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Toughest STREET CARS ISSUE #4 -SEPT 2018
T E E R T TRUES BLOWN 406ci HQ HITTIN’ THE BLACKTOP!
MOR E H ORSE POW ER I NSID E
Pro-Touring 69 CAMARO
NITROUS 393 CAPRI STREETER BLOWN 440 CHALLENGER TIMELESS LX TORANA HATCH PRO-STREET ODDITIES KILLER RIDES LIVE - ST KILDA SHOW - FATHERS DAY PICNIC - EH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
From the Desk IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THE MAJORITY OF US CHOOSE TO BUILD EARLY MODEL CARS? I recently had the misfortune of having something fly off the back of a truck (whose load of rubbish wasn’t covered) and smash the driver’s side headlight on my 300C Chrysler. Initially, I thought it had hit the bonnet only, but when I pulled over to inspect the damage, I realised that the headlight had taken the majority of the impact. Now this is where it gets interesting. I have a $695 excess on my insurance but I thought I wouldn’t need to use that, instead just get a light and fit it and be done. But, after ringing around to get a light, I was shocked at the prices. $1200 for a second-hand light and an incredible $4350 for a new light from Chrysler – which they didn’t have any in Australia anyway. I was told there would be a 5 week wait!!! What the f&*k!!! $4350 for one light. How the hell can you justify that price?
...after ringing around to get a light, I was shocked at the prices. $1200 for a second-hand light and an incredible $4350 for a new light from Chrysler... Thankfully, I managed to get a new light from a mate who has a panel shop and had been stuck with one from a previous customer. $500 was a bargain – Thanks Mark Meeson! After speaking with people about this, the Chrysler lamp isn’t the most expensive! $5500 for a Kia Stinger and a whopping $9000 for a Volvo C70-something… If I had damaged two lights and the grille, the insurance company probably would have written the car off! It’s just insane. Seems to me that car companies aren’t making money on car sales and are trying to recoup what they can on parts and servicing. That ’63 Chevy Impala wagon I was eyeing off the other day could make for a nice daily driver after all. $20 headlights – got to love that!
See you on the Street, Paul.
‘72 HQ HOLDEN
ISSUE No.4 Sept 2018
36 THINGS YOU
06 WHAT’S HAPPENING News, views and things of interest 10 HAVE YOUR SAY Tell us what you think
12 SHOW TIME Events coming up
14 DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Pro Street Oddities 18 COMING ATTRACTIONS The next generation of tough cars
TO MAKE YOUR CAR STAND OUT
22 OUT & ABOUT Melbourne Showcars St Kilda Show day 36 THINGS YOU NEED Things to Make Your Car Stand Out 42 OUT & ABOUT Outlaw Rod Shop’s Fathers Day Picnic 58 OUT AND ABOUT Killer Rides Live 66 BLAST FROM THE PAST Race Car Transporters 98 OUT AND ABOUT EH Anniversary Show 102 KILLER PIC Pro-Street Chopper
66 BLAST FROM THE PAST...
‘69 DODGE CHALLENGER
104 WINDOW SHOPPING All the latest new products 106 FACTORY OPTIONS COPO Camaro
FEATURES 28 ONLINE FIND Street Driven Blown 406ci HQ Holden 48 UP FOR THE CHALLENGE Rare big block ‘69 Challenger 72 QUICK SILVER 582-cubes of Pro-Touring Camaro 80 HATCHING AMBITIONS Bathurst inspired LX Torana Hatch Build 88 SECOND SOLUTION Hitting the Streets in a gassed 393ci Capri
72 ‘69 CAMARO
‘76 LX TORANA
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
PRO STREET ODDITIES
What’s Happening? NSW ALL AMERICAN DAY ON THE MOVE
Anyone who has been to this huge celebration of American automobilia will know the struggles faced with getting the cars in the venue, but also the problems with parking and the chaos of finding a spot at the Castle Hill Towers Shopping Centre. From 2019, the All American Day will be held at the Macarthur Square Shopping Centre in Campbelltown – which has a show area big enough for around 700 cars and an undercover area in case the weather isn’t favourable. The centre is the largest in south west Sydney and is in close proximity to the freeway. The complex houses around 300 shops, lots of different food outlets and cinema’s and bowling, so the whole family can enjoy the day out. It all happens on January 20th 2019.
VALE STEVE DAVITT
The scene lost another great guy on Saturday 11th August. My mate Steve Davitt lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully with his family around him. Steve had a passion for tough cars and his red, big blocked HQ SS will remain a part of the family forever. A loving husband, devoted father, and proud Grandfather, Steve will be sorely missed by all. Killer Rides offers our condolences to his family and many friends who will keep his memory alive. RIP mate. Until we meet again. This issue of Killer Rides is dedicated to you...
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CHANGES TO SPRINGNATS
The Autofest crew have a new section they are introducing at the Springnats in Shepparton this year – the Springnats Invitational! They are inviting high-end vehicles to be displayed in a special air-conditioned pavilion within the Shepparton Showgrounds. The section is open to Street Machines, Hot Rod and Bikes. The new section is an addition to the burnouts, show and shine, driving events, cruising and more! The Springnats takes over the Shepparton Showgrounds over the weekend of November 23rd-25th. If you have something that you believe will fit the bill, contact the team with a photo and some info. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBBY’S LAST HARRY’S CRUISE
What’s Happening? KILLER RIDES LIVE GOES INDOORS FOR 2019
After many years of being the local hang out spot in Qld, Harry’s Diner has relocated, effectively bringing an end to an iconic custom car hangout. Tony “Webby” Webb has been running cruise nights at the venue for quite some time, and recently had one last cruise from the venue to the local Bunnings Car Park – which will become the new home for his regular catch ups. Pics by Ryan Cobb – Octane Motorsport Photography
After dealing with the nasty side of Mother Nature for Killer Rides Live at Moss Vale thing year (see the show coverage in this issue) I have decided to return to the Illawarra Indoor Hockey Centre for 2019 and beyond to stage the event, returning to the original concept of Killer Rides Live – a mix of cars on display indoors and looking their absolute best no matter what the weather is doing outside. There’s just 40 spots up for grabs and I’ll be doing the rounds to make sure that the indoor stadium is full to the brim of a big range of Street Machines, Hot Rods, Customs and Drag Cars. On top of that we will have lots of traders on hand as well as a few surprises. Killer Rides Live returns to the Illawarra Indoor Hockey Centre, Waples Rd Unanderra (10 minutes south of Wollongong) on July 13th and 14th.
I’ll be doing the rounds to make sure that the indoor stadium is full to the brim of a big range of Street Machines, Hot Rods, Customs and Drag Cars.
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G’day Paul, I ventured up to the Killer Rides Live show to have a look at what you were offering onto find the wind playing havoc with you and everyone else. Its such a shame that the wind put an end to what promised to be a great show. Hopefully the weather is kinder next year. Brad Small - Via Email
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Hi Paul, Mate, I feel for you. The amount of work you obviously put into staging Killer Rides Live at Moss Vale and the weather screwed you over!!! When we arrived in Moss Vale, the wind was howling and you could tell walking in the gates the the dust was going to be a problem. Kepe your chin up mate, there’s always next year! Keep the dream alive! Kevin - FB Messeger
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Hey Paul, I was so disappointed with how Killer Rides Live turned out. For myself as I had driven for over an hour to get there to find half the cars had left and the wind had caused the show to come to an end early, but more so for you and your crew for all the hard work you put in leading up to the day, only to have it end the way it did. So where to from here? Will you try again next year? Stewy - Via Email Hey guys, thanks for the messages and the encouragement. Killer Rides Live was a huge learning curve for me. My team and I sat around after the show and spoke about what needed to happen if in fact we do go again next year. If that is the case, there will certainly be some changes implemented to make the day more enjoyable for all concerned. A more streamlined program will certainly be on the cards too. It’s obvious that people don’t like hanging around too long at events like this, so we need to do something about that too. Keep an eye on future issues of Killer Rides for information of a revised Killer Rides Live...
