READERS’ ROCKETS

PAUL MATWIJOW VL CALAIS

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PAUL MATWIJOW VL CALAIS

“MY PARENTS have owned modified cars since the 1970s, and ever since I drove their VL Calais when I was 17 back in 1988, I’ve wanted to own one myself. In 2015 my dream finally came true when I purchased a pretty standard 1987 VL Calais 333 pack, with a 5.0-litre V8 up front and optioned with a sunroof. Since then I have given it a complete overhaul. She now runs a 355 stroked to 396ci, topped with fully ported heads, Torque Power high-rise manifold and a Holley 750 Street HP carb. The engine is backed by a stage-three manualised Trimatic with 2800rpm stall, and a Torque Loc diff with 3.45:1 gears. The car has been resprayed in Alabaster White, while the interior has been custom-trimmed in tan leather and carpeting. The brakes are VT twin-pistons up front with VL V8 items out back, with slotted and drilled rotors all ’round. Wheels are Simmons FR1s; 20x8.5 on the front and 20x9.5 at the rear. Thanks to DC Tuning (Wyong), AC Upholstery (Gosford), Angel Smash Worx (Gosford), Peninsula Car Repairs (Woy Woy) and Bettsy’s Cylinder Head Reconditioning (Gosford) for their help transforming it into my dream car. Photos: Ben Hosking

WAYNE TURNER HJ SEDAN

“I PURCHASED this HJ sedan in August 2016 from a Facebook site for $2500. I am a panel beater by trade but have not touched a car for 30 years; fortunately the HJ was in much better condition than I’d thought. I began a 19-month nut-andbolt resto, doing 95 per cent of the work myself in my double garage. As the work progressed I started looking at pictures in magazines and going to local car shows for some ideas, and the neat and clean resto blew out of proportion. My two mates kept commenting: ‘You’re building a show car. I kept disagreeing until one day we were at a car show and they kept saying the same comment. At that moment I turned to them and simply said: ‘Yep, looks like it. The motor is a rebuilt worked 308 with a stage-one cam, flat-top pistons, Statesman heads, Edelbrock inlet and 600 Holley. It makes 320hp before NOS. The gearbox is an M21 four-speed going back to a Salisbury nine-bolt with 3.08 gears. What a journey: many ups and downs, major feats and back-to-the-drawing-board failures. This car has to be seen to be believed. Photos: Andrew Deagle

LEA MCCARROLL 1969 VE VALIANT VIP

“THIS is our 1969 VE VIP. She started life in Chrysler White and was transformed into her current state thanks to my good mate Robert Flint, who spent countless hours and late nights working on the car, along with Shaun McCarthy and the crew at Resident Restorations in Toowoomba, who did the paint and panel. I’m running a 318 Chrysler with 360 J heads and a 904 Torqueflite trans built by Milton Styler. Down the back is an 8¾-inch diff with a Truetrac 3.23:1 centre. She rolls on Weld Draglites and gets pulled up by Wilwood brakes. She is a great all-rounder for street and play, running a best of 12.99 over the quarter-mile. She gets us to our club runs, Mopar Sunday and shows around Queensland. Photos: Rick Welch