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ISSUE #14 - JULY 2019
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BUILT TO CRUISE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
N E D D I H DRIVENNOT BLOWN, BAGGED & TUBBED F100 - 700HP PROCHARGED MONARO 408 CUBE CORTINA - FULL-TILT CHOPPER - 2019 CAMARO REVIEW FORD FORUM DRAGS - WA HOT ROD SHOW - SPOTLIGHT ON TRICK TRUCKS
US STREET MACHINE NATIONALS
From the Desk OLD SCHOOL OR HIGH-TECH – WHAT’S YOUR PREFERENCE?
I was fortunate enough to get into the car scene when it was all about carbies, low back bench seats and minimal fuss. Most weekends were spent with mates working on our own rides in someone’s home garage with bugger all tools and even less knowledge – but we got by. Some of the best times of my life were spent hanging out in the garage with the guys and girls we called mates. It’s a different story these days as you’d need a degree or two in mechanical engineering just to change your oil. Forget about doing a tune up and when the engine light comes on, it’s off to the dealership to not only fix the issue, but also pay the outrageous hourly rate. But, with technology comes more reliability, much better fuel economy and hopefully, lots of hassle free time behind the wheel. Whilst the old school build is simple and relies 02 on minimal (if any) electronics to power the car, the parts are old and can be prone to be giving way at the most inappropriate time and place. Safety wise, most people think that an older ride is safer because of the amount of metal surrounding you, but testing has proven this to be wrong. Airbags and crumple zones incorporated into new cars do save lives. Fact. Whilst I love the variety of old school cars – especially the 50’s and 60’s US-built cars, I also enjoy the new stuff the factories are offering right now. Point in case the new SS Camaro. The car is stunning from front to back and does everything you’d expect from a muscle car – old or new. Check out the review in this Issue. So I’m sitting on the fence with this one. With the freedom in modifying old cars certainly a draw card, there’s nothing like jumping into a cool, late-model muscle car and switching on the air-con, heated seats and other mod-cons that are standard issue. So what’s your choice?
355CI EFI EH Holden Streeter
ISSUE NO.14 July 2019
REGULARS 06 WHAT’S HAPPENING News, views and things of interest 10 HAVE YOUR SAY Tell us what you think 14
ANSMA HAPPENINGS Whats happening in the Scene
FACTORY OPTIONS 2019 HSV Camaro 2SS
ASRF NEWS Hot Rod & Custom Information
COMING ATTRACTIONS Full custom Toyota Stout
CRUISE CENTRAL The US Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin.
Blown, Tubbed, Bagged 1964 F100
4 60 SATURDAY SHOOTOUT The annual Ford Forums Drags from Heathcote 82
WILD WEST WA’s finest array of cars come together for the annual Show
102 IN THE SPOT LIGHT Trick Trucks! 120 KILLER PIC Up, up and Away 124 PERFORMANCE DIRECTORY Quick Find Ad’s
126 SHOW TIME Events happening around the Country
72 700hp Procharged HQ Monaro
US Street Machine Nats!
OLD SCHOOL COOL 355ci of Classic EH Holden.
PICK-UP ARTIST One man’s take on a basic F100 work truck.
ANTI-RESTO Not all classic muscle cars should be left stock! SECOND SOLUTION A tough Cortina for the family to enjoy.
110 THE PUNISHER 111ci of cool, custom Chopper!
WA Hot Rod Show
408 Clevo-powered Cortina
What’s Happening SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PRECINCT GETS $33.4 MILLION FUNDING
It may have taken a year of lobbying, but it was recently announced that the NSW State Government has committed more than $33.4 million dollars in funding for upgrades to both Sydney Motorsport Park and Sydney Dragway – both of which can benefit greatly from the increase in dollars made available. No announcements have been made as yet to what the upgrades will be, but no doubt that will be forthcoming. To all of those who took part in the lobbying of the Government, the greater modified car community thanks you…
STREET CAR THROW DOWN MEET AT HEATHCOTE
The team at Speed-Pro are supporting a street meet at Heathcote Raceway on Sept 14th catering for the hard-core Street Car racer. The meet will be 1/8-mile, heads-up, Pro-Tree and with no testing. The rules are simple. You red light – you’re out. You cross the centre line – you’re out. Easy enough. If you exit during the first round, you can buy your way back in. Each racing pair (and lane choice) will be drawn from a hat. Failing that, outed racers will be able to grudge race for the rest of the meet. Killer Rides are proud to be associated with this great event! For more info on the event, check out the Facebook Page @ Street Car Throw Down
MONSTER CUBE SMALL BLOCK CHEV FROM SONNYS
How big is too big? Check out this insane small block Chev built by Sonnys in the USA. With a staggering 535ci on board, this big-block proportioned mega cube small block would be right at home in a Torana, Monaro or even an early Holden! The all-alloy, fuel injected engine is good for 1150hp naturally aspirated, and a whopping 2000hp once the trick Nitrous system is armed and activated. I can already hear the Nitrous boys squealing in delight. So who is going to be the first to throw one of these into a classic Aussie muscle car?
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HK-T-G HOLDEN NATIONALS
There’s no denying that the HK/HT/HG series Holden has become one of the more popular early Holden’s in recent times, and to celebrate the models, the HK-T-G Holden Nationals were created. Last year’s event in South Australia attracted car owners from all over Australia, and the members of the 2019 host club – the HK-HT-HG Holden Owners Club of Qld are hoping the same will happen over the weekend of September 27-30 on the Sunshine Coast. You can now download the entry form and information from the official website –
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where I live. The Cops don’t like us hanging around together in car parks talking cars.
CURRENT STREET CAR? Cammed CV8 Monaro as my daily driver FAVOURITE CAR OF ALL TIME? 57 Chev. and a Pink, Blown/Injected VS Clubsport as the weekender.
