PRO-STREET

NZV8 - - DRAG RACING NEWS -

The team at Les Hunter Au­to­mo­tive of Ka­iapoi are work­ing on a Holden HQ ute that, when fin­ished, will no doubt be­come one of the tough­est and fastest street cars in the coun­try. Not much re­mains of the orig­i­nal ute, but, with its mean looks, this is go­ing to be one hell of a car when com­pleted. Bodywork has been left in the hands of Brian Boyd, who has turned his skills to re­plac­ing the sills, mod­i­fy­ing the ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel, and widen­ing the rear wheel open­ings by 100mm — just for a start. The base of this this pro-streeter is a chas­sis that was de­signed by Les Hunter Rac­ing Prod­ucts and cus­tom fab­ri­cated by Art Mor­ri­son, be­fore be­ing ex­pertly welded to­gether by Mur­ray Buckingham. Sit­ting in the en­gine bay, be­tween the Art Mor­ri­son–sup­plied cus­tom sus­pen­sion, is a 526ci Keith Black Hemi wear­ing a 14-71 Lit­tle­field su­per­charger. A cus­tom bell­hous­ing al­lows a Turbo 400 trans to mate up to the Hemi. Out the back is a 41-inch-wide nine-inch diff, sport­ing 3.5:1 gears, 35-spline axles, and a bil­let Detroit Locker by Strange En­gi­neer­ing. Rear sus­pen­sion con­sists of a fully-ad­justable four-link with coilovers sup­plied by Art Mor­ri­son En­ter­prises. To help with streetabil­ity, the ute wears Wil­wood discs all round, 11¾ inch on the front and 12¾ inch on the rear. An elec­tron­i­cally boosted mas­ter cylin­der has been fit­ted, mainly due to the lack of room up front. The huge wheel tubs at the rear will hide Weld Rac­ing AlumaS­tars fit­ted with Mickey Thomp­son Sports­man rubber mea­sur­ing 33x19.5x15 inches, while the pointy end gets Weld Rac­ing Pro Stars with 28x7.5x15-inch Mick­eys. Stay tuned for this one, as we will bring you a full fea­ture on the fi­nal prod­uct.

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