READERS’ ROCKETS

KRISTOPHER DAVIS HOLDEN ONE TONNER

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KRISTOPHER DAVIS HOLDEN ONE TONNER

“IN 2015 I was on the hunt for a project car. After looking at a few I came across this Holden One Tonner that seemed to be a solid starting point – up until we started pulling it apart and found rust from top to bottom. In 2016 I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, which put the project on hold. That was when The Starlight Foundation stepped in. They granted me the wish of having my One Tonner restored, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. It’s running a 304 with a 286 cam, 10:1 compression, Turbo 400 with a 2800rpm stall and BorgWarner diff. I would like to say a massive thanks to The Starlight Foundation for everything they have done, my family for their support, Peggy, Joey, Josh, Glenn, Lawrie, and everyone who donated their time.” Photos: Ben Hosking

SEAN PUTTIFOOT

1928 FIVE-WINDOW COUPE

“COME here kiddies; let me tell you the story of Franken-rod. It started as a 1928 five-window coupe shell, which would have been earmarked for a resto in anyone else’s hands, but the mad scientist John Baker had other ideas – he constructed it from eight different cars! After a while with the Baker family it was moved on, and eventually found its way to me. The body is channelled four inches, with the roof height being stock; the firewall is a widened Chevy truck and the cowl vent is from a 1939 Pontiac. Up front the car runs a Super Bell 4in-dropped I-beam with stock reverse-eye spring, ’48 Ford stub axles and Camira steering rack. The engine is a 360ci V8 Chrysler from a 1974 Dodge truck, backed by a column-shift 904 Torqueflite from a mild 70s

Chrysler. The 8¾-inch Dodge diff was shortened four inches, with Moser axles, 3.23:1 gears and a Truetrac hemisphere out of a 1970 Dodge Phoenix. The interior features a 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook dash and instruments, with a matching overhead console that holds the radio. Steering is via a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass tilt column with an old 19.5-inch boiler bullwheel for the steering wheel. The chassis has been fine-filed and painted in House Of Kolor Emerald metalflake over a black base, while the body is painted FJ Holden Sage Green with flattener in it. Pinstriping and artwork was done by ‘Skid’ Marks of Goulburn. She’s not a show car, but she is all steel and on full rego, so can get her out for a cruise whenever want.” Photos: Ben Hosking

MATT CRANE

1950 GMC PICK-UP

“I BOUGHT my GMC pick-up from California via Craigslist in 2010 as a project vehicle. Once it arrived in Australia dismantled it to discover a multitude of dodgy repairs and modifications. Once I had fixed all the issues and carried out rust repairs, body repairs and mods, my mate Jamie then coated it in DeBeer light beige for a period-correct pastel colour. The cabin houses a Glide Engineering split-bench seat, custom gauges, Lokar shifter and an Ididit tilt column, and the trim material is Bridge Of Weir maroon leather. There’s a big-block 427ci Chev up front with LS7 heads, Crane street roller cam, LS7 Chevy dimple 4340 conrods and TRW hollow-dome pistons, topped by dual quad Edelbrock 600cfm carbs. It’s backed by a Rossler TH700 Terminator trans with a 2800rpm stall converter, running through a Mark Williams 3½-inch chrome-moly tailshaft to a four-linked, coil-overed Strange nineinch housing with a Strange polished centre and 31-spline axles. Brakes are PBR twin-spot calipers and 300mm rotors up front and VS Commodore discs on the rear. Total build time on and off was four-and-a-half years.” Photos: Ben Hosking