Write to: Your Stuff, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your address (not necessarily for publication). Keep it short and sweet!
DEAR Street Machine, I just wanted to share this story with you, to remind everyone how great the car community is.
My best mate Paul and I left Bendigo at 5.30am bound for Summernats scrutineering. The trip was going great in my newly built GU Patrol towing my rat-rod ’36 Ford pick-up. We stopped at Gundagai to refuel the cars and ourselves. The Patrol was slightly cheaper to fuel than Paul – man he can eat!
Soon we were back on the road, but about 30km along, near Jugiong, the mighty Patrol said: “No more.” It had somehow lost all the water and it appeared the motor had nipped up.
Paul and I sat on the side of the road going through all the scenarios and the why, what, how and when.
Then we saw the yellow Turbo Taxi go past. A few minutes later, it was back. Simon Telford jumped out and asked if we were okay and if he could help. We explained what had happened and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself.
Telfo walked off and was on the phone for a few minutes before returning and saying he had a solution: He offered me a Ford Ranger to tow my trailer and rat rod to Summernats.
I was speechless; I couldn’t believe that someone from the Street Machine family would make such an offer. It was amazing! But after my past luck with Drag Challenge and Summernats – missing both due to car troubles – felt I shouldn’t tempt fate in someone else’s vehicle. Telfo tried to persuade me for the next 20 minutes, but my mind was made up.
After that we made the call to send up a local guy, Clint from CJ Excavations, with a 45ft low-loader to take the Patrol, trailer and rat rod back home. While waiting for Clint we spent the next seven hours in a paddock. The plan was to then go on to Summernats, which we finally did.
Once we made it to the ’Nats, was accepted into the world record burnout attempt. Paul gave me the keys to The Shitter, his twin-turbo and supercharged Austin Lancer, allowing me to fulfil one of my goals.
I have always told my missus that there are so many amazing, generous and special people in our performance car community. This day was no exception. I had so many offers from family and friends – and Telfo! – trying to get me and my rat rod to Summernats. would like to thank each and every one of you; you know who you are! Also to my great mate Paul – thanks for the laughs and keeping me sane!
PS: To break the curse, Paul and I are thinking of leaving the mainland to have a crack at Tassie Nats!
Marcus Lea, email
CAN I pick your brains? I am well into my EH build and am planning on keeping the original pull handbrake system but running it inside the vehicle via Lokar cables. However, as this utilises a direct-pull-type handle (not lever-based) I still require some form of lever to reduce the pull force required to pull the brakes on. Do you know of any such hidden secondary handbrake lever system or electronic handbrake system?
Secondly, my father has caught the restomod bug and is undertaking a project of his own – an ex-army 1970 Land Rover. The original four-cylinder needs upgrading and he’s deliberating whether to upgrade the four-cylinder or replace it with a hot Holden six. I have read that the existing gearbox can remain functional with the engine producing up to 140hp – can you recommend anyone who has experience in upgrading the gearbox and transfer case (to keep 4WD functionality)? He would need to get some reliable info to make an executive decision on the driveline.
Daniel ‘Harry’ Harradine, email
4X4 AUSTRALIA’s Mat Raudonikis writes: PLENTY of folks have fitted Holden sixes to Series II Land Rovers and mated them to the LR ’box. It was pretty common back in the day as they’re lighter, more powerful and more economical than the OE unit. No need to upgrade the gearbox if it is in good condition; jut nab a bellhousing from rodshop. com.au. I wouldn’t recommend hotting-up the Holden six too much for this purpose – I’d stick to an electronic distributor, good extractors, mild cam and a two-barrel WW2 Stromberg or similar at the most.
As for the EH, Ryan from United Speed Shop uses and recommends the E-Stopp Electric Emergency Brake Kit, which you can find at armadaleautoparts.com.au.
BACK in 2013 when I was living in Darwin, I started my first ever car restoration on this 1971 HG Monaro GTS. I knew nothing about what a project of this scale actually involved but I went ahead and pulled it apart completely, and put it on a rotisserie to be sent for blasting. Exposing all of her secrets made me a bit nervous, but Dean from Deano’s Auto Restorations assured me that everything could be fixed. I began cutting out and re-welding each individual part – piece by piece, tack by tack. There went almost two years.