Hey there Paul, I have been involved in the car scene for as long as I can remember. During that time, I have been a part of many car clubs in different states (I move aorund a bit for work) and whilst they all start off as fun, they soon become groups of people within the club that ultimately tears the club apart. I’ve seen it happen so many times... I do enjoy the car club culture and there’s nothing better than cruising with a bunch of mates that share the passion, but I am over the bullshit that goes hand in hand with being a member of a car club these days. How can I get the benefits of being part of a club without the associated hassles and attending monthly meetings? Tony Cotter Via Email Hi Tony, Having been involved in a few clubs myself, I know exactly where you are coming from. The groups that form within clubs usually do so because of frustrations on how the club is run, yet these people won’t stand up and take on a committee position! All I can suggest to you is to reach out to the Australian National Street Machine Association - ANSMA, who are the sole governing body for Street Machines in Australia. If you’re cruising in a Street Rod or Custom, you can choose to become a part of the Australian Street Rod Federation. Both have websites and pages on Facebook.
PRO-STREET RULES SUPREME!
Hi Paul, Just sat down with my iPad and read Issue #3 of Killer Rides front to back - another great read - the best one yet! That XC Falcon coupe is so damn awesome. Please keep that sort of car coming to the pages of Killer Rides! Jason P via Messenger G’day Jason, The Falcon sure is a tough coupe! Thanks for your support of Killer Rides. Be sure there are lots more Pro-Street cars coming...
STARTING ‘EM YOUNG!
Hey Paul, Just like all kids these days, my 5 year old son Blake is a technology freak! He is constantly on my phone, computer or tablet and always looking at pics of cars! Now he is hooked on Killer Rides. He loves the fact that the book (as he calls it) is on the computer and can’t click on the video feature soon enough! As bright as he seems to be with going online, he has no concept of time yet and asks me daily when the next ‘book’ is on the computer for him. Well done mate, keep up the great work... Peter C via Email. G’day Peter, Glad to see Blake loves Killer Rides. At least he has a head start into the world of tough cars which will hopefully stay with him throughout the years. I can imagine that in 10 or 11-years, he will be asking for a pro-street Camaro for a first car and not an automatic Corolla! Here’s hoping!
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1982 AMC Concord Pro Street Surf Wagon
Dare to be Different
Is there a more unusual wagon than this AMC? I love how the owner has incorporated the woodgrain into the build. Power comes from a 350 When you think Pro-Street, you think Torana, Falcon, Cortina, HQ-HX and of Chev, Turbo 350 and course, Camaro, Mustang and anything Mopar from the late 60’s early 70’s. 9-inch combo. But not everyone wants to go down the safe path and do what’s considered normal and acceptable. 1983 XJS JAGUAR I went so far left of centre when I did my ’51 Studebaker back in my Extreme Magazine days, that some people thought I was crazy. They probably now think I am even crazier by doing it all again with another Stude – except this one will have much more emphasis on the Street side of things! Believe it or not, I’m not the only one who thinks outside the square when deciding on a Pro-Street build. Check out what I found by surfing the net for a couple of hours. Daring to be different is certainly not dead!
I simply couldn’t do this feature without adding my own car(s) in here. The first Studebaker went too far for rego, but Version 2.0 will be road legal with a blown, EFI Gen3 Hemi. Plans call for 15x10 and 15x6 rims with appropriately sized tyres, a full custom trim with four bucket seats and lots of cruising time behind the wheel.
Proof that even Jaguar’s bulky coupe can look tough too, this Pro-Street version doesn’t hide the fact the V12 inspired driveline has been given the flick in favour of a blown 383ci small block Chev backed by a tough T350 auto. Between those huge Weld wheels and impressive Mickey Thompson rubber sits a reworked chassis clip with a narrowed 9-inch diff and coil over shocks. The front section of the interior has been kept stock with the rear seat now history, thanks to the much larger wheels tubs. This is one angry cat!
Dare to be Different 1957 PORSCHE 356 ROADSTER
1959 WILLYS WAGON
Where do people find these things? The rare Willys wagon has been given the treatment from the ground up with a full square tube chassis forming the basis for the build. A Mustang II front end was added along with rack and pinion steering. Built to go racing, the 14-point roll cage was certified to run 8.80’s before being put back onto the street where it had run 9.0’s in street legal trim. Powered by a blown 406ci small block and fed by two 750cfm Demon carbs, there’s no wonder this Willys ran the numbers it did. It could have gone quicker if the owner dared to use the Nitrous kit! A turbo 350 auto backs the 406 and gets the power down to the Dana60 rear end. The engine is good for around 700hp and would put those 33x19.5 Mickey Thompson tyres to the test on the street!
One of the more unusual choices for a Pro-Street project is the 356 Porsche Roadtser. Considered highly desirable by some, it would be a brave man to cut one up! The owner of this one obviously has no regard for the value as a resto, and instead, stuffed it full of 350ci of Chev small block V8 up front, tubbed the rear, caged the interior and making it more of a head turner now than it ever was before! The trans is a T350 whilst a narrowed Corvette rear end has been adapted. Imagine rocking up to a Porsche Day in this!
1994 SUZUKI SAMURAI Would would have ever thought of a Suzuki 4WD are a candidate for a Pro-Street ride? Obviously now a rearwheel-drive only deal, this re-worked Suzuki Samurai is more suited to quarter mile sprints than trying to weave its way through some rugged bushlands. Long gone is the 1600cc 4-cylinder engine - thankfully. In its place sits a 13B semi-periferal port Rotary with a 66mm Turbonetics turbocharger hanging off it. The fabrcated chassis features a Dana44 rear end, Moser axles, coil-overs and a ladder-bar set-up. The big and little wheel combo gives an indication of the Suzuki’s intentions, but there was no information listed on how it performed down the quarter mile. Regardless is if had made a pass or not, this is certainly a one-of-a-kind Suzuki Samurai!
Coming Attractions Pro Street Restorations - 1968 Dodge Charger As far as muscle cars go, is there anything more desirable than a ‘68 Dodge Charger? Well yes, actually. A Pro-Touring inspired ’68 Dodge Charger! Make no mistakes, when this Charger is finished, it’s going to be tough. Even in standard form the ’68 Charger is uber-cool, but when you get the right wheels, the right stance and the right engine together in the one car, it simply takes it to the next level. Greg “Beach” Ball has been working on this Dodge for quite some time, replacing just about everything there was to replace, and what couldn’t have been replaced has been fabricated. The ’68 was as close to a wreck as you could get when it arrived at Pro Street Restorations. Beach knew he had his work cut out for him, but with instructions from the owner to
“do whatever you have to do”, he knew that this project had to go back to its bare bones and start from scratch. Now I’m not talking about bare metal, I am talking about bare frame. Before too long, Beach had the Charger relieved of all its panels including the roof where someone had done a dodgy rust repair by pop-riveting strips of metal across the affected areas! The unusable sheet metal was piled up on the workshop floor, never to be put back this or any car every again. Whilst waiting for the new panels to arrive from the US, Beach repaired what he needed to and fabricated what was no longer there, and not available from the aftermarket.
The ’68 was as close to a wreck as you could get when it arrived at Pro Street Restorations. Beach knew he had his work cut out for him, but with instructions from the owner to “do whatever you have to do”, he knew that this project had to go back to its bare bones and start from scratch. Now I’m not talking about bare metal, I am talking about bare frame.
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Attention soon turned to the driveline. The owner wanted to go with a Hemi in this build, but a late model, Gen3 version. The owner latched onto a 7-litre Gen 3 Hemi which, when mated up with all the good gear that’s heading its way including twin ‘mirror-image’ Nelson Racing turbochargers, will make a huge amount of power. Backing the Hemi is a 4L60E GM Trans that will eventually transfer the power to the severely narrowed fabricated 9-inch diff. There’s been plenty of fabrication on the undercarriage too with custom mounts and bracketry added to the Chargers floor and chassis. The big diametre billet rims suit the big coupe perfectly with the rears showing plenty of dish. When the Charger returns to Pro-Street Restorations, the driveline will be completed and then it’s up to Beach to smooth out the body, apply the paint and send it off to have the trim done. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!
The owner latched onto a 7-litre Gen 3 Hemi which, when mated up with all the good gear that’s heading its way including twin ‘mirror-image’ Nelson Racing turbochargers, will make a huge amount of power.
