed, re-made, or refined every aspect, inside and out, for better form and function. A lot of effort went into making all the modifications like the upgraded double A-arm front end and four-bar, rear disappear. REFINED might look standard, however the body shape is actually far from the original. The only part that hasn’t been made from scratch (or substantially modified) is the centre of the roof. Modern driveline includes a stout LS3 power plant, T56 six-speed manual and 9-inch diff, all rolling on 16 and 18-inch billets that look just right.
Paint is far more subtle than your average high-end build, with the unique HOK grey giving REFINED a timeless elegance. This is offset by the combination of satin and matte-black undercarriage. It even retains all the exposed brake and fuel lines – albeit exquisitely formed in polished stainless steel. Despite being finished to a very high standard and featuring an extremely high level of modification, REFINED is first and foremost a driver. “The ute drove in here”, says Graeme from DTK, “and will effectively drive out a brand new car, with better form and function.” REFINED is not Glen’s only ute – this is just the lucky one. He also owns an FJ, two EHs and a 1967 Ford XR ute. “Utes were bought as workhorses,” says Glen. “They had a wheel barrow in them from day one. I have a fascination for them, as they’re true survivors, I’m just trying to keep them alive.”