Super Rod Magazine #2 - May 2020

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ISSUE #2 - MAY 2020

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‘32 Coupe




Digital Publishing It was such a relief to get that first issue of Super Rod out there for Hot Rodders and Custom car owners of the world to read. And yes, it has gone global!

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That’s the joy of being an online magazine. As easily as attaching a link to a message, email or social media post, what I have put together in my office on the South Coast of NSW can be read anywhere around the world. In fact, Super Rod #1 has been read in New Zealand, the USA (of course!), Brazil, Japan, The Netherlands and even Russia and Ireland! Proof that Hot Rodding is truly a world-wide past time. If Super Rod was a printed mag, the cost of getting it into all of these regions would be outrageous! At the time of writing this editorial (the end of April), no less than 23,367 people had taken the time to read Super Rod…so far! That number, by the way, increases daily. So now that Issue #1 is out there, how was it received? Well, I can tell you the feedback has be very encouraging with most people loving the concept, the cars and events featured and the quality of the layout etc. Sure, there were some people that didn’t like the whole digital experience, and that’s fine. I knew going into this that some people weren’t going to be into the online deal. The fact is, if it wasn’t published online, it was never going to see the light of day… Anyway, let’s talk about No.2. First up, thanks to the Covid-19 virus that’s sweeping across the world, there’s no event coverage in this issue like we had in Issue #1, with many events either postponed or cancelled. Hopefully, this is sorted soon and the scene as a whole can get back to some sort of normality. But we must soldier on in these difficult times and I have assembled another great mix of feature cars for Issue #2. When Issue #3 rolls around, with a bit of luck, we’ll be back into covering what will be a hive of activity in the scene. Until then, stay safe. Keep cruising… Unitl next time...

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ISSUE NO.2 May 2020


06 THE DASHBOARD News, views and things of interest 14

LETTERS Got something to say?


IN THE BUILD Shane Rowe’s personal-build ‘32




CANDY CRUSHER 527-cubes. Two Turbo’s. LPG. 34 Roadster


PIN UP CHIC Rivs with Joe Amato’s slick ‘51 Chevy

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38 STICKING TO TRADITION Old’s powered steel ‘31 Ford Roadster 50 WRECK TO RESCUED Pro-Street ‘29 Chev Roadster 62

BITCHIN’ IN BLACK Blown Flathead-powered ‘32 Coupe


SOUL REVIVAL High-Tech ‘37 Ford Roadster


CHALLENGE ACCEPTED 30-days to build a Rat Rod?


FIBRE CLASS Elite Level ‘34 Ford 3W Coupe

104 CRUISIN’ THE WEB 20-years of Ridler Winners









Vale: Mike Lavallee

Air-Brush Artist Extraordinaire

Many would know the name Mike Lavallee for his distinctive “True Fire” air-brushing that has been applied to everything from fridges, toilets, helicopters, fire-engines, bikes and of course a myriad of custom cars over the years, gaining Mike world-wide attention and admiration. As the owner of Killer Paint in Snohomish, Washington, Mike and his team revolutionised the air-brushing world with his talent and technique that is often copied, but never bettered. Of course, it wasn’t just flames that made Mike famous. Check out his other styles. He made plenty of TV appearances over the years, most notably on Overhaulin’, Rides and Monster Garage, where his paint work adorned many cars built by some of the industries best. Sadly, on April 14th, after surgery for bleeding on the brain, we lost Mike. He will be fondly remembered by all that knew him as a fun-loving guy who lived his life to the fullest and loved his family and friends as much as they loved him.

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So with the self-isolation well and truly keeping people home, why not spend some quality time in front of your TV watching the Super Rod DVD series. Each of the four DVD runs for at least one hour! Priced at just $15 each including postage. Order yours now. Contact Paul on 0432 795336 or via email, EFTPOS or Direct Debit is available.

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Do you have a Hot Rod or Custom that you’d like to be featured in Super Rod? Great, simply email a few pics to paul@killerrides. showing the engine, interior and exterior from the front and back, along with some basic info and contact details and I’ll be in touch...


After the cancellation of the regional Nationals in Goulburn, most Rodders are now focussed on getting ready for the 25th Street Rod Nationals to be held in Albury over Easter next year. There’s already been a lot of accomodation booked out, as Rodders from all over Australia prepare for the big event. The ASRF are hopeful that will have entry forms available in June with expectations high for a massive influx of entries to make the 25th Anniversay of the Nationals one to be remembered. You can grab a copy of the entry form in Issue 102 of the Street Rodder News or download it from the ASRF Website.


Ever wanted some cool artwork to hang in your office, man cave or home garage? You need to speak to Ken Stephenson. He can do a cartoon-style or standard rendering of you car. Ken’s artwork is hanging on hundreds of walls around the country and now you have the opportunity to have your own, one-off A3 custom drawing for just $175 plus shipping and packaging. Ken can also create other forms of garage art like this cool saw using one-shot enamels. Contact Ken direct now to order yours now on 0459 191971 or check out his Facebook Page!



This issue, I am showcasing some of the different interior styles adopted by Hot Rodders around the globe. From the high-end, leather clad show stoppers, to the unqiuely designed interiors, there’s some food for thought here for everyone...



It’s no secret that Hot Rodders care just as much about their garage as they do the vehicle(s) they store in it. Some ae amazing works of art, whilst others have more memorabilia than most museums. If you’ve got a garage you’re proud of, send us a couple of pics and we’ll show the world. Don’t worry, we don’t need an address or even town – just the pics! Here’s one I found on the internet to get proceedings started!

HOT ROD VIDEO OF THE MONTH Flame Throwing, 2000hp Ford Coupe




G’day Paul, Wow, I just logged onto the Super Rod website and checked out the first issue of Super Rod. I have to say, I wasn’t sure about online magazines as I have always had a hard copy to read, but I am really impressed by what you’ve put together. The quality of the features and cars you’ve put in the first issue are first class. I really look forward to Issue two. The only downside I can see if the wait between each issue. I hope you manage to get enough support to increase the amount of Super Rod issues we see each month. Keep up the great work. Peter M via email. Hi Peter, I’m happy that you’ve enjoyed the first issue of Super Rod. I have purposely targeted a big mix of cars to feature and think the first line up went over well from the feedback I have received. Hope you like what I’ve put together for #2.


Hi Paul, Congrats on the release of Super Rod Magazine! I have been patiently waiting for this first issue ever since you announced it in Killer Rides. It certainly was everything I expected and more! Can’t wait for Issue #2, and #3 and #4… Ryan B via Messenger Hi Ryan, Yes, it was a bit of a wait to get Issue #1 done, as I have monthly issues of Killer Rides to put together as well. But now I have a baseline to work from, I’ll be sure to make each quarterly deadline. Enjoy… Paul.


G’day Paul, Damn, you’ve certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons with the first issue of Super Rod. I am now a converted fan of online magazines and have been searching the internet for more. I am enjoying all the back issues of Killer Rides too. You are onto a winner with the variety and quality of cars and events you have featured. Bring on #2! John T via email. Hi John, It’s great to see you convert to at least giving Super Rod a go. Doing a digital magazine is the only way that Super Rod magazine could be produced. Enjoy reading Issue #2. Paul.


Hi Paul, I have to say, whilst I did enjoy reading the first Issue of Super Rod, I badly want to have a hard copy of this mag and future releases. The quality is unmatched in Australia, but I just can’t get my head around reading online only. I do use my iPad regularly to browse the net, I can’t help feeling I would love this mag even more if I had a printed copy. How about it? Stan J via Messenger Hi Stan, Whilst I do understand why you would want a hard copy of Super Rod, for me, those days are over. Digital publishing is something that will see the industry hang around in the future and make it easier to get magazines published for everyone, not just the big publishers. On top of that, it allows me to showcase our scene all over the world more efficiently and more quickly than a printed magazine ever could. Paul



Hello Super Rod, Whilst searching through the internet, I came across a link to your website. I am so happy I clicked it, as I got to see the first magazine. Its so great to see how you Australian’s build Hot Rod’s down there. I have joined your mailing list so I can check out each new issue. Great work… Carlos A via Messenger G’day Carlos, Thanks for logging on and joining the mailing list. I hope you’re enjoying Super Rod #2! Paul.

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In The Build


As the owner/operator of one of, if not the best custom shops in Australia – Southern Rod & Customs, Shane Rowe usually makes other people’s custom car dreams a reality. Now though, he is making the time to build his own Super Rod, a slick, one-of-a-kind ’32 Roadster. “I’ve always wanted to build myself a ’32 Roadster, and now I am.” Shane explained.



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Without a doubt, this will be a state of the art car, though the concept drawing shows a more traditional style build. Check out the Chassisworks frame. It’s influenced by the early Indy cars with drive rivets a prominent feature of the chassis to give that cool riveted look to all of the crossmembers. This theme continues through every part of the build.

With a reputation for building stunning vehicles, there's no doubt Shane's own vehicle will be nothing short of amazing.


The chassis features a front end that utilises a 5-inch drop axle with custom spring mounts, custom radius rods with VY Commodore ball joints and custom Friction shocks added. At the other end of the chassis, there’s a Winter’s V8 Quick change rear end with semi-eliptic springs and an awesome, custom fabricated, Indy car-inspired top arm. The chassis is a complete work of art, typical of what Southern Rod & Custom are well known for. It’s almost a shame to cover the chassis work with the fabulous Brookville steel body that Shane has taken to the next level with many personal touches including the hand-fabricated, raked and curved, brass windscreen frame. Shane will also construct a custom, removeable top. 19

Keeping the car traditional in its styling, Shane has opted for a triple Stromberg-fed, old-school small block Chev engine that is mounted to the chassis via custom SRC engine mounts that are made to look like that are cast items. Giving the engine a unique look is the cool rocker covers. Take a closer look – they’re not Chev covers, rather a pair of Ford Y-block rocker covers that Shane cleverly



adapted to the Chev. Backing the engine is a Tremec 5-speed trans, sending the power to the coolest hot rod rear-end ever. The interior will feature a pair of early Porsche race bucket seats and custom, SRC-designed brake and clutch pedal assembly. The SRC ’32 will roll on a set of Coker Solid wheels measuring 18x5” and 16x4” wheels wrapped in appropriately sized Stahl vintage Radial tyres.

"I've always wanted to build myself a '32 Roadster, and now I am." Shane explained.

D E C N A H N E SRC Y D O B E L L I V K O O R B L E E T S With a reputation for building stunning vehicles, there’s no doubt Shane’s own vehicle will be nothing short of amazing. Especially when you see the quality already lavished into the build so far. Without a doubt, this will be one car worth waiting for. Stay tuned…





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With a 527ci, twin-turbo big block Ford providing the power, Craig Hurkett’s ‘34 Ford Roadster proves the theory that too much is never enough!