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BIG DAY OUT Father’s Day in St Kilda see’s the main street and surrounding areas covered in all kinds of Automotive artistry. It is the annual Show Cars Melbourne Father’s Day Car & Bike Show, and this year was the biggest yet!
On any given weekend, St Kilda – east of the Melbourne city centre, is a hive of activity. Thousands of people converge on the area to take in the food, the atmosphere, the beaches and the culture. But on the first Sunday in September, the annual Father’s Day Car & Bike Show takes the headlining act in the seaside tourist spot. The car and bike show takes over Acland Street, which is the main shopping area littered with café’s, bakeries and tourist hot spots. On Father’s Day though, everything focuses around the cars and bikes that fill the street – even bringing an end to the trams that would normally be running along the street constantly! This year’s event had so many car owners rock up that overflow areas were needed. Before too long, the grassed area in front of Luna Park, both carparks running along the side streets of the fun fair and even over in front of the Palais Theatre were engulfed by cool and custom cars.
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The car and bike show takes over Acland Street, which is the main shopping area littered with café’s, bakeries and tourist hot spots.
This yearâ€™s event had so many car owners rock up that overflow areas were needed.
Those that were headed to the area on the Sunday morning breakfast of coffee ritual were greeted by hundreds of custom, classic and collectable cars as well as Drag Car fire-ups, live music in the street, Face painting, kid’s entertainment, free give-aways and more.
There’s no denying that Victorian’s have a huge car culture happening and events like this just prove how passionate car enthusiast are down there. If you didn’t know this was on, mark it in your diary for next year. You won’t be disappointed…
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As supply of older cars seem to be diminishing at a rapid rate, one has to turn to alternative markets to find suitable project cars. RICHARD WILTSHIRE - HQ HOLDEN Words / Pics - Paul Beck
Going back a number of years, the weekly Trading Post newspaper was the bible for those looking for cars and/or parts. For those looking to buy a more complete package, Unique Cars and Just Cars were the place to look. But, we’re now well into the digital age, so those that used to flick the pages, now scroll online with eBay and Gumtree the main pages they visit. And that’s exactly how Richard Wiltshire found his HQ sedan. Richard was having a browse through eBay one night and spotted this HQ. It was already painted in a custom blue pearl and was a complete roller. And by roller, I mean exactly that, a roller. There was no driveline, no interior, no glass and no door internals. Just a painted shell. Richard was smitten and before he could think too long about it, he hit the “Buy it Now” button! That’s great, but he had yet to tell his wife Lisa! Luckily for Richard, Lisa didn’t put up a fight and in no time at all, the HQ was in its new resting place. As mentioned, the body was already painted, but not before some mods had taken place such as the hidden fuel filler, smoothed door locks and fully plated firewall. Mini-tubs were also added. And so, the search for parts began – a job that would take around 4 years to complete. Richard had been down this road many times before with a WB Panel van, SL/R5000 and an array of Commodores from VL to VX previously taking up space in the family garage. Knowing full well what he was in for, Richard worked out a game plan and stuck to it.
Richard was having a browse through eBay one night and spotted this HQ. It was already painted in a custom blue pearl and was a complete roller. And by roller, I mean exactly that, a roller. There was no driveline, no interior, no glass and no door internals. Just a painted shell.
Right from the outset, the HQ was always going to be blown and a regular driver. To make sure the new engine combo would be up to the task of hauling Richard and his family around hassle free, he started with a brand-new Dart SHP block. A Scat crank and rod combo was added along with SRP forged pistons. A custom grind cam was added to the mix and mated to a set of Crow lifters to form the basis for the reliable blown small block. A pair of reworked AFR alloy heads soon joined the party with a Blower Shop intake and 6/71 supercharger filling the space between the heads. Adding the fuel to the fire is a pair of 650cfm ‘Blower Referenced’ Holley carbs. That fire, is created by a complete MSD 6AL ignition system. Off-the-shelf Hurricane headers supply the escape route for the gases through a dual 3-inch exhaust system. Richard and his son built the engine at home after Sam from Westend Performance did all the necessary machine work. Now sporting 406 cubic inches, the pumped small block produced 475hp at the treads and exceeded a whopping 1000nM of torque! A fully-manualised Turbo 400 auto sits behind the engine which transfers the power through to the 9-inch diff that houses 3.9-gears and 31-spline billet Moser axles. The driveline has seen many road miles and is yet to give Richard any reason to think that it’s not there for the long haul. Hiding behind the 19-inch 3-piece polished Simmons is a quartet of cross-drilled and slotted discs, 3-inch lowered King Springs and Pedders shocks that all work in together to make the HQ stop and handle so much better than it did when it rolled from the factory floor back in 1972.
Now sporting 406 cubic inches, the pumped small block produced 475hp at the treads and exceeded a whopping 1000nM of torque!
With the driveline sorted and in place, Richard turned his attention to the interior. Wanting to stay true to the HQ’s heritage, he went searching for a correct era seating and door trim combo. That was proving harder to find that rocking horse sh…poo, but he did manage to find a donor HZ so he grabbed what he could and had Nathan at Motive Upholstery retrim the lot in HQ GTS style. The result is just what Richard was after. The internal upgrade also saw a GTS steering wheel added along with a remanufactured dash pad and custom dash facia that still holds the factory gauges, but also allows Richard to view the added AutoMeter dials. So, after 4-long years of work, Richard and his crew get the cruise the HQ every chance they get with the blower and carbs happy to be flying in the wind. Anywhere, anytime…
OWNER: Richard Wiltshire VEHICLE: 1972 HQ Holden ENGINE: 406ci small block Chev, Dart SHP block, Scat forged crank and rods, forged SRP pistons, Custom grind cam with Crow Cams lifters, AFR alloy heads, Blower Shop intake manifold, 6/71 Blower Shop supercharger, twin 650cfm blower referenced Holley carbs, Holley billet fuel pump, Mellings oil pump, MSD 6AL ignition, Hurricane Headers with dual 3-inch exhaust. POWER: Approx. 475rwhp and over 1000nM of torque. TRANS: Full manualised Turbo 400, 3000rpm Converter, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 3.9-gears, True track, 31-spline Billet Moser axles. WHEELS: Front: 19x8” 3-piece Simmons Rear: 19x10” 3-piece Simmons. SUSPENSION: Front: 3-inch lowered King Springs, Pedders shocks Rear: 3-inch lowered King Springs, Pedders shocks. BRAKES: Front: Cross-drilled and slotted rotors, HQ calipers. Rear: Commodore cross-drilled and slotted rotors with Commodore calipers. COLOUR: Custom Mix Blue BUILD TIME: 4-years. THANKS TO: My wife Lisa and kids Nicholas, Jessica and Chloe for all helping out with this build ad putting up with me during the long nights to get it completed. Nathan from Motive Upholstery for the amazing work turning the super comfy HZ seats into HQ style. Superior Finish Car Detailing in Camden who worked some magic on the finished paint. My mate ‘Big Steve’ for all the moral support and for being the Chief Beer holder. All the online performance stores, eBay and my postie for making all of this happen. If it wasn’t for the internet and Australia Post, this car would still be unfinished!
Things You Need ...TO MAKE YOUR CAR STAND OUT IN A CROWD! You modify a car to make it stand out in amongst all others. Settling for something everyone else has just isn’t the right thing to do and pushing the boundaries is what drives us to create the best car we possibly can. Paint, wheels, body mods and more – it’s all about creating a huge impact. Remember first impressions last…
Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, single colour paint jobs were a rarity. It was all about graphics – the wilder the better! Pro-Street was at its highest level and more often than not, graphic paint work was added for that ultimate individual touch.
They say wheels can make or break the overall look of a car. Before deciding on wheels, make sure of the theme you are chasing. Pro-Street builds really only use 15-inch wheels with 3.5-6-inch on the nose and as big as you can get away with on the rear! If ProTouring is more your thing, then you’ll be looking at 18 through to 20-inch. Then you need to decide if you go billet, modular, black, polished, chrome or satin? Choosing wheels is one of the hardest parts of building a car. Get it right though, and you’ll be happy forever!
These days, the cost of custom paint work is through the roof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have something completely unique! There are many companies that specialise in designing and applying vinyl wraps with your imagination the only limit to what can be achieved. If you can dream it, you can wear it on your car!
