Mus­cle As­sist

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Assist -

Maybe you’re an owner look­ing for spe­cialised info on your Aus­tralian mus­cle car. Or you’re try­ing to piece to­gether its own­er­ship his­tory. Or maybe you’re try­ing to track down a car you owned many moons ago. What­ever your en­quiry, keep it short and send it to Mus­cle As­sist in­clud­ing an e-mail ad­dress, PO Box (no street ad­dresses/home phone pub­lished for se­cu­rity rea­sons) or mo­bile phone num­ber where AMC read­ers can con­tact you.

VY SS II NZ num­ber?

this for me please?

May I add I also own a gen­uine Charger E38 ‘Big Tank’ num­ber 84, an SL/R 5000 replica, a Devil Yel­low 6-speed CV8 Monaro and a VZ SS ute as a daily driver.

Keep up the great fea­tures in this fan­tas­tic mag­a­zine. Richard Jolly Western Aus­tralia ED: Great to see another VH Pacer will soon re­turn to the road. Well done on pre­serv­ing an un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated model that’s lived in the Charger’s shadow for too long. AMC is not aware of any still­born plans by Chrysler to race the VH Pacer in 1971. I’m

a New Zealand reader, have ev­ery copy of AMC and there’s a sprin­kling of clas­sic Aussie mus­cle through the fam­ily. I would ap­pre­ci­ate any an­swers or con­tact op­tions for my re­quest be­low.

I have a 2004 VY Se­ries II SS wagon 6-speed man­ual. The to­tal build was 350 units, but un­for­tu­nately the press re­lease does not give the num­ber that came to NZ or the au­to­matic ver­sus man­ual trans­mis­sion split? Holden NZ doesn’t seem to know. In 2003, the Se­ries I build was 560.Of th­ese, 60 came to NZ and there were 48 auto and 12 man­ual ver­sions, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial press re­lease.

So in sum­mary, I am try­ing to find out how many Se­ries 2 ma­chines came to NZ with man­ual trans­mis­sion? Si­mon Chap­man ED: Can any­one point Si­mon in the right di­rec­tion? Are you an Aussie mus­cle car owner with some­thing to say? Want to flex a bit of ver­bal mus­cle? Then write to us at:




02 9901 6116


Chevron Pub­lish­ing Group, Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 1590 *AMC reader con­tri­bu­tions may be edited due to space re­stric­tions or for clar­ity.

Jay’s Story


have all heard the say­ing, “He would give the shirt of his back”, but there are very few peo­ple in this world for who this would ap­ply. One of th­ese is a bloke named Jay.

On the up side, Jay has been blessed with an amaz­ing fam­ily: his beau­ti­ful and sup­port­ive wife Al­lie; daugh­ter Alana who has oil run­ning through her veins and is her Dad’s big­gest fan; and Han­nah who is autis­tic and one of the most spe­cial peo­ple I know. tak­ing life in her stride against all ad­ver­sity. Jay is the true mean­ing of a car man but more im­por­tantly a To­rana enthusiast with a life­long am­bi­tion to com­plete his LH/V8 To­rana, his pride and joy.

Un­for­tu­nately four years ago Ja­son was in­volved in a work-re­lated ac­ci­dent in­jur­ing his neck, shoul­der and arm leav­ing him un­able to work and on a very min­i­mal com­pen­sated in­come. Fi­nan­cially, as in most fam­i­lies, this has a crip­pling and de­struc­tive out­come, es­pe­cially when try­ing to fight the pow­ers to be for some kind of ac­cept­able com­pen­sa­tion.

If this wasn’t enough, dur­ing a CT scan of his neck two years ago, the doc­tors found what was then and in­op­er­a­ble Aneurysm deep within his brain. Liv­ing each day for Jay and his fam­ily in­stantly be­came a night­mare of the worst kind never know­ing whether his next headache would be a cat­a­strophic event end­ing his life.

As med­i­cal knowl­edge ad­vanced and with the mi­gra­tion of a very tal­ented neu­ro­sur­geon from the UK, hope for his fam­ily be­came real. It was de­cided that it was pos­si­ble to op­er­ate but with a very high risk. Jay had no choice by this stage, the aneurysm had grown so large that his life had be­come a day by day event with a very ter­mi­nal out­come if the aneurysm rup­tured. Jay went into surgery Oc­to­ber 22, un­sure whether he would

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