CURRENT MODIFIED CAR/PROJECT? Currently building a HQ IF YOU DIED TOMORROW, WHAT WOULD PEOPLE REMEMBER sedan with twin-carb LS-engine. Hoping to have it finished by YOU FOR? Being overly obsessed with my dogs. It’s all I talk about - well that and my blown Clubsport! Christmas. WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST AUTOMOTIVE MEMORY? Falling in NAME FIVE PEOPLE (DEAD OR ALIVE) YOU’D LOVE TO DO A love with the Walkinshaw VL Commodore when I was 15 and ROAD TRIP WITH. Mark Wahlberg, Paul Walker, Jason Stratham, said one day I will own one. But my taste changed and now I like Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe. the VN and VS shape better. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME THAT DOESN’T HAVE YOU EVER MANAGED TO GET OUT OF A SPEEDING FINE? INVOLVE CARS? I volunteer at a dog shelter in my spare time. HOW? I was doing 70 in a 50 zone on a hot summers day, Luckily I was coming home from the beach and had a bikini on and he WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE ABOUT TO TAKE 9 let me off. He must have thought my body was decent. hahaha. ON A MAJOR CAR BUILD? Don’t tell your partner how much money you have spent on taking on a major build! FAVOURITE FORM OF MOTORSPORT? WHY? I have varied interest in all kinds of Motorsport. FAVOURITE RACER? Definitely Drag Racing. My cousin was married to John Boskovich - a popular WildBunch racer who unfortunately passed away after crashing into the wall at Eastern Creek. BLOWER/TURBO/NITROUS OR ASPIRATED? WHY? Blower for sure, because the whine sounds so tough and a big blower out of the bonnet looks so tuff! WHATS THE BEST CAR EVENT YOU’VE BEEN TO? Without doubt, the Summernats. WHAT EVENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND, BUT HAVEN’T? Would love to attend the Red Centre Nats, but it’s just sooo far away! PRO-STREET OR PRO-TOURING? Pro-Street WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SCENE AT THE MOMENT? WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE? The scene has changed a lot
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MORE RACE CARS PLEASE
Hey Paul, Loving what you are putting out each month and appreciate that Killer Rides is the “Home of Australia’s Toughest Street Cars” but how about featuring some hard-core Pro-Mod race cars as well. There’s some awesome strip-only cars out there that we never really get up close and personal with. Apart from that, Killer Rides is by far my favourite read. Keep it up! Casey F. via Messenger. Hi Casey, I agree that there are some tough race cars out there that need to be 10 published, so I will make an effort to get those into the pages of Killer Rides. But, they still need to resemble a street car in appearance. Stay tuned…
CAVALCADE OF COMMODORES
Hi Paul, Thanks so much for featuring the cool VL Calais Turbo in Issue 13 of Killer Rides. To be honest, I didn’t know the magazine existed until a mate pointed out the VL Calais. Since the demise of Street Commodores, its seems the only Commodores to get featured now are ones powered by a blown LS-engine. It’s great to see someone showcasing a beautifully detailed turbo six-pack VL. I hope it’s not the last one. Great work, I’m now waiting for each new issue of Killer Rides. Thomas J via Messenger. G’day Thomas, At the end of the day, if the car suits what Killer Rides is about, it will get some coverage. As long as the build is about performance motoring and the car still resembles a street car, then you can expect to see it in our pages.
WHERE’S THE BIG EVENT COVERAGE?
Hi Paul, I have been a fan of your work from back in the Extreme Magazine days and I always loved seeing the event coverage you put together. Whilst it’s great to see the smaller events get a run in Killer Rides, why have you not featured the Summernats, Red Centre Nats or Motorvation? I reckon you could get some great pics from those events too. Just wondering. Scott Via Messenger G’day Scott, There’s a couple of reasons. Man power is a big problem for me. Being a one-man operation with the help of a few valued contributors to get the magazine put together each month, doesn’t leave a lot of time to travel to the Red Centre Nats or Perth. Finding people that can cover those events the way we need it is a costly exercise, and with the magazine being free to view, you can imagine the budget is relatively tiny. The Summernats is different. Unfortunately, there’s restrictions in place for some media in regards to access making it difficult to supply a complete coverage of the event. I don’t like doing things half-arsed. Maybe one day I’ll return as an Entrant and enjoy the event the way I did back before Publishing deadlines ruled my life! Rest assured, I will give as many events as much coverage as I can in Killer Rides...
Hi Paul, What can you say about Angelo’s Valiant. Damn, that’s a stunning car. The engine and its surrounds are superb and the body work is just amazing. Yes I am a Mopar tragic, but I think that car would appeal to 11 everyone regardless of where their loyalties may lie. I reckon that build may spur others on to build more streetable, pro-street cars. Once again, a great issue, thanks. Gordon H. via Email G’day Paul, I was amazed by the Valiant you had in the last Issue. I too am building a VC, but after seeing what Angelo has done with his, I think mine may be way off the mark. Mine will be 440-powered with two Holley’s on a sheet-metal intake, 18” and 20” billets and black trim. I am still undecided on the body colour at the moment, but after seeing Angelo’s, silver suits the car perfectly. What a great build. Angelo is to be congratulated! Bradley G via Email. G’day Guys, I was supposed to have shot this feature back at the Chryslers on the Murray event back in March, but weather kept getting the better of us. I am so thankful to Jimmy Tee Photography for taking on the shoot and making it happen. There’s no denying it’s a damn fine build with quality and horsepower equal players. Gordon, I reckon you’re right on the money and Bradley, would love to see your Valiant in the build process. Shoot me some pics when you can – email@example.com
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UPDATE ON CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION SCHEME IN NSW
Many of you in NSW are likely to have one or more of their vehicles on Historic or Classic Plates and are probably unaware of a recent change to the registration process that the RMS and Service for NSW have introduced about a month ago, with no notice and no consultation I must add. The change is that the “Historic Vehicle Declaration” and the “Classic Vehicle Declaration” can no longer be emailed to your Club for endorsement as they are required to be the original. RMS and Service for NSW will reject any document that appears to be a copy. There was no official information released by RMS when these changes were made so we are in the dark as to why such a change was made? ANSMA has now reached a size that was unexpected when it was created by Graham Stubbs (RIP) back in 1985. We now have over 100 Affiliated Clubs across Australia and inexcess of 2,500 Individual members and growing. This growth is our strength in dealing with the Government over registration issues with our members vehicles but it is also a legacy to the foresight of Graham Stubbs when he started the Association!