Craig Hurkett 1934 Ford Roadster


Sometimes, when you’re looking for something specific, fate has a way of helping you out a little. Craig had decided that he wanted a Hot Rod to park beside his tough, XW Falcon sedan. He put the word out to a couple of people in the know, and one of those lead him to a well-known Hot Rodder / Drag Racer in Sydney that was looking to sell his ’34 Roadster. After a short trip up the highway, Craig met up with the owner, checked out the ’34 and took it for a drive. It was now time to negotiate a price. Craig had a figure in mind, so did the owner, who offered up his deal first. Surprised, Craig thought it was a fair price and after a handshake, the deal was done and Craig had bought himself a cool new ride.

We don't see Candy Red as much as we used to, and that's a shame.


It’s obvious the engine is the hero of this build. It’s not often you see a big block Ford used in Hot Rod builds, and it’s even rarer to see one with this much going on in the open engine compartment. It wasn’t like this when Craig checked it out originally though. It was a naturally aspirated big block then, but the owner had told Craig that the engine had been built to run with twin-turbochargers. With that in mind, Craig had one stipulation when the deal was done – that the engine was to be fitted up just how the owner had intended to do, which he agreed to do. Craig couldn’t have been happier! 27

It's obvious the engine is the hero of this build. It's not often you see a big block Ford used in Hot Rod builds, and it's even rarer to see one with this much going on in the open engine compartment.

The engine started as a basic 460-cube Ford big block, but thanks to the inclusion of a stroker crank and rod combo, the capacity has been increased to a staggering 527 cubic inches. Craig doesn’t have many of the engine spec’s as it was built by someone a little while back, but we can tell you the factory cast heads have been fitted with bigger vales and stronger springs, and have been port-matched to the custom intake manifold. Topping the engine are two T3/4 custom-built Garret turbo’s mounted via custom headers that flow into custom stainless mufflers that are incorporated into the dual system. Fed a strict diet of LPG through no less than four carbs, the engine is capable of producing around 1000hp on 15lbs of boost – currently set at 7lbs. Craig will soon pay the engine some attention – both aesthetically and internally to get it not only performing how it should, but also to look sensational doing it! 28


A manualised C6 auto features a TCI converter with a 2500rpm stall speed backs the tough big block and sends the power back to the narrowed, 4.11-geared, mini-spooled diff that uses 31-spline axles to get the bulk grunt to the tyres. There’s been plenty of work done on the boxed, original chassis too, with an independent front end added that incorporates coil-over shocks, XD Falcon discs and calipers and 15x6-inch Weld Draglite wheels. The steering has been set up using a collapsible, 5-position tilt column. The rear end sees a custom four-link locate the diff, also using coil-over shocks and the same discs and calipers as the other end. The wheels increase in size to 10-inches on the rear.

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Covering the chassis work is a fibreglass body that has been covered in PPG Candy Red and looks great in amongst the polished alloy, chrome-plating and interior colour. The body changes are kept to a minimum with the custom windscreen added along with custom side indicators, LED taillights, high-mounted 3rd brake light and the relief holes for the exhaust to run through – for obvious reasons. We don’t see Candy Red as much as we used to, and that’s a shame. The colour is the original head-turner in the custom car world and it’s great to see it used on this Roadster. Craig would love to give the body a new lick of colour and that will happen after the engine makeover is done and dusted.

To compliment the body colour, which flows across the dash and custom, full-length centre console, the low-back seats, door trims and seat top have been covered in dark tan leather to great effect. The dash features a catalogue-worth of AutoMeter gauges covering every aspect of the build and looks great when combined with the stereo head unit, speakers, switches and Lokar shifter mounted in the console. The billet column is topped with a cool billet wheel and there’s also retractable seat belts and 6-point roll cage hidden from view and tied into the chassis to help cope with the monstrous torque produced by the big-cube engine.



As Managing Director of his company, Craig spends a lot of his time travelling, leaving little time to get the ’34 out cruising as much as he would like. But when the downtime arrives, and the weather is looking favourable, Craig is out and about, showing off one of the more unique Roadster’s currently on the street. Craig needs to do a big shout-out to his brother Steve for helping out with the build, including all the fabrication he did on the car to get it fully legal and engineered, but also for getting the turbo’s working right after he fabricated the intake setup and of course the turbo manifolds and many other little jobs that he sorted out. Cruise on…



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n o i t i Trad David Maloney 1931 Ford Roadster


After owning a fleet of cool custom cruisers, David Maloney wanted a traditional-style, early Ford custom Rod. He found this ‘31 Roadster in Qld , but got more than he bargained for‌

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So, here’s the deal, David promised his wife Mary that this was going to be a “get in and drive” car. No more long, expensive rebuilds. And whilst he was assured the Roadster was going to be a car you’ll enjoy forever, David soon found out that wasn’t to be the case. Problem after problem arose soon after shipping the Ford from Queensland to Canberra and after consulting those in the know, David decided the only way to get this Roadster right was to strip it down and start again. The rebuild was to take some 18-months to complete with many parts of the Roadster requiring attention to gain full certification and registration.

With all the necessary work completed and the engineer happy, the rego authorities happily handed over the number plates and paperwork to a relieved David and Mary. 40

It was the mechanical side of the ’31 that required the most work, with the 394ci Oldsmobile engine and trans, brakes and exhaust all needing to be redone. The engine was stripped down and rebuilt by QIM Engine Reconditioners in Queanbeyan with an electric fuel pump and electronic ignition added to help the engine perform better. The rare Edelbrock 6x2 intake was a new-old-stock item and along with six rebuilt Stromberg carbs (with just the two centre carbs supplying the fuel) tops the rebuilt engine and gives the Roadster that cool 60’s look to the exposed engine. The finned rocker covers complete the Nostalgia look perfectly. The headers now sport some heat shields made by David with the pipes flowing through to a dual 2-inch system. In its new form, the Old’s engine produces around 315hp. Passing that power back to the 3.5-geared nine-inch diff is a factory Roto-Hydramatic 3-speed box that has also been torn apart and rebuilt to ensure many miles of hassle-free cruising will now be had. A Lokar shifter handles the gear selections. 41

The interior is still pretty much just how it was when the Roadster left the previous owners place for its trip to Canberra. The black vinyl seats and door trims ooze 60’s style as does the turned-style alloy dash facia filled with Mooneye’s traditional styled gauges – the centre four housed within a Model A cluster. In keeping with the build theme, there’s a cool LimeWorks steering wheel and period-style seatbelts.



