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RIMS, Sunrasia, x 5, Goodyear, 5 stud Ford, 235/75, 80% rubber, VGC. $600. 5258-3516. ROOF RACKS, Ford, custom sports, suit Falcon AU wagon onwards, key lockable. $185 ono. 0423 026 939. ROOF RACKS, Commodore, Rola Suite, VN - VS. $130. 0402 646 610. Waurn Ponds. TOW BAR, complete kit, as new, 1200kg to suit VE Holden Commodore, paid $426, sell $275. 52552601 or 0417 129 253 Ocean Grove.
EVERNEW, poptop, 1996 model, 18ft, dual axle, large awning, 2 single beds, 12 volt/240 volt lights, dual gas bottles, wind up aerial and extras, very nice van, reg: F16019, $18,200. 0419 570 893 Teesdale. JAYCO Eagle campervan, 1992, full annexe, TV ariel, EC. $11,500. 0417 682 728, Highton. JAYCO, 2001, Flight, campervan, awning, annexe, ﬂys, pole, carrier, light, truck tyres, EC, $10,500 ono. 03 52632848 Anglesea.
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MOTORHOME, Bedford, 30ft, petrol motor, goes well, ﬁtted out with all new ﬁttings, shower, toilet, hot water etc. $34,000 neg. Vin6172005. 5593-3229, 0437 661 197.
MOTORHOME, Mazda, 1986, diesel, GC, HWS, fridge, stove, shower, p.potti, solar, TV, microwave, OGB-364, $18,000. 03 5263-1101 Anglesea.
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TRAILER, full tilt car trailer, 17’ fully enclosed with winch, EC. $6,800 ono. 0418 565 041.
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YZ 80, 1995 model, near new tyres, procircuit pipe, engine rebuilt, EC, $1,850 ono. 0422 040 236 Bell Park .
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YAMAHA, 2008, Beewee scooter, ideal city commuter, reg01/11, RWC, 7,500kms, GQ-557. $2,500neg. 0434 608 711, Belmont.
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SWIFTCRAFT, 5.2 metre, h/c, 90 HP, Yamaha, both reg, F.F, M.R.G.P.S, GC, $6,000. 5282-5448.
CARAVANS AND TRAILERS DRIFTAWAY, 15ft, poptop, 1989, GC, radio, AC, single beds, microwave, full oven, reg 09/10, $9,000 ono. 5298-1344.
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Chev Impala shines
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1/56 Sun Street, Moolap
Brilliant finish: Ken Dawson’s effort with the paint and panels has achieved a stunning result.
GREG WANE IT WAS all about getting the paint and panel finish just right when Torquay’s Ken Dawson set to work on the restoration of his 1968 Chevvy Impala. He bought the fast back version of Chevrolet’s best known and the most sleek in style from a car importer in Somerville in Melbourne’s south east. Ken who is a motor mechanic by trade says he stripped the car right down to the chassis and did all the mechanical work himself. But it was the paint and panel work that he had no experience at doing and he considered it the most challenging of the Impala’s restoration. “I really owe it to a guy called Daryl Noble who helped me with the panel and painting,” Ken says. The car was typical of a restoration job, you expect it to be better than what it really is underneath. When I started to strip it down I discovered piles of leaves and rust down under the rear window so I had to fabricate a new steel section right across the back window.” Ken says the body and panel sections also required repair and straightening. “Just getting the panels straight you have to block them all out with big long sanding blocks otherwise you get wrinkles in them. “The idea is to try and keep everything big and long and keep everything straight. “The car had a body strip along the rear panel, but I got rid of it and joined the panels. “I actually used body glue with the quarter panel. I screwed the two panels together and let the glue go off then removed the screw and put a light lick of filler across the join and then you don’t get any panel distortion. I then welded all the way around the bottom edges,” Ken says. All up Ken spent more than eight months on the body restoration. “The car is nearly five metres long, so there’s miles of panels, especially the rear quarter, they’re huge.” But Ken says it is the look of the car that fascinates him. “The ‘68 model has got the ‘Coke-bottle’ style and the curved lines is what really gets me, I love it, I really love it.” Coke-bottle styling is a shape of car body with outward curving fenders with a narrow centre. Popular cars that used this body shape were the Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, and Dodge Charger. Studebaker introduced the Raymond Loewydesigned Avanti with pronounced Coke-bottle look in 1962. That began the trend of Coke-bottle influ-
ence on car design of the 1960s. Chevrolet first tried the Coke-bottle look on the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. By 1966, A-body sedans and the Chevelle got a mid-riff pinch. The 1968 Corvette looked even more like a bottle bulging at both ends and a narrow middle. Pontiac Tempest, Dodge Charger and Ford Torino soon followed, as well as compacts such as the Ford Maverick and Plymouth Duster. Japanese, European and Australian sedans also adopted this style during the 1970s. The finishing touch to the Impala panels was the paint job. “The colour is Hyundai shine red and I did four coats of base paint and four coats of clear over the top. “I then rubbed down with wet rub using 1600 wet rub until it was all flat and then ran over it with the polisher.” Inside Ken had an upholsterer redo all the seats and he has added a big sound system. I put in a 2000-watt sound system and a bug thumping sub woofer so I can play all my old rock and roll nice and loud. Under the bonnet Ken says he has lowered the spindles and coils to get it sitting down lower and he has added an air-conditioner. The Impala is powered by a 300 horsepower V8 engine through a turbo 350 transmission. Ken has left the car as a left-hand drive, he says he prefers to leave it as original as possible. “It only take a short time to get used to driving on the opposite side of the car, but I think my front seat passengers find it hard to get used to sitting over on the right-hand side and seeing oncoming cars closer to them than they would like. Although preferring to keep the car original Ken
says he does like to add a personal touch to his cars with a few modifications. The big Impala has been lowered about four inches all round and he has put on a set of chrome wheels. “The wheels are after market mags, a set of 18s 18-inch by eights with 245 tyres.” The wheels marked the finishing touch to the Impala’s two-year restoration.
Shine: Too much chrome is never enough.
Icing: Chrome mags are a special touch that Ken says personalises his car.
Real estate: Ken used plenty of wet rub to prepare the five-metres-long Impala. The Independent, Friday May 14, 2010
Published on May 16, 2010
Published on May 16, 2010
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