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“IT ALL started as a youngster. My dad was into early Holdens and he decided to take on an HR ute as a father/son project. We completed a full restoration on it, and I drove it while I was on my Ps. Years later, the time had come for me to build my own car. I really liked the shape of the LC Toranas, so after months of searching I found what looked to be a solid shell. But when I started stripping it down I found it was full of bog and chicken wire hiding all the rust. But I decided to persist, so I taught myself how to weld and got into the metalwork, creating new front outer and inner guards, new front apron and beaver panel, new floorpans and sills – all in my home garage. Once I had that all sorted it was sent for body and paint. It runs a 355 Holden backed by a Turbo 350 with 5000rpm stall and a nine-inch diff with 3.55:1 gears and 31-spline axles. Special thanks to Mum, Dad, my sister, cousin Clint, Steve at Ultimate Refinishes, and Leo at BL Automotive.” Photos: Ben Hosking
“I BOUGHT this car when I was 21 and have owned it for 19 years now. Back in the late 80s, Ballarat panel beater Debbie Osborn built it for drag racing on the eighth-mile. It ran a 302 on nitrous before she sold it; I found it on the last owner’s farm in Balliang and paid $2700 for it. I stripped it in 2013 for a freshen-up, and four years and nine months later, it was finished. I did everything myself except for the motor and trans. I enlarged the fuel tank, raised the rear inner guards to get a lower stance, and fabricated a new set of torque boxes to strengthen the chassis. The motor is a 427 Windsor Dart SP block with an Ohio crankshaft and rods, Cam Motion solid-roller cam, Crane lifters and AFR Renegade Comp heads, topped by a Victor Jr manifold and 950 BTE carby. It puts out 611hp and 590ft-lb. It’s backed by a C10 auto with a 4000rpm BTE stall converter – fullmanual reverse pattern and still column-shift. The shortened nine-inch runs Mark Williams 31-spline axles and a Truetrac centre with 3.5:1 Motive gears. The interior is original Parchment vinyl except for the custom gauge pod I made. Thanks to Brian from Western Street Trim and Turk from Volkswagen Spares.” Photos: Caprice Photography
“THIS is my VH SL/E Commodore. It has taken around five years to get it where it is today. It has a genuine HDT bodykit and still retains the original blue velour interior. Up front is a 308 stroked to a 333ci, with L34 heads, Yella Terra roller rockers, a 650 Holley double-pumper with electric fuel pump, and Genie extractors into a three inch mandrel-bent exhaust. It’s backed by an M21 four-speed and a 10-bolt LSD diff running 3.36 gears. The car rolls on Simmons rims – 20x9.5 rear and 20x8 front – with Pedders 2in-lowered springs front and back, with shorter shockies. Thanks to my wife Melanie for all her help and support, and DC Tuning in Wyong.”
“I TURNED my ’71HG Kingswood from a rusty relic into a cool custom cruiser. I’ve owned it for seven years now; prior to that it belonged to my old neighbour Max Peatzold. He unfortunately passed away from cancer and his family gave me the car. It was in very ordinary condition, and after I stripped it down I found some very ugly hidden repairs. I cut all the rust out and did the rest of the body repairs, then epoxyed the whole car. I then painted it blood orange in my shed.
I did everything at home, except for the interior by Classic Motor Trimmers in Ringwood, and the engine which was out of my friend’s Torana. It’s a 400ci small-block Chev with an Eagle rotating assembly, H-beam rods with SRP forged flat-top pistons, a solid-roller cam and AFR 210 heads. The ignition is an MSD Pro Billet dizzy with a 6AL control box, and it runs Pacemaker four-into-one pipes. A TCI Super Street Fighter Turbo 350 with a 4500rpm stall converter feeds the power down to a VL Turbo BorgWarner 28-spline spooled rear end. The car doesn’t get driven much, but I will be getting it out a lot more to take my wife and daughter out for some fun.” Photos: Luke Hunter