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2019 HSV CAMARO 2SS In a sea of late model Mustangs, the HSV-inspired Camaro is turning heads left, right and centre… 16
Ford hit the nail square on the head with the latest-shape Mustang. Sales rocketed and now it seems that every second car on the road is a Mustang. When Holden closed its doors, we, the Holden-loving car fraternity, thought that any type of performance based car had disappeared with them. Thankfully, those pulling the strings at HSV decided to diversify and bring Chevrolet to our shores with the Camaro and Silverado. Whilst the numbers of Camaro’s hitting the road are slowly on the rise, HSV are upping the ante to deal with consumer demand which should see more and more of the bowtie badge-wearing V8 Coupe on roads around the country. In the meantime, the general public are amazed at just how wild the Camaro looks in the flesh. It’s one thing to see this car on the internet and on TV, but another to see it face to face. Its menacing front end, swooping quarter panels and muscle car stance ensure the Camaro is the centre of attention no matter where and when you drive it. The first night I had the car, I took my wife to the local shops. Even in the rain, people were driving past and then coming back to get some pics. On the road, the Camaro’s presence is obvious. Every second car sits in the lane beside you, obviously admiring the coupes lines and styling. Mustang drivers, just keep driving by, trying their best not to acknowledge the Camaro even exists… I’d waited quite a while to test drive the Camaro and the moment I sat low in the driver’s seat it felt right. From the drivers position, everything you needed was in easy reach. The big screen houses plenty of info, as does the speedo display. The paddle-shift made going through the 10-gears manually a breeze and the heads-up display is something every new car should come equipped with. The front seats are comfy and keep you secure. The back seats are fine for young children, but essentially is a two-door sports car…
Hitting that start button sparked the LT1 into life and the rumble it emitted from the exhaust upon start up evoked memories of a muscle car era gone by. When driven sedately, the exhaust note is relatively quiet, but jump on the loud pedal and the exhaust opens like a mongrel dog looking for a fight. With 339kW of power from the 6.2-litre LT1 small block, and 617Nm of torque on offer, the Camaro can be a very fun car to drive. Our test car had the fabulous 10-speed auto trans, but the option is also there to tick the box for the six-speed manual box if so desired. Those going with the auto option, also get a custom launch control and Line-loc – both recommended for on-track use only. Externally, the Camaro is tough. The new front end treatment is spot on and gives the Camaro a sinister, “don’t mess with me” attitude. Like the front, the rear end has also received an updated look. The body kit on the SS could be described as subtle, but anything more would look out of place. Peaking past the cool 20-inch rims reveals Brembo brakes with 4-spot calipers front and rear providing a great pedal feel. Even though the car comes in no less than nine great colours, my choice would have to be the black.
When driven sedately, the exhaust note is relatively quiet, but jump on the loud pedal and the exhaust opens like a mongrel dog looking for a fight.
But it’s on the road where the Camaro comes into its own. The ride, handling and performance is just what we’ve come to expect from every HSV product we’ve tested before. The handling is nothing short of superb – with four different settings to choose from. Yes the ride is firm, but it’s a sports car – get used to it! The Camaro is a point and shoot car. Point it into a corner at speed and it will tackle it with ease. You know you have built a great car that appeals to the masses when you get the thumbs up from young guys in Japanese cars to an elderly lady who removed the “world’s biggest smart phone” from her handbag to grab a heap of pics! For me, the 2019 2SS Camaro ticks all the boxes. With a price starting at around $90,000 its dearer than the Mustang, but then again, you get what you pay for. Next up, we get into the ZL-1 supercharged Camaro. I can feel my pulse racing already…
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BEN ZELUKOVIC - TOYOTA STOUT
Many of you may remember Ben’s purple and silver custom Escort. A show-winning build from the outset, it was a car that won awards, got many magazine features and was driven. In fact, Ben still owns the Escort and it still looks great – testament to the way in which it was built in the first place. For some time now, Ben has been working on his new ride – a V8-powered Toyota Stout Ute. In a sea of Hilux and Rodeo mini-trucks, the Stout will be in a league of its own. Ben wanted to keep it all Toyota so it comes as no surprise to find a Lexus 1UZ V8 engine already mounted, replacing the lowly 4-banger that once provided the power. The matching auto box is mated behind the quad-cam engine with a Hilux diff planned for the rear. While the engine is fuel injected from the factory, it looks well, factory, so Ben upped the ante and fitted a custom 8-stack injection system for the wow factor when the bonnet is lifted.
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When you spend your most impressionable years surrounded in top shelf Hot Rods and Customs, including a multi-award winning Pro-Street Studebaker, it’s only a matter of time before you embark on a full-tilt build of your own. Ben Zelukovic has built himself a few. The latest of which, is this slick Toyota Stout.
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The original Stout chassis has been retained but modified with a ’98 Hilux clip grafted to the front section and custom made chassis rails added to the rear. Once completed with airbags, the Stout’s sills will be on the ground. So far, there’s around 350-hours put into the chassis. Ben has collected eight other Stout’s and used the best bits from each one to have one reasonable body to start with. There was even a quick trip to Broken Hill to buy one just for the tub! There’s been very little body work performed as yet, with just the body drop done and the floor cut out to fabricate a much nicer pan.
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LOTS OF CHASSIS MODS HAPPENING TO GET IT LOW! The build started as a father and son project when his son Cruz was just three. The two would spend hours together in the home garage tinkering on the Ute, but it got to the stage where it had to go on the chassis aligner at his family business – John Zelukovic Smash Repairs where it’s now turned into a father and son project with Ben’s dad John. The project was pushed aside so that Ben and John could concentrate on some customers cars and get stuck into a Pro-Touring ’68 Camaro build, but Ben hopes to get back onto the Stout soon to incorporate a few trick idea’s he has for it. Ben would like to pass on his appreciation to his son Cruz, his Dad John, my brother in law Andrew Lynch and good mate Norm Gray for all their help with the project so far!
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BYRON PROUSE - 1964 EH HOLDEN SEDAN WORDS / PICS / VIDEO – PAUL BECK
Byron Prouse’s stunning EH Holden is a master class in building them to be driven!
Sometimes taking a step back and doing things “the old way” is the only way to go. Remember the times when you’d invite a select few of your “car mates” to come around for a BBQ on a Saturday arvo and before you knew it, your project car had its driveline removed, the panels were rubbed down and the interior was a pile of parts on the floor – all that and the first carton of drinks still had a few sitting in the bottom of the box! There’s something to be said about building your own project car. Being capable on the tools not only saves you plenty of coin at the end of the day, but also gives you a sense of satisfaction when you’ve reached the end of a build.
Byron has had plenty of tough rides over the years, and was in the stage of doing a deal on a Hot Rod but when that fell through, he found the EH in Brisbane for the right sort of money. Already modified with a V8 conversion, Byron dropped the cash on the EH and hit the road for a long and painful cruise back to the NSW Central Coast. With 4.11 gears in the 9-inch diff, the 308-powering the EH was revving hard at 5000rpm on the open road. By the time Byron idled into the home driveway, he’d just about had enough of the EH’s lack of driveability. Eight or nine hours behind the wheel of a bad driving car will do that to you. It was a no brainer that the EH was to be pulled down and rebuilt. In fact, over the last seven years that Byron has owned the EH, it’s been stripped down numerous times…
Remember the times when you’d invite a select few of your “car mates” to come around for a BBQ on a Saturday arvo and before you knew it, your project car had its driveline removed...
