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From the Desk DOES ANYONE DRIVE THEIR CARS LONG DISTANCE ANYMORE? On the spur of the moment, Kathy, Montana and I jumped into the 300C Touring and decided to head to Canberra to take in the Street Cruise on the Thursday of the Summernats. But what I saw on my way to the Nations capital simply blew me away…
Car after car after car heading to Canberra, but on the back of a trailer. Now there are some cars that I wouldn’t expect to be driven to the event. Some because they are obviously pushing the boundaries of what is considered legal and others because they are show cars built solely to win trophies. That’s fine, if that’s your thing. But most of these cars were drivers. And not highly modified drivers. We are talking Commodores, Falcon’s and other obviously street driven cars with average sized legal wheels, no bonnet protrusions and no other reason to attract attention from the cops. I don’t get it. Driving your car to events is more than half the fun… 2 Back before I spent all my time behind the camera, I was an entrant at the Summernats. Some would call it “the good old days”. Back then, we (the Wollongong Street Machine Club) would cruise up the mountain and along the Hume into Canberra together. Never once did I consider putting my car on a trailer – it was too much fun driving them. Even though the big block was thirsty as a pub full of farmers on a Friday night, cruising together was part of the enjoyment. It was the same on the way home when the event was over. Are these people concerned about getting defected? Then build the car right. Are they worried their car may not make it that far? Then do the necessary maintenance. It’s not that hard. If anyone ever started a Power Tour type of event in Australia, how many people would take part in it? I definitely would. Surely I’m not in the minority here… See you on the Street – not on the trailer…
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ISSUE NO.9 Feb 2019
06 WHAT’S HAPPENING News, views and things of interest
10 HAVE YOUR SAY Tell us what you think
ANSMA HAPPENINGS Whats happening in the Scene
CYBER CRUISIN’ Unbelievable Barn Finds
ASRF NEWS Hot Rod & Custom Information
COMING ATTRACTIONS Pro-Street Resto’s XP Falcon Coupe
HOW TO BUILD A PRO-TOURER Pt1. Doing in the right way!
Blown 510ci HT Monaro
650hp Turbo SR20 Datsun 1200
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72 350ci Tuff-Street LC Torana
60 SEASON OPENER 54th Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Rides Show 82
YANKEE DOODLE COOL NSW All American Day
102 WESTERN WARFARE Kandos Show celebrates 20-years
120 KILLER PIC Australia’s Wildest Rat Rod
How to Build a Pro-Tourer Pt. 1
122 WINDOW SHOPPING New Products from our Advertisers
124 PERFORMANCE DIRECTORY Quick Find Ad’s
Blown LS1 EH Streeter
126 SHOW TIME Events happening around the Country
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Blown Injected Big Block Monaro
DAT’S TOUGH 650hp Pro-Street Datsun 1200
HOME IMPROVEMENTS Tuff-Street LC Torana
THE ART OF DECEPTION A Resto ‘65 Mustang...Or is it?
110 SOUL REVIVAL Blown LS-1 EH Holden resuurected.
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What’s Happening THE QUEENSLAND HOT ROD AND STREET MACHINE SPECTACULAR RETURNS!
Great News! The Brisbane Hot Rod Show (as everyone knows it by) returns to the show calender this year! To be held in The Marquees RNA Showgrounds over the weekend of June 29/30, the event will be welcomed by many thousands of people who miss heading north to check out the show each year, including Killer Rides! Along with a huge array of show cars, there promises to be lots of entertainment both indoors and outdoors for the whole family. Special parking has been put aside for those wanting to cruise their cool cars to the show as well. But the biggest news 6 is that the committee have gone back in time and set their spectator admission prices at the same point they were at in 2004 – just $15 for Adults! That’s around half of what you’d normally expect to pay for indoor shows! Great work guys! More information can be found at www.qldhotrodshow.org whilst entrants can email firstname.lastname@example.org with traders emailing email@example.com
KILLER RIDES TO PICK EDITORS CHOICE CAR AT CHRYSLERS ON THE MURRAY!
Chryslers on the Murray is one of those events I try my best not to miss. Its wall to wall Mopar’s for three days in the Albury/Wodonga area each March. This year, I have been invited to make the Editor’s Choice award through Killer Rides Magazine for a car I think is something special. It’s going to be an uphill battle as the event is full of cars I’d like to have in my garage! The award also comes with a feature in Killer Rides! Who wouldn’t want that!!! This year’s event, the 27th Chryslers on the Murray, is to be held over the weekend of March 15, 16 and 17. See you here!
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FOOSE NAMED BUILDER OF THE DECADE!
The 2019 Grand National Roadster Show has been run and won, and by all accounts, it was one of the best events yet. Apart from the annual gathering of cars competing for the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award, another big part of this year’s show was the naming of Chip Foose as the ”Builder of the Decade”. Photo’s courtesy of PDX Car Culture (pdxcarculture.com)
Here’s a great way to help a needy charity and also possibly put yourself behind the wheel of a Lime Green Challenger Scat Pack, complete with shaker scoop! Thanks to Gordon Wells, the vehicle will be on display at the 2019 Chryslers on the Murray where you’ll also be able to purchase raffle tickets to win this great prize. All money raised will be going to the “Hear for You” Foundation in Victorian. The raffle will be drawn a couple of weeks after the COTM event so it’s basically your last chance to get your tickets!
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To commemorate the occasion, Chip had some customers bring along their Foose-built rides to put on a showcase of his talents.
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WHAT CAN I SAY? ISSUE 8…WOW!
Hey Paul, Mate, Killer Rides just keeps getting better and better. Issue was, well, Killer. That Commodore on the cover was just plain tough and it was great to see the C&V One-tonner back on the scene. And thanks to your article on the Hemi Hideout, my wife and I are planning a trip to Texas later in the year! Keep the Killer stuff coming mate. Killer Rides is by far, the best magazine I have come across. Here’s to a big 2019! Adrian McPhale Via Messenger Hi Adrian, Thanks for the comments mate, it keeps me motivat10 ed to bring together the best magazine I possibly can each month. I may not have the resources that other company owned publications have, but Killer Rides is building quite a reputation in the scene – and it’s only getting bigger! Enjoy the Hemi Hideout – just quietly, I’m very jealous…
Hi Paul, Yes its rugged, but damn that Valiant is tuff! I love the fact that its keep the ugly brown colour. Well done to Tyler for thinking outside the box. Can’t wait to see how it goes down the quarter! There’s hope for us slant-six guys yet… Angus T Via Email G’day Angus, It’s always good to do something a little different to what everyone else is doing. Tyler and his family are Mopar tragic’s and own quite a few of the Marque including a Pro-charged small-block Sigma!
WHY NO FOURS?
Hi Paul, You have created a great magazine in Killer Rides, well done. But why are there no fours and rotaries featured? There are some great cars out there at the moment that just don’t get any coverage since the dedicated magazine for them went by the wayside. Hope you can expand Killer Rides to include the smaller cars too. Jim Reynolds Via Email Hi Jim, Your prayers have been answered mate! Check out this edition and see one of the coolest Datsun 1200’s ever built in this country. Its tough, tubbed, turbo’d and featured exclusively in Killer Rides. The first of many, that’s a promise. The way I see it, we are all into modified cars – no matter what is providing the power. I’ll probably never build a four or rotor, but that’s not to say I don’t appreciate the effort that people go to when creating any car from scratch. Stay tuned, good things to come…
Hi Paul, I’ve been enjoying reading Killer Rides since Issue #1 and seeing how much coverage you give events around Australia, was waiting with anticipation for Issue #8 to see coverage from the Summernats, as I wasn’t able to get there this time around due to work and family commitments. Will there be coverage in a future Issue? Gus S via Email. G’day Gus, Thanks for hanging in there with Killer Rides mate, I believe we’ve improved the magazine with each new Issue and we’ll keep modifying, adding to and swapping things around so that the content doesn’t get boring or predictable. Now, about the Summernats… Initially, I did intend on heading to Canberra to get coverage for Issue 8. But, due to being in opposition to the events major sponsor, I was restricted with my access and could only go where the general public could go. Put simply, I would only be able to capture a fraction of the event for a feature and I made the decision to not attend. The way I see it, you guys (the readers of Killer Rides) deserve more than what I would be able to offer. Right or wrong, I decided to give those pages to other events. Sorry to disappoint you mate, but sometimes the hard 11 decisions have to be made.
