READERS’ ROCKETS

SEND photos of your car and a few details of what went into the build to Readers’ Rockets, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email readerscars@bauer-media.com.au. Please note: Send us copies of prints as we are unable to return your photos.

SCOTT ELVIDGE

“MY TORANA was bog-stock when I bought it from a friend for $1000 in 2007. It was used as a daily driver for two years before being stripped for a ‘quick’ freshen-up of the white paint and an engine swap. The job blew out and the car ended up stripped to bare metal after I was easily persuaded by a friend with a flap disc and grinder. The LC has had a few different combos, from a naturally aspirated 186 to a draw-through carby turbo with a Trimatic, and now it runs an EFI turbo 202 with a Powerglide and nine-inch, with a 2JZ set to replace it in the near future. Lots of friends have helped with the car over the years getting it to where it is today, from tubbing it in my shed to building a new engine in my backyard three weeks out from Summernats. Making 363hp at the rears, the car has run 11.4@117mph and made the Top 50 in the Street Machine Summernats burnout comp the first time out.”

WALTER STALTARI 1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO

“I BOUGHT the Camaro from California in 2010 and had it shipped home to Perth. Once it arrived, the Camaro master Chris Spaulding project-managed a full-blown bare-metal restoration. Fortunately the body was in great condition with minimal rust, which at worst required the use of patch panels. This work was completed by Malcolm from Traditional Panel Craft, who also handled the right-hand-drive conversion. Sam Hawkins at Awesam Paintworks then painted the car. After receiving some wise counsel from Mitch Larner of WA Performance, I decided to buy an LS3 crate motor, to be backed by a Turbo 400. I shipped it directly to Mitch who had the heads tickled by Nathan Higgins and fitted a lumpy Isky cam. Chris then fitted the Detroit Speed front suspension, as well as the Baer brakes, Corvette booster and new custom brake lines. The diff is a 3.55:1 Moser nine-inch. The rear suspension is currently the archaic leafspring variety, but there are plans to convert it to a Detroit Speed four-link along with mini-tubs.” Photos: Jordan Leist

MARK RIX 1973 HQ HOLDEN

“AFFECTIONATELY known as Suzie Q, this is our Mercedes Silver HQ. The driveline consists of a built 383, Turbo 400, 3000rpm stall and 3.9:1 Truetrac nine-inch. Inside is a Winner Products interior in houndstooth and longrain. The HQ was built in Brisbane and finished off in Cairns, and is a member of the family – and a great distraction for me after spending weeks and months away at a time with the military. The family enjoys nothing better than getting her out and about as often as time allows.”

SEVESHEN GOVENDER XA FALCON UTE

DID you know that Aussie Falcon utes, from XW to XB, were sent to South Africa in knock-down form, assembled in the local Port Elizabeth plant and badged as Rancheros? We didn’t, but Seveshen Govender did and found this one in 2011 for 4000 Rand – about $400 Australian. Seveshen treated the car to a full rebuild, repaint and retrim – and slotted in some interesting mechanicals while he saves for a tough 302 Windsor. “I replaced the sick V8 with a stock Ford 3.0-litre V6 that came out of a Ford Granada, just to get it up and mobile,” he says. Modern four-pot Audi discs have replaced the old drum brakes, mated with a BMW E90 booster and master cylinder. Seveshen also decided that the front suspension was beyond worn, importing an entire front-end set-up from Australia.