Considered by some to be a thing of the past, but I reckon it won’t be long before crazy paintwork makes a return to the scene!
Generally speaking, wrapping is more cost effective when it comes to replacing individual panels as well. No need to re-wrap one whole side to get the original look or effect.
Things You Need CUSTOM EXHAUST CUT OUTS
Thankfully, the days of running dual exhausts out behind the rear wheels on an angle are well and truly over. If your number plate doesn’t interfere, you can always run a dual exhaust out through the centre of your bumper bar with either a custom single opening (like a Porsche Boxter) or maybe even dual custom shaped tips that feature on many late model Japanese and European factory cars!
A true Pro-Street build will need more than just big and little wheels to create that race car on the street look. Adding an alloy adjustable wing, parachute and wheelie bars will set the tone for the look, but just remember that the authorities take a dim view of gear like this on the street.
Nothing looks as flash as a wellexecuted Candy paint job. And the top of that list is without doubt, Candy Apple Red! When applied to the right car, the colour can attract attention no like no other. If red isn’t your thing, there’s a myriad of colours available from many companies in the Candy range. Use your imagination to create something attention seeking.
BILLET TAIL LIGHTS
One of the easiest changes you can make is to replace the factory tail lights with billet alloy items. Generally speaking, this really only applies to those holding the keys to American muscle cars, with several companies offering direct bolt-on replacements – usually fitted with LED lights as a bonus. If you’re driving something else that has steel or metal surrounds, you could always have them coated in satin chrome for the same look!
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Making Dad’s Day! For many Dad’s, the first Sunday in September means more socks and undies. But, if you’re a car guy and live in or around Sydney, Father’s Day is quickly becoming all about heading out to the Outlaw Rod Shop’s Annual Father’s Day Picnic held at the historic Gledswood Village and Winery. Under the guidance of Chris Palazzo, the annual Father’s Day Picnic has gained huge momentum in a very short period of time. Even with so many other events on in Sydney on the same day – including Powercruise and the Nostalgia Drags, the third staging of the Picnic still attracted an amazing number of cars and people to the venue. In fact, by mid-morning, and after the threat of any rain had passed, the venue was at capacity yet again!
Even with so many other events on in Sydney on the same day – including Powercruise and the Nostalgia Drags, the third staging of the Picnic still attracted an amazing number of cars...
The Top 20 Winners all took home an authentic Hawaiian TIKI! Cool or what?
PICS – SNIPER PHOTOGRAPHY & JOHN GALLO WORDS – PAUL BECK
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Judging is done differently to what other shows do. Chris nominates 20 notable people in the industry that are at the show to go and pick one car to win an award.
There were some standout cars on show – all vying for the 20 custom trophies up for grabs. Chris always offers cool trophies and this year, after a trip to Hawaii, he decided to offer TIKI’s as awards. Judging is done differently to what other shows do. Chris nominates 20 notable people in the industry that are at the show to go and pick one car to win an award. It’s a simple method that works. The Father’s Day Picnic isn’t just a car show, it’s a family fun day out. There’s rides for the kids, lots and lots of food on hand and plenty of market stalls and trade stand to suit everyone.
Out and About With just under 12 months before the next Outlaw Hot Rod Father’s Day Picnic, you have plenty of time to organise yourself to treat your Dad to one of the coolest events in Sydney. Keep an eye out in Killer Rides for information leading up to next year’s event or check out the Outlaw Rod Shop Facebook Page…
Keep an eye out in Killer Rides for information leading up to next year’s event or check out the Outlaw Rod Shop Facebook Page…
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BARRY EAST - 1969 DODGE CHALLENGER WORDS / PICS - Paul Beck
With a Paxton blown 440ci big block providing the power, Barry East created one menacing Mopar Muscle Car!
When it comes to American built muscle cars, it seems most people tend to look for Mustangs and Camaro’s – and there’s a mountain of them out there to prove the point. But for guys like Barry East, its Mopar or no car. Barry found this car after looking through ten possible purchases in Queensland. The very last car was a ’70 Challenger that for lack of a better phrase, had seen better days. Just when it looked like they boys were going to fly home without making a purchase, our man Barry jokingly told the owner of the Challenger that if he knew of a right hand drive big block version for sale, he would buy it right now! “The guy picked up his phone, made a few calls and a short time later, another Challenger was sitting in front of me,” Barry added. What ensued was a quick drive, some small talk and most importantly the exchange of cash for keys. Barry loaded his new ride onto a truck and waited for it to arrive back in Sydney…all the time wearing a huge smile. Being a factory big block car and the fact it was made in December 1969 makes this Challenger quite the find. Barry knows that and has stated that he would never part company with it. Instead, he decided to build himself a Pro-Touring ride that gets onto the blacktop whenever he gets the chance to. Barry had lucked onto a great start. The body and paint you see here is just how it
Just when it looked like they boys were going to fly home without making a purchase, our man Barry jokingly told the owner of the Challenger that if he knew of a right hand drive big block version for sale, he would buy it right now! “The guy picked up his phone, made a few calls and a short time later, another Challenger was sitting in front of me,” was when he first laid eyes on the big block Coupe. Likewise, the wheels and tyre combo were already bolted up under the guards. Barry told us, “There was a lot of beer drinking during the whole planning period. The car was already well sorted and with the body, paint and wheels taken care of, it left the driveline for us to be concerned with.” With the focus being planted firmly on the engine, Barry set about putting his plans in motion. The plans to rebuild the engine and gearbox kept getting bigger and more horsepower induced and Barry was starting to get worried, not about the amount of horsepower that was set to be gained but just how he was going to get around the stacks of dollars around his wife. Little by little he managed to get on with the engine build and with no complaints coming from the Finance Minister, Barry decided to jump in the deep end headfirst and order a blower! Barry’s plan of driving the wheels off the Dodge meant the traditional 6/71-style blower was out of the question, leaving an under bonnet supercharger as the only option. For Barry, that meant getting hold off a Pax-ton Novi set up that hangs off the side of the engine and more importantly, under the bonnet. The polished Pax-ton blower is a blow through carb system that combines with a 750cfm Quick Fuel “Q-series” carb mounted to an Edelbrock Performer intake to force more air and fuel into the reworked big block. The induction system is bolted to a pair of ported and polished alloy heads to form the top part of the tough street engine.
The block, the original 440 for this car, was handed over to Frank at Race Tech Engines to rebuild using tougher parts to achieve a much higher horsepower figure once the engine was assembled again. Frank prepped the block in the usual fashion before adding a Mopar forged crank and H-Beam rod combo that combines with 60-thou over Speed-Pro pistons to form the basis of the big blocks new bottom end. The cam is a Mopar Purple Se-ries Street and Strip item that gives the Challenger and idle that demands attention. A full-compliment of MSD gear provide a huge spark to light the 440’s fire. With the Paxton blower set at around 7 pounds of boost, the stout 440 makes around 650hp. Barry expects that figure to climb once the Challenger spends a session on the chassis dyno in the very near future. The transmission was sourced from TCI Automotive in the USA. The ‘Street Fighter’ transmission features a 3000rpm converter, modified valve body, shift kit and shifter all sporting the TCI branding. The rear end is also up to the task of dealing with anything the blown 440 can throw at it. Keeping it all Mopar, the Dana60 rear end has been retained and uses 3.5-gears to get the Challenger moving at a rapid rate.
With the Paxton blower set at around 7 pounds of boost, the stout 440 makes around 650hp. Barry expects that figure to climb once the Challenger spends a session on the chassis dyno in the very near future.