PRO-STREET OR BUST
G’day Paul, Love reading each issue of Killer Rides – you’re doing a bang-up job each month mate. Whilst I understand the whole Pro-Touring thing, I’m a Pro-Street diehard and will never switch from the big and little wheel combo, outrageous engine combo’s and if you’re game enough, rego plates! For me, its Pro-Street all the way. If you keep a balance of the two, I’ll be a happy man. Keep the tough cars coming to your pages please. Oh, and love the fact that the video’s now start automatically now too! Great stuff. Rodney Law via Messenger Hey Rod, I am a lover of both scenes – Pro-Street and Pro-Touring, but I think my heart will always lean towards the mechanical monsters just for the sheer shock value. Having said that, being able to drive your new project anywhere at any time is appealing too. Maybe I need two Studebakers….
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CAR: Shelby Daytona Cobra FOUND: California Storage Unit. Donna O’Hara’s father gave her the very first Shelby Daytona Cobra after reportedly receiving it from Phil Spector. Donna stored the car from everyone, including Carrol Shelby himself, whom she refused to let see it! In 2000, Donna committed suicide and the car was passed onto her mother Dorothy who sold the car for US$3m who then apparently on sold it for US$4m. After a lengthy legal battle from people who claimed to be entitled to the car, and after various settlements, the Cobra still resides in the Simeone Museum.
If your luck is like mine, you’ll find out about the ultimate classic or muscle car hidden away in a barn about a week after someone has already claimed it. Others though, are much luckier. Check out these ultimate barn finds…
Lost. Crashed. Stolen. Crushed. Stored. Whatever the case, when these vehicles are found after many years, they are generally worth an absolute fortune! Rumours about specialist vehicles being locked away in barns for years upon years are rampant in the collectable car scene. Everyone has a story, or a version of a story that has been passed down through the ages. Some are true and some are far from it. We’ve all heard the story of a little old lady whose car loving husband had passed away and left behind a collection most car guys would die for but the old lady saw them as old cars and practically gave them away. True? Who knows and because I wasn’t the one who apparently scored the bargain of the century, I really couldn’t care less… There’s no doubt there’s hidden gems out there, you just have to be in the right place, at the right time armed with a pocket load of cash. Let’s check out some of the stuff that others have been lucky enough to find…
CAR: Dodge Daytona FOUND: Alabama Barn Charlie Lyons went to Glenwood Alabama to purchase a 1970 Chevelle. Instead, he stumbled across a rare ’69 Dodge Daytona – one of just 503 ever made. This matching numbers Daytona had laid dormant in a barn for decades. After convincing the owner to part with it, it was sold through Mecum Auctions in 2016 for $90,000USD.
CAR: Bullitt Mustang FOUND: Mexican Junkyard The movie Bullitt, is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time with its star being the green1968 Mustang. There were two used in the movie – the Hero car and the stunt car. The latter had thought to have gone to that great muscle car graveyard in the sky, until a white Mustang appeared in a Mexican junkyard. Ralph Garcia saved the Mustang and almost gave it an Eleanor-style makeover until he noticed some irregularities in the body. A check of the chassis number by Ford-guru Kevin Marti confirmed that this car was in fact the Bullitt stunt car.
CAR: 1965/66 Chev’s and Parts FOUND: Washington State
CAR: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR FOUND: New Jersey
Steve Dunning spends his days restoring houses and occasionally he will find something interesting hidden away in the garage. One of his co-workers told him about this shed full of classic Chevs and suggested he get there for a look. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing! This was possibly the barn find of the century. Not one, but five classic Chevs were stored away. 1965 Impala 4-door hardtop (325hp 396), 1966 Impala SS Convertible (325hp 396), 1966 Caprice Sports Coupe (427ci / 4-speed), 1966 Caprice Fastback Coupe (325hp 396) and a 1967 El Camino (350hp 396). It gets better though. There were four complete ’66-spec 396 engine and trans combo’s, over 100 mint condition (mostly SS) hubcaps and boxes of NOS parts and accessories. What a gold mine!
When Art Winner passed away, his will stipulated that his estate, including a few properties and two cars, be auctioned off for a number of charities. The assets, including this rare Shelby GT500 KR was made available for bidding. It has been part of Art’s estate since 1976 after he purchased it from the original owner. After using the Shelby daily, Art parked it after it was rear-ended damaging the rear panel. His barn then became its final resting place until it was moved into a new storage shed near the main house. Before he passed, Art had the Shelby fitted with new tyres (the original tyres would no longer hold air), had the fluids checked and topped up and the entire car given a clean-up. After a short cruise, the car was once again parked to collect dust. That was the last time the Shelby moved with Art behind the wheel. A deal was done for the car, the money given to charity and the Mustang was shipped off to its new home in Iowa.
CAR: 1970 BOSS 429 Mustang FOUND: Mobile, Alabama Charlie Lyons is a muscle car dealer and restorer and always manages to find a rare muscle car hidden away from the world. He has a reputation for buying ‘barn find cars’ and he was given the lead on this Boss Mustang from a local at a Dentist office after the owner had shared the info of what he had hidden away. This turned out to be an extremely rare car with its ‘Hemi’ headed 429, four-speed box and 3.9-gear rear end still in place. It had been subjected to a few changes such as a pearl overlay on top of the original colour, Centerline Indy wheels, extra gauges, traction bars and a nitrous kit. The car hand not seen the light of day since 1988, being housed in the back shed all that time.
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This page is for all ASRF related happenings and information and will become a regular page in Killer Rides with input from thise within the ASRF. If you have something to add, email it to email@example.com or send info and images via our Facebook page. Those not making the trek to Maryborough for the Nationals are invited to take part in the Easter in the Hawksbury event. Staged by the Macquarie Towns Club at the Clarendon Showgrounds, the low key event is all about having fun with Hot Rods. For further information, contact Joe or Linda Farrugia on (0414) 770423 ItIt may be more than 12-months away, but
the 2020 Regional Nats in Goulburn will be here before you know it. The event willtake over the inland City over Easter with100’s of cars expected to be part of the Nationals. Time to start thinking about accomodation otherwise you could miss out! More info at asrf.org.au
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PRO-STREET RESOTRATIONS - XP FALCON COUPE PICS – Greg “Beach” Ball - WORDS – Paul Beck
Knowing full well that there was no chance of legally registering a modified, full-chassis car in Australia, Greg ‘Beach’ Ball continued to build his Pro-Street XP Falcon Coupe as per his original plans. As a builder and promoter of cars being legally driven, he knew he was limited to ‘off-road driving’ only so he decided there was only one course of action – ship it to the good ol’ US of A where he can cruise it 24/7…
Those with a keen eye would have seen Greg’s name attached to much of the US content we run in Killer Rides – including the Street Machine Nationals and the recent Hemi Hideaway pics. You see, Greg works long 22 hours in his Pro Street Restorations workshop and when he feels the urge, he jumps on a plane bound for the US to rest and relax – well, do some sight-seeing and buy parts for upcoming projects – both of which are cool none-the-less. Check out the Linda Vesperman artwork of how the XP will look when finished – cool, huh? So far, Greg has been hard at it between customer jobs, working the body back into shape. He’s replaced the entire floor, both lower quarter panels (now with stretched wheel arches) and even the replaced the roof skin with a Mercedes item complete with power sunroof! Obviously, the complete rear end has been fabricated to incorporate the massive wheel tubs, severely narrowed 9-inch diff and those monster 15x15 Convo-Pro’s wrapped in big Hoosier Pro-Street rubber. Beach said he has to run the Hoosiers because “they are branded Pro-Street!” The new trans tunnel has been added and encloses the tailshaft to allow the coupe to sit low without causing any damage to the shaft itself.
This is the first car Beach ever bought and he has owned it for some 38-years. During that time, it has had four colour changes, two different blown engine combo’s and not once has he driven it!
...those monster 15x15 Convo-Pro’s wrapped in big Hoosier Pro-Street rubber. Beach said he has to run the Hoosiers because “they are branded Pro-Street!”
Powering the XP is a 514ci big block Ford that showcases a Shaun’s Custom Alloy intake manifold, Joe Blo EFI-spec Hat and Pro-Shot fogger Nitrous system just because he can. The fat block has been set back some 12-inches for better weight 25 distribution. Stainless zoomie exhausts will dump the gases out into the US air. The torque-monster big block will turn those big Hoosier’s to molten rubber at will… Backing the Ford power plant is a Chev gearbox – a purposebuilt Turbo 400 to be exact with gear selection left up to the oh-so-cool Kilduff Lightning Rod shifter. This is the first car Beach ever bought and he has owned it for some 38-years. During that time, it has had four colour changes, two different blown engine combo’s and not once has he driven it! Whilst there looks like there’s still a year or two worth of work left in the build, Beach has set himself a crazy deadline of April – yes, this year, to have the coupe completed so that he can ship it to the US, go through all the customs crap and have it on the road in time for the Power Tour and then Street Machine Nationals. The coupe will then remain in the US, ready to hit the blacktop every time Beach gets off the plane… Stay tuned for more on this crazy adventure…
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In Memory of Simon Rasic
Sometimes you have to bite the bullet, and finish off a mate’s dream car! BRETT HEWERDINE – 1969 HT MONARO WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
The history of this Monaro goes back to 2011, long before Brett Hewerdine ever thought about building a Pro-Street Monaro. Brett’s close mate Simon Rasic started the build on his Monaro, giving the ’69 HT the start of a Pro-Street make-over. Unfortunately, Simon passed away in 2014, leaving the Monaro to sit idle in a shed untouched. Fast forward to September 2018 and Brett, wanting to continue what his mate had started, become the new owner. The car was then shipped to Pro-Flo Performance where Paul and his team put in a massive effort over the next three months to build possibly the toughest Monaro since Wayne Pagel’s GAS-69! Thankfully, the body and paint work on the Monaro had already been completed, leaving Brett and the Pro-Flo team to concentrate on the mechanicals and chassis upgrades.
The engine features Pontiac “Big Chief” alloy heads on the Donovan alloy block with the 14/71 Littlefield blower attached via a custom intake. Apart from the wheel tubs, four-link, narrowed nine-inch and coil-over shocks giving the Monaro’s rear end the full-tilt pro-street treatment, the pointy end of the underside also scored some major modifications too. The factory front end has been swapped out for a Rod Shop version that features a modified rack attached to the standard HT column. The control-arms were modified to bring the wheel track in after the boys found the front wheels hitting the guards. A complete Wilwood braking system replaces the factory set-up for a more positive feel. It’s important to get the right rolling stock on a Pro-Street car and Brett’s Monaro has it spot on. The front Weld Wheels measure 17x3.5” whilst the tubs are filled with 15x14” version of the same wheel, wrapped suitably sized Mickey Thompson rubber. From either end, this Monaro means business.
As mentioned, the Spies Hecker Black paint was added many years ago, and covers a gun-barrel straight body. Brett knew there were some imperfections in the paint, but a rub down and buff soon had the paint looking like new again. With the exception of the badges and mouldings being removed, (and a large section of the bonnet now missing!), the HT’s body is untouched… Like the outside, the interior is part resto, part race car! The front half of the trim is partly how the General ordered it to be back in ’69. The factory seats have been retained, but have been repadded before being recovered in the original style. The door trims are stock too, as is the three-spoke steering wheel and GTS dash – which has been partially blocked from view by the AutoMeter tacho and shift lights. A black B&M shifter now takes pride of place where there once sat a console and factory gear selector. Moving rearward though, it’s all business. There’s a mass of roll cage, exposed wheel tubs and tin work – all painted gloss black. The same theme continues into the boot where the gloss black covers the tubs and the massive fuel tank. There’s also the battery and fuel pump which are exposed to make them easily accessible if the need arises. Engine wise, it’s hard to look passed the blower and injector hat. The 510ci big block Donovan was built by Bluey Arnold in Queensland and once served duty in Paul Cannuli’s boat, back then making around 2000hp on a strict diet of methanol. Brett however wanted to drive this Monaro around, so Paul Sant pulled the engine down and detuned it to run on E85 petrol. The power is now rated at around 750hp at the tyres for now, but will soon be cranked up!.
There’s a mass of roll cage, exposed wheel tubs and tin work – all painted gloss black. The same theme continues into the boot where the gloss black covers the tubs and the massive fuel tank.
The engine features Pontiac “Big Chief” alloy heads on the Donovan alloy block with the 14/71 Littlefield blower attached via a custom intake. Inside the block, you’ll find JE pistons and a Kryptonite crank and rods. A dry sump system keeps the internals well lubricated. A full-manual Turbo 400 auto backs the big block and feeds the power through to the tough rear end that houses a 3.5-geared, Strange Tru-Trak centre and super tough, Strange 35-spline axles. The driveline is as tough as the Monaro looks and regularly gets used and abused around the streets and at events like the Powercruise.
The 510ci big block Donovan was built by Bluey Arnold in Queensland and once served duty in Paul Cannuli’s boat, back then making around 2000hp on a strict diet of methanol.
Brett works hard at his trucking business and enjoys the benefits of his labour whenever he can. Not only does he have one of the countries toughest Pro-Street cars, but his garage also houses a slick, high-tech ’37 Ford Roadster and a full-tilt custom Chopper. And it doesn’t end there either, with a few other projects in the works...
Brett wants to thank Paul Sant & the team at Pro-Flo Performance for the huge effort in getting the Monaro finished in such a short time as well Mark Sant at Ontrak Auto Electrical, Adam at Just Engine Management for the Tune, Anthony Caronna Custom body works for the Engine bay paint, Darren at Stitched-Up Trim and Shaun’s Custom Alloy for playing a part in the build as well. I’m sure that Simon was looking down upon the build the entire time and had a massive grin on his face – no doubt impressed with what Brett had done to complete the project for his fallen mate… This one’s for you Simon…
Like the outside, the interior is part resto, part race car! The front half of the trim is partly how the General ordered it to be back in ’69.
O T HOW Build a Pro-Tourer...
In the world of high-powered, genuine street cars, Pro-Touring is the latest and greatest trend! We show you how to do it right!
WHAT IS PRO-TOURING
In a nutshell, Pro-Touring is basically, taking a road car and making it perform and handle like a circuit racing car, but with the benefit of having rego plates attached. Generally speaking, most people start their Pro-Touring build with an early model car, usually a muscle car from the late 60’s, early 70’s and then jam some late model technology under the bonnet. That’s not to say that other body styles don’t lend themselves to the treatment as well, it’s just that most people opt for a coupe over a sedan. As an example, the American’s firm favourite for building a Pro-Touring ride is the Chev Camaro, closely followed by the Mustang. Mopar guys are starting to get into the mix now, but are, at least at the moment, in the minority. Let’s use the slick ’69 coupe as our base. The underside would be stripped of all of its 1969-spec suspension gear and be replaced with a host of top-shelf gear to make the Camaro handle better than a new sports car. Some use airbag suspension, whilst others go the traditional route with adjustable coil-over shocks to get the right stance and ride. Remember that at the end of the build, those all-important number plates need to be screwed on so all the work performed must be engineer compliant.
