READERS’ ROCKETS

SIMON WHITE 1972 HOLDEN HQ SEDAN

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SIMON WHITE 1972 HOLDEN HQ SEDAN

“I PURCHASED my HQ about 18 months ago as a roller. Initial plans were to drop a 350 SBC in it and take the family cruising, but that soon escalated into turning it into a genuine everyday 10-second street car. It now runs a 427ci small-block Chev built by Pat at RAW Performance Industry in Adelaide, backed by a TCI TH400 and nine-inch diff with 31-spline axles and 4.11 gears built by Phil Purser at Final Drive.

The entire combo was dyno-tuned by the best in the west, George Separovich at Blown Motorsports, and produced 508rwhp. A few other changes were made: a reverse-cowl bonnet to cover the intake and keep the boys in blue happy, a full set of Auto Meter gauges inside, Convo Pro rims to complement the old-school look, and upgraded suspension. The car is driven at every opportunity and is out most weekends cruising with the family and mates. Special thanks to Proshine for the detailing, Brad for the killer photos and my family and friends for the support in achieving my goals.” Photos: Brad Miskiewicz

GLENN HUXLEY 1971 DODGE DEMON

“MY 1971 Dodge Demon 340 is very rare to find in the USA, let alone Australia. I have seen a few 318 Dodge Demons at car shows here, but never a genuine, topof-the-line H-coded 340 four-speed car like ours. I bought it at Chryslers On The Murray three years ago. The gentleman I bought it off imported it into Australia in 2012; it’d had a full rotisserie restoration in the US in 2009. It has the factory bench seat, four-speed and Rallye cluster dash.

Paint is the original FC7 Plum Crazy. The only non-original item on the car is the Cragar wheels. I drive the car most sunny weekends, and am amazed at the looks and comments I get wherever I go. A trailer queen it isn’t!”

SHAUN MULLER HOLDEN EH SEDAN

“HERE’S my 1964 EH Holden running an injected 304 and T-5 from a VN. It also has a V6 Conversions IFS, four-wheel disc brakes and a VL Turbo LSD. I built it at home in the garage and it’s been fully bare-metal restored. My father-in-law helped with the bodywork and painted it, and my mate Dave did the wiring. I love cruising with the wife and kids, and we all love the ‘ol’ EH’ a lot. We actually got the engine running on the same day my beautiful cousin Susie passed away from cancer, aged 41, so the car holds a special place in our hearts now.”

BRANDON TOWNSEND HOLDEN HQ PANEL VAN

“THIS is my Holden panel van; I was given it by the old man when I was 17, and it has been a project since then. It runs a 202 blue motor with a five-speed manual out of a Commodore and a 10-bolt diff. In the near future I’m putting extractors and sidepipes on it and am going to do a wooden floor in the back, add shag-carpet rooflining throughout and make some bubble windows with a mate from work. Then once I’m off the P-plates I will put a 253 V8 in it and paint it up as a 1980s-style show van. The model in the photo was at the Rats, Tatts n’ Pinups event at the Stamford Hotel in Rowville.”