The most current build is by far the most impressive. Just check out the engine! Resisting the urge of throwing an LS between the EH’s chassis rails, Byron opted for a 304ci Holden based engine to provide the power. Built at home by good mate Brad MsKie, the 4-bolt bottom end now features a Scat stroker crank and rod combo along with forged pistons to achieve a more impressive capacity of 355 cubic inches. Just as impressive is the idle coming from the custom hydraulic roller unit. The VN EFI heads were treated to a thorough makeover before being bolted onto the tough bottom end. Filling the gap between the heads is a trick Bain Racing sheet-metal intake playing host to a pair of 1000cfm throttle bodies. A pair of custom fabricated headers flow into 3-inch pipes that exit the gases through a pair of Hooker mufflers and provide a menacing sound in the process. On pump 98 fuel, the stroker 304 makes an impressive 400rwkw and a bucket load of torque. The engine is controlled by a Haltec computer.
Dealing with the EH’s new found power is a built Turbo-400 auto fronted with a 3500rpm converter. The 9-inch diff that was fitted to the EH when Byron took possession, has been given the flick. In its place sits a narrowed VL Turbo rear end fitted with a Harrop Tru-Trac 3.08-centre and 28-spline axles. So far, none of the driveline components have given Byron any reason to question their strength. The EH’s underside has also been the focus of plenty of work. The front end is a V6 Conversions item fitted with coilover shocks, rear-mounted power rack and VT Commodore discs and calipers. The braking is replicated on the rear end, while Gabriel shocks and 2-inch lowered leaf springs look after the ride. A VK Commodore steering column makes steering much more enjoyable.
Body wise, the EH remains pretty much as per the factory spec-sheets. The mouldings and badges have been kept in place for that classic sixties feel.
Body wise, the EH remains pretty much as per the factory spec-sheets. The mouldings and badges have been kept in place for that classic sixties feel. Just the piece of bonnet steel missing for the induction system deviates from the General’s original plan. The colour though, has changed. Whilst the EH was still blue when it lived in Queensland, Byron (over a couple of beers) decided the EH needed a much nicer shade of blue. In no time, the EH was stripped down to its birthday suit in readiness for its new colour. Masters Paint Worx laid on the Impulse Blue and Purple Pearl overlay. Against the factory bright-work, the colour looks sensational. Completing the exterior picture are a set of rarely seen, Centerline Banshee wheels measuring 15x6 and 15x8.5-inches.
Opening any door reveals an interior that mixes old school charm and late-model technology. The seats are the most obvious change made inside, with the front seats coming from a Mazda 626. Byron removed the headrests (a wise move to keep the heights level front to rear) and also made sure all of the electrics in the seats are still operational! The rear seat has been adapted from a VN Calais and looks right at home in the early Holden. The seats are now covered in Grey leather, as are the door trims, headlining and dash pad. Another high-tech inclusion are the four electric windows. The dash remains circa ’64 with period correct extra gauges added. The shifter is a B&M item with a venetian blind filling the rear window to great effect.
THANKS TO Brad McKie for the engine
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build and regular maintenance. Matt Masters at Masters Paint Worx for the body and paint. Mick at Ansens Tyre and Auto. Darren Hawkins – my drinking partner. Tony at G&T Custom Metal Polishing for all the shiny stuff and to my wife Aimee and the kids for putting up with my sh*t.
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Right from the outset, Byron’s intention was building a tough, 100% street driven car no matter how wild or how powerful it may be. Mission accomplished! So now what? There’s no guarantee that the EH won’t be stripped down for another make-over at some stage and if that happens, there’s a strong possibility that the engine may score a 6/71 blower and the rear end may get four-linked and mini-tubbed. Will that make a difference to whether Byron cruises the car as much as he does? Somehow, I doubt it…
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US STREET MACHINE NATIONALS - DU QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS - JUNE 21-23, 2019 WORDS - Paul Beck PICS - Greg “Beach” Ball & Stephen Lowe
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For a few days a year, Du Quoin, Illinois becomes the tough car centre of the Universe when it hosts the Street Machine Nationals. I don’t get jealous very often (OK, that could be a little lie), but after watching the lead up to the US Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin, I can’t help but feel like I needed to be there too and 36 was missing out on the fun. Having been to many ASMF Nats in Canberra, Wagga, Goulburn and Penrith and then the first 29 Summernats, I feel the US-version of the Nationals would be the pinnacle of the scene - for me, anyway. Being Summer in the US (whilst we are shivering over here in Oz) means that the modified car scene is in full swing over there. Dubbed the Picnic of Power, the Street Machine Nationals takes over the expansive Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for three days of excessive horsepower, eye-catching candy colours and an abundance of traders all working together to create a highpowered atmosphere like no other. Pro-Street still rules supreme at the US Street Machine Nationals and kicks off the event with a Pre Nat’s Pro-Street Party on the Wednesday night. What a blast that would be! When the event officially opened on Friday June 21, the venue quickly filled with an amazing array of cars, from Rat Rods to pristine, restored Muscle Cars and everything in between. If it’s one thing I love about the US modified car collective is that they love going way outside the square, so the chance to see some really odd-ball stuff is very high. Daring to be different is awesome, and no one does it better!
Rain, and lots of it was forecast for the duration of the event, and it arrived in spades, bringing Friday to an end early. It returned Saturday, but the event still managed enough sunshine to get some cruising happening for the big crowd on hand.
Rain, and lots of it was forecast for the duration of the event, and it arrived in spades, bringing Friday to an end early. It returned Saturday, but the event still managed enough sunshine to get some cruising happening for the big crowd on hand. Its only water after all, and the diehard guys just covered their cars when the rain fell, and cleaned them off when it stopped! Thatâ€™s the spirit!
Sybergâ€™s Restaurant was overflowing with thousands of horsepower when the Pro-Street brigade took over the carpark.
It was all go on Friday from 10am right through to the event officially closed at 6pm. The program called for a full day of cruising the picturesque grounds, a huge swap meet, shopping through the Manufacture Midway, checking out the show and shine and seeing what arrived for the Legends of Pro42 Street in the aptly named Pro-Street Alley where Top Pro-Street builders of the past assemble with their cars. There was also a dyno challenge for those wanting to find out just how much horsepower their rides was producing.
Dubbed the Picnic of Power, the Street Machine Nationals takes over the expansive Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for three days of excessive horsepower, eye-catching candy colours and an abundance of traders...
One of the more unique parts of the event was the Loudmouth Drag Contest, where contestants were given the opportunity to replicate car / drag racing sounds using just their voices. The louder, the better! It was more of the same come Saturday with a few additions including the SEMA Young Guns Battle of the Builders Judging; The Editors Choice awards and the chance for the kids to meet the one and only Captain America! The full day of festivities closed off with a Demolition Derby at the HalfMile track!
