My Mus­cle Car

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Reader: Phil Rizzo Mus­cle car: 1972 VH Charger R/T E49 Home­town: Bris­bane, Queens­land What is it? A Hot Mus­tard small tank VH R/T E49 Valiant Charger, built on Fri­day, 16 June, 1972 and first sold on Au­gust 2, 1972. Op­tions: A87 Track Pack; A95 in­te­rior dress-up pack­age; D20 4-speed man­ual floor shift; D56 3.50:1 rear axle with sure grip LSD; E49 Six Pack en­gine (302 bhp) G60. The car has un­der­gone a 3.5-year bare-metal restora­tion. Ev­ery nut, bolt and com­po­nent has been re­moved and ei­ther re­fur­bished or re­placed with pe­riod cor­rect parts. The en­gine has been to­tally re­built with cus­tom re­man­u­fac­tured .60 thou- over Six Pack pis­tons. The en­gine was re­built to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions with mi­nor re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance up­grades. When did you buy it? I bought the car on 20 July 2012. It had been listed for sale for some time. It was ad­ver­tised as: “in­te­rior good, body needs some rust work and a re­paint or can be driven as is.” The car was about 90 per cent com­plete and had var­i­ous later model re­place­ment parts fit­ted. These parts were swapped for pe­riod cor­rect com­po­nents dur­ing the restora­tion. I bought the car sight un­seen from in­ter­state but had a me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tion car­ried out in NSW be­fore I did the deal. The car was driven to Bris­bane by the pre­vi­ous owner from just near Ta­ree, NSW. For a sight un­seen car it was OK – the car was orig­i­nal but needed a lot of work. What do you know about its life? I bought it from an ex-po­lice of­fi­cer who had owned it for 28 years. I tracked down the per­son he bought it from (Grant) and I was able to es­tab­lish that he had bought the car in Syd­ney in 1983 for the princely sum of $400! It was in pretty bad shape and the We­bers and man­i­fold were in the boot as the then owner had re­placed them with a Hol­ley as petrol was too ex­pen­sive! Dur­ing its time with Grant it was used as a daily driver for a few years and then re­stored for the first time. On this oc­ca­sion it was re­painted Vi­ta­min C. I was told that the paint job on it be­fore that had been done with a paint brush! Once the car was com­pleted and with­out the knowl­edge of the owner it was stolen from his yard and taken for a joy ride. Whilst watch­ing TV on that night he an­swered a knock on the door with two po­lice of­fi­cers stat­ing they had lo­cated his Charger. He ad­vised, ‘Yeah, it’s on the front lawn’. He was then told it had been found a few miles away in a ditch. This prompted the sec­ond restora­tion and on this oc­ca­sion it was painted red.

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