The rest of the underside has been upgraded with the addition of a set of 355mm Brembo discs and 4-piston calipers that were donated by a late model GT500 Shelby Mustang. The Drums still handle the braking duties on the rear. If you were looking at the brakes, then you’ve no doubt noticed the 20-inch Boyd Coddington billet rims. The interior is mostly as per 1969 specs. The seats and door trims scream originality, as does the majority of the dash. The aftermarket inclusions include the TCI shifter which sits where the factory console used to be, and the circa’69 gauges are complimented by the addition of Speco gauges to accurately keep Barry informed of what’s happening. The steering wheel is now a much smaller, woodrimmed version. The previous owner was responsible for the left to right conversion, the Hemi Orange paint with flat black accents and also the fitting of the 20-inch wheels. While Barry is very happy with how the Challenger has turned out, he’s a true car guy in the fact that he’s never really satisfied with what he has. So naturally, he has some changes planned. Some revolve around the 440’s induction and some involve the exterior visual. I’ve been sworn to secrecy but I can tell you, this will be spectacular in more ways than one. Stay tuned…
OWNER: Barry East VEHICLE: 1969 Dodge Challenger ENGINE: 440ci built by Race Tech Engines, 60thou over, Mopar forged crank, H-Beam Mopar forged rods, Speed-Pro 9.5:1 pistons, Speed-Pro rings, Mopar Street & Strip Purple series Cam, ARP stud kit, ported and polished alloy heads, Manley custom valves, ProComp rockers, Edelbrock Performer dual-plane intake, 750cfm Quick Fuel Q series carb, Paxton Novi 1500 @ 6-7lbs boost, MSD Pro Billet distributor, MSD coil, MSD leads, MSD 6AL with boost controller, Holley black fuel pump, Holley regulator, custom fabricated stainless exhaust system, 2-inch HPC coatedheaders, 3-inch dual system, Magnaflow polished mufflers POWER: 650hp yet to be dyno’d. TRANS: TCI Street Fighter auto, TCI 3000rpm converter, TCI shifter, built by TCI Automotive DIFF: Dana 60, 3.5-gears SUSPENSION: Front: Torsion Bar, lowered King springs. Rear: Standard BRAKES: Front: 355mm Disc with Brembo calipers Rear: Drum WHEELS: 20x9 / 20x10 Billet Boyd Coddington COLOUR: Hemi Orange with flat black accents THANKS TO: Special thanks to my wife for helping me make my dreams come true; my mates John Predl at Tyres Plus; Frank from Race Tech Engines; Richie from Complete Home Tuning; the team at Peter Gramhe Smash. Without the help and advice from these people
The interior is mostly as per 1969 specs. The seats and door trims scream originality, as does the majority of the dash.
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KILLER RIDES LIVE MOSS VALE SHOWGROUNDS SATURDAY 11th AUGUST WORDS - Paul Beck PICS - John Gallo
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I’d put 12 month’s work into staging Killer Rides Live at Moss Vale Showgrounds. I’d gone over every part of the event both on paper and in my head many times. It seemed like I had everything covered. During that 12 months, the Killer Rides crew handed out around 10,000 flyers to potential entrants of Killer Rides Live. The closer we got to show day, the more the phone rang hot. I was still a little nervous being our first venture with an outdoor show. Still, we had lots of things on the program that set our event from other outdoor show and shines. Adding in the Cruise the Ground Session and the Open-Air Cinema / Drive-In Night was our “not-so-secret” weapons in putting together an event like no other. Before I knew it, it was Friday morning and myself along with Wayne Baldwin and Steve Keen were Moss Vale bound with both of my 300C’s loaded to the hilt with everything we need to set up the venue. Once at the Showground, everyone commented on how nice the day was. 19-degrees. Sun shining and not a breath of wind. It was a perfect day in the highlands and the forecast was for more of the same on show day. After doing everything we could in preparation for the day ahead, we called it a night and once again I was going over in my head what needed to happen, who needed to be where and how it was all to run. Too say there was a lack of sleep that night would be a massive understatement.
As the sun rose, the winds persisted proving to me that Mother Nature is a modified car hating, Prius-driving biatch! 5am Saturday and it’s time to get some breakfast and head to the venue where we were opening the gates to the entrants ta 7am. It wasn’t as cold as I was expecting, so “that’s a good sign” I thought to myself. That was until we were in the lower carpark setting up the brand-new Marquee and the wind picked up. Wait, What? There was no mention of wind in the weather forecast… As the sun rose, the winds persisted proving to me that Mother Nature is a modified car hating, Prius-driving biatch! The prevailing winds started to cause havoc early, blowing the entrants registration paperwork all over the place. It was a less than ideal start to what promised to be a great event. Wayne and Steve, forever the optimists, tried to convince me everything would work out… Me? I wasn’t so sure. As the cars started to arrive onto the grassed oval, it was evident that this was going to become a dust bowl if the winds didn’t die down soon. This remained the case all day. The winds got worse as the day progressed causing some entrants to leave the show early. We even had to cancel the open-air cinema as setting it up in the wind could possibly cause damage to the expensive equipment. By early afternoon, it became quite clear that enough was enough. I made the call to bring the presentation forward to 1.30pm and at least get the Top 20 award winners sorted before things got out of hand.
TOP 20 AWARD WINNERS In no particular order!
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The 70-odd cars that did brave the weather and the dozen or so trade stands showed the event did have potential and the many conversations and messages I had after the show were encouraging. The cars entered were awesome – and some of which I had never seen before, so that was great. The food outlets did OK as did the kids rides. Though not being able to run the show to the full potential obviously didn’t help with the revenue. So here I am facing a dilemma. Doing the indoor version of Killer Rides Live is almost weather proof – with only Friday set up day to worry about. The venue is nice, but limits the cars on show to just 40. Going back to Moss Vale obviously opens the event up to more cars and more event features, but you are again at the mercy of the weather gods. It’s a tough deal either way. Let us know what you’d prefer? Indoor or Outdoor?
The cars entered were awesome – and some of which I had never seen before, so that was great.
Frank Napoli - Green ’28 Ford Tudor Grant Peck - Burgandy ’34 Ford Coupe Rock Sofro - Orange LX Torana Hatch John Trunzo - Candy Red FJ Holden Tudor Shane Skerret - Silver ’48 Ford F1 Pick up Dean Crook - Blue Mazda RX3 Sedan Nathan Flanagan - Green Ford Capri David Auddino - Blue AC Cobra Kim Tonkin - Yellow EK Holden Ute Rob Bosilkovski - Olive Ford Capri Harvey Atkins - Red/Black LX Torana Glenn Marskell - VE SS Commodore Sedan Dale Bond - VE SS Wagon Ben Crombie - Rolls Royce Karen and Dean Kennedy - Teal LX Torana Rod Darling - Red ’26 Dodge Tudor Deann Collins - White XW Falcon Ute Gary Collins - Green XB Falcon Coupe Matt Crane - White 1950 GMC Pickup Kosta Contis - Green Valiant Ute
Staging an event like this is never an easy proposition. Sure, I can sit in front of my computer and make all the plans, but if you don’t have the dedicated people behind you to help put those plans into action, you simply don’t have an event. With that in mind, I’d like to send out a sincere thank you to the following people; My wife Kathy and daughter Montana – you guys always back my ideas and help me in more ways than you can imagine. My Mum, who at an age where she should be thinking about anything else but looking after the gate at a car show, always puts her hand up to help out. Wayne Baldwin and Steve Keen – having you two guys help out with handing out flyers to setting up the venue and keeping an eye over the event kept me sane. Your enthusiasm kept me going. Mick Caunt and Harvey Atkins – your help on the day was invaluable. It’s great to see mates helping out just because they can! My sponsors – Shannon’s Insurance and Lovells Suspension; thanks for your support and for helping me bring Killer Rides Live to the Southern Highlands. Brendan Caunt from X-Piggy Customs for the awesome Trophies – can’t wait to see what you come up with next time! And a big thank you to John Gallo for the use of his photo’s. With everything that was happening around the venue on the day that I had to fix or take care of, I never got the chance to get any pics. To the car owners, traders, food outlets and kids rides operators – thanks for being part of the event. Without you guys, we have nothing. My suggestion would be to keep an eye on Killer Rides magazine to see what is happening with the 2019 show schedule. Maybe a change of date from August could be on the cards. Stay tuned…
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Blast from the Past
Long before the common site of open and enclosed car trailers and corporate transport that resembles a five-star motel on wheels, the need to carry around factory sports cars and race cars was a much simpler affair. There were very few fully enclosed transporters back in the day, even though the cargo they were hauling around was worth a considerable amount of money. It was the manufacturers that set the standard for getting their new cars around in custom built transporters. Before too long, racers were starting to build their own rigs – mostly ramp trucks painted to resemble the race car strapped onto the back. It seems an eternity from what we see today with millions of dollars in cars, tools and technology for each team housed in specially designed trucks that become a fully functioning racing operation onsite. Even amateur teams seem to have access to multi-car trailers with all the gear! This issue, we take a look back at just how cool custom transporters were back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!