Like the interior, the Brookville steel body retains the Royal Blue paint that was laid on prior to David becoming the owner. An original firewall has been installed in reverse and has been recessed 6-inches to provide clearance for the big Old’s engine. As the body has been fitted to an A Model chassis, fibreglass ’32 chassis covers have been incorporated. The original grille insert sits inside a peaked and smoothed shell. David bought in the removeable roof from Rod Tops in the US to make the ’31 an all-weather cruiser. The “31” on the doors was a recent addition and have been painted on.

So, here's the deal, David promised his wife Mary that this was going to be a "get in and drive" car. No more long, expensive rebuilds. And whilst he was assured the Roadster was going to be a car you'll enjoy forever, David soon found out that wasn't to be the case.


The chassis didn’t escape the rebuild either, with both the front and rear ends needing reconfiguring to get the steering and handling right. With a quartet of disc brakes added, David had to overhaul each Holden caliper, with a new booster installed to get the ’31 stopping better than it ever has. A Datsun steering box connects to a Morris Minor column to provide a more positive feel on the road with 15x5 and 15x6 powder-coated Genie Steelie wheels (with 1948 hubcaps) sit under the Deluxe Metal Shaping Co. built cycle guards. 45

Because life is too short for boring cars...

With all the necessary work completed and the engineer happy, the rego authorities happily handed over the number plates and paperwork to a relieved David and Mary. And until the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic put an end to events (and cruising in general), the pair would regularly get the Roadster out for a drive. But with restrictions slowly but surely being lifted, I’m sure the time to enjoy getting behind the wheel of the ’31 anytime they feel like it, isn’t too far away. The only decision to make then though is whether to take the Roadster or the oh-so-cool, custom ’55 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Coupe they also own. Maybe they can take one each? Decisions, decisions…

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THANKS TO: A big thanks to Mal Lawler for all his hard work in sorting out the chassis

issues along with the brakes and driveshaft. His skill has made the Roadster a much better, safer and enjoyable car to drive. 46











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WRECKTORESCUED Matt Refalo and his Dad, Sam couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rebuild the written-off Roadster, and worked together to create a blown, pro-street styled master-piece.

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Matt Refalo 1929 Chev Roadster


They say the family that plays together, stays together. This couldn’t be truer in the Refalo house hold. With the family garage always housing all kinds of modified cars, it was only a matter of time before that bug bit Matt hard, causing him to follow his Dad into the home shed every chance he got. Sam had previously bought himself a cool ’29 Chev Roadster and from that point on, Matt wanted a Hot Rod to call his own. When scrolling through eBay, Matt came across an ad that had him more than just a little interested. It was for a ’29 Chev Roadster that had seen better days after being involved in an accident, suffering substantial front and side damage and the blown small block was no longer running. A quick trip to the panel shop in Mt Druitt was enough for the father and son duo to make the decision to take on this project together – each contributing half of the asking price to secure the deal. With the banged-up Roadster home in the family garage, the boys managed to get the pumped small block running again, but it was to be around five years before the project actually saw any work happen.


When it came time for colour, the Chev was wheeled from the home garage for the first time since the project started. The destination was the Race & Resto spray booth where Matt suited up to lay on the colour.

With the driveline removed, the front end was repaired and all of the unnecessary holes in the chassis were welded up. A new four-link set up was added to the rear, to suspend the narrow 9-inch diff with its 3.7-gears, 31-spline axles and Wilwood discs and calipers. Strange coilover shocks control the ride. Up front, the already fitted HT Holden front end received McDonald Bros tubular arms, Castlemaine Rod Shop 2-inch drop stubs, Viking coil-over shocks and again, Wilwood discs and calipers. An XB Falcon booster combines with a VE Commodore vacuum pump to handle the braking system. Helping the Chev steer better is a shortened Austin 1800 rack and Alien Retro billet column topped with Billet Specialities wheel. The chassis is held off the ground by a set of Weld Racing V-series rims. Up front, the 17x4.5” rims carry Mickey Thompson 26x6” rubber whilst on the rear, there’s 28x12.5” Hoosier Rubber wrapped around 15x10” rims complete with bead locks. 53

Both Matt and Sam decided that the engine needed to be rebuilt, so they picked up a Dart block and had Unique Performance use it as the basis for a blown, 427-cube monster small block. While the ultimate goal was plenty of horsepower, the engine needed to be suitable for the street so reliability was essential. With that in mind, the Dart block was soon hosting a fully forged rotating system comprising of a Dart crank swinging Callies Compstar H-beam rods and Mahle Motorsport pistons wrapped in Mahle rings. The cam is a hydraulic roller from the Crow catalogue and works in with Morel lifters. A Moroso billet oil pump keeps the bottom end lubricated from the modified sump from the same company. A pair of Dart alloy heads soon joined the tough short motor, but not before big Dart valves and springs and roller rockers were added. Billet Specialities rocker covers hide all the good gear, and look sensational doing so.

