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February 2013 edition

February Official 1Newsletter of the 55Club 2013 of Victoria 55 -5656- 57 Chevrolet

Meet the Committee


Vice President

Greg Rowe

Karl Wakartschuk

Greg (aka ‘Rowie’) is married to Phoebe, has 2 children and works in contract trucking. Greg’s vehicle of choice is a Chevy.

Karl has been a member for 24 years, and is married to Barbara and has 2 sons, Robert and Andrew, and 5 grandchildren. Karl gets about in his 57 Chev Handyman.

Contact Us Greg Rowe

0408 454 082

Karl Wakartschuk

0418 370 152

David Desira

0418 106 333

Jeff Wilson

0418 577 286

Public Relations Bob Stertern-Gill

Juli Stertern-Gill

0411 162 132

Lois Peterson

0417 017 990

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Bob SterternStertern-Gill

0411 862 955

Bob is married to Juli, and has 2 daughters, Carly and Stacey. He is kept busy running his home maintenance and renovations company. Keeping Juli’s SS company in the garage is a 1966 Impala .


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Meet the Committee



David Desira

Jeff Wilson

David is married to Virginia and has two kids. We run our own company servicing medical and industrial instruments. Toys include a 57 Nomad & 4 door hardtop, dirt bike, quad bike...anything with a motor that goes fast makes me happy!

Jeff is married to Kaylene, and has 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. Jeff is kept busy as National Op’s Mgr, and gets about in his first love, a ‘55, but also sneaks in time with his 56 4dr HT and 57 2dr post.

Newsletter and Web Editor

Memberships and

Juli SterternStertern-Gill


Juli is married to Bob, and runs her own boutique cake and dessert business. Juli’s vehicle of choice is her SS Commodore, but is just as happy to co-pilot Bob’s ‘66 Impala.

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Lois Peterson Lois is married to Steve, and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Lois gets about in a Berlina, and loves travelling to the US ... Lois also looks after the social events for the Club February 2013

President’s Report Well, another big month has just gone, and they seem to be getting bigger. The first meeting for the year was a great turn out and there was also a fantastic turn out for the BBQ prior to the meeting. Thank you to Tarek once again for supplying the great quality meat; if you are having a function that requires meat, give him a call. (You won’t be disappointed!). The next weekend was our night of nights, the Presentation Night. Thank you to all who voted for me, and acknowledged that I’ve done a reasonable job this year. I was a bit blown away at first, because I didn’t think of myself as a candidate considering others instead. I apologise to all for my lack of enthusiasm, as I wasn’t well on the night! I was doing it quite hard, but further into the night the medicine (alcohol) kicked in, and made it a little more enjoyable.

bers for the weekend, and calculate numbers for dinner, brekky, drags and the show and shine. I have had a lot of nonmember phone calls and interests into Sundays show and shine, so it should be a good one. Don’t forget, all who are coming up to Ballarat early on Friday, we have a tour of fast lane speed shop around 3:00pm before the registration sign in. We also have a mini bus organised for Saturday night to safely transfer parents and children to and from the Saturday night dinner. (Thanks again Bill.D for putting your hand up to drive it!)

Finally, I had my first experience as a seller and not a buyer at a swap meet. The Ballarat swap was on, and it was a great experience. Thanks Bob for keeping me company on the weekend. Also it was great catching up with Steve and Shaun, Karl, and other mates and neighbours. If you have never been to one, do so. It’s huge! I’ll Thank you to all concerned since that be there again next year as well as a lot of night. After seeking medical advice I’m vendors who said the night life is just like feeling better, but I also have my days. Can a mini Bathurst. I just thank Lois for once again organising the nigh and a big thank you to Bruno and Chris, for once again collecting the votes Anyway, that’s enough for now. See you all and organising the plaque. at the convention! Well, the convention is getting closer and closer, and still we have poor entry numbers, but large accumulation bookings for our weekend. Please, I call on you all to get those entry’s in so we can make up numThe Hot Ones


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The Hot Ones Hi Members Well, January’s newsletter got the year off to a great start; our new printer excelled himself with the quality of the print and attention to detail, and hopefully that can now continue well into the future! A few people have requested that I go back to sending the newsletter as a pdf and not as the e-mag, which unfortunately isn’t possible due to the size of the file (30mb+ for print quality). I’ll work on finding a solution for you. Not much else has been happening here, just crazy busy hours as the silly season finally winds down and we head into Autumn (phew!) - see you all on the 16th in Ballarat! Have a great month, Juli

Membership Full membership to the 55-56-57 Chevrolet Club of Victoria requires that you own a Chevrolet vehicle (of any make or model), and attend three meetings or club outings per year (Country members need only attend one meeting or outing per year). New Membership currently cots $75- which entitles you to a club polo shirt, stubby cooler and car club sticker. Renewal Membership is currently $40 per year, with all membership fees due on the 1st of August each year. year Associate Membership is open to those who do not currently own a Chevrolet but would like to enjoy our Club and its activities.