Although very stylish at the time, the factory built Mercedes Benz transporter offered very little in the way of protection for its always precious cargo. Was Mercedes just showing off what they were building at the time? Who knows, but you would always sit up and take notice when this was driving by.
Ramp Trucks have been a major part of motorsport transportation for many years. The concept itself is simple and effective and when done right can offer ample space for tools, spares and other necessities under the ramp itself. Race teams favoured these set ups as the opportunity to house sponsors logo’s for all to see made plenty of financial sense. The downsides? The ability to carry just the driver and two others at the most and the fact the car was always exposed to the elements namely the weather and car theives when parked overnight!
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In the 60’s and 70’s there were no bigger names in Drag Racing than Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen. Their rivalry in the Funny car ranks are legendary with both drivers sporting the same sponsors and matching Plymouth Cuda’s. The team mates also had matching transporters which just added to the showmanship between the two. In 2014, the two Dodge D700 trucks and Funnycars (well a reproduction of the McEwen Duster) were sent to auction but failed to meet the reserve, despite reaching $1,000,000 in bidding quickly before stalling. Rumour has it that as soon as the entire package as taken off stage, Nascar team owner Rick Hendrick made an offer to Don Prudhomme and secured the deal. The final amount was never revealed!
Not to be outdone, Ford also had their own special transporters to carry around their fleet of AC Cobra’s. Offering more side protection than the Mercedes truck, but still being open to the weather, the “Cobra Trucks” were able to take two or three cars at a time on a ramp set up. Imagine seeing one of these pull up full of (genuine) AC Cobra’s now!
Like the Snake and Mongoose, Tommy Ivo was a pure showman, not only on the track but in everything he did - including getting his cars to the track to put on a show. No one to hide in the shadows, Tommy took the same approach whith his transporters over the years, making sure everyone knew he was in town. His trucks always featured windows on the sides to show off the car or cars he was carrying creating a side-show type atmosphere.
Blast from the Past Buses have always been a popular way to transport a race car. Not only can you carry your vehicle, but also all of your crew, tools, fuel etc. And if its equipped right, you could even have fold down beds and a small kitchenette for that “home away from home” feel.
It was the manufacturers that set the standard for getting their new cars around in custom built transporters. Before too long, racers were starting to build their own rigs
Could this be the ultimate Hot Rod Ramp Truck? This ‘48 GMC Cab-Over not only makes carrying the ’33 Willys Racecar a breeze, but also has room for the whole team to travel in style! The flames, polished fuel tanks, chrome exhaust stacks and bright red paint ensure this ramp truck is an absolute head turner. I am surprised we don’t see more of this type of conversions for towing!
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STEVE PETROVSKI - 1969 CHEV CAMARO WORDS / PICS / VIDEO - Paul Beck
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“I always wanted a tough Camaro. It had to be silver and it had to have a big block,” explained Steve. “The project actually kicked off with a different car. It was rusty and every panel needed replacing, but it was a start.” It took six months to find that well-worn example, so Steve was starting to think that getting a better one was going to be like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Then, just one week later, I came across another one online. It too was a 69 and was an unfinished project that had the right-hand drive conversion started, the fuel cell already mounted in the boot and the quarter panels had already been replaced. “It was only an hour from home, so I grabbed my panel beater mate, jumped in the car and went for a look. A short time later the deal was done”, Steve told us with a smile.
With 582-cubes of Shafiroff big block on board, Steve Petrovski’s ’69 Camaro makes its intentions clear...
“It was only an hour from home, so I grabbed my panel beater mate, jumped in the car and went for a look. A short time later the deal was done”, Steve told us with a smile. Now owning two ’69 Camaro’s, Steve knew he was going to need the space, so he stripped every usable piece of the rusty wreck and offloaded it, actually making a profit along the way! With the quarters already finished off, Steve and the boys scored some brand new door skins, new front guards and added a four-inch cowl bonnet. There’s no factory badges and the fuel filler has been removed for a smooth look. Talking about smooth, did you notice that the bumpers no longer have external bolts fitted? To achieve the right look, Steve had the brackets welded to the inside of the bars that not only make the bars much smoother, but also bring the bars in for a more snug fit up to the body. When it comes time for colour, unless you have a firm idea of what you want, the time it takes to decide on a definate colour can stall a project for weeks, even months. Thankfully, Steve knew his Camaro was going to be silver with stripes that are a couple of shades darker. That decision was made even before he took possession of the first, rusty ’69! With the new panels fitted to the body, the shell was shipped off to Kim Rooke Smash Repairs where Jay took care of the preparation and the laying down of both silvers in Debeer 2-pack. The result? Take a look. It’s nothing short of stunning. Thanks to a mini-tub job, Steve was able to squeeze those big 22x12-inch Rushforth Concept II rims under those rear quarters with a huge dish to really make a statement. The same wheel measures 20x8-inches on the front end. A five spoke wheel of those sizes make
the brakes really visible, so opting to go with a standard Camaro drum and disc combination simply wouldn’t be good enough. Steve managed to get
these big disc rotors and calipers through hand luggage on a trip home from the good old US of A. Measuring a whopping 12-inches on the bum, and an inch bigger on the nose, the cross drilled and slotted discs come to a sudden stop thanks to the PBR CPP calipers. It’s a costly exercise, but one needed when you find out what sort of driveline has gone into the Chev coupe’s build.
Thanks to a mini-tub job, Steve was able to squeeze those big 22x12-inch Rushforth Concept II rims under those rear quarters with a huge dish to really make a statement. 75
The interior is a mix of stock and modified, with the dash itself the biggest change. The previous owner had started the right-hand drive conversion and slotted in, of all things, a HK Holden dash. Not that you’d know it now though. Thanks to his good mate Paul Testa, the old Holden dash has been reshaped to give it a little, ok a lot more style than it did before with its rounded top.
The first port of call was Shafiroff Race Engines. As it turned out, it was also the last place the boys looked after seeing what the Shafiroff Race Engines 582ci engine package had to offer.
There’s half a catalogue worth of AutoMeter dials now filling up most of the new dash facia with for more spilling over to the centre part of the dash. The fact that these have been angled towards the driver is so much nicer than just laying them in flush. The boys even went to the extent to flush mount the shift light between the five-inch AutoMeter tacho and speedo. It’s a tight fit and one that shows that with a a little pre-planning, the results will come. Other, not so stock attributes include the B&M shifter; alloy brake and accelerator pedals and the MOMO “Jet” steering wheel. The low-back bucket seats have had their head rests removed and have been recovered in the same fashion as would be expected in a full vehicle restoration. It’s the same for the back seat. Even though the original bench has been modified to work in with the mini-tubs, it’s hardly noticeable until someone points it out. The door trims, carpet and headlining are direct from 1969 - and Steve wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s practical, its serviceable and still looks bloody fantastic!
And that just leaves a tough driveline. No self-respecting, hard-core muscle car owner would ever go into a project like this and then slip a stock 350 under that taller-than-usual bonnet. Steve’s plans were firm. It had to be a big capacity engine, it must run reliably on pump fuel and it must be aspirated! After an initial consultation with Kon from Wollongong Automotive Services, it was suggested that they consider looking through the various crate engine options from the USA and found the ideal engine at Shafiroff Race Engines with the companies 582ci engine package. It certainly ticked all of the boxes and with the Aussie dollar sitting at around 80-cents at the time, it was a cheaper option than building it here. So how much power does the 582 make? How does a genuine 750hp and almost 800Nm of torque sound? That’s more than enough to turn those big sticky 22-inch tyres to molten rubber in no time. Check out the specs of the engine - pretty impressive, huh? From the 4-bolt main, Merlin III block to the Eagle steel stroker crank, Dart 345 Pro alloy heads and Edelbrock alloy 4150 Air-Gap intake manifold that holds a Quick Fuel 950cfm carb, this big block produces exactly what Steve was looking for. Fred at Pro-Trans built the Turbo 400 that’s backing Steve’s 582 cube monster and features internals up to the task of handling that horsepower. When it came time to drop in the rear end, the logical choice was always going to be a nine-inch. Narrowed by OWNER: Steve Petrovski VEHICLE: 1969 Chev Camaro Raceline Fabrication, the diff now houses 3.25-gears in the Tru Track centre. The diff is located using a McDonald Brothers ENGINE: 582ci Shafiroff big block Chev, Merlin 3, 4-bolt block, Eagle
four-link assembly incorporating Strange coil-over shocks. Since turning the key and cruising the Camaro for the first time, Steve and his family get out and about every chance they get. Whether its to an event, a cruise night or just down the road to grab a pizza, the Camaro has been snapping necks everywhere it goes. With a style and rumble that the Camaro possesses, that’s a trend that is likely to continue.