Remember that at the end of the build, those all-important number plates need to be screwed on so all the work performed must be engineer compliant.
Late model, fuel injected engines are the main ingredient for the serious Pro-Tourer mostly backed by a manual gearbox with at least five gears, but usually six. The diff will have low gears (for better acceleration and better cruising speeds in 6th!) and be suspended with the latest in chassis and suspension technology. Inside will be part streetcar, part resto and part race car. But a big focus will be comfort, as most drivers will be spending lots of time behind the wheel. The will also be an upgrade to the brakes, wheels and tyres. If you want to build a ProTouring car of your own, read on, we’ll do our best to make the task much easier.
GM’s LS series of engines are amongst the most popular for Pro-Touring builds no matter what brand of car is being used as a base. Blown, turbo, nitrous or aspirated, the LS is considered king!
Ford’s Modular engine in both 4.6 litre and 5.4-litre capacities are readily available and were the precurser to Ford’s all conquering Coyote 5.0-litre engine option.
As stocks of older Hemi’s get harder to find, (unless you can drop mega dollars on a Indy Hemi), the Gen 3 Hemi found in the Chrysler 300C, Challenger and Dodge Ram are a great choice. Twin-plug set up gives the old feel to a late-model, modern muscle Hemi!
CHOOSING A BODY STYLE – US OR HOME GROWN?
There’s no denying the muscle car era of the 60s and 70’s were so much more alive in the ‘land of the free’, with every manufacturer building hot rides to gain the ultimate bragging rights on the race tracks and on the street. The same thing happened on our shore, albeit not in such a grand scale. The Holden versus Ford versus Chrysler battle raged on with all three companies building red-hot road cars. The US marketplace had developed more coupes than we did in Australia, but that’s not to say ours were any less special. It comes down to personal preference and whether or not you are patriotic. If you wake up every morning and sing the national anthem, chances are you would be building a home-grown ride. But damn, those body styles and variety from each manufacturer in the US is hard to ignore. Not to mention that in most cases, it’s actually cheaper to buy a US-spec car – even considering the exchange rate and shipping costs… So let’s look at what’s available. Australia first. In the Holden camp, it would be hard to go past the HK, HT, HG Monaro. The factory four-seater sports coupe comes standard with a bent eight up front and lends itself to a myriad of engine transplants. The coupe body shell is amongst the sexiest manufactured in Australia bar none. There’s also the HQ-HZ series and Torana to consider. 42
Across the road at Team Ford, there’s no denying that the perennial favourite would always be the XW and XY Falcon. Although not available as a coupe, there’s no written law that says all Pro-Touring cars have to have just two doors. If you had your heart set on a blue oval coupe that distinctively Australian, then you’d be searching for an XA, XB or XC coupe, which is going to prove quite a task when looking for a suitable project car. Mopar fans are probably the most passionate of them all and with the Charger on their range of options, amongst the luckiest. Why? The Charger’s coupe body lends itself well to rear chassis modifications and it’s well documented that with just a set of minitubs in place, fitting a set of 20x12-inch wheels under the Chargers rear fenders is easy. Like all decisions, it depends on where your heart lays.
Let’s head across the globe to the good old US of A. Once again, it’s a threeway battle between GM, Ford and Mopar – which incorporates Chryslers, Plymouth and Dodge. Between them, they have more than quite a few prime examples that would look great portrayed as Pro-Touring rides. And every single one of them has just two-doors. Super-Bee, GTX, Road Runner, Charger, Duster, Demon, Coronet, Challenger and more – these are all names that evoke images of tough cars. Some styling of these cars may take a bit of getting used to, but like anything, it’s the more obscure cars that often get the most attention. So don’t be scared to be different. Ford’s most famous coupe is without doubt the Mustang. And we’ve seen so many variations on the car from traditional and nostalgia street machines, to Pro-Street and of course Race cars. Now, thanks to companies like the Ring Brothers, the Mustang has a bright future within the Pro-Touring ranks. Personally, I’m a fan of the fast back version of the 65-68 year models, but that’s not to say that the other don’t look good, it’s just my personal choice. Let’s not forget the mid 60’s Fairlane GT coupe, the ’64 Thunderbolt Galaxie and even the rarely seen in modified form, Taladega and Torino. If you’re a diehard Ford fan, I’m sure there’s some rare find that you could go crazy on 44 building your new ride, such as the 1960 Ford Starliner coupe.
The GM crowd are smothered for choice. Impala’s of all year’s work well, as do the Nova’s and Chevy II’s, but it hard to go past the Camaro as a starting point. Even in the other brands under the GM umbrella such as the Pontiac Firebird and GTO rate highly. But it’s the Camaro that has been the most popular car of choice, probably amongst the big three manufacturers. The main focus seems to be around the 67-69 models, but with supplies of good donor cars drying up or commanding unreasonable prices, many people are now going for the 70-72 model range and we are seeing quite a few of these in the build.
There’s no reason why any car can’t be built to Pro-Touring specs. We’ve seen early Holden’s, Volvo’s and even Hot Rods turned into stunning Pro-Touring creations.
There’s no reason why any car can’t be built to Pro-Touring specs. We’ve seen early Holden’s, Volvo’s and even Hot Rods turned into stunning Pro-Touring creations. Probably even a ’51 Studebaker! At the end of the day your only limit is your imagination.
ADDING IN THE DRIVELINE.
If your new build kicks off with a GM product and you wanted to keep it DNA correct, it would be a no-brainer to slot in a suitably built LS-series engine and with a huge array of combinations available from big cube aspirated small blocks (such as the LSX-454) to the high-end Nelson Racing engines twin turbo set up’s, the engine of choice could be a little harder than first thought. The factory supercharged LSA engine seems to be the flavour of the month with car builders in Australia and overseas. They are available are crate engines for not much more than $10K and offer plenty of power, ease of parts and they don’t look bad either! It’s no wonder why we are seeing them used in everything from HQ Holden’s to Torana’s and even old Cadillacs! One engine that seems to be overlooked in favour of the LS-series, is the cool looking quad-cam ZR-1 46 Corvette LT5 engine. With plenty of power on hand and a full alloy construction, they not only perform well, they look sensational and the weight saving just adds to the performance. The biggest plus is that it was constructed by Lotus so you know it’s a good thing. Ford guys have the option of the 5.4-litre modular engine (in aspirated or supercharged form) or even the new supercharged “Coyote” five-litre. Of course, the 302 or 351 Windsor, Cleveland can still be used as there’s lots of great induction systems available from under-bonnet blowers like the Vortech and Procharger to single or twin turbo’s and stacked fuel injection, electronically controlled of course. But if you want something that drops jaws when the bonnet is lifted, go with one of Jon Kaase ‘BOSS’ engines. Without a doubt the best looking Ford engine ever, the BOSS is available with any type of induction and up to 600 cubic inches. In the blue oval range, it doesn’t get any better…
For the Mopar diehards, and depending on your budget, you simply can’t go past the Gen 3, 6.4-litre SRT8 Hemi ‘392’! But if you have the necessary dollars to go even further, the 6.2-litre, supercharged Hemi Hellcat is the logical choice. Those with an even bigger wallet can get the 1000hp Mopar crate engine! Whilst some long-time Mopar fanatics feel that the old-school Hemi is the only engine that has ever existed, the fact is the new Hemi is easily and readily available at a reasonable prices and features the very latest in performance and technology. There is so much aftermarket gear available for the new generation engines as well from all kinds of superchargers to turbochargers and eight-stack fuel injection. Those that have spent plenty of time in and around these engines are finding lots more potential with stroker kits up to 440ci too for those drivers that like aspirated engines powering their ride. Of course, if you want to go all the way, ditch the idea of a V8 and slot in a Viper V10! With 500-plus cubes, EFI and a unique look and sound, they are a great option as well. Once again, it all depends on how far you can stretch your wallet…
One engine that seems to be overlooked in favour of the LSseries, is the cool looking quad-cam ZR-1 Corvette LT5 engine.