Although the restoration was in many ways satisfying, I had my fair share of challenges. I bought a set of Center Line Auto Drags from down south. I wanted all-Ford stud pattern to suit the nine-inch and the RodTech crossmember. I got the tyres fitted on the rims before noticing that one of the rear wheels was Chev pattern! I called up the seller but he didn’t want a bar of it, and added that if I wanted to take it any further I’d need to take him to court. So we did, and won.
For her paintjob, a mate suggested Mazda Soul Red 41V, which requires some skill to apply. The first bloke had three goes at it but got it wrong every time. The car went wobbly because there was so much paint! It ended up having to be filed off by hand and it took Transfurb in Pinelands, NT to finally paint her properly.
Next came the engine, where I foolishly paid a $14,000 deposit for a six-week engine build in Gippsland, Victoria. Five months in, I still had no engine, so was forced to pull the pin. Two years after paying the deposit and two visits to the Darwin Federal Court and we finally got our money back.
The year is now 2019 and luckily I’ve been helped by some mates and the car is finally finished. I encourage everyone who is thinking of taking on a project like this to do it, but be sure to DO YOUR RESEARCH! And remember: the slow way is the quick way and the expensive way is the cheap way! Ha ha!
I have two young boys aged four and two who love riding in it!
Will Christian, Albury, NSW
MY NAME is Angelo. I’m 12 years old and I’m a fan of your magazine. My dad and I love Ford GTs. I have hand-drawn this one for you.
Angelo Boutsikakis, 12, Engadine, NSW
LS THE world? Barra the world? Mopar the world? Race Fabrications’ Bubba Medlyn All said nuts to all of those and chose to strap twin turbos to a Holden 5.0-litre-based V8. The former Drag Challenge winner rewrote the history books when he smashed out a whopping 2483hp on the hub dyno to walk away comfortably with the Summernats 32 Horsepower Heroes title. We chucked up a link to the story on our Facebook page, and naturally the comments section lit up at the prospect of a 2400hp Holden 5.0. Here’s what you had to say.
Tim Barwick – Whether or not you’re a Holden or Ford man, you have to appreciate the quality of the car, especially with massive horsepower like this.
Ian Cope – What! You guys told me turbo straight sixes dominate. I don’t know if I can trust you guys ever again.
Rodney de Groot – They really should state that it’s not a factory Holden block. I would love to see what Frank Marchese’s XW does on the dyno considering how fast it is, but either way this is an awesome result.
Micheal Noyes – It says in the story twice that it’s an aftermarket block.
Adam Duncan One hell achievement – of an and an awesome car. How sad is it that the bloke not only resets the horsepower record, he does it with Aussie-designed parts based off an Aussie engine and people are still trying to shoot him down.
Matthew Guy – Well done, brother. I’m a Ford guy but credit where credit is due, awesome result.
Ozzie Collett – They’re just jealous.
Ash Newbold – How cool is that? No Holden running gear though, but must be very proud. The final drive would have to be a Ford nine-inch!
Rhys Fairbrass – It has a 12-bolt diff, a nine-inch is for Ford owners to stick in their rears as they love it up there.
Rob Johnson – Was it a 253 or a 308? An LS is not a Holden motor.
Justin Bartle – It’s not an LS, Rob, it’s all aftermarket but based on a Holden motor.
Craig Okeefe – Yeah, it’s a Torque Power Little Paw Holden block.
Rob Jones – You would’ve got more power with a Barra.
Robert Di Rico – No Barra is punching out even half that.
Perry Attard – Insane numbers for a street car!
Michael Eccles – And this car gets driven on the road! Mad stuff, Bubba.
Shaun Hedges – He’s got that much power but I bet he can’t handle it.
Pete Tant – He seemed to handle it pretty well at Drag Challenge.
Damien Scurlock – It’s a great effort, but there’s not much Holden in there. But once again, awesome effort.
Ryan Jones – May not be much Holden left but least it’s still made in Australia and that’s pretty bloody good in my book.
Carl Eyles – That’s insane! Who needs a $300,000 sports car when you can do this with an Aussie-built four-door sedan?
Daniel Connelley – This thing’s off-tap, Holden V8 and rego!
Daniel Dunstan – Greatest car ever built.