So how much power does the 582 make? How does a genuine 750hp and almost 800Nm of torque sound?
steel stroker crank, Eagle H-Beam rods, JE/SRP 10.5:1forged alloy pistons, plasma moly rings, Clevite 77 bearings, SSRE/Comp Cams custom hydraulic cam, Comp Cams lifters, Trend pushrods, Mellings oil-pump, Moroso oil pan, Griffin radiator, VN Commodore alternator, Dart 345 Pro alloy heads, ported and polished, flowed to 800hp, stainless valves, three-angle valve grind, Manley double springs, Edelbrock 4150 Air-Gap alloy intake manifold, Quick fuel 950-cfm carb, Spector air cleaner, MSD ignition, ICE coil, Edelbrock fuel pump and regulator, Hooker headers modified for the RHD steering, dual 3-inch exhaust system. POWER: 750hp / 787Nm of torque. TRANS: Turbo 400 built by Fred at Pro-Trans, 3500rpm Dominator converter, full manual shift kit, B&M Pro Ratchet shifter DIFF: Narrowed 9-inch diff, Tru-Track, 3.25-gears built by Raceline Fabrications SUSPENSION: Front: 2-inch Lowered Pedders springs Rear: Strange Coil Over shocks OTHER SUSPENSION FEATURES: McDonald Bros four-link, right hand drive conversion, Detroit Speed mini tub kit. BRAKES: Front: 13-inch slotted and cross-drilled disc / PBR Calipers Rear: 12-inch slotted and cross-drilled disc / PBR Calipers WHEELS: Front: 20x8-inch Rushforth Concept II Rear: 22x12-inch Rushforth Concept II COLOUR: Debeer Silver on Silver by Rooke Smash Repairs THANKS TO: George and Browny from Jim Rooke Smash Repairs for always doing that little bit extra to get the body looking perfect. Shane from Southern Classic Imports for all the help and guidance with part sourcing and all of the late night phone calls trying to get the project finished. Enzo from Regional Auto Electrics. Paul Testa for all his fabrication work. Darren & Stu for helping me piece the car back together. Kon from Wollongong Automotive Service for all of the work him and all his boys did getting the car working and running so well. All of their work and guidance has been priceless. PL Quinlan Upholstery for redoing the interior trim.
ROB GARCIA - LX TORANA HATCHBACK Words / Pics - Paul Beck
Memories of seeing Bob Morris punting his A9X Hatch around a certain mountain in Bathurst back in â€™76 planted a seed in Rob Garcia that would see him fulfil the dream of one day owning his own tough Torana.
More than a decade later, Rob spotted an SS Hatch that was painted flat black, with the owner living locally. Rob laid it on the line and told the owner that if it was ever up for sale, he needed to have first option on buying it. After months of not seeing the Torana, Rob’s fears were confirmed when he found out it had been sold. Devastated, Rob spent almost a year scouring through local papers looking for a Torana his could call his own. Then, in 1990 an LX Hatch appeared for sale in the local newspaper (remember when you could find these things in the paper!). It was advertised as a genuine SS, so Rob went to inspect it. He couldn’t believe his luck when it turned out to be the very same car he had been destressing over for the past 12 months. A deal was done and the Torana was soon in his garage. The build started earlier than Rob had anticipated after the Torana suffered some front-end damage. The intention was always to build a neat and tidy
street car. He had firm plans of what he wanted to achieve, but having just started a young family and having moved out at an early age, those plans were to be implemented over a longer period of time and as money allowed. Rob’s good mate Rod Grainger helped keep things to a respectable budget by using his talents to help Rob on the bodywork each weekend in a single car garage at Rob’s parent’s house. Yes, it took forever, but it did allow Rob to save the necessary dollars to have the team at Montague Smash Repairs in Warilla lay the top coat of Guards Red over Rob and Rod’s handiwork. It may be hard to believe but the body and paint was done some 20-odd years ago. Originally powered by a 253, 4-speed and Banjo driveline, the initial build saw a switch to a built by Rob 308 backed by a Top Loader box and eventually a 9-inch diff. With all new bushes, the drop tank installed and the car reassembled, Rob had the Hatch registered and he was back on the road.
Rob laid it on the line and told the owner that if it was ever up for sale, he needed to have first option on buying it. After months of not seeing the Torana, Rob’s fears were confirmed when he found out it had been sold.
What followed was 20-plus years of constant upgrades and changes. The interior went from stock SS to a more stylish version that included the addition of SAAS front seats, remoulded rear seat to match the fronts, moulded buckskin door trims, hatch area and console, and a MOMO steering wheel. Additional AutoMeter gauges were added to keep Rob informed of the Torana’s vitals. A substantial sound system was installed for those many miles Rob had planned behind the wheel. A lot of the upgrades made to the Torana were done under the bonnet. Lifting the lid on the engine reveals a superbly detailed area with no wiring and a balanced use of body colour, black and chrome/polished alloy used to great effect. It has a show car look in a regularly driven streeter! These days the 308 has been taken out to 312 cubes and is backed by a Turbo 700 four-speed auto. The engine is good for a little over 300hp at the tyres and to date has run a best of 12.4 over the quarter in full street trim. Rob tells us that there have been no less than four different sets of wheels under those flared guards over the years, but it’s the latest ones that suit that Hatch the best. Measuring 17x9 and 17x10.5, the polished FR17 Simmons wheels give the Torana a true muscle car look. Over the years, Rob has continued to tweak the Torana to get it to where it is, but that doesn’t mean he is happy to leave well enough alone. In fact, there are plans in place for a 355ci bottom end to join the party and maybe give the body and paint a freshen up. But that would mean time off the road, and at the moment, Rob is having way too much fun cruising the Torana to even think about hanging the keys up for a few months right now. The story continues…
Rob tells us that there have been no less than four different sets of wheels under those flared guards over the years, but it’s the latest ones that suit that Hatch the best.
These days the 308 has been taken out to 312 cubes and is backed by a Turbo 700 four-speed auto. The engine is good for a little over 300hp at the tyres and to date has run a best of 12.4 over the quarter in full street trim.
OWNER: Rob Garcia VEHICLE: 1976 Torana SS Hatchback ENGINE: 312ci Holden V8, balanced, stress-relieved and polished Holden conrods, KB Signature Series flat-top 10.2:1 pistons, Crow Cam and Lifters, Speed-Pro Chromemoly pushrods, JP oil pump, cast-iron heads flowed to 444hp, three-angle valve grind, K-Line guides, Crow double valve springs and retainers, stainless valves, Yella-Terra adjustable roller rockers, port-matched Redline Maxitork intake manifold, Barrry Grant 750cfm Mighty Demon Carb, HEI distributor, MSD 8.5-leads, Holley Red fuel pump, Pacemaker headers, twin exhaust into one 3-inch system. POWER: Approx. 306hp at the tyres. TRANS: Full manualised Turbo 700, 3200rpm TCE Converter, TCI reverse pattern shift, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 4.11-gears. WHEELS: Front: 17x9” & 17x10.5” polished FR17 Simmons SUSPENSION: Front: Lowered K-Mac Springs , Koni adjustable shocks, 24mm anti-roll bar, Rear: Lowered Pedders Springs, Koni shocks, 18mm anti-roll bar. BRAKES: Front: 290mm Slotted rotors, PBR calipers. Rear: 279mm rotors with VN Commodore calipers. COLOUR: Guards Red BUILD TIME: 20-odd years and still going! THANKS TO: Brett from BnZ Automotive & Dyno Tuning, Dave from Figtree Automatics, my partner Kim and kids Jamie and Bradley, Rod Grainger and also my Dad who was around for the early years of the build. Without their help and persistence, this car wouldn’t be what it is today!
d n o Sec SOLUTION NATHAN FLANAGAN – 1971 FORD CAPRI WORDS / PICS – PAUL BECK
When your car is just too wild for regular street use, sometimes you need a back-up plan for when you want to go cruising with the boys.
