THEY say the apple doesnít fall far from the tree, and 18-year-old Brock Chisholm is living proof. Brockís dad is a Holden man through and through, Brockís own sweet WB One Tonner shows that heís been taking notes.
Heís got a VE SS now, but had a pretty neat HZ back in the day Ė he still has pictures of it. From hearing him talk about his car, Iíve always liked the idea of owning something similar. Now that Iíve got one, Iím liking the old stuff even more.
Through a casual car conversation Dad had with a friend of a friend. They mentioned they knew of an old Holden thatíd been sitting in a shed for 30 years. Dad and I grabbed a good battery, a can of Start Ya Bastard and went and checked it out. It was a factory 253/M20 four-speed car with a drum-brake 10-bolt and a genuine 27,300 kays on the clock. It started straight away; we thought it was a good buy and happily handed over $1500.
It looked terrible. It was covered in dirt, mould and 30 years of dust and crud Ė and enough wood piled on the back for a good bonfire. As a 15-year-old I thought it had a lot of rust, but everyone who knows these cars tells me it was pretty much rust-free.
Poured a lot of money into it [laughs]. Spent ages cleaning it up, got the a/c going, added power steering, rebuilt the suspension, extractors, exhaust and added the 18-inch Streeters. Thereís also a stereo and a decent alarm. I did stuff as I could afford it, by picking up as many extra shifts at the coffee shop as I could after school and on weekends. Plus birthday money, being a tightarse and a bit of help from my dad Ė thanks Dad!
Whenever I can Ė Iíve only got it up to 31,800km. It took us a year to initially get it on the road and I pretty much did my Ls on it. Then it was off the road for 12 months when the eight-week respray ended up taking eight months. Now, I get it out around three times a week.
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It kept running the carby dry and stopping, despite the fact we pulled the tank and had it cleaned and treated, blew out all the lines and replaced the Rochester carby. There was so much gunk in the system it blocked three or four new inline filters Ė it took us ages to sort. However, one good thing about building the car: I had to do an extra skill course at school. I chose Car Restoration Ė didnít really have to go out of my way for that.
Get a few more bugs out of it and fix up a host of little niggly things like the interior. I come off my Ps in 2020, so Iím thinking about big-block! adding a blower s to the 253, or maybe going