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AROUND 14 years ago, Wolfgang Backer had a magazine photo on his fridge – a black XY Falcon, the type of car that dreams are made of. Yet sitting metres away in his garage was an XY Fairmont that was more of a nightmare than a dream. “The car was a dog’s breakfast,” Wolfgang says. “Stuff was held in with Tek screws and cable ties and it didn’t run well at all. The saving grace was the reasonably sound body and the fact it was a factory Fairmont, which was important to me.” Around 10 years ago, Wolfie’s cousin, Simon Woodley, did him a massive favour and helped panel and paint the car for free. Of course, the car was going to be black – just like the car on the fridge – and Wolfie liked the idea of using Starlight Silver for the stripes. The Man O’ War block wears CHI 3V 225cc heads and a matching CHI manifold, and is filled with forged Scat components for a capacity of 434ci. A Holley 1000cfm carby is fed pump fuel via a Barry Grant pump. Mufflers R Us took care of the two-inch exhaust that flows from Pacemaker headers. Shane at Kirky’s Kustoms upgraded the wiring system, hiding what he could. “The car has made 680hp with 620lb-ft of torque and has run a best of 10.6 over the quarter,” Wolfie says. “I drove it home from the track that night.” Since running that number, the XY has undergone some alterations. It now wears Calvert shocks all ’round and a set of CalTracs out back. The fully manualised C10 ’box has been upgraded with a transbrake, and the nine-inch diff is pieced together with billet axles, a full spool and street-friendly 3.9 gears. “If I could run a nine naturally aspirated, that would be awesome,” Wolfie says. “If that isn’t achievable then I might have to give it a shot of gas to make things interesting.” Words & photos: Jordan Leist
“THIS is my 1972 HQ ute. We found it on a farm in Inverell, NSW. Once we dragged it home to Toowoomba, we pulled the poor old 173 red six-banger, three-speed manual and banjo rear out to make way for the Mick Moylan-built 496-cube big-block Chev that’s fed pump 98 from a 76-litre polished alloy fuel cell and breathes out via a twin 3½-inch exhaust. Tricky’s Transmissions put together the fully manualised T400 with a 4200 stally, and down the back I’m using a sheet-metal Truetrac nineinch sitting on Gazzard Brothers suspension. Being a boilermaker by trade, I cut out the mountain of rust that came with the ute and replaced it all, then sent it off to Shaun McCarthy at Resident Restorations for a coat of Belle Ile metallic blue. She rolls on 15x10 Weld RTs with 295 meats at the rear, and 17x4.5 Weld AlumaStar frontrunners, and stops on Wilwood brakes. I’m yet to put it down the quarter-mile but can’t wait to see what’s in her. I had the lads from Trimtastic put together the complete custom interior for me and she’s a comfortable ride to local shows and cruise nights.” Photos: Rick Welch
This is Shane from Townsville’s daily-driven One Tonner. It’s got a Stato front end, 253, M21 (with eight-ball knob!) and 10-bolt, and rolls on Weld wheels. She has got the wheelbarrow-handle twin sticks and a good tape player. He built it from gear he had at home. His future plans include driving it every day and being buried in it. Words and photo: Redmond
“THIS is my bright yellow 1970 Dodge Super Bee. I’ve taken the beast through a ground-up resto with all the bells and whistles, including new paint, interior re-trim, a freshened-up 440 big-block and manual ’box to cruise around with. Putting that power to the ground is a Dana 60 diff with 3.54 Positraction centre and some Magnum 500 rims to top it off.”
“I HAVE just completed an 18-year build on my Red Pepper XB GT Falcon. I kept it mostly original, but changed the stance and wheels to suit my tastes. The rims are 18-inch American Racing Torq Thrusts and the engine is a matching-numbers 351 Cleveland, backed by an FMX auto.”