Meetings Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 8pm. There is no meeting in January. Meetings are held at The Pines Learning Centre, 520 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East. Melways 34/D5. (Behind The Pines S/Centre) The Hot Ones


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Lois’ Lines Presentation night was held at Natalie`s restaurant Ringwood on Feb 9th. It was great to see our members dressed to impress as this is the only chance we have to really dress up, so well done to all. Rowie acknowledged those members that have now been in our club for 20 years or more: * Ron Wicks * Steve Peterson * Ian Barnes * Greg Bayliss * Des Kelly * * Glenn Rulach * Julie Loomes * Rob Plaukovits * Michael Sambanis * * Karl Wakartschuk * Michael Kibblewhite * Albert Mason * Gavin Carrigg * * Ashley Bacon * Tony Anastasio * Tim Perrin * Well done guys and we hope you are all around for a lot more. Greg Rowie was announced our club member of the year and well deserved too. We all had a great night and next year let`s see a few more members come along. ========================================= Don’t miss our run to CRUDEN FARM LANGWARRIN on APRIL 28 . TH

Should be a great day in beautiful surroundings at the late Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s property. ======================================== I am working on a date for our MAY MYSTERY RUN. This year we will be seeing what our beautiful MORNINGTON PENINSULA has to offer, so watch out for the date & mark it on your calendar

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February 2013 Minutes of Meeting held February 3rd 2013 Meeting Opened: Visitors: Apologies:

7:15 pm none Karl, Ross Anderson, Rohan Hutson, Pauline Tregenza, Don Neal, Jeff Wilson, Phil Marrinon

Treasurer’s Report: Minutes from

Read by David Desira, accepted by Glenn Rulach, sec by Lois Peterson read by David Desira, accepted by Bill Duyvestyn, Sec by Shane Perry

previous meeting: Correspondence:

Newsletters Chevroletter QLD | Chevroletter NSW Chevolution SA | Belair Times The Bowtie | Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre Letters / Emails Just Cars Jan 2013 Cars for kids (Royal Chlidrens Hospital) Sat 23 March Werribee rd

Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport, 9 to 11 of March th

Upcoming Events:


10th Feb, Picnic at Hanging Rock 17 Feb, Shepparton Motor Museum 1 birthday th


24 March, Mountain District Car & Bike show th

7 April, Shannons American Motoring Show th

7 April, Rotary Club Shepparton Motor Show & market th

Buy, Swap, Sell:

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Meeting Minutes Convention:

David, Rowie, Glenn and Karl have been busy investigating various trophy ideas. Glenn has the printer and the convention logo for the shirts ready to go. Current sponsors to date include: Airide (Glenn), Shannons, Growe Transport (Greg Rowe), Clayton Holden Wreckers (Michael Kendall), Font P/L (Karl), Supa Trik (Karls son), Aussie Desert Coolers, Aust Auto Air (Rohan Hutson)


Bill D reported on Port Fairy, great show, big variety with over 500 cars.


Also on LGC cruise to Williamstown, about 300 cars, great day out. Tony A and Shane Perry reported on the Black Saturday Remembrance Cruise to Healesville. A very well organised event with about 450 to 500 cars. Tony Anastasio won an award for his Chevy Pickup. Well done! Wayne Hopkins did a Living Legends Cruise in Tullamarine with his local car club. An interesting day out, worth considering as a future club event. Greg Rowe on the Vic Hot Rod Show. Was a huge weekend, the club display was great. Thanks to Tarik, Michael, Ross and Don for showing their cars. Special thanks to Karl for organising all the props and David for organising the entries. David had his Nomad on display on a separate stand, congrats to him for taking out first place in Mild Custom class.

General Business:

Greg Bayliss has donated a 6x4 trailer for storing and carting around the club gear. David & Rowie plan to set the trailer up with a hard cover, Ian Barnes has offered to supply material to do the job. Raffle Won by Peter Liston & Sean Peterson .