Pro-Street still rules supreme at the US Street Machine Nationals and kicks off the event with a Pre Natâ€™s Pro-Street Party on the Wednesday night. What a blast that would be!
With Sunday being the final day of the 2019 Street Machine Nationals, it was a day where the driving events were to be held in the morning and the awards were handed out in the afternoon before the entrants packed their cars and headed home. But, after a huge amount of the wet stuff dropped onto the Fairgrounds during the early morning, and continuing into the events opening a decision was made to bring the 2019 Street Machine Nationals to an end earlier than expected.
If itâ€™s one thing I love about the US modified car collective is that they love going way outside the square...
No one ever wants to see an event like the Street Machine Nationals falter due to inclement weather, but like anything held outdoors, there’s always that risk. I’ve been there and its never a great feeling. But I am sure the 2020 Street Machine Nationals will be 48 stomping around the Du Quoin Fairgrounds bigger and better than ever before. Maybe we’ll make the trip from Australia as well… Stay tuned. The team will now move to St Paul in Minnesota for the Street Machine Summer Nationals over the weekend of July 19-21.
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Ford built the F100 as a no-f rills work truck designed to get any job done with min imal fuss. Paul Stansfield had other plans though…
PAUL STANSFIELD – 1964 FORD F100 WORDS – Paul Beck, PICS – Andy Mack
After admiring his mates full-tilt pick-up, Paul decided he too wanted to own a tough truck, and so the search began. Instead of finding a ready-built truck to cruise in, Paul found himself an untouched, ’64 F100 in nearby Ringwood and after parting with the $5000 asking price, Paul was cruising home in what was going to be a massive rebuild. With a head full of ideas, Paul got stuck into the build, more than anxious for the day he could once again idle it down the driveway in its new guise. During the strip down, Paul made two piles of parts – one was for parts he may use again and the other for those bits that only a resto-guy would want and the two big ticket items in that pile included the 6-pack engine and 4-speed gearbox. Paul had plans for much more horsepower than that combo could ever provide. So, when it came time to start on the driveline, he sat down with Zoran at Competition Engines to work out a game plan.
Being Patriotic and wanting to keep the build all Ford, 53 Zoran kicked the engine build off with a Windsor-based Dart block that received a Scat crank and rod combo, Probe blower pistons and a cam that lets everyone know “this truck ain’t stock!” A pair of AFR heads soon joined the party but not before being given the once over. Paul always wanted a wild truck, and nothing says wild like some forced induction – especially when it’s a big shiny 6/71 blower and two 750 Demon carbs! A custom Fisher manifold connects the two important parts together. A complete MSD ignition system fires the blown beast into life then it’s left up to the custom headers and twin, 3-inch stainless exhaust to dump the gases as quickly as possible. On pump 98 fuel, the 430ci Windsor small block produced an impressive 840hp. Not only does it make plenty of power, it is reliable and handles the Melbourne inner-city traffic with ease. Nothing like having a big horsepower blown engine that behaves like a stock 5-litre – until you get to the fuel economy. Paul’s not complaining though. If fuel usage was an issue, the engine would have been completely different…
A modified C6 auto trans sits behind the blown combo and is now a full-manual deal with gear selections done via B&M shifter. To get the big old girl moving more rapidly, there’s a 3500rpm converter up front. As you’d expect, there’s a 9-inch diff bolted under the bum playing host to a Detroit Locker centre, floaters and 31-spline axles. It’s been narrowed severely, as has the rear chassis clip, to accommodate the 15x12-inch Convo Pro wheels wrapped in 29x15x15.5 Mickey Thompson rubber. The triangulated four-link rear end is courtesy of McDonald Bros. Up front, the Convo’s measure just 7-inches wide and work with slotted discs and HQ calipers as part of the WB Holden chassis graft. Two-inch drop spindles also found their on to the front end, with a quartet of airbags fitted to get the F-Truck down lower than a Prime Ministers popularity poll.
Trucks like this are hard to find in reasonable condition. They have either had a hard life on a farm and ended up submerged in a creek and now rusted away, dumped out on a paddock when it ran out of rego and fuel or simply wrecked out when a newer model came along. Paul was lucky with his purchase. The Cab was rust free and the tub quarters were straight. He did however have to replace the floor with a huge amount of work going inside the tray itself. Brendan Bourke at Croydon Restorations can take a bow for bringing the ’64 Ford truck back to better than pristine condition.
There has been a few subtle changes made to the body including the reshaping of the bonnet to accommodate for the induction, and a rolled rear pan for that smooth custom look. When the body working tools were put back on the shelf, it was time for colour. Knowing full well that this truck needed a loud colour, Paul opted for Cinabar, which suits the style of the F-truck perfectly. The body colour continues into the interior space with all of the metal area’s copping the same colour. In stark contrast, the bench seat, door trims, custom console and headlining were redone in Cream leather by Pat at Sunshine Trimming – no stranger to these custom jobs. The pearled steering wheel features both colours and blends in nicely with the polished alloy dash facia. Extra AutoMeter gauges were added to the dash and there’s a substantial sound system installed which great cranked to drown out that lovely blower whine!
During the strip down, Paul made two piles of parts – one was for parts he may use again and the other for those bits that only a resto-guy would want and the two big ticket items in that pile included the 6-pack engine and 4-speed gearbox.
As with any major build like this, there’s been highs and there’s been lows, but that’s just tidy-ups during that period. Paul reckons next time he will do his homework better and research the best Tradesman to get the job done relatively hassle-free…hopefully. So after 58
cruise the truck to as many cool events as possible. It’s not about winning trophies for Paul. And isn’t that how it should be?
The Follo Companies who helped with the build!
Brendon Bourke Paint and Panel Pat at Sunshine Trimming Wayne Fogarty Chassis, Exhaust Engineering McDonald Bros Racing Aussie Desert Coolers Airride Suspension Ray Smooth Performance Zoran at Competition Engines
AUSTRALIAN FORD FORUMS DRAGS PICS â€“ Lauren @ Xposed Photography
SHOOTOUT The Australian Ford Forums yearly Queens birthday weekend Drag Racing Nationals has been run and won, with competitors coming from across many states again.
Brackets were on offer for all racers, from 8-second Streeterâ€™s to 15-second stockers.
