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“I PICKED up my 1971 Fairmont in early 2009. It was in very rough condition but it was a runner. A lot of people said it was too far gone to bother repairing, but I knew it could be done. I got it home and stripped it down to a bare shell for a full nut-and-bolt rebuild, which took three years. It had significant rust in all the usual places and once that was repaired I painted it in acrylic Limelight Metallic, which is a factory XY colour.
I then had the interior re-trimmed in factory Saddle by my good friend Dave Palmblad. It’s powered by a standard-stroke 302 Windsor with AFR alloy heads and a solid cam, backed by a fully manualised C4 transmission with 4500 converter and a 4.56-geared 31-spline nine-inch with a G-Force Detroit Locker. It has run a best of 12.3@110mph over the quarter, on pump fuel. All work, including the wiring, paint, panels, driveline and the mandrel-bent exhaust, were done by me in my shed without the luxury of a hoist. The only two things I outsourced were the machine work and the interior trim. I’d like to thank my wife Tiara for her patience, Dave Palmblad for the trim, my dad Terry and my mates Cole and Fritzy for helping out with the build.” Pics: Rick Welch
“I BOUGHT my ’75 TX Gemini as a 253-cube skid pig that was full of rust. It has come a long way since then. I had a heap of bodywork and paint done at HIZnHERZ Custom Panels, and it came up like new. I then had some mini-tubs put in by Gippsland Electric Gates, and it’s sitting on a set of custom Boyd Coddington wheels – 18x7 fronts and 20x10 rears. It has a healthy 308 up front backed by a TH350 and a 28-spline BorgWarner diff, with a McDonald Brothers two-link set-up at the rear. It’s a fun skid rig with plenty of mumbo, but I have a 350 and Powerglide combo in the works for it at the moment, which should take things up a gear.”
“THIS is my 1970 HG Premier, which I have owned for around five years. It started off as a 186 with a column-shift three-speed, but after 12 months of that my brothers and I swapped it over to a mild 350 Chev and Turbo 350 trans, which is loads more fun. Otherwise, it’s mostly original; it just has a few extra Auto Meter gauges and some cool airbrushing under the bonnet, done by my mate Lucas.”
THIS is my mate Lee’s TD Cortina, running a 302 Windsor, C4 transmission and full-spool 31-spline nine-inch. Lee is as old-school as Van Wheels and has the mags to prove it; he also has every edition of Street Machine. He is a top-class painter and has sprayed a heap of cars and bikes for us (his mates). Words: Redmond
“I HAVE finally completed the project I started when I was 17. My HR spent seven years in the paint shop, then another year to piece back together. After that I spent six glorious years driving it around with a 186 and triple SU carbs, but three years ago a mate a suggested that the 350 Chev he had sitting in his shed would be a good fit in my car. So I pulled it off the road again for the transplant. She now runs a T350 ’box and shortened VL Commo 28-spline diff, and rolls on 18-inch Showwheels.
The car is fully engineered, registered in WA and street-legal. I would love the car to be lower and with wider tyres (215/18 is the biggest I can go), but with a few compromises here and there you can still have an awesome street car that’s legal.”
“THIS is our 1966 HR Holden sedan, which has had a compete restoration spanning five years. It was purchased as a project to teach my two sons about cars, and I spent countless hours in the shed working on it with them.
The car was completely stripped, put onto a rotisserie and painted by myself in Nissan Dark Red Pearl. Modifications include an FJ Holden front grille, HQ door handles, one-piece bars front and rear, and tail-lights grafted into the body as one piece. The engine is a 186 bored out to 192ci, with a Yella Terra head, twin carbies, a Toyota Celica five-speed gearbox and disc-brake front end. I would like to thank Damian Murley for the panel work, Shaun Ryan for the mechanical work and my two sons Nick and Zack for their time and effort throughout the build.”
“I BOUGHT this HQ four years ago from a deceased estate; the car had been sitting for 14 years with 86,000 miles on the clock and still with the logbooks and original number plates. It had been painted for the former owner’s 80th birthday, and I was told she passed away six months later. I bought a set of Center Line wheels for it and an LS1, and added CNC-ported standard 241 heads and custom Comp hydraulic-roller cam. Keeping with the old-school look, I opted for a Victor Jr intake and Holley throttlebody.
It runs a 4L60E with a 4500 converter, and a brandnew 31-spline nine-inch with a 4.11-geared Strange nodular iron Truetrac centre. The interior has barely been touched, other than adding a nitrous button to the original knob and fitting the speedo in the GTS cluster with an Auto Meter digital display. The car has run a best of 10.50@132mph. Thanks to my wife Sarah and the kids for putting up with me and the car, my dad for all his help, Geoff at TR Engines, and Performance Wholesale.” Pics: Steve Kelly