M Closed:


Next Meet:

March 6th 2013

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Member’s Ride For Shane.

have made the trip myself to inspect the car and probably have saved myself the grief, not to mention a bucket load of money and time bringMy two brothers and I have always had an inter- ing the car up to scratch. est in cars; in the early days it was Holdens. Hatchbacks, hot HQ’s, Statesmans, SLR and XU1 clones, you name it, one of us had it. In recent Fortunately the rest of the car was ok with a years, after some time off playing with motor- new 350/350 engine trans combo, new glass bikes, I broke tradition and started mucking and good chrome. We used the Nomad for one around with Chevs. summer, doing some club runs and cruises, also putting it in the Vic Hot Rod show before the decision was made to take the car off the road and Having owned our trusty 57 hardtop for a few clean it up a bit…. years I had this idea brewing that I would like to try something different. Going to lots of car shows highlighted just how many sedans were My brother Shane who I’m sure had petrol in his around, so after some discussion with the direc- veins, would often stir me saying that I should tor of finances the search was on for a Chevy build one of the Chevs as a Pro Streeter. His pasNomad. Wanting to stick with a Tri Five and hav- sion was drags and fast street cars and we often ing always liked wagons the Nomad fitted the talked about what projects we had on the go in wish list nicely. the garage. When I mentioned the Nomad was coming off the road for a little work he was quick to come up with wild plans for a ‘tuff’ We decided to go for a restored car as work wagon. commitments allowed little time to spend restoring a car. A “friend of a friend” was given the job to find and inspect a Nomad in the States for Initially my intention was to clean up the rough us. Around August 2007 after a long time look- bits and re-spray the car, so around September ing and browsing the net one was finally found, 2008 I stripped the car down and sent it off to inspected and the deal was done. Troy and Luke at Slamed Creations to clean up the body and lay down a fresh coat of paint. Shortly after work started they discovered just We were warned from the start that the Ameri- how bad the body was, with a ton of filler covercans were not as fussy as we were, so not to be ing a multitude of sins and rust. Screwed on surprised if the car was not perfect. When it ar- patch panels, bogged mesh over rusted floors rived we discovered the car was far from what and filler straight over big rust holes, we had the we had expected (heard that one before!). Even lot. A decision had to be made to either sell the though we had paid to have the car inspected in car and cut my losses or go for a major rebuild. the States, the body was a typical “Mexican resto”. The quality of the paint job was questionable and many of the repairs were already blisIn mid October we received the tragic news that tering from the poor repairs beneath. Alarm bells Shane had been involved in a motorbike accident were beginning to ring. In hindsight I should and was in intensive care. At the hospital I made The Hot Ones



The Nomad a quiet pact to finish the car off in a way that Shane would be proud. Sadly he didn’t pull through, passing away seven days later.

Schreiner full floating axles and disk brakes.

The car was brought back home where I spent many months fitting and tweaking many of the bits included in the new build sheet. Heidt drop spindles were fitted with big brakes and 330mm drilled and slotted rotors from Hoppers Stoppers. Glass was installed and I pre-wired the body loom etc. The floors and firewall were coated in POR15 and covered with Dynamat to keep the insides quiet. A Vintage aircon system was fitted After many months of work in the panel shop, to keep the cook smiling and a Pioneer / Ipod / and a stack of new tinwork including floors, DVD system also fitted to keep the kids enterquarter panels and a first class paint job, the body was eventually completed. As the body had tained. A full set of Dakota Digital gauges and been brought up to such a high standard it was controllers were installed along with a Lokar shifter and Budnik Steering Wheel to keep the decided to upgrade a few bits… big mistake. I should have thought of that before the paint! A driver happy. re-hash of the build sheet was done and I set about acquiring all of the extra bits for the next It was amazing how many parts, which were supstage. posed to fit straight out of the box, simply didAfter much time and consideration I consulted with my very understanding wife and decided to go for it with a full resto. I was in no mood to think about the project for a while so I just instructed the panel shop to go for it and get the job done to the best of their abilities.