With the original small block being blown, Matt and Sam agreed that the new big cube small block needed a big polished pump too. So, the gap between the heads was filled with a Blower Shop 6/71 supercharger and twin, 650dp ‘blower referenced’ Holley carbs. A pair of block hugger headers unwind to flow into a dual, 3-inch exhaust system that incorporates a pair of Flow Master mufflers. A full complement of MSD including the distributor, Blaster coil and Digital six ignition create the spark to fire this blown 427 into life. Though the engine is yet to go on the dyno, Matt assures us its making plenty of power already! Backing the engine is a full-manual Powerglide fronted with a 3500rpm Dominator converter. The short shifts are taken care of by the RTS Striker shifter. 54


Check out the pic of the Roadster when the boys bought it home – a bit of a mess, huh? Well it just so happens that Matt spends his days at Race & Resto Shed where he restores cars day in, day out. The cosmetic damage on the ’29 looked bad, but not bad enough to deter Matt and Sam. After countless hours spent on the body, it was ready for paint. The body is far from standard issue 1929 Chev though. The rear guards have been widened, which meant the running boards needed the same treatment to line up, and the radiator was moved forward to allow room for the wider blower belt and pulleys. The front apron has been shortened


and custom radiator support bars and headlight brackets were added. When it came time for colour, the Chev was wheeled from the home garage for the first time since the project started. The destination was the Race & Resto spray booth where Matt suited up to lay on the colour. There was no chance in hell the Roadster was going to get a flash new coat of the mint green it previously was. Instead, Matt emptied plenty of Mediterranean Blue over the Chev’s prepped panels. The boys could see the Chev coming together nicely, all the while keeping one eye on the calendar with the Wedding deadline fast approaching.

With the original small block being blown, Matt and Sam agreed that the new big cube small block needed a big polished pump too.


With just the interior to complete, the boys looked no further than Gary’s Motor Trimming. Opting for a nicely contrasting dark tan, Gary covered the custom bench seat and door trims in Leather while adding matching coloured, plush carpet to the floor. Custom seat belts have also been added to the new trim. The bodycoloured dash panel is now full of Classic Instruments gauges. There’s no sound system installed, and even if there was, it certainly couldn’t compete with the whine from the engine!



The boys could see the Chev coming together nicely, all the while keeping one eye on the calendar with the Wedding deadline fast approaching.

The plan was to just fix the damage and get it back on the road. Sam started to fix what damaged parts he could, and sourced new parts for the unrepairable items. He just happened to have a spare set of steel front guards from his previous ’29 Chev, so that was a bonus – and a deciding factor in the purchase. More parts were sourced from Peter Jackson, who Matt had previous worked with whilst still at school. But life and work commitments sometimes take over, and the Roadster sat in the corner untouched for a number of years. As the boys were about to resume work on the ’29, Sam was diagnosed with Cancer and was forced to take a step back from the build. But when the chips are down, family steps up and Sam’s younger son Joseph and his cousin Phil (who owns Race & Resto Shed) joined Matt in tackling the project. When the rebuild did start, the pair surveyed the damage and set about working towards a deadline. The initial plan was to have the finished car ready for Matt’s Wedding, less then 10-months away. Knowing that the task at hand was doable, but still a mountain of work to do, the boys rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into it. The strip down saw all the damaged parts removed from the body before the roadster shell was separated from the chassis – which thankfully was still straight with the accident doing mostly cosmetic damage. All the while, Sam was getting his health back on track and looking forward to the day when he could join in, which he did by rewiring the whole car from front to back with a complete new harness. The car was finished at 3:00 am the morning of the wedding day. Also a big thanks to Matt’s mum, Mary. Although she did not work on the Chev, she always supplied hot cuppas, drinks, sometimes many beers and plenty of late night dinners.


With very little time before the Wedding, all the small details were added to the Chev to make it a complete, driving, registered car. A huge sigh of relief no doubt came over Matt and Sam as they made their deadline…just. The next outing for the Roadster was Summernats. After spending more time detailing, including cutting back the paint and giving it a great buff, the boys arrived in Canberra and scored a spot in the Top 60 Elite Hall. It was certainly a huge effort to take that twisted wreck and turn it into a show stopper in under ten months, but thanks to the dedication of some family and friends who helped out in the shed, it made the cut. So for now, the ’29 is going to see plenty of use. Whether that be some show appearances or cruising the streets, the time this ’29 spends sitting in the shed will definitely be limited…


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THANKS TO: Joseph and Phillip Refalo for helping with the build from day one. My Dad

Sam for taking on the project with me. Street Cred for the diff and suspension parts and advice. Unique Performance for the Engine and machine work. Gary’s Motor Trimming for the retrim. Nick Borg for his welding and fabrication expertise. Phil Storey for some machine work. Also, a big thanks to my wife Louise for her patience, and my family and friends who contributed along the way, where every minute counted! 60


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All steel. Unchopped. Blown Flattie. What more could you ask for in a tradtional ‘32 Ford coupe build?


Martin Muscat 1932 Ford Coupe Words / Pics - Paul Beck



Take one look at this slick ’32 5-window Coupe and you know that Martin Muscat likes his cars built how they were in the early days of Rodding. Forget all the billet gear, EFI-inspired engines and interiors that would look more at home in a new model Jag. For Martin, it’s all about being a traditionalist. Every part of his ’32 looks like it came straight from 50’s. The first thing you notice about this coupe is the height of the roofline. Whilst most ’32 owners usually take the gasaxe to the pillars to remove at least half the roof height, Martin resisted the urge – even though it was suggested he make the roof chop on several occasions. I have to say, I’m glad he did. I don’t think it looks bad at all and if nothing else, it sets his ’32 apart from those with the reduced roof height.

The body sits on a perfectly detailed, original-spec chassis that has been fitted with a chromed four-inch drop axle front end with chromed shocks, with Buick finned drums used on each corner. 64


When starting the project, the body was in reasonably good shape, requiring just a small amount of work in preparation for the PPG Black paint that was soon to be laid on by Andy’s Restorations to cover that precious real Henry Ford steel. Reliving the golden era of Hot Rodding, the firewall has been painted in white. The body retains all of its factory appointments including the door handles and chrome trim around the hinged front window. The red painted grille insert looks treat against the outer shell and completes the exterior makeover perfectly.

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Open either door and you call almost smell 1932 in the minimalistic styling. From the red leather covering the bench seat, headlining and door trims to the trio of Mooneyes gauges added to the centre mounted fascia, the interior ably keeps the theme alive and kicking. D&A Motor Trimming handled the interior stitch work. The steering wheel and column comes from a ’40 model Ford and is fitted with a period-perfect Mooneyes tacho. The leather extends into the boot area, with the same pattern carried through from the cabin. From the drivers position, you could easily be cruising back in the day‌


The first thing you notice about this coupe is the height of the roofline. Whilst most '32 owners usually take the gas-axe to the pillars to remove at least half the roof height, Martin resisted the urge...

The body sits on a perfectly detailed, original-spec chassis that has been fitted with a chromed four-inch drop axle front end with chromed shocks, with Buick finned drums used on each corner. The chassis and underside also got coated in a silky smooth coat of PPG Black that ties the top side to the bottom. The frame rolls on traditional styled solid rims, painted red and topped with chrome rings and hubcap and was the exact look that Martin was looking for. The tyres of choice are from the Firestone catalogue.


OK, so I know you’ve already checked out the engine that is always on show – and because it is, Martin has made it the centre piece of the entire build. The old saying, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!” certainly rings true with this engine package. The 8BA, 239ci Ford Mercury Flathead is about as traditional as Hot Rod engines get – maybe even more so than the highly-desirable Chrysler Hemi. Topped with two finely-detailed Stromberg carbs mounted proudly atop the polished Supercharger, the Flattie uses Edmunds heads and intake for better performance which certainly helps in the looks department. The generator cover matches the style of the blower, and the polished hardlines throughout all add up to an engine that gains plenty of attention no matter where Martin takes the coupe. Backing the engine is a T5 manual gearbox that feeds the Flathead’s power back through to the very cool Winters quick-change rear end.



It’s hard to believe that the entire build took just one year. I guess when you have a firm plan in place and have the right people involved, things get done. Martin’s rendition of a ’32 Ford Coupe can only be described as timeless and more than likely priceless. How do you put a price on something this cool? As far as Martin is concerned, you can’t, because this coupe is going nowhere…

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SOUL REVIVAL This is what happens when you take Ford’s ’37 Roadster, modernise it with more swoopy lines and fill it with high-tech gadgetry. Ray Crisp’s slammed, restyled ’37 ‘Wild Rods’ Roadster has all the mod-cons…

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Ray Crisp 1937 ‘Wild Rods’ Roadster


Imported from the US as a body, chassis and a box full of parts, this Wild Rods Roadster was built at Oz Rods in Queensland for a customer who wanted a high-tech Hot Rod with a difference. Once finished, Ray bought the Roadster and proceeded to make it his own. Sometimes, the right car just falls into your lap, eliminating the years of work, lots of stress and without doubt, plenty of the folding stuff. When Ray found out this ’37 was on the market, he couldn’t help himself, he just had to make it his. Once in NSW, Ray found there were a few things needed to comply with NSW rego rules. One by one, those issues were sorted and before too long, the ’37 had Conditional Rego plates attached – the front plate being mounted so that it can fold up under the front

guard to allow the body to be slammed down low. The two-tone paint scheme and graphics were added at Oz-Rods, but after a slight accident with the passenger suicide door popping open on the freeway on the way to the Newcastle Street Rod Nats, Ray had some unscheduled repairs to make and sent the damaged ’37 off to Andy’s Restorations where the body was repaired and the lower section repainted - the colour slightly different to what it once was. The colour scheme suits the swoopy lines of the Wild Rods body perfectly. The fibreglass body also features electric door poppers, electric boot lid, side opening bonnet and removable hard top. The distinctive billet grille and headlight treatment complete the unique look from Wild Rods.

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Ray also had the interior restitched by Steve Maiolo at All Trim to match the paint scheme taking the exterior theme into the interior.

Ray also had the interior restitched by Steve Maiolo at All Trim to match the paint scheme taking the exterior theme into the interior. Steve used a combination of Maroon and Black leather to cover the Camaro seats, moulded door trims and centre console. The same material was added to the boot area along with Mercedes black carpet. The black painted dash panel holds an array of Haneline gauges set into a trick billet surround, matching the IDIDIT steering column and Budnik steering wheel. The custom console not only holds the Lokar shifter, air-conditioning controls, switches, speakers (for the Kenwood sound system) and air-suspension digital gauge, but also a host of billet buttons to operate the air-suspension, power windows, door and boot openers. Steve is well known for his superb craftmanship and Ray’s interior is a testament to his talents.