If you’re into the whole “dare to be different’ ideal, there’s even more choices to consider. Fords all-conquering turbo XR6 engine, the VL Commodore turbo Nissan 6 or even the 2J – the tough turbo six powering Toyota’s Supra. Decisions, decisions… When it comes to gearboxes, most Pro-Tourer drivers will tell you “you have to changes gears manually”, and I guess that’s true to a certain degree. Whilst these types of cars are built to be driven around circuits if the need and desire arises, it makes sense to have a manual box bolted up. But not everyone wants to change gears constantly – especially when cruising around town. An auto box can be built to handle the stresses and strain of a high-powered engine, and with six-speed (or more) boxes being fitted to late model family cars, they are the perfect choice for those wanting to go that route – depending on the horsepower your engine is making. Either way, driving a high-powered muscle car is always going to be fun. 48
The mainstay of the industry as far as rear-ends are concerned is the nine-inch Ford rear end. Having been fitted to just about every make and model car on the planet at some stage, the Ford diff offers not just strength but a wide variety of centre sections and ratios as well as after-market axles with as much as 40-spline. The nine-inch housings are readily available and con easily be converted to be used in any application. Of course, if you wanted to go a little more exotic, there’s a number of alternatives including a custom made sheet-metal housing (that uses the regular nine-inch equipment) or even further upmarket still, an independent rear end that can be found in billet alloy or steel and offer a great ride, new car handling and looks that will have any car guy drooling. Be prepared to reach deep into your pockets though. Now might be the time to take your bank manager out to lunch…
Many of these older cars will come equipped with leaf springs as standard. They should be the first thing on the list of rear end components to be replaced. For those cars, I would recommend going with a fourlink and coil-over arrangement. The adjustability for height and ride would add a whole new dimension to an older car. Another positive is that it allows the owner an easier passage for mini-tubs and therefore a bigger wheel and tyre combo, but more on that later.
If you have a Mopar and are a die-hard fan, there’s no way you’re going to add a Ford or GM part under your car, and that’s OK. The tried and tested Dana60 rear end is as strong as its Ford counterpart, but has less gear ratio options available. In a direct challenge to the GM independent rear, the Chrysler 300C sedan also sported an independent rear, but its strength is somewhat questionable for high horsepower applications. In part 2, we look getting the correct suspension set-up and stance, look out suitable wheel and tyre combo’s as well as checking out interior additions that suit the Pro-Touring theme. Make sure you check out Issue 10 of Killer Rides for Part 2 of How to Build a Pro Touring Car…
BILLY BOURCHDAN - 1973 DATSUN 1200 WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
Billy Bourchdan’s tough Datsun 1200 sedan is proof that you can Pro-Street any car and make it a crowd pleaser.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I can appreciate any well-built car no matter what is providing the power up front. To me, a modified car is a modified car. Sure, I’m a V8 guy, but that doesn’t mean that cars like Billy’s Datsun doesn’t get my attention! Just check it out! Tubs, awesome trim and paint and a turbo 2.2-litre four up front making in excess of 600hp! What’s not to like? Killer Rides first ever four-cylinder feature car is an absolute cracker! Billy has always liked the shape of the Datsun 1200 since having one as his first car. When the opportunity to buy a suitable project car presented itself, he jumped at the chance. The previous owner had painted the car orange and had full intentions of fitting a more powerful, later-model SR20 engine package. Billy had the same intentions and thought that adding a tough driveline to an otherwise stock appearing 1200 Datto would be a great way to surprise people at events like Powercruise where you can legally fry the tyres at will. So, the plan to fit the engine went full steam ahead.
On a diet of E85 fuel and with a massive 32-pounds of boost, the potent four makes in excess of 600hp at those 275 Mickey tyres.
It just so happens that Billy’s brother-in-law, Brett is a seasoned fabricator and spends his days building all kinds of wild cars at his Wicked Industries workshop. Between them, the boys decided to go full-tilt on the little Datto and create a Pro-Street monster! 54
Before too long, Brett had the entire back section of the Datsun on the workshop floor in readiness to accept the wheel tubs, chassis clip, four-link and fabricated sheet-metal diff complete with 3.75-geared Strange centre and 35-spline axles, floaters and Wilwood brakes. A pair of coil-over shocks keep the rear end suspended. Brett also fabricated the fuel cell that takes up most of the Datsun’s small boot area. To accommodate the 15x10 Weld V-series bead-lock wheels, Brett stretched the rear quarters, but then had to massage the rear doors lock assembly to allow it to work correctly. Not that you would know that now! The front wheels measure 15x4-inches and give the perfect Pro-Street stance.
Tubs, awesome trim and paint and a turbo 2.2-litre four up front making in excess of 600hp! What’s not to like? Killer Rides first ever four-cylinder feature car is an absolute cracker! Whilst Brett was working on the Datsun’s body, Maatook’s were giving the SR20 engine a major workover. Billy wanted plenty of power, and Maatooks are well versed in doing just that with all kinds of turbo-charged engines of all capacities. The SR20DET engine scored a 2.2-litre stroker billet crank, JE pistons, Nitto I-beam rods, and a modified cylinder head that now has oversize stainless valves and a Greddy sump. A Plazmaman intake manifold occupies one side of the engine and is balanced on the other side by a 6466 Precision turbocharger. Plenty of spark is provided by the R35 Skyline coils. On a diet of E85 fuel and with a massive 32-pounds of boost, the potent four makes in excess of 600hp at those 275 Mickey tyres. Dealing with that power is a C4 auto box that has been built with “all the fruit” and is fronted by a Maatooks special converter. Gear selections are done via a Precision shifter.
Before shipping the body off to 2SUS Custom Resprays for the new Candy Blue colour, the sheet metal scored some subtle changes including a GX Bonnet and the removal of badges and side mouldings for a much cleaner look. With just the interior left to complete, Billy sent the Datsun to renown custom trimmer, Michael Gaven at SewTime Custom Trim to transform the interior space into something that now matches the paint, engine bay and overall appeal of the Datsun. Michael used plenty of black leather in the Datsun covering the Mazda front seats, custom rear seat, door trims, dash, headlining and even on the floor. The orange stitching and billet inserts give the seats a lot of contrast as do the billet handles, winders and accessories added to the door trims and floor panels. The exposed trans tunnel and wheel tubs copped the same colour as the body. The factory gauges have been removed from the dash and in their place sits a Racepack digital instrument panel and Clarion had unit that controls the extensive sound system. Completing the interior package is the granny-spec Venetion blind. A Pro-Street car with a Venetion blind? Why notâ€Ś
It just so happens that Billyâ€™s brother-in-law, Brett, is a seasoned fabricator and spends his days building all kinds of wild cars at his Wicked Industries Custom Shop.
In the 12 month’s it took to create this Pro-Street Datsun, Billy went so much further than he originally wanted to, but is absolutely thrilled with the finished product. It makes plenty of power, looks amazing and gets driven every chance he gets. The big winner out of this all though is his 11-year old Son who will get to call this his car when he is old enough to enjoy it. Lucky bugger… As with any build of this magnitude, there are many people involved in the build and Billy would like to extend a big thumbs up to Brett at Wicked Industries Custom Shop for taking on the build (the first car to roll from his shop); Michael from SewTime Interiors; Bassa from 2SUS Custom Resprays; Jason Sammut for helping track down parts and always being ready help out; Anthony from All Wired Up Installations for the stereo install and construction of the parcel shelf etc to make it all fit and Maatooks for the killer engine build. Now its cruise time…
54th VICTORIAN HOT ROD & COOL RIDES SHOW January 26-28, 2019 Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
The Australian Indoor Show Season opened in spectacular style over the Australia Day long weekend with the 54th Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Rides Show attracting massive crowds to view the cars on display inside and out…
Held (mostly) inside the prestigious Royal Exhibition Buildings in the inner-city suburb of Carlton, the Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Rides show never fails to impress. The array of cars and bikes on display inside the building and now outside (in the front and out the back) was impressive on their own, but when combined with what I think is the best indoor car show facility in Australia, there’s no way you could have walked away disappointed with this years event. Once again, a new show Committee was tasked with bringing the show together, and whilst they had to deal with some rumours floating around about the show that were detrimental to its staging, the group banded together and put on a brilliant show that attracted huge crowds over the three-days the doors were opened.