With near perfect weather for the Friday nights “test ‘n’ tune” to a sunny Saturday for the Chicago Shoot out. Brackets were on offer for all racers, from 8-second Streeter’s to 15-second stockers. There was also an Outlaw class for all the non-Ford powered units to take part in the meet, along with a few cool hot rods that were added into the mix which made for great racing. 64
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Those spectators attending the event were treated to a full day of hard-fought racing with big burnouts and hard, wheels-up launches providing 70 quite the spectacle. Hope to see you all again next year.
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Anyone can resto a classic muscle car, but it takes a real man to Pro-Street one and then repower it with a 700-plus Horsepower, Procharged Small Block!
RAGS ZAMMITT - HQ HOLDEN MONARO GTS WORDS - PAUL BECK PICS - LAUREN @ XPOSED PHOTOGRAPHY
Believe it or not, there was a time when HQ Monaro’s weren’t considered muscle car gold. You could own a nice, V8-powered coupe for around $10,000. Unfortunately, those days are gone and unless you’ve offloaded a couple of spare houses, there’s little chance you’ll be cruising in a tough HQ Monaro anytime soon. The story of this tough HQ starts in Adelaide. Rags was looking at buying his best mates’ car and came across this already modified Monaro looking for a new owner. The pristine body had been given the once over and the House of Colour Lone Ranger orange paint and silver stripes had already been laid down. That was some16-years ago! The only real change to the exterior was the addition of the reverse cowl scoop giving the Monaro a much tougher look. Manta Resto handled the body and paint duties which still look great today, though Rag’s is planning a repaint in the near future to give a fresh new look. Coming from Adelaide, it’s surprising not to see a set of satin-finish Centerline wheels tucked up under the HQ’s guards. Maybe at the time of purchase there was, but Rags decided the Weld Magnum’s (the rear featuring double bead locks) look so much better. And who are we to argue?
The most important part of this HQ Monaro, for us hardcore car guys anyway, is what’s lurking under the bonnet.
Opening up the doors reveals just what it would have been like driving this HQ from the showroom floor back in 1971…almost. The lightly-padded seating has been retained and have been re-covered in the factory-styled black leather by Manta Resto, as have the door trims and headlining. Obviously there wasn’t a lot of imagination used by the interior designers in regards to colour in the early 70’s, with the main-focus was placed on performance…thankfully! The dash is primarily factory GTS-spec including the factory appointed gauges and steering wheel, with some AutoMeter gauges added to keep Rags accurately informed at all times. A TCM shifter has been adapted to the HQ centre console and makes shifting gears so much more precise!
Believe it or not, there was a time when HQ Monaro’s weren’t considered muscle car gold. You could own a nice, V8-powered coupe for around $10,000.
The most important part of this HQ Monaro, for us hardcore car guys anyway, is what’s lurking under the bonnet. Back in 1971, this car could have been equipped with a 308 or a 350 engine. Those are just distant memories now though after Rag’s had Brett Niddrie at BNR Race Engines build a tough, 408ci small block Chev complete with a big Procharger. Brett kicked the engine build off with a 400ci Dart block filled to the brim with quality internals, knowing full well that Rag’s wanted big power from the big cube small block. Iron Eagle heads were next on the to do list and were bolted down to complete the long motor.
An Edelbrock intake was added along with a Dandy Engines EFI intake and throttle body that gets the nod from the Haltech 2700 Elite computer to work with the MSD 7AL ignition to fire the pumped small block into life. A Holley fuel pump feeds copious amounts of E85 through the engine to produce a whopping 700-horsepower at the considerable ET Radial rear treads.
The only real change to the exterior was the addition of the reverse cowl scoop giving the Monaro a much tougher look.
Transferring all those ponies through to the 9-inch diff is the sole purpose of the Turbo 400 auto that is now a reverse-pattern deal and fully-manualised. The diff uses tough 31-spline axles to get that power to the sticky Mickey Thompson tyres. Pedders springs and shocks help keep the HQ more stable on the road. Wilwood discs and calipers hide inside the Weld wheels and pull the HQ up from any speed with ease. Rag’s has already hinted that the HQ will be getting a fresh paint job soon, and while its off the road, he thinks it will be a great time to get the engine back to Brett for a freshen up. No use having the Monaro off the road for any longer than it needs to be.
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THANKS TO: Brett from BNR Engines for building a very reliable engine and setting up the Procharger. 80 Luke from Hasty’s Auto Repairs for the tough and reliable gearbox. My Dad for making bits and pieces at work and putting up with my constant demands. Frank at All Sparks Performance for his help when my car solving problems and also help with the Haltech injection and the tuning. Tommy and Ali for help setting up the rear end and suspension to get the best results on the track. My wife and 3 kids for putting up with me spending endless nights in the garage. Seeing my Boys in the car smiling makes it all worthwhile…
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2019 WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular
Story Boris Viskovic - Photos John Harney
The WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular showcased the power and passion of the modified car scene.
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THE weather gods didn’t smile too brightly on the 2019 WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular, but that didn’t stop over 200 vehicles putting their best foot forward to be a part of the best indoor show in the west. With a theme based around two simple words – Power and Passion – there was no shortage of either. With several drag cars and some very tough street machines and hot rods in attendance, there was plenty of power on offer. While the total amount of horsepower would number in the tens of thousands, a fair bit of 82 that was shared between two cars – the Chapman Brothers Plymouth Fury Doorslammer and Eddy Tassone’s HSV GTO, each making over 3000 horsepower! There were plenty of other cars with more than ample power, many showcasing twin-turbo or supercharged LS powerplants, but it’s still cool to see the earlier stuff still has a following with a couple of ultra-cool flathead-powered cars on show. Rob Winsall’s Model A roadster and Ralph Italiano’s ’32 5-window both won the top award for their respective classes and looked cool as hell doing it.
The WA Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular has been running continuously since 1997, making this the 23rd year, and like a fine wine, it keeps getting better with age.
Over the last couple of years the show organisers have tried a couple of new things and it seemed they were really gaining traction this year, especially with the Koolsville pavilion, a kustom kulture-themed area with market stalls showing off all manner of cool and eclectic items as well as a whiskey bar and live tattooing. It was a great place to hang out for the weekend, and I won’t mention any names, but there was a couple that did appear to spend 84 most of their time very close to the bar. Another dimension that was added to the show was the Miss Koolsville pageant which attracted 12 entrants this year. What is Miss Koolsville you ask? “Miss Koolsville is the kind of gal that embodies the essence of pinup and kustom kulture merged into one. A classy broad that brings a certain authenticity to the Hot Rod Show, a bit of sass, and a bit of mystery,” says Sam Treloar, the pageant organiser and brains behind the whole Koolsville concept.
The other relatively new addition to the show involved a concerted effort to get more motorbikes into the show. They’ve always been welcomed and many have entered over the years, but Perth has a very strong custom motorbike scene with several shops doing clever makeovers on otherwise mundane bikes and turning them into showstoppers. A very special guest at this year’s show was Kengo Kimura from Heiwa Cycles in Japan. He brought three bikes across; Dirty Pigeon, Bull Pigeon and Chilli Mussel, the last one didn’t head back to Japan as it was built for a local customer. There’s no doubt, after his second visit to the city, that Kengo has inspired some local bike builders and we’ll see some very cool stuff hit the streets in the future.
Another dimension that was added to the show was the Miss Koolsville pageant which attracted 12 entrants this year.
The show also tapped into the popularity of the recent Lego Masters TV show, with West Aussie runners up, David and G, in attendance for most of the weekend shaking hands and kissing babies. David actually spent a fair bit of time working on a 1/8th scale model of his own VP SS Commodore that features moveable suspension, reciprocating parts and is completely built from scratch with no instructions. With a huge array of trade stands on display, covering everything from spare parts to industrial strength spot welders, a big display from the Australian Street Rod Federation and several custom workshops showcasing their wares and talents, it’s a great place for the West Aussie public to come along and get ideas, advice on how and where to build a car, and if you can’t wait, there’s always plenty of for sale signs on show. 88
While the total amount of horsepower would number in the tens of thousands, a fair bit of that was shared between two cars – the Chapman Brothers Plymouth Fury Doorslammer and Eddy Tassone’s HSV GTO, each making over 3000 horsepower!
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BILLY BOURCHDAN – TD CORTINA XLE WORDS / PICS / VIDEO – Paul Beck
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What do you do when you want to take your family for a cruise in your Pro-Street Datsun sedan, but only have room for three passengers? Do you leave one child behind? Take the kids and let the wife go shopping? Or buy something else that’s just as cool that can take the whole crew?
We featured Billy Bourchdan’s tough Pro-Street Datsun 1200 back in Issue #9 of Killer Rides. It was the first four-cylinder to grace our pages and received a lot of comments on the build quality. Billy loves to cruise the Datsun, but with the interior sculptured for just four passengers and having five people in his family made it almost impossible to do. To fix that problem, Billy went looking for something that could not only carry the family with ease, but also be a fun car to cruise. He found that in this tough TD XLE Cortina. Billy heard about this Cortina coming on the market for sale through a mate. So, before anyone else got to see it and make an offer, Billy rocked up, drove it, saw the cars potential and laid down the necessary dollars to become the new owner. The Cortina was almost everything he could have wanted – it was legally registered with a stout V8, had good paint and interior and above all else, it seated all five of the Bourchdan family! Cruise time…
The engine is tough, reliable and brings a smile to Billy’s face every time he plants his right foot.
The Cortina engine bay was made for a V8 conversion – whether the Ford engineers planned it or not! Usually you’ll find a Windsor engine slotted in due to their compact size, but the original builder decided a Cleveland sporting 408-cubes now takes up most of the space left empty when the inline six-pack was ripped from its mounts. Built by Kinetic Cams many years ago, the engine uses many Top Shelf products to achieve the 620-tyre frying ponies it now possesses. Billy isn’t too sure on what internals it has, but can tell us it uses a Scat crank, AFD heads, Edelbrock intake, 950cfm carb and MSD ignition. The engine is tough, reliable and brings a smile to Billy’s face every time he plants his right foot. Providing a great sound and an escape route for the spent gases is a Wicked Industries custom 3-inch exhaust system with two high flow mufflers. A fully-manualised C4 auto backs the Clevo and sends the power rearward to the narrowed 9-inch diff without any form of fuss.
Billy doesnâ€™t intend on racing the Cortina down the quarter, nor is he interested in hitting tight bends at speed, so it makes sense that the underside is not over the top but firm enough to keep the Cortina comfy for regular cruising. Koni shocks feature at each corner with new springs also added thanks to Wholesale Suspension. The brakes remain the ever-popular disc and drum 96 combination and is more than adequate in its stopping power. When purchased, the Cortina rolled on Centerline Convo-Proâ€™s, but Billy prefers the black-centred V-series Welds â€“ so he bolted up a pair of 17x6-inch on the nose and 15x8-inch on the bum.
With the project now completed, Billy is looking forward to many hassle free miles of cruising with his family whenever and wherever he can.
Inside its wall to wall grey leather covering the factory seats and door trims. The factory steering wheel has been retained along with the centre console, but thatâ€™s where the originality finishes. The dash is now chock full of carbon-fibre faced dials to give a more accurate account of whatâ€™s happening in, out and around the Cortina. The shifter has been swapped out for a more stylish B&M unit and thereâ€™s a Focal/Alpine sound system fitted for those rare times where Billy grows tired of hearing that big-cube Clevo do its thing. The interior colour compliments the Silver paint work adorning the bottom half of the Cortina, with the roof still carrying the black vinyl covering it left the factory with. To get that tough look happening, Billy added a steel reverse cowl to the otherwise standard Issue bonnet.
Billy heard about this Cortina coming on the market for sale through a mate. So, before anyone else got to see it and make an offer, Billy rocked up, drove it, saw the cars potential and laid down the necessary dollars to become the new owner.
With the project now completed, Billy is looking forward to many hassle-free miles of cruising with his family whenever and wherever he can. So where does that leave the Datto? Its currently apart getting some upgrades done, but once complete, it will be a 100 car for Billy to enjoy at shows, meets etc. Itâ€™s nice to have a choice - depending on his mood at the time!
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In the US, Trucks are considered family cars, much like the Commodore, Camry or Kia. And with millions of trucks littering the roads across the USA, it makes sense that a big percentage of those have been given a make-over, whether that be for the street, show or strip. Whatever the reasoning behind the build, thereâ€™s no denying that when done right, they can be spectacular. 103
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This months spotlight shines brightly on the modified car communities fascination with the Pick-Up Truck...
Although we can now buy a Dodge Ram and Chev Silverado, there was a time when all we had to choose from was the mid-size Pickups such as the Rodeo/Colorado, Hilux etc. Still, there have been quite a few cool examples built on our shores, including my candy/graphic’d Rodeo, the late, great Laurie Starling’s LS1-powered Rodeo and Michael Ellard’s stunning slammed Rodeo – probably the best Australia has to offer!
Trucks have been used as show vehicles for many years and the pinnacle of shows is of course the Great 8 and the Ridler Award. There’s been plenty of contenders over the years and here’s just a few…
Show trucks are usually full of innovative modifications. This ‘39 Plymouth pickup (above) has a radial aeroplane engine for something different., whilst the smooth mid-50’s Chev pickup (left) has an 8-stack fuel-injected big block providing the power!