Nathan Flanagan has a tough VK Commodore in the garage. Its 6/71 blown 333ci Holden stroker V8 make plenty of power and the thanks to some massaging under the rear end, there’s plenty of dish on the 20-inch wheels. It has so much impact from its bright orange paint that it stands out like Paul Hanson at a Mosque. And there in lays the problem. It’s just too much car to hit the streets – especially in Goulburn, NSW where the Police Academy is located… So, Nathan had two choices. Take the Commodore out in public when the boys get together for a cruise and run the risk of being defected into the next century, or find something a little more user friendly. After a brief search, he found this Clevo powered Capri in Tasmania. After making contact with the owner and others that knew the car, Nathan made an offer and ultimately found himself a new drive car. V8 Capri’s are nothing new and we’ve seen them fitted with all kinds of power plants from twin turbo Lexus V8’s to big blocks, turbo 6-packs, LS varieties and more. I even remember a 265-cube Hemi six being fitted to one many years ago!
Nathan’s Capri now has a single carb, nitrous 351cube Clevo that has been stretched out to 393 cubic inches. Before being put on the market, the previous owner had actually installed a turbocharged LS-1 into the engine bay! I can hear the Ford guys sighing in relief that the Clevo was put back into place. Without the blue bottle armed and ready for action, the aspirated 393 produces around 500hp at the treads – more than enough to melt the rubber currently serving duty under the Capri’s bum. The internals are all tried and tested gear that gets the stamp of approval. A Scat rod and crank combo increased the capacity while the unspecified solid cam provides a rumble that lets anyone with even half decent hearing know that this isn’t some pussy-version engine under the cowl scoop. The dual 3.5-inch exhaust system that flows from the custom headers and 3.5-inch collectors through Hooker muffler boxes does its best to keep the noise to a respectable level, but at the end of the day, the menacing sound coming from the Capri is anything but sedate.
Before being put on the market, the previous owner had actually installed a turbocharged LS-1 into the engine bay! I can hear the Ford guys sighing in relief that the Clevo was put back into place.
Backing the tough engine is an equally tough gearbox. Those Ford lovers had better skip this bit, as it’s a GM box that’s been mated up to transfer the power through the 9-inch rear end. The purpose-built 2-speed Powerglide is fronted with a 4200rpm Dominator converter with gear selections handled via the B&M shifter. The rear-end currently uses Dutchman 31-spline axles, but that could all change soon enough with Nathan looking at increasing the size of the wheel and tyre combo in the very near future. The wheels of choice are classic polished Welds – 15x8.5 on the bum and
5-inches narrower on the pointy end… Like the rear end, the Capri’s interior is destined for a complete overhaul very soon. Whilst the two-tone grey seats and door trims look great against the body colour, Nathan has scored himself a late model RS Focus interior complete with Recaro seats, that will take the insides to another level once its fitted. The current dash, filled to capacity with AutoMeter gauges will likely stay but will be retrimmed to suit the new additions.
The Capri’s body is largely untouched with the most obvious addition being the cowl scoop. The Calypso Green and Silver stripe combo suits the Capri’s lines perfectly. The Capri is nothing short of a head turner when Nathan gets it out and about. To his knowledge, it’s the only V8 Capri in the area and when combined with the colour and sound, is it any wonder people are stopping and staring?
Nathan has scored himself a late model RS Focus interior complete with Recaro seats, that will take the insides to another level once its fitted.
Whilst the Capri has allowed Nathan the chance to cruise with his mates, he still wants to take it a little further with the enlarged wheel tubs coming and maybe some further engine work including hitting the gas at some stage. And while there will be some quarter mile action in the not too distant future, Nathan is adamant the Capri will always remain a Street Car.
OWNER: Nathan Flanagan VEHICLE: 1971 Ford Capri ENGINE: 393ci Cleveland, Scat 9000 crank, Scat H-Beam Rods, SRP Flat top pistons, Speed-Pro rings, Trend Pushrods, Solid cam, 4V heads, Ferrea valves, Isky springs, Mellings oil pump, Holley intake manifold, 850cm Holley carb, MSD ignition, Magna fuel 300 fuel pump, NOS plate system, 4-into-1 headers with 3.5” collectors, twin 3.5” exhaust, Hooker mufflers. POWER: Approx. 500rwhp without Nitrous. TRANS: Powerglide auto, 4200rpm Dominator converter, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 31-spline Billet Dutchman axles. WHEELS: 15x8.5” and 15x3.5” Weld Wheels SUSPENSION: Front: King Springs, 90/10 shocks Rear: Modified standard springs BRAKES: Falcon disc front and rear. COLOUR: Calypso Green with silver stripes. THANKS TO: Everyone that has helped out
So, Nathan had two choices. Take the Commodore out in public when the boys get together for a cruise and run the risk of being defected into the next century, or find something a little more user friendly. 94
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Out and About 55th EH Holden Anniversary Show - Hubertus Country Club, Luddenham - Aug 19th 2018 Words / Pics - Paul Beck
Happy Anniversary The EH Holden is one of Australia’s most favoured cars and each year, the EH Holden Car Club of NSW get together to show off the model and invite some friends along to celebrate! Usually held at Silverwater Park, the club decided to try a new venue for this year’s show. The Hubertus Country Club in Luddenham was the ideal location offering picturesque grounds to house the show and shine, lots of parking for the public and a great facility to relax in during the course of the day. Hundreds of cars were scattered around the grassed show area showing the popularity of not just the EH year model, but other early Holden’s as well. Of course, there were other brands included in the mix making for a big show in front of the club’s lake area.
Hundreds of cars were scattered around the grassed show area showing the popularity of not just the EH year model, but other early Holden’s as well.
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From completely restored original cars to those who prefer them highly modified, this show had them all. The refurbished Shannons big-rig towered over the proceedingâ€™s, right alongside other trade stands. Like the Killer Rides Live event a week prior, the EH Anniversary show got hammered with blustery winds that kept the temperature cool. But with clear blue skies, those that were entered had a great time and celebrated the 55th Birthday of the EH Holden. No doubt, theyâ€™ll be waiting for the invitation for next years â€˜56th birthday bash!
From completely restored original cars to those who prefer them highly modified, this show had them all.
Killer Pic PHOTO BY PAUL BECK
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Factory Options 2018 COPO Camaro Words - Paul Beck - Pics - Courtesy of GM
Chev get hot and heavy with the factory-built Camaro drag car, released under the COPO banner. Proving there’s some genuine gear-heads sitting at the right end of the table of knowledge at Chevrolet, these factorybuilt balls-out performance Camaro’s will satisfy even the most serious ‘street-racer’. But only 69 on them, as that’s as many as Chev are building. The COPO Camaro (the nameplate is in reference to the Central Office Production Order system) is a purpose built drag car. There’s no back seat, very little sound deadening and definitely no need to comply with any anti-pollution laws, so forget about rego on these cars. These 69 cars are all about hitting the drag strip in anger for under 10-seconds at a time! In a sport where shaving time is everything, there’s nothing better than a head start, thanks to the team at Chevrolet. COPO’s legacy was established in 1969, when the first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car was designed to compete in the NHRA Stock Eliminator.
Factory Options With national records for quarter-mile times in the 9-second range, the COPO’s success has continued every year since the 2012 model year, with a limited run of 69 cars.
In 2011, a new COPO concept was shown at the SEMA Show. The overwhelming response inspired a special-edition production run. Engines were assembled at the Wixom Performance Build Center, where the buyer could opt to participate in the engine assembly. With national records for quarter-mile times in the 9-second range, the COPO’s success has continued every year since the 2012 model year, with a limited run of 69 cars. With a very limited run of cars in this year’s build, the chances of any of these Camaro’s hitting our shores are highly unlikely at best. Then again, if you’ve got the necessary funds and want a special piece of GM history, anything is possible. Money talks…
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Issue #4 of Killer Rides features another great mix of Australia's toughest Street Cars. We also have plenty of event coverage this issue in...