WASYL ROSATI 1950 FORD MERCURY
One of the most talked about cars on display and definitely one of the wildest, Wasyl Rosati’s black and gold plated ’50 Merc was a show standout. Featuring a 2000hp Procharged 572ci Hemi for motorvation, unique Curtis Speed wheels and a Charley Hutton paint job, this Mercury is stunning all over. It comes as no surprise to see it won 1st Radical Custom, Best Engine Compartment, Best Interior, Best Standard Paint and the big one – 2019 Car of the Show – Australia’s Coolest Ride!
Inside, the polished floors and heritage-inspired internal décor were the perfect backdrop for the Hot Rods, Customs, Street Machines, Drag Cars and Bikes that were scattered around the ground floor
1964 EH HOLDEN
Peter is no stranger to the show scene having campaigned a stunning 3-window Ford Coupe a little while back. Now, he returns to the scene with an equally impressive LS-1-powered EH Holden sedan. 64 Rolling on big billet wheels and featuring a late-model Commodore dash, Peter’s EH was a worthy recipient of one of the Top 5 awards. It joins the 1st Street Machine Sedan trophy also awarded at the show.
Outside of the majestic venue, owners of “special interest” vehicles are encouraged to bring their cars along and part them both in front of the building, which has been a traditional part of the show for longer than many can remember...
Inside, the polished floors and heritage-inspired internal décor were the perfect backdrop for the Hot Rods, Customs, Street Machines, Drag Cars and Bikes that were scattered around the ground floor, with a variety of traders thrown in for good measure. Even if you’re not that much into cars, visiting the venue is a treat within itself.
1938 FORDSON PANEL VAN
Created by Johnny Z’s, the Fordson Van has been amassing quite a collection of awards at shows around the country, and this was to be no different. Not only did it rank in the Top 5 Vehicles of the Show, but was also awarded 1st Street Rod Commercial. 66
When the doors closed at 6pm on the public holiday Monday, many thousands of people had made their way through the doors to witness the 2019 event.
1964 XM FALCON COUPE
After making its debut at the Summernats, Mike’s surgically clean XM Coupe was always going to make an appearance at the Victorian Hot Rod and Cool Rides Show. Powered by a small block Windsor and featuring superb detailing throughout, it’s no wonder this Deluxe Rod Shop built coupe ended up in the Top 5. It also scored 1st Street Machine Coupe.
Outside of the majestic venue, owners of “special interest” vehicles are encouraged to bring their cars along and part them both in front of the building (which has been a traditional part of the show for longer than many can remember) and now the back carpark has been sectioned off to provide the same atmosphere – though this area gets tables, chairs, food outlets and a live band for entertainment. Each area is always full of cool cars – many of which could have probably been on display indoors…
TONY WILSON 1932 FORD TUDOR
After a colour change and a make-over , Tony’s ‘32 emerged better than ever and has been wowing the crowds and judges with its new look and superb detailing. Dubbed CHOODA and powered by an 8-stack injected small block Chev, the ’32 was always going to make the Top 5. Other awards include Best Undercarriage and 1st Street Rod Tudor.
When the doors closed at 6pm on the public holiday Monday, many thousands of people had made their way through the doors to witness the 2019 event. With this years event deemed a complete success, the 2020 Victorian Hot Rod and Cool Rides Show is one you wonâ€™t want to miss. Keep an eye on www.hotrod.com.au for announcements, entry information and more on the next show.
Australias Coolest Ride 2019 VICTORIAN HOT ROD & COOL RIDES SHOW TOP CAR OF SHOW
WASYL ROSATI 1950 FORD MERCURY CUSTOM
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Brad Zammit already owns a 7-sec, nitrous big block LC Torana Race car, now he has a milder one for the street too… BRAD ZAMMIT - 1970 LC TORANA WORDS / PICS / VIDEO – Paul Beck
After spotting this tough LC Torana in Tuff Street at Summernats 31, Brad Zammit tracked down the owner to see if he wanted to part company with it. After convincing the owner over the phone, Brad headed south on the Hume to Victoria to pick up his new street car. With the all-yellow Torana loaded securely onto the trailer, Brad made the trek back up the Hume to Sydney. Not long into the drive, Brad was already thinking of ways to improve on what he had just bought. Constantly looking through the rear vision mirror at the Torana, the first thing we wanted to do was ditch the Hornet scoop! “The more I looked at it on the drive home, the more I wanted to pull over and just kick the thing off the bonnet!” Once home, Brad jumped on the phone to Alfa Fibreglass and ordered a reverse cowl scoop that was to be added to the LC’s steel bonnet. The guys recommended that Brad call Dave Cornford at DRC Group who specialises in getting this type of job done. Dave, being a fellow Torana owner and fussy bugger, lived up to his reputation and did the job to his usual high standard. With the new bonnet done and back on the car, Brad still wasn’t convinced that the all-yellow paint scheme was for him, even though that is what grabbed his attention in the first place. He called on Danny at Custom Bodyworks, who fired up his spray gun and laid on the black GTR stripes giving the Torana just the look Brad was after. 74
Brad reckons it doesn’t feel fast, but when your other Torana is packing in excess of 1500hp, anything less would feel a little inadequate...
At the time of purchase, the Weld wheels were all black. Again, Brad was in two minds on whether these looked the part or not, and after a closer inspection realised that they had been coated in a temporary rubber paint. In no time at all, the rear wheels had polished rims – giving the Torana yet another fresh look. In case you were wondering, the wheels measure 15x10” on the business end and 15x3.5” on the nose…for now! Inside, the Torana has changed considerably since being in Brad’s possession. The original GTR-spec interior had been padded up way too much and the ill-fitting back seat (trying to work around the wheel tubs) was way too uncomfortable to sit on. So Brad ripped the existing interior out and had Retro Autotek fill the void with a pair of black Recaro seats in the front, before restyling the rear seat to match. Not only is it a comfier place to be, the visual appeal is 100% better! The GTR-styled door trims remain in place.
The space forward of the driver has seen some upgrades too. A MOMO steering wheel replaces the much larger Holden item while an array of AutoMeter gauges were added to keep Brad accurately informed. There’s a row of switches that power up the fuel pumps, ignition etc also within easy reach. The original LC shifter and console are now just a distant memory, with a black, B&M Magnum Pro-Stick shifter taking up the same space – but with much more style. The interior is now at a 77 stage where Brad needed it to be.
The space forward of the driver has seen some upgrades too. A MOMO steering wheel replaces the much larger Holden item while an array of AutoMeter gauges were added to keep Brad accurately informed.
So far, the 350 Chev is more or less the same as it was when the car was swapped for a pile of cash. Brad reckons it doesn’t feel fast, but when your other Torana is packing in excess of 1500hp, anything less would feel a little inadequate no matter how much horsepower it was packing. Fact is though, the Torana has run a string of low 11-sec ET’s in Victoria. Brad is a little unsure of what goodies hide inside the small block Chev, but on the outside there’s an Edelbrock intake hosting a Quick Fuel carb and a couple of Nitrous solenoids that are yet to be wired in. When that happens, Brad should see the Torana dip into the nines. A built-Powerglide transfers the power to the narrowed nine-inch diff for those 26x12” Mickey Thompson tyres to deal with. 79
If you could flip the Torana onto its side, you’ll see its been fitted with a chassis strengthening kit from Castlemaine Rod Show along with coil-overs on the four-linked and tubbed rear-end, and a braking combo featuring Leyland P76 discs up front and Ford drums on the rear. While this combo seems to work ok, Brad will soon be adding Wilwood components to each corner for superior braking capabilities.