The driveline fitted is perfect for a cool rod that is meant to be driven. In fact, Ray could jump in his ’37 and drive it any distance with ease thanks to the standard-spec LS1 engine backed with a 4L60E, 4-speed auto box. The 9-inch diff houses highway-friendly 3.25-gears in the limited-slip centre. Not only is the driveline ultra-reliable, but its fuel efficient and user-friendly. The chassis that came from the US with


the body has retained its left-hand drive configuration and relies on a Mustang II independent front-end, 4-link rear along with Air-Ride Shockwave suspension and a full complement of Wilwood 350mm discs and calipers (6spot on the front and 4-spot on the rear) to help the ’37 steer, ride and brake like a late model car. The wheels of choice are 17x8” and 20x9.5” Billets wrapped in Goodyear Eagle rubber.


After spending two-years getting the car finished to his liking, Ray has taken the ’37 to around 45 shows and amassed no less than 50 awards along with a few big cheques for winning car of the show! The plan is to cruise the car some more before parting company with it to finance a new project. Ray calls the car “Rosie” after the ACDC song “Whole Lotta Rosie”. Ray needs to thank his wife Annette for allowing him to spend plenty of time and just as much money on “the other woman” in his life. He also wants to do a shout out to his son’s Daniel and Troy and his daughter Amy as well as the members of his car club, the Early Editions Street Rod Association for their assistance in the finished product to make it what it is today. Hopefully they’ll all put their hands up when the time comes to help out on the new project…




When someone throws up a challenge of building a cool Rat Rod in 30 work days, shops like Kenny’s Rod Shop grab that opportunity with both hands, all the while keeping an eye on the clock…

Kennys Rod Shop 1929 Ford Tudor


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Dubbed the Krusty Rusty, this build was always going to make the critical deadline. Kenny’s hard workers simply don’t like to be defeated! With a staff of talented rod builders willing to go that extra mile, it’s no wonder Kenny’s Rod Shop is well known in the industry for building slick Hot Rods and Customs. And whilst the Krusty Rusty isn’t as shiny as most of the cars that leave the shop, it’s no less of a head turner and certainly no less impressive.


With time running low, the team decided to add Kenny's old Drag Racing wheels and tyres to the '29, giving it a whole new, nasty attitude!


So how did the challenge to build a wild rat rod in such a short period of time come about? Well, one of their great customers, Kevin Amar, decided to purchase the ’40 Ford Pickup project that was languishing in the shop. But being a fairly technical build, it didn’t ooze that Rat Rod style Kevin was after. He then proposed to the KRS team that they try to build him a car from scratch in just 30 working days. With Justin in the lead position, the team rallied and got to work on the rusty, ’29 Model A body that Kevin had come across. With the clock ticking away, the team eagerly got into the build process.

And whilst the Krusty Rusty isn't as shiny as most of the cars that leave the shop, it's no less of a head turner and certainly no less impressive.



Needing to keep the build relatively simple, a rail chassis was fabricated and in no time at all, the Speedway axle was added to the front, suspended with QA-1 shocks. A fabricated floor was added, offering a stable base for the team to work off. The driveline and fuel tank were then added, with the supporting structure now in place to ensure the body didn’t rattle itself inside out. Speaking of the driveline, there’s a 600hp, 6/71 blown LS3 up front with dual carbs for that traditional look. Backed by a Turbo 350 auto and ending with a 9-inch diff, the driveline suits the theme beautifully. With the running gear in place, the team were soon adding details such as the fuel system, wiring, radiator and mounting the seats.



With time running low, the team decided to add Kenny’s old Drag Racing wheels and tyres to the ’29, giving it a whole new, nasty attitude! With the Model A now running, and the details such as custom artwork and bead-rolled interior door panels completed, the ’29 not only scored some personality, but provided a cool experience not often available for such a busy shop. The KRS crew gave their all in 30-days building this killer ’29 Ford – meeting the proposed deadline and in the process, handing over one really cool Rod for one really cool customer!


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When you decide to build your first custom car, might as well make it an elite level Hot Rod!

Grant Peck 1934 Ford Coupe


Grant Peck spent much of his adult life in the Navy and as such, he spent very little time at home. So even though he has always had an interest in custom cars, it took a considerable amount of time before he could put the process into action, but when he did, the results have been amazing. For his very first custom build, Grant decided a ’34 3-window Ford coupe was the car for him. He promptly placed an order with Deuce Customs for one of their 3-inch chopped body that was shipped to Andy’s Restorations along with a matching chassis, that was purchased by Grant’s wife for him, to be mated together to create the platform for what was going to be a long build. Right from the outset, Grant wanted his coupe to be one that was capable of regular driving, so the plan wasn’t to go over the top with wild modifications that meant any type of cruising was going to be a battle. With that in mind, the chassis was kept user-friendly with a four-bar set-up added to locate the 9-inch diff and coil-over shocks. At the other end, there’s a Rod Tech front end that helps the ’34 steer like a newer model car. Disc brakes have been added to each corner – Commodore to the front and Ford on the rear and each lives inside Intro Indies wheels measuring 17x7 and 18x8-inches. Again, the wheel and tyre combo ensure that Grant can cruise the coupe anywhere at any time…



Covering the detailed chassis is the fibreglass body that was prepped at Andy’s Restorations in readiness for colour. Grant wanted something a little different when it came time to choose the colour. He didn’t want something that had been done a hundred times before. That ruled out black, blue, red and yellow – not that there’s anything wrong with those hues, it’s just that Grant wanted to stand out in a crowd of coupes. In the end, he decided on a Subaru colour called Camellia Red Pearl, that certainly gives the ’34 a unique look. Whilst Andy’s laid on the base coat, the rolling body was sent to Ronnie Tarabay for finishing at Winners Circle Refinishes in Campbelltown where Joe Webb was called in to lay on the one-off graphics to each side and also the underside. Once Joe had finished, the clear coats were added giving the body a silky-smooth coat that looks like it was poured over the body like a fine red wine…



Where Grant lives on the NSW south coast, it just so happens that one of the country’s best motor trimmers lives in the same region, so you’d be crazy not to have them handle the stitch work. Grant sat down with Matt at Inside Rides and worked out a design and colour scheme that would not only compliment the body colour, but would turn the inside into a work of art. The custom seats, moulded door trims, floors, centre console and onepiece headliner was all covered in a mix of tan leather and suede in a couple of different shades and material type. New seat belts were installed along with a Dakota Digital dash, Pioneer sound system with hidden speakers (there’s two subs behind the seats) and an array of billet gear from the air vents, window buttons, steering column and halfwrap steering wheel. As you’d expect, the interior work is top shelf.

