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> LETTER OF THE MONTH

RUNNING HOT

JUST got back from the Running On Empty Festival in Cobar, which appeared to be a huge hit with ROE fans, with around 2000 people driving in from all over the country.

There were many replicas of the cars that West Australian hot rodder Dave Duncan originally cast or designed for the film, and one or two originals with what appeared to be Dave’s original artwork as well.

What Dave said in your article a few years back (SM Hot Rod #16) about the producers of the film was true: “It was terrible, embarrassing. The whole production staff didn’t have a clue – they wanted to know why we weren’t using Mini Minors. We had a bit of fun, we just went hot rodding. I was there for about two months, then I pulled the pin. I snatched the rent, I got pissed off. I couldn’t put up with it.”

However, Dave’s work remained core to the film and people are celebrating it some 35 years later. I think Dave deserves credit for styling the cars in the film, which is so dear to the hearts of so many. Others are queuing up to take some or all of this credit and it would be good if Dave got more of the recognition he deserves.

There’s talk on Facebook of another ROE Fest, perhaps a 40th anniversary, and if that happens Dave should be there! Can you forward Dave’s email address to the organisers of the festival so we can try and make sure this happens?

John Clark, email

WRITERS’ ROCKETS

I’VE BEEN meaning to drop you people a line for a while, but the Blowin’ Gaskets article by Carly Dale (SM, Nov ’18) resonated with me for a couple of reasons. Like Carly, I’m easily distracted by easier jobs, in my case, around the house or even just getting caught up chasing parts at swap meets instead of spending the time in the shed. Or alternatively, the age-old curse of time and money!

The other aspect of the article that caught my interest was what cars were in Carly’s shed. Having read this mag for a number of decades it’s always interesting to see and read about what cars you lot have. From Geoff Paradise’s ’57 to Bob Kotmel’s HG ute, I’ve enjoyed seeing what they’re up to. Telf’s dearly departed EJ build was a great read in one of the annual SM Hot Rod journals and I’d love to see what he does to his Tonner (good to see it in use in the recent Carnage episode, BTW).

So what I’m getting at in my long-winded fashion is that I’d love to see the occasional article on the cool cars of the Street Machine – in the style of Readers’ Rockets would work for me, too.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Johan van der Veer, email

POLITICAL POWER

QUICK question: Is there a political lobby group that has been put together to put some voting pressure on politicians on both a state and federal level to hear the voices of the car enthusiasts in this country? When say enthusiasts, am talking everyone hot rodders, rat rodders, custom guys, the whole damn shebang! not, why the hell not? I’ve never seen a situation in a democracy where the voices of the many get drowned out by the few, which constantly happens here when it comes to anything related to a car or bike not considered to be stock!

We all know how many car and bike enthusiasts there are in this country, and if we could all speak with one voice through a focussed and powerful political lobby group to bring sensible, not outrageous changes to the table, then we may well find ourselves in a situation where our voices are finally heard, rather than getting constantly shafted and just accepting it while we whinge in our beer.

The one thing everyone knows politicians care most about is their own arses, which are kept intact by listening to the people who they believe will bring them the most votes. So ask yourself: How many votes could the car and bike enthusiasts deliver to a political party if we voted as a block across the country for the party that had the smarts to sit down and listen to us for once?

This isn’t rocket science here, people; if we want change we have to force change, and a well-focussed political lobby group is how you effect legal change in a democracy!

Marc Ransom, via Facebook

THE BOTTOM LINE

THOUGHT your readers might like some advice on putting together a bottom end. There are lots of articles out there, but they’re mostly aimed more at the credit card-wielding horsepower junkies. Our engine build, by contrast, is on a dollar diet. Enjoy.

Firstly, before starting any work bottom on the end of an engine, whack a couple of sangas into your brother (ham/cheese/tomato).