The original LC shifter and console are now just a distant memory, with a black, B&M Magnum Pro-Stick shifter taking up the same space – but with much more style.
As you can see, there has been a huge amount of work done to improve every area of the Torana since it first entered Brad’s garage. And the changes keep coming… Plans are already in place to add a McDonald Bros tube front end along with taking even more width from the diff so that the ‘soon to be added’ 20-inch Simmons wheels can have some really deep dish. The rear wheel openings will be stretched at the same time. But, and there’s always a but, Brad is enjoying cruising the Torana too much and is reluctant to make the first move in stripping the Torana back to its birthday suit and starting again. That time will definitely come sooner rather than later, but for now, Brad will keep enjoying his tough little streeter as much as he can…
138 DUNSTERS LANE, CROOM, NSW 2527 20-minutes South of Wollongong
Brad sends a big ‘thumbs up’ to Retro Autotek, Dave Cornford (DRC Group), Danny (Custom Body Works) and Fraser and Shelle (Alfa Fibreglass) for their part in transforming the Torana into what it is today… Thanks guys!
With the new bonnet done and back on the car, Brad still wasn’t convinced that the all-yellow paint scheme was for him, even though that is what grabbed his attention in the first place.
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E G CENTR N I P P O H ES 0TH 2019 R SQUAR 2 U Y H R T A R U A N DAY, MAC NDAY, JA CS – PAUL BECK N U A S C I R E PI AM WORDS / NSW ALL
Rows and rows of chrome bumpers, big cube engines and outrageous styling took over the area that normally housed way too many white Corolla’s, beaten up Falcon’s and mundane Commodores.
Some people don’t like change, others do. Sometimes it’s necessary to make venue changes to see events grow. I have to say I liked Castle Towers as a venue, but personally, the last couple of events I attended there proved to be a nightmare when it came to finding a parking spot. After driving for more than two hours to get there, being told that there’s no parking available inside the carpark at 11am was pretty disappointing. Trying to find somewhere to park out on the street was just impossible and I found myself circling the venue for an hour before deciding to go home 84 without a single photo snapped… So when I heard that the event was moving to Campbelltown, south west of Sydney, I was over joyed. Not only was it just a pleasant hour cruise up the road for me, the abundance of parking meant that there was no fear of going home empty handed. As it turned out, we decided to take my slammed 300C sedan for a drive and enter to show our support.
By the time we arrived, just after 9am, the carparks were filling with all kinds of cool American rides. Rows and rows of chrome bumpers, big cube engines and outrageous styling took over the area that normally housed way too many white Corolla’s, beaten up Falcon’s and mundane Commodores. With cars on display from the very early Auburns and Cadillac’s to the latest Camaro’s, Mustang’s and Challengers, there’s was something to satisfy even the most fussy spectator. In amongst the old and modern American cars were plenty of trade stands and even a roving old-time band to entertain the huge crowds that had gathered.
Being a Mopar Guy, this was one of the coolest cars on display - an ultrarare ‘66 Dodge Coronet! Check it out! One of just 96 made and its got a 426ci matching numbers Hemi...
Turbo V6 Buick Regal Grand National is a rare car in Australia and is often overlooked as a muscle car! 88
By the time we arrived, just after 9am, the carparks were filling with all kinds of cool American rides.
Hosted by the Mustang Owners Club of NSW, the All American Day, despite the move, proved to be a huge success with hundreds of cars on display and thousands of people scouring the car parks looking both old and new US-based cars. I for one canâ€™t wait till I can cruise my Studebaker up there and get amongst it allâ€Ś
THE ART OF DECEPTION So you think Killer Rides is now featuring restored classic muscle cars? Guess againâ€¦
PAUL GALVIN - 1965 MUSTANG FASTBACK WORDS / PICS / VIDEO - Paul Beck
When you first lay eyes on Paul Galvin’s ’65 Mustang Fastback, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a faithfully restored classic. That’s is until you pop that fibreglass Shelby bonnet and see the highly modified, yet period-correct 347-cube small block… Paul is building quite a collection of cool cars, and when he had heard through the grape vine that this ’65 Fastback could be up for sale, he decided to take a look whilst in Dubbo for a drag meet. The then owner, Owen, had imported it from the US as it was and never really did anything with it. After a quick chat, Owen had decided he would rather build a Hot Rod and to do so, would have to part company with the Mustang. Two weeks later, it was in the Galvin garage… As you see the car here is basically how it was built in the USA. Whilst there are things Paul would like to change or update, he is quite content to cruise the car whenever the time allows. That is if you call getting behind the wheel of a 650hp muscle car cruising… Externally, there’s no indication of what lies beneath the bonnet line – and that’s just how Paul likes it. Built as a tribute to the awe94 inspiring Shelby Mustang, this ’65 Fastback is as close as you’ll get to the real deal – without the massive price tag. In fact, it’s probably a better option as I doubt you’d want to drive such a valuable car – especially like Paul does on track days etc.
Paul isn’t sure of the colour name, so we will just call it Shelby Red with white GT350 striping. 95
The body is almost how the factory intended with just a few subtle changes. The quarter windows are now plexi-glass, the bonnet is a fibreglass Shelby item and there’s some cool stuff from the Ring Bros’ added such as the billet bonnet pins, billet strut tower bracing and billet bonnet hinges. Paul isn’t sure of the colour name, so we will just call it Shelby red with white GT350 striping. The paint only required a buff and polish to get it shining like it is now. Not bad considering it was painted in the USA so long ago! Like the exterior, the interior space is built towards the Shelby theme. That style includes the front seats, the period-style roll cage (with back seat delete), dash with Shelby gauge pod and the wood-rimmed steering wheel. Other non-Shelby additions include Crow harness seat belts, Hurst shifter, Rockford Fosgate sound-system and an array of smaller gauges under the dash. You can almost feel what it was like to drive in ’65! The engine package was built in the USA to resemble the factory Paxton-blown Windsor. Starting with a Dart Iron Eagle 8.2 block, the engine scored a host of top shelf gear proving that making plenty of power was the end goal. Inside the block, there’s a 4340 stroker crank (giving a capacity of 347ci), Scat H-beam rods, Eagle pistons and a Crower roller cam and lifter combo. Alloy Dart Pro1 heads soon joined the short motor, but not before the Crower valves and springs were added. An Edelbrock Super Victor intake fills the gap between the heads and plays host to a Fast XFI EFI throttle-body topped with a Paxton Novi supercharger – the obvious hero of this engine combo and the main reason this pumped small block punches out around 650hp! A dual 3-inch exhaust system that kicks off with a pair of custom headers dumps the gases as quickly as it can…
Whilst there are things Paul would like to change or update, he is quite content to cruise the car whenever the time allows. That is if you call getting behind the wheel of a 650hp muscle car cruising…
The Competition C4 auto has been built to handle 1000hp and features bullet-proof internals such as a full-manual reverse-pattern shift kit and also the added bonus of having a Gear Vendors overdrive unit added to make highway cruises a breeze – even with the 4500rpm TCI converter up front. Gear changes are short and sharp thanks to the Hurst shifter. The third member of the driveline trio is, as you’d expect, a 9-inch diff with a 3.25-geared TruTrak centre and tough 31-spline axles. The underside certainly didn’t get forgotten about in this build. There’s disc brakes on each corner, hidden inside each 16x8” period-perfect American Racing wheels wrapped in sticky Dunlop tyres. The Mustang handles just as well as it now stops, thanks to Global West coil springs up front and reset heavy-duty leaf springs. Competition-spec Bilstein shocks make a huge difference as do the traction bars. The ride is much firmer than a standard-spec Mustang and that’s fine by Paul as he loves to get the Mustang out with other Grand Touring Muscle Car club members on track days.
