HATCH­ING A PLAN

SIN­GLE-DIGIT QUAR­TER-MILE STREET CARS ARE THE NEW BLACK, AND JODIE GUIL­FOYLE WANTS IN ON THE AC­TION WITH HER 590HP LX TO­RANA HATCH

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Jodie Guil­foyle has her 590hp LX To­rana set for sin­gle-digit quar­ters

JODIE Guil­foyle is a re­spected quar­ter-mile com­bat­ant, hav­ing run 10s in her VH SL/E. And as the say­ing goes, once you’ve had black­top you’ll never go back – or some­thing to that ef­fect. So for Jodie, all her cars need to pass the rigours of drag rac­ing, if only ev­ery so of­ten.

“My first race was eight years ago in my VH at Calder,” she re­calls. “I was hooked from then on! I didn’t want to go and get my time­card; I just wanted to line up again.”

Her tubbed VH was a stout bit of kit too, pow­ered by a 355ci stro­ker with a 3500rpm-stalled Tri­matic and a tough-as-nails nineinch. “Then in March 2016 a friend made an of­fer that was too good to turn down, so we sold it,” Jodie ex­plains. “Even though I en­joyed the SL/E ev­ery time I was in it, I still had that itch for an old-school clas­sic,” she says.

A long-time han­ker­ing for an un-flared Torry hatch was sat­is­fied a few months later, when Jodie and hus­band Dave’s mate Ian pur­chased this LX, be­fore quickly re­al­is­ing that it didn’t suit his young fam­ily. So Jodie snaf­fled it up.

Ian had in turn bought the car from a bloke called Bronco, who’d given the Torry its SS Pa­paya hue and a bulk­load of un­der­body mods. In­her­it­ing a car that some­one else has al­ready prop­erly slogged on can be a mas­sive bonus. For Jodie this meant scor­ing a se­ri­ously tough set-up, in­clud­ing some chas­sis box­ing and con­nec­tors, stom­per 15-inch wheel tubs, a freshly fab­ri­cated trans tun­nel and rear floor­pan, sus­pen­sion mods and a fuel cell.

“Bronco had done a great job, so all it needed was to be per­son­alised as my car,” Jodie says. To start with, Dave and Jodie re­placed the early-90s-era sil­ver ac­cents with clas­sic black, then swapped out the satin Cen­ter Lines for mod­ern and ul­tra­tough black Weld Alumas­tar 2.0s. “It was in­stantly the look I had wanