“I PURCHASED my EJ in 2009 from Bannockburn, Victoria. It had a red motor in it when I got it, but now runs a stock-bottom-end LS1 out of a WH Statesman. A Proflow manifold with two four-barrel throttlebodies sits nicely on top. It also has a custom set of headers to clear the tight engine bay and a twin three-inch exhaust by Andrew Darby at Moolap Mufflers. We put a Comp cam into it to give it a little more lump and got it tuned by Tony Di Biagio at TDR Engines here in Geelong. Wiring was done by my good mate Paul Marjanovic. Power gets to the rear wheels via a T400 with a Stage 2 shift kit and 3800rpm high-stall converter built by Richard at FluidDrive, backed by a 3.89-geared nine-inch. Wheels are 15-inch Convo Pros. The car was originally maroon, but my uncle Mick painted it two-tone Glacier White/Paradise Blue in his shed. The interior trim was done by my father-in-law Wolf Perisic at Relaxa Furniture, with a custom parcel shelf and sound system by Caleb Danks. To reinforce the ol’ girl we’ve used a Castlemaine Rod Shop HR front and rear chassis-strengthening kit. HQ front discs and rear drums keep everything under control. I built this car as a tribute to my late grandfather Les Brennan, who was a mechanic and used to call me his ‘right-hand man’. His name is embroidered on the seats. Special thanks to my wife Jasmine, my brother Les and Peter Brown.” Photos: Luke Hunter


BLIGH and Jamie Endacott’s FC Holden wagon may look like a junker, but over the past few months they’ve completely rebuilt the chassis and slotted an LS1 V8 under the bonnet with the aim of taking it to Powercruise for a bit of fun with the family. Despite the patina look, the FC is a surprisingly wellengineered car. The original chassis was pretty far gone, due to the car’s age and it having sat dormant in several paddocks over the years, so Bligh cut out the factory floorpan, crafted up his own rails and stitched in a new floor. From there the pair fitted up an HR front end with Commodore disc brakes, and a BorgWarner rear end. Jamie had a wrecked LS1 VT Commodore, so they plucked the engine and trans out of that to drop into the FC, and Jamie also fabricated a custom set of extractors to make it fit in the bay. Bligh and Jamie have no desire to tidy up the outside to match underneath; in fact they wish it would rain so the moss would keep growing on the roof! Words & photos: Matt Reekie


“THIS is my EK Holden; I’ve had it for 15 years and built it for my wife as a cool factory-looking old car. The paint and interior are still original, with only one repair back in the 60s. I got a bit carried away with it and made a full chassis with a new floor for clearance, fitted an HR front end and HQ brakes all ’round. Then I threw in a 350 Chev, TH400 and nineinch diff with 3.0:1 gears. One weekend we went to the Ballarat Swap Meet and I scored a tunnel ram for another car, but my boys convinced me to put it on the EK instead. I took it to Summernats this year and had a great time cruising, and the burnout went well until I melted the shift cable in Drive. I still didn’t stop cruising though! I’ve since removed the tunnel ram to quieten it down a bit.” Photos: Bright Design


“I’VE had this 1968 SS Camaro for 18 years now; it’s an ongoing project. I purchased it from a guy in Mount Macedon; it had a 350 Chev, four-speed and 12-bolt diff at the time. Now it runs a 400ci small-block pushing out around 550hp, with a Scat crank, Icon forged pistons, Scat H-beam rods, Crow hydraulicroller cam, Edelbrock Victor alloy heads and Yella Terra shaft rockers. On top is an Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap manifold and 750 Holley carby, with spark coming from an ICE ignition system. A 350 trans with a shift kit and 3500 Dominator stall converter gets the power back to a shortened 12-bolt diff with a Truetrac centre and Moser axles. She rides on Air Ride suspension with ShockWaves and a four-link set-up. I’ve got tubular A-arms up front and self-levellers as well. The paint is the same as when I purchased it, with just a few touch-ups, and I also redid the interior to original specs. Next will be a self-tuning EFI system and a digital dash.” Photos: Caprice Photography