The USA is the land of the free, and by that, I mean free to cruise whatever the hell you want. Tubs? No problem. Blower? Yeah, why not! Parachute? However many you likeâ€Ś Damn, it makes you envious when you get defected for an air cleaner hanging out of your bonnet! At least we can drool over what those lucky enough to live there can cruise on the street!
And with millions of trucks littering the roads across the USA, it makes sense that a big percentage of those have been given a make-over, whether that be for the street, show or strip.
As popular as Pro-Touring is, it was only a matter of time before the truck-loving sector started to get their drivers handling much better than the factory ever could. By getting them lower and fitting them up with big diameter wheels and sticky low-profile tyres, the handling capabilities improved greatly â€“ as did the overall looks.
Trucks started appearing in Drag Racing circles competitively when the NHRA introduced Pro-Stock Trucks. From that point on, more and more trucks made their way down the quarter-mile in various categories from the Sportsman series through to the Supercharged mechanical monsters.
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ROB WEBBIE - 2006 AMERICAN IRONHORSE CHOPPER WORDS / PICS / VIDEO â€“ Paul Beck
At the height of the world Chopper Craze, there were a number of US companies building street-legal production Choppers. The Ironhorse Legend was one of the coolest.
Rob Webbie has been around bikes from a very early age. Like many, he started his two-wheel fascination off with dirt bikes before moving into road bikes when he was old enough to hold a license. After years of riding sports bikes, he came to a point in life when it was time to get onto something special – a custom Chopper.
Sure, there’s more radical Choppers out there with bigger rear tyres, bigger engines and forced induction, but for our man Rob, this Ironhorse Legend does everything right.
Originally imported from the American Ironhorse Motorcycles headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, Rob purchased this American Ironhorse Legend from Melbourne. Being a full-production bike (as opposed to a one-off custom build), gaining Australian rego wasn’t that much of problem. Due to the excessive noise, the custom pipes had to be swapped over for more sedate items before the authorities would sign-off on the blue slip. Once rego was granted, Rob hit the road and never looked back.
On the Punisher, they used a combination of two shades of Candy purple highlighted with a tribal band in a yellow to orange gradient.
American Ironhorse has three Choppers in their line-up, the Texas Chopper, the Legend and the LSC. The Legend is considered the middle ground between the tall choppers and the shorter, Pro-Street bikes. From every angle, the engineers and designers at Ironhorse got the dimensions just right. Yes itâ€™s long and low, but it defines what the Chopper is all about and makes no apologies for it. The stretched frame (built by Daytec exclusively for American Iron) incorporates a full billet front end that includes signature Ironhorse handlebars, polished billet triple-trees, LED indicators and a stylish billet headlight. At the other end, thereâ€™s a Softail-style swing-arm thatâ€™s just wide enough to fit the 18x8.5-inch chromed RC Component rim, with the matching rim up front measuring a much narrower 21x2.15-inches for that true Chopper look. Additional items include billet forward controls.
The Legend series uses Ironhorse’s patented Super Stretch Chopper tank that covers the entire backbone of the frame and flows into the rear seat and eventually the wide rear guard. The tyre-hugging front fender covers just 25% of the tyres diametre, but looks dimensionally right. Before the tins could be bolted into position, they were treated to a full custom paint job – done inhouse at American Ironhorse. On the Punisher, they used a combination of two shades of Candy purple highlighted with a tribal band in a yellow to orange gradient. The single seat is covered in grey Aligator leather.
The engine chosen for the Legend series is a 111ci polished Super Sidewinder Plus – which could have been upgraded by the original owner if he ticked the box for the 117ci version or more potent 124ci! Not that there’s anything wrong with the smaller capacity engine at all. The power is predictable, smooth and above all else, responsive. As with all V-Twin engines, the sound is nothing short of impressive – even with the quieter pipes bolted up to the engine. The trans is a right hand drive, six-speed unit – polished of course.
Sure, there’s more radical Choppers out there with bigger rear tyres, bigger engines and forced induction, but for our man Rob, this Ironhorse Legend does everything right. Because the rear has a 280mm tyre and the frame has been designed right, the bike handles better than you would expect, certainly better than those sporting 330mm-plus rubber on a radically modded frame. As it sits, the bike is 100% legal and can be ridden anywhere at any time.
And it could be yours to enjoy! Rob has just started his own Electrical Business (RS Electrical) and is finding it difficult to get the Punisher out for a ride as much as he would like. So, if the right offer was to come along, Rob would be interested in parting with the bike. If you’re keen and are genuinely interested in owning this Chopper, email me at email@example.com and I’ll pass your details onto Rob. With Summer coming up, this could be the right time to secure the deal…
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Noel Inman’s Nitrous-sniffin’ 347ci Windsor powered 1922 Ford T-Coupe certainly put on a show at Heathcote Raceway during the recent Ford Forums Drags with lots of wheels-up passes like this. A regular 10-sec runner, Noel’s Tall-T is as spectacular as it is quick!
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MURRAY BRIDGE SHOWGROUNDS & SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 25th to 27th 2019 Open to everything automotive from Cars, Trucks, Bikes in fact anything that has wheels is welcomed to join in on all the fun and with the theme of a Family Friendly Motoring Festival. ZE
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1st Place BURNOUT N/A Class = $2500 plus 2019 SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET PASS 1st Place BURNOUT PRO Class = $2500 plus 2019 SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET PASS 1st 6 Cly BURNOUT Class = $1500 plus 2019 SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET PASS TOP SHOW CAR = $1000 plus 2019 SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET PASS TOP STREET CAR = $1000 plus 2019 SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET PASS Trophy’s will be awarded to all place getters in class category’s for vehicles in attendance
NOTE! SPRINGNATS GOLDEN TICKET INCLUDES; FREE SPRINGNATS ENTRY, FREE INDOOR GARAGE SPACE, FREE EVENT MERCH PACK. VALUE = $465
Show N Shine - Food Truck Festival - Bar Go To Whoa - Autokana Corkscrew - Trade Sites - Grab A Flag BURNOUTS and MORE! Proudly Supported By
For Entrant Forms or For More Information See www.autofest.com.au or Call Mobile 0417 511557
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The July issue of Killer Rides features one of the wildest EH Holden's on the cover. Built as a daily driver, this 355ci Holden powered EH i...
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The July issue of Killer Rides features one of the wildest EH Holden's on the cover. Built as a daily driver, this 355ci Holden powered EH i...