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SEND photos of your car and a few details of what went into the build to Readers’ Rockets, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email readerscars@bauer-media.com.au. Please note: Send us copies of prints as we are unable to return your photos.

TASSIE HOLDEN HK PREMIER

“I PURCHASED my HK Premier in 2010 as an unfinished project. It was knackered, with plenty of rust and in need of a full rebuild. It had a Holden 308 in it but now runs a worked 307 Chev. It’s running a cam package with an RPM Air-Gap manifold, Holley 750 and Jet-Hot-coated extractors. Trans is a T350 with a shift kit and 3200rpm stall, running back to a nine-inch with 3.5:1 gears and 31-spline axles. The body has been mini-tubbed to the rails to fit the 15x10 rims – Max Dumesny beadlocks with Weld AlumaStar centres. The fronts are 15x4 Billet Specialties Comp 5s. Brakes are HQ vented discs on the front and HQ drums down back, while lowered front coils and reset rear leaf springs get the stance right. I had to chase up some new doors for it, and had the body repaired thanks to Cameron Arkell at Cam’s Metal & Speed. Then it was resprayed in Inca Gold with the classic white roof. It still has the original burgundy interior; I wanted to keep it looking original for a family cruiser. It was going to be the wife’s car, but I don’t think she’s even driven it yet!” Photos:

Caprice Photography

PAUL KERLIN 1966 FORD MUSTANG

“AFTER selling a ’78 XC Cobra coupe in the early 2000s, I was starting to itch for a new toy. In 2007 I found a green and beige ’66 Mustang coupe in Perth. The advert read okay and the local Mustang club arranged a couple of members to have a look and they gave it the thumbs-up. While the colour combo was not ideal, it was a straight, rust-free car with a 347ci stroker and C6 auto. The deal was done and the car was trucked to Canberra. The next 10 years have seen the car get a nine-inch diff, power steering, black interior and, of course, the satin silver paint with black accents. It’s still an ongoing project. You never really finish old cars.”

Photos:

Ben Hosking

JOHN STUART FJ HOLDENS

“HERE are two of my three FJ Holdens. The blue 1953 sedan is original and was purchased from a friend in 2016. Still six-volt, it has 28,000 miles on the clock. The panel van was purchased as-is from the same friend and had been restored by him. I also have a red 1956 model the same age as me – a gift from my wife and kids for my 50th birthday. It has always been registered and driveable; however, I had it resprayed, the chrome redone and the seats re-covered about three years ago. All are in excellent condition and get a run at least every three weeks.”

TONY BURKE VK COMMODORE

“THIS is my VK Commodore that I am in the process of bringing back to its former glory. I originally owned this car 21 years ago when I was on my Ps before selling it to my younger brother for his first car. It then was sold on to another mate, who used it as a daily for a couple of years before parking it up in his parents’ carport for the best part of a decade. I was lucky enough to buy it back just over 12 months ago and have spent the time going over it from top to bottom and fixing things as go. I still want to redo the paint and put a VK dash back in it at some point, along with redoing the factory trim back to Calais spec (it is a factory-tagged six-cylinder EFI Calais). It currently runs a mild 308 with Edelbrock manifold and Quick Fuel 600 carb pushing out 134rwkW. Trans is a stock Trimatic with a shift kit, running back to a freshly built 10-bolt V8 Salisbury with a 3.55 LSD centre. The paint is a custom mix of Ford Chilli Red with a pearl base. The aim is to get it to Summernats 32 before doing the body and trim.”

DEWA ARTHUR HQ VACTIONER WAGON

DEWA Arthur hails from Indonesia, and his pride and joy is this HQ Holden Vacationer wagon. Powered by a small-block Chev and shifting through a column-shift automatic, the HQ is a sweet ride! GTS bits include the rims, steering wheel and dash. We have featured one of his old Holdens before in Readers’ Rockets – namely an HQ Premier that he inherited from his grandpa. And if you want to keep an eye on what goes on in the early Holden scene in our northern neighbour, just follow @dewaarthur on Instagram for lots of cool images.