In our engines we don’t run any thrust washers. They are money-hungry little buggers and a total waste of time. Why would anyone run brass in an engine, unless it was the bloody Queen’s Rolls-Royce? By leaving the thrusts out it solves cooling issues too. When sitting at traffic lights with your foot on the clutch, the snout of the crank moves closer to the cooling fan. Better cooling.

To mount the crank in the block, many city types and pretty-boy race teams use expensive assembly paste. They probably brush their teeth with Colgate toothpaste and drink Earl Grey with Prince Charles too. None of that wastage out here at Dunedoo. When I take Tanya out to dinner at Micky D’s, pocket all the tomato sauce sachets, and dead-set, they work a treat. We lay the sauce down on the shells and the crank goes in as slippery as Clive Palmer’s thumb at a KFC buffet.

Once the crank is in place, we tighten up the main bolts, using a good shifter and a 100kg fella. Then we zip through and write red ‘X’ marks on each of the main bolts. That is a trick I learnt from years of spinning spanners in dealerships, workshops and shitshows. That guarantees the tension on each one is exact and true. Makes the warranty department at the dealership happy, too.

Redmond, email

DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH

PACE-SETTER

MY NAME is Will. I’m 11 and a big fan of your magazine. I have handdrawn this 1977 AMC Pacer X race car and Tristan Ockers’s MINCER Capri. Will Hemmerling, 11, Lalor Park, NSW

FALSTANG

> IN YOUR FACEBOOK

OUR FRIENDS at Wheels magazine put up an article about a BA Falcon that’d had some pretty serious cosmetic work undertaken for a very unique look. The owner chose to throw the Falcon front and rear panels in the bin and replace them with Mustang – yep, Mustang – panels instead, for a conversion we’ve never seen before. At first glance the front looks just like a Mustang, until you look a bit deeper to find this ‘pony car’ has four doors and an aspirated Barra under the bonnet. Regardless of what you may think of it, clearly a lot of time and effort has been put into it (why, we don’t know). We decided this wacky concoction needed to be taken to the people, so we posted it on our Facebook page. Here’s some of the responses we got.

Marc Chippindall – Hats off to the guy who built it. Yeah, it’s not to everyone’s taste, but it’s different and harks back to the customs of old, like Jigsaw and the like. At least he’s done something different other than a bodykit and set of rims like most people seem to do and call it a built car. This is a built car.

Adam Phillips – The extent people will go to improve the safety ANCAP rating of a Mustang. LOL.

Shane Scott – Should have used an AU, at least then it would have been an improvement.

Matty Hayes – All that time and effort to make a turd look even worse.

Darryl Wildbore – Isn’t that like putting a Chev badge on a Commodore?

Paul Barsby – The pedestrians would be so confused. Do I run for my life or jump in thinking it’s a taxi?

Mark Wilson – Not a fan of the rear; front looks good though.

Micka Imrie – Needs a wagon version. Draw it up Street Machine.

Andrew Phillips – I like the front, but the back isn’t that flash.

Norm Cottman – Wish we could turn our Mustangs into Falcons.

Varouj Dilanian – Not a fan of the wheels nor the interior but I still like it!

Cameron Tomlinson – Now it’s got to crash into a crowd of people, otherwise it’s not the real deal.

Craig Shillinglaw – Well, this goes beyond putting a badge on a car. Haha.

Chris Benn – Looks fantastic, suits the sedan lines very well. Telfo, which issue is it going to be featured in?

Nick Silva – Almost as ugly as that HQ Mustang that was doing the rounds a few years back.

Greg Perkins – Dress for the body you have, not the body you want.

Jayde A Riley – The icing on the cake would be an LS swap.

Bruno Hakalugi – It’s still a Falcon.

Blayneb Jackson Finally decent Mustang.

Bryce Constable – It’s actually not too bad.

I like it.

Kerry Kokotis – Could have bought a new ’Stang for the dollars tipped into this.

Zoran Prole – Please don’t kill the Mustang by doing a Falcon conversion, it’s just wrong. Don’t get me wrong, they have they their own different merits.

Matthew Lamond – What a horrible way to ruin a perfectly good Falcon.