Built as a tribute to the awe-inspiring Shelby Mustang, this ’65 Fastback is as close as you’ll get to the real deal – without the massive price tag. 98
When Paul grows tired of driving the ’65, he plans to tear it down to its bare bones and do a full nut and bolt restoration. It may reappear looking just as it does now, but rest assured, it will be a much better car than it currently is in areas such as door gaps, panel alignment and quality of paint etc. For now though, thanks to Paul’s partner Marianne Batey, good mate Guy Chadwick and his wife Fleur, Mark Tinsley, Mark Kokoszka and Car Club members, Paul gets to cruise this Mustang along with his other toys in the collection as often as he can….
When you first lay eyes on Paul Galvin’s ’65 Mustang Fastback, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a faithfully restored classic.
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Celebrating 20-years of tyre burning, grass churning and good times in cool cars, the Kandos Street Machine & Hot Rod Show was the only way to celebrate the Australia Day weekend out west!
Situated 220-klms south-west of Sydney, Kandos is a small town with around 1200 permanent residents. That number swells considerably each January long-weekend when car guys and girls travel from all over to take part in the wildest car shows in the west â€“ the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show. The show has gained a huge reputation in its 20-year history, starting as a humble car show that grew in size and numbers to a massive event that incorporates not just the show and shine, but also a Go-Whoa competition, Sound-Off, Dyno Shoot-Out, grass driving events and the all Important burnouts held on a 103 purpose-built pad. Also included in the mix was a driving event where drivers had just 30-seconds to complete as many donuts on the pad as they could! It proved to be quite the spectacle and hard-fought as well.
When Saturday rolled around, hundreds of car owners and spectators had arrived at the venue for a weekend of destroying rubber, tearing up the grass and taking in the atmosphere.
A car show in the NSW western region wouldnâ€™t be complete without a live band, bucking bull and of course the fireworks display. The Rylstone Kandos Street Machine Club promote the event as Family Friendly, and thatâ€™s exactly what they deliver with more and more families attending the event each year. The show kicked off on Friday with many getting in early to get scrutineered and registered for the driving events starting the next day. When Saturday rolled around, hundreds of car owners and spectators had arrived at the venue for a weekend of destroying rubber, tearing up the grass and taking in the atmosphere.
The show has gained a huge reputation in its 20-year history, starting as a humble car show that grew in size and numbers to a massive event that incorporates not just the show and shine, but also a Go-Whoa competition, Sound-Off, Dyno Shoot-Out, grass driving events and the all Important burnouts held on a purpose-built pad.
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A car show in the NSW western region wouldn’t be complete without a live band, bucking bull and of course, the fireworks display.
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All in all, the 20th Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show was a complete success. With next year being the 21st, I’m sure the club has a big celebration planned. That’s surely one event not to be missed…
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PETER FULGINITI - 1964 EH HOLDEN WORDS / PICS / VIDEO – Paul Beck
One of Australia’s most-loved cars, the humble EH Holden, just keeps getting better thanks to people like Peter Fulginiti…
Peter bought this EH, his very first car, as an unfinished project. It still had the lowly 149 six-pack in place backed by a three-speed manual box, and although the desire to have the EH fitted with a V8 engine was always there, the wages he was earning as an Apprentice mechanic soon put paid to those dreams. At the time, he was working in an engine reconditioning shop and his boss at the time donated a set of 202 ACL pistons, and when added to the parts Peter had already acquired, he was well on his way to repowering the old Holden with a hard-charging 202-cube six backed by a Trimatic auto. That combo stayed in place for five years before Peter knew the time had come to up the ante somewhat. Fast forward a bunch of year and the LS-series of engines are now considered the ultimate conversion for early Holdenâ€™s (and according to some â€“ every other car on the planet!). Peter latched onto a 5.7-litre LS1 and set the wheels in motion. 112 Being handy on the tools, Peter pieced the engine
together himself using the best gear he could at the time. The factory block was soon filled with CP Bullet pistons, Lunati conrods and pushrods, Mellings oil pump and a nice idling Lunati camshaft. A pair of Higgins 241 heads soon joined the party, with dual valve springs included in the package.
Body wise, the EH is as per the factory specs. All the badges and mouldings have been retained to keep that classic EH look. Just when he was looking for an induction system to complete the long engine, a complete Edelbrock E-Force 2300 supercharger kit became available online. Priced at half of the normal retail cost and brand new, Peter knew his EH was about to be blown. The Edelbrock set-up certainly looks the part and gets plenty of attention when the bonnet is lifted. So that takes care of getting bulk lots of air and fuel into the engine, but then what? Stock LS headers arenâ€™t up to the task at hand, so Peter had a custom set fabricated that unwind into a dual 3-inch system with cats. The sound is far better now, even more so when Peter jumps on the loud pedal!
The rest of the driveline was also removed from a late model Commodore. The gearbox is a 4L60E that has been rebuilt to handle the 525-rear wheel horsepower coming in from through the TCI 3500rpm converter. A B&M Quicksilver shifter handles the gear selections. Peter couldn’t bring himself to add a Ford diff, so he shortened a VS Commodore rear end that has a 3.73 LSD centre and then adapted it to run with the now beefed up EH leaf springs. King springs are fitted o the HR front end along with a modified Torana rack and pinion set up. The entire braking system is also Commodore-spec with VP discs up front, VS discs on the rear and VT calipers supplying the clamping power all round via an aftermarket master cylinder. When first built with the V8 in the engine bay, Peter was rolling on a set of Show Wheels Streeters, but those have since been swapped for the 18x7” and 18x9.5” FR18 Simmons for a more modern look. The centres will soon lose the silver paint, and will be coated white to match the roof. Body wise, the EH is as per the factory specs. All the badges and mouldings have been retained to keep that classic EH look. When Peter first dragged the car home, it was half in primer so a colour choice was needed. It’s funny how people find their ultimate colour. Peter and his apprentice mates were having lunch one day at Tafe and when they walked out into the car park, a Holden Tigra was front and centre and the colour jumped out at Peter. The next stop was the local Holden dealership to get the colour code. The Antigua Bay Blue and white was painted some ten years ago by his mate Mal and has held up well. Though Peter would like a new coat of the same colour in the not too distant future.
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The interior was retrimmed about the same time as the paint was laid on. Yet more Commodore was added to the EH’s interior with the VS front buckets replacing the old bench seat. The rear bench is from an EH Premier and incorporates a centre arm rest. Gary Forest is the man responsible for bringing the EH’s interior trim back to life, covering the seats, door trims and dash pad in Wheat leather. Even the B&M shifter base copped the same colour! Sticking with the traditional look of the circa ‘64 steering wheel and original dash for some period correct interior offerings, they are kept in good company with extra gauges and a Pioneer head unit controlling several Sound Stream speakers. Sometimes you need hear some tunes over the blown LS engine – but only sometimes…
On the list of things to do, Peter has added mini-tubs and some more diff mods. He wants more dish on the rear wheels and to bring the ride height down somewhat. 116
To date, the build has consumed a considerable amount of the folding stuff during the ten years of on and off construction time. And he’s not finished yet. On the list of things to do, Peter has added mini-tubs and some more diff mods. He wants more dish on the rear wheels and to bring the ride height down somewhat. There’s also a switch to a 4L80E transmission to combat the power of the new LS1 he is currently sorting out to replace the one currently serving duty.
Peter knows a build like this can’t be achieved on your own and he is forever thankful to his wife Jo, Mum and Dad, the boys from the workshop, Bobby Brown from Shoalhaven LS Tuning and Performance, Shane French from A1 Exhaust and all the mates that have helped out over time. Don’t put your overall’s away just yet guys, the EH needs your attention…again!
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