READERS’ ROCKETS

ANDREW BROWN 1951 FX HOLDEN

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ANDREW BROWN 1951 FX HOLDEN

“I BOUGHT my FX as a father-and-son project, and while my son lost a little bit of interest in it, I kept going and fell in love with it. I’m a mechanic by trade, so I overhauled the mechanicals first without repainting or trimming it. Around that time I got into business with my own mechanical workshop and my wife then needed a car, so I got the FX registered and drove it to and from work every day for a year, though I always wanted to paint it red.

An opportunity arose when an old-school panel beater took over the panel shop around the corner, Master Motor Body Repairs in Pakenham. He did a great job, taking it back to bare metal and painting it Mazda Zeal Red Pearl. There wasn’t much rust in it and the job was spot-on because he loves working with real metal and took the time to do it properly. The trim was done by Cranbourne Car Upholstery, and they did an excellent job, too. It’s great to find proper old tradies. I thought about putting a V8 in it, but going through the engineering process sounded like a struggle. One of my employees races historic cars and is right into his XU-1 Toranas, so we ended up getting a reconditioned 202 with a Bathurst race cam and triple SUs, and a beefed-up Trimatic trans with a high-stall torque converter. It’s still running the kingpin front end but it now has HR stub axles and an HR diff, along with HR drum brakes all ’round with a VH44 booster and Cragar mags.

There’s a chassis kit under it and the brakes and steering all work well; it drives beautifully. It sounds mean and is a blend of new and old, which is what I always wanted. It turns heads and it’s a pleasure to drive.” Pics: Shaun Tanner

STEVE POULTON HQ HOLDEN

“SINCE I was little, I always went to car shows with Dad and my love of cars grew from that. I always wanted an old-school cruiser, and I found this HQ in Cranbourne when it was for sale from an older bloke. It was finished back in 2010 and has been a good and reliable car to this day. The motor is a Holden 308 with 355 heads, Pacemaker tri-Ys, Edelbrock Performer manifold, Pro Systems 700 carb and MSD distributor. The donk is backed by a Trimatic auto with a 2400 converter and a nine-inch rear end with 3.5 gears and 31-spline axles. Pedders springs and shocks in the front and Pedders springs with Koni shocks at the rear give it a little stiffness, and it rolls on Center Line Auto Drags. The HQ bench seat makes it possible to roll three-deep, with the column-shift allowing some extra floorspace.

Paint is Dublin Green with a white roof; the green absolutely bursts in the sun. Big thanks to Speed Pro and Competition Engines.” Pics: Dan Browne

VICTOR BORG HOLDEN EH PREMIER

“EVER since I was young, I have loved the mighty EH Holden – its look, its amazing lines and the way it sits. So around 2014, when my financial situation was looking good, the hunt for an EH Premier began.

At the EH Holden 51st Anniversary show in Silverwater, NSW, the fifth car I looked at was a Portsea Blue EH Prem with white interior, for sale and looking beautiful. I knew it was the one, and after some discussion with the owner, I accepted his price and drove it home. I’ve had the car around 14 months now and have pretty much left it as-is. The car is an automatic powered by a 179 HP red motor, and had a ground-up restoration around 15 years ago that included a respray, fresh interior and engine rebuild. It has been lowered 1¼ inches, but I’m planning to reset the ride height soon.

The car is tucked away during the week, but comes out on the weekend for club runs, car shows or just a cruise with my mates. Never gonna sell this gem; it’s going to be in my family for life.”

STEVEN MILLER & FRIENDS HZ UTE, XA COUPE & XC UTE

“HEY SM! We’re long-time readers from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, but this is our first time writing in to your mag. Thought your readers might like to see our cars. On the left is my 1979 HZ Holden ute running a 327 smallblock.

Next is my mate Ellis’s awesome XA coupe, and on the right is my friend Richie’s 1979 XC Falcon ute, powered by a 351 and C4 and looking sharp in yellow. Long live Aussie muscle!”

RUSSELL PARKER 1965 & 2017 FORD MUSTANGS

“HERE are my two Mustangs. I imported the ’65 fastback over 10 years ago when I retired. I intended to do a quick tidy-up on it while I built my ’64½, but it soon turned into a complete rebuild once we realised what was underneath. I stripped it down, got it to bare metal and prepped the wobbly and rusted panels with help from my son-inlaw Shane, who also sprayed it in the chosen dark blue metallic hue.

Then I built up the 289ci, which I mated to a C4 and eight-inch Ford rear. I’m saving up a 351ci Windsor to go in my still-in-the-build dragspec ’64½ Muzzy. The 2017 ’Stang was a present to myself for my 70th birthday, and sports a tough 5.0-litre. It’s a far cry from the FED I piloted in the 70s, but it still gives me a smile a mile wide.”