n’t. A couple of items which caused a few headaches were the Flaming River rack and pinion First call was to a good friend Glenn at Airide steering which ended up with the rack sitting 2” who was given the job of supplying and fitting lower than the cross member, a disaster waiting airbags with an Acuaire level control system along with Shockwave shocks, Strongarm control to happen, and not to mention virtually no steering lock. Calls to the manufacturers landed arms and a four link for the new 9” diff. on deaf ears, stating that this was normal. Another big problem was a brand new crate engine Next, another friend, Neal from Nods Mods was that refused to start, which I’ll get to later. given the task of fitting the newly purchased motor and trans. Neal and my brother Shane had been best friends for many years and shared the By about 2010, work was demanding more and same passion for drag racing and strong cars, so more of my time so the car was sent off again, Neal was more than willing to take on the task of this time to Michael Kibblewhite at the Sunroof Centre, where Ross Anderson and Michael helped the upgrade. The first item to go in was the me through the later stages of the build and as6.0ltr LS2 (420hp) with a tricked up TH400 and sembly. Ross’s knowledge of tri fives is phe2500 stall converter. A Gear Vendor overdrive unit was also mated to the transmission for high- nomenal, not to mention his ability to resolve many of the problems that we struck in the final way cruising. Neal also fabricated the mandrel stages. His help in sorting the steering, fabricatbent extractors and assembled the diff with a ing a new rear mount for a drop tank, mounting 3.64:1 Detroit locker along with 31 spline The Hot Ones


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Member’s Ride compressors for the suspension, radiator supliminary work a few months prior, with only a ports etc was invaluable. A brake booster and week to spare he worked flat out to complete master cylinder was also fitted, again requiring the car in time for the Hot Rod Show. some clever engineering by Ross to clear the engine and get the whole thing working correctly. We transported the car straight from the trimmer to the Hot Rod show for its debut. This was We set ourselves the target of showing the car virtually the first time I got to drive it after all at the 2012 Victorian Hot Rod show, so the pres- the years of work, straight off the truck, sure was on. So many late nights and weekends through the building and onto our club display. A were spent at Michael’s shop that I lost count. So few club members who were there prepping many coffees were consumed that I still can’t their own cars for the show kindly rolled up their sleep… sleeves and pitched in to help detail it. Cutting it fine to say the least. The good guys at Race Radiators made the custom radiator and condensor assembly and Fro- At the show we had a great result, taking out zen Air were given the job of forming all the cus- First place Mild Custom and Top Custom. tom aircon plumbing. Once everything was plumbed and primed it was time to finally start Without the help of the following people we the engine, which refused to play the game. never would have made it this far. MKAL Automotive were asked to try to resolve the issue but the slow response from them and Eagle, who supplied the engine, nearly derailed the project in the final stages. After many months of phone calls and threats, a replacement wiring loom was finally supplied and the car was running at last. This left us with just two weeks before the show to get the car ready.

Special thanks to Glenn at Airide, Neal at Nods Mods, Michael at the Sunroof Centre, Ross Anderson for his invaluable help and advice and Michael Sambanis for help with many of the finishing touches. Not to forget many of the other club members for all their advice along the way. Last but not least to my very understanding wife and kids for allowing me out for so many weekends and late nights.

The car was sent back to Michael’s where we I think Shane would have liked it. pulled out all stops and got stuck into finishing all the small bits off including fitting much of the chrome, fabricating many of the engine bay panels and brackets and tidying up the huge mess left by the autoelec. The job of trimming the interior was given to Adrian at Kool Trim. I cannot praise this guy highly enough. Although he had done some preThe Hot Ones



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PO Box 605, Benalla Vic 3671

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Events Calendar March 8th - 10th

Murray River Rod Run Mild 2 Wild David 0428 575 214

March 15 - 17

10th Chev Convention Ballarat See details this issue and on website

March 24th

Throttlers Rod & Custom Club Hot Rods and Drag Boats Show Nigel 040427638

April 7th

American Motoring Show Flemington - Gates Open 9am

April 7th

Drouin Swapmeet Lardner Park, Burnt Store Road, Drouin Public from 8am

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Classifieds Used front bumper bar to suit ‘56 OK condition

‘56 original Dash cluster


Peter Forbes

0418 577 286

0412 443 391

‘make an offer’

1957 210 Sedan $27,000 Rohan

1956 4dr sedan

0419 514 327

*reduced!* $35,000 350 chev, 9” diff, dual fuel, RHD Kevin 0403 287 957

VS Clubsport p Inj Manifold 355 Stroker motor Harro od condition 20” wheels, 5 speed, Go *unreg* $8,000 Jeff - 0418 577 286

1957 Chev Coupe , PS, LHD, 283ci, Powerglide Blue/W hite paint - W hite Interior $40,000 ONO

To add, change or remove listings from this section, please email the details direct to the editor:

Chris 0430 222 755

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Club Store CLUB MERCHANDISE. See Lois to purchase yours. Jackets - $140. Rugby tops - Adult $55 [Kids sizes (4 to 14) (in Navy or Red) - $40] Polo Shirts - $30 Adult - Black in Small, Medium, Large, XL. Kids - Black - 6, 10

All tops now available with your name embroidered on them. ( $10 )

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