READERS’ ROCKETS

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JAI OZOG 1970 HG HOLDEN MONARO

“I PURCHASED my HG as a rolling shell from a bloke in Brisbane 14 years ago. Before I even bought the car I knew exactly what I wanted and how it would look. Almost as soon as I had it in my shed, I started to strip it down. It was a 10-year bare-metal rotisserie build; it was one of those things of time and money – most of the time I had one and not the other! I enlisted the help of Dick Sharpley to attack the body and bring the car’s clean lines back to life. The engine was the next thing on the list, and Tony Lake from Lake Race Engines did an awesome job piecing together a stout 427 stroker small-block Chev for it. Paint time came, and after being stuffed around by some so-called painters I was put onto Trevor Long, who fixed the previous mess and painted the car Sebring Orange with a gold pearl, giving it a beautiful, glass-smooth finish with no orange peel! I can’t thank Dick, Tony and Trevor enough. I would also like to thank my wife Angela for the encouragement and understanding, and our three children, who are just as mad about cars as I am.” Photos: Rick Welch

BILL GINN 1966 VC VALIANT

“I’VE had my VC for around five years.

I bought it off a mechanic, who’d had it sitting in his workshop for 15 years. He’d purchased it from an old Italian lady, who bought it new, making me only the third owner! It only had 80,000 miles on the clock when I got it, and the condition was pretty decent, with surprisingly little rust. Other than a front quarter panel, it is still the original paint. Mechanically, it’s all stock: 225 Slant Six with threeon- the-tree. I’ve replaced the front wheel bearings and the exhaust manifold, and inside I reupholstered both bench seats, added new moulded carpet, and retouched the paint on the doors. The car came with Charger rims, but I found some steelies, painted them up and added whitewalls and hubcaps for the Val’s 50th birthday present. Future plans: keep it stock, freshen up the paint and the suspension, and just keep her on the road to help make sure the metal bumpers survive and stay in the mix.”

NATHAN JACOBS XB FAIRMONT

“I BOUGHT my XB Fairmont about three years ago from the mechanic who had serviced it from new – he’d bought it from the original owners just prior to selling it to me. I have always loved the shape of the XA/XB/ XCs, as Dad’s XB Fairmont GS, which he still owns, was our daily when I was a kid. As my car is so original, I don’t want to mess with it too much. I have lowered it, added whitewall tyres, had the factory 302 Clevo rebuilt and balanced, and added an Edelbrock Performer inlet and Holley 600 vac-secondaries, as well as electronic ignition and a dual two-inch exhaust with tri-Ys to give her a bit more bark and bite. She’s still running the highway diff gears, because this car is made for hitting the open road and cruising to the beach.” Photos: Nathan Jacobs k e s:

SCOTT AUSTIN HQ HOLDEN UTE

“THIS is my 1971 HQ ute. Over the past 12 months I have built it up from a paddock basher to what you see now.

It features a strong 253ci Holden V8 with a big cam and gear drives, backed up with a tricked-up Trimatic and 3.55-geared diff. Paint is Java Green Baslac two-pack with custom threelayer Pearl White GTS stripes and dash. The rest of the interior has been retrimmed to match; seats are original two-door HQ Monaro buckets. The wheels are billet Center Line Hellcats, and the ute has been lowered three inches all ’round.”

CLYNTIN PERRY BA FALCON

“THIS is my freshly built BA skid ute. I picked it up in October last year with a view to strip it out and make a skid pig out of it. I stripped it to a bare shell and sent it in to Warpipes Performance & Fabrication, where Chris and the boys fitted a full ’cage and airbagged fourlink rear end. Then good mate Andrew Yeo at Oberon Smash whacked on some new paint, while I built a tray. I built a nice strong little Clevo to go under my new 10/71 and alky carbs that I’ve had on the shelf for a while. It’s got all the good gear needed to handle the boost and flogging that skid cars cop, backed by a manualised C4 and Detroit Locker nineinch.

I got carried away with the interior – I had all the sheet metal hydro-dipped for a bit of ‘wow’, and enough gauges to launch a space shuttle, just to keep an eye on things. Its first run was Powercruise Sydney last month. I had a ball and drove the wheels off it.”