STREET Machine reader (and Your Stuff doyen) Redmond reckons you can build a neat street machine for under $10,000, and to prove it, he wrote a yarn for us (SM, May ’16) on his budgetbuilt 308-powered VK Group 3 replica. What do you reckon – can you build a hot streeter for under 10 grand?
Peter Clifford – Bought my Valiant ute for $10K already completed, with a 265 and fourspeed; there’s bargains out there.
Ryan Ingram – My ZH owes me about $7K.
It’s a matching-numbers 351 with 150K on the clock. I added a carby, manifold, heads and exhaust, lowered it and added new wheels.
Lee Hill – It can be done. I built my mate David Fritz’s XA to help him out as he was on a very tight budget. The entire car was built for under $10K, including buying the car, with smart shopping on parts, wheeling and dealing with spare parts laying around and building it at home.
Renato Quintal – My VB SL/E owes me under $10K, running a 308 with high-stall, Edelbrock manifold, re-jetted Holley, Crane cam, springs and lifters, fresh paint and heaps more. You just have to find a good base car to start with, be patient and work to a budget.
Michael Uttley – In short, I say yes. Shop smart and you could build a streeter for under $10K. I am more than happy for you to lend me $10,000, SM; I am up for a challenge!
Ben Walker – Depends what you define as a streeter. If it’s a VN Commo with a sick stezza, then yes. But anything chrome bumpered that runs 12s or better, I don’t think so.
Reece Kross – My HZ owes me less than $3K! It’s not a race car by any means but I can drive it anywhere, anytime.
Adrian Bell – You could if you don’t want a perfect paintjob. Bodywork is where the huge costs are.
Darren Vogler – My XR cost me $6K to build and register from a shell in a paddock.
Paul Spriggs – You won’t find a minter without work that needs doing for under $10K, unless it’s from a deceased estate sale, but those are too few and far between for your average SM reader. Ex-crim-chasers or taxis are another option, but expect them to be well used. A T-bucket is another option but you will have to do 90 per cent of the work yourself.
Zac Dowling – My VH runs a worked 308 and Aussie four-speed, and owes me just over $7K.
Tom Harding – Depends how much work you can do yourself. The expensive bits are the labour-intensive parts, bodywork, rust repair, paint – if you can do this yourself and you’re patient I’m sure you could come up with something half-decent.
Kosta Amanda Contis – Build, yes. But street machine standards? Good luck with that. My wheels cost more than that.
Patrick Rollings – Depends; if you want something that is in with today’s trends that must run 10s or quicker, then no. But if you just want a cool ride you can cruise every day and have the 70s look, then yes, there’s still plenty of old Centuras, Cortinas and Fairlanes about.