One of the great things about building a hot rod is the options available when it comes to adding a driveline. It really is up to your imagination. Blown big blocks, twin turbo anything, high-tech late model technology – anything goes. For Grant though, staying true to making his ’34 ultra-reliable for cruising meant keeping the horsepower under control. It’s no good having 1500hp if you have to have someone follow you in a Ute with a drum of high-octane fuel just to go to a show. To ensure there were no hassles like that to deal with, Grant opted for a single-carb, pump-fuel small block Chev sporting 350-cubes. The engine makes good usable power thanks to the alloy heads, 600cfm Holley, Edelbrock intake and custom exhaust system. Like every other part of the build, the engine and its surroundings are detailed to the enth-degree with its painted and graphic-clad rocker covers and air cleaner the main features. A Turbo 400 auto built by Hume Performance and fronted with a 2500rpm converter is connected to the small block and sends the power through to the 4.11-geared rear end. 100


After a massive 14-year build period, where Grant has had to deal with some health issues, the Coupe made its debut at the 2017 at MotorEx were it scored a Pinnacle award. It’s also scored a place in the Top 20 at Killer Rides Live in 2018. More recently, whilst Grant was out of action, his family and some great mates (including the mastermind, his son-in-law Luke Elliot) all got together and got the Coupe sorted so that it could secure some hot rod rego. Grant had no idea what was going on and didn’t even know that

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car wasn’t in the shed. His young Grandson almost spilled the beans, but stopped short of telling him what was actually happening. You can imagine how wide Grant’s smile was when he did find out the secret that they had been keeping. Due to the health restraints, the coupe hasn’t seen a lot of action of late, but as Grant gets on top of everything, that will soon change as we all start getting ready for when car shows and events start to happen again. Here’s hoping that happens sooner rather than later…

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RIDLER Winners

With the 2020 Ridler winner recently announced, I thought it would be cool to have a look back over the past 20-years of Ridler winners. Enjoy… 2000 - PAUL ATKINS - 1933 Ford Speedster

2001 - CHRIS WILLIAMS - 1949 Chevy Coupe

Since its inception in 1964, the Don Ridler Memorial Award, “The Ridler”, has become the pinnacle award for show car builders around the world. Don Ridler was the man behind taking the Detroit Autorama event – now one of America’s most popular car events, to the next level. Which he did bringing in thousands of car enthusiasts to see the wildest creations on four wheels! The award named after him is the most prestigious award on the show car scene for Hot Rod & Custom car owners. To be named as the Ridler winner hands you bragging rights above all others. Don was remembered for his creativity and therefore, it was decided that the trophy bearing his name would be awarded to those equally creative in building custom cars. 2003 - RON WHITESIDE - 1934 Mercury Coupe 2002 - WESLEY & BOB RYDELL - 1935 Chev

2004 - AL BROCKLY - 1937 Willys Coupe



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2005 - KEN REISTER – Champagne ’36 Ford

2007 - ROSS & BETH MYERS - ‘36 Ford

2006 - KEVIN & KAREN ALSOTT - ‘35 Ford 2008 - MIKE WARN - ‘60 Rambler Wagon

RIDLER Winners Before you can even be judged for that award, you first need to make the Great 8 Finalists – an elite group of cars that have strict guidelines attached to their entries. There are to be no photo’s or video’s posted anywhere showing the vehicle leading up to the doors being opened to the event. If you do, you won’t be considered for the Great 8 and you lose your chance to hold that impressive Ridler trophy. The vehicle must also prove to be operable. You must be able to start, stop and move the vehicle backwards and forwards under its own power, and must be driven to its display area. Those in contention for a place in the Great 8 will have their vehicles judged on the Thursday night with the Great 8 finalists announced on the Friday and introduced at the Ridlers Ball that night. None of the Great 8 vehicles will be eligible for any Autorama awards. 2011 - BRUCE RICKS - ‘56 Ford Convert.

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2013 - RON & DEB CIZEK - ‘40 Ford

2009 - DOUG COOPER - ‘32 Ford B400

2010 - TAMMY RAY - ‘33 Ford Phaeton

2012 - DWAYNE PEACE - ‘56 Ford T-Bird

2014 - JF LAUNIER - ‘64 Buick Riviera


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Unlike events here in Australia, the organisers of the Detroit Autorama, and those who handle the Ridler contenders, actually have a meeting with the car owners so they can chat about the build, ask questions and make everyone aware of what has been done to their cars. It’s a great initiative that probably should be part of any top end event. 2015 - DON & ELMA VOTH - ‘65 Chev Impala

2016 - BILLY THOMAS - ‘39 Oldsmobile

2017 - BUDDY & NANCY JORDAN - ‘33 Ford


2019 - STEVE BARTON - ‘59 Cadillac Wagon


RIDLER Winners

2020 - BRAD, BRADY & CORY RANWEILER - ‘63 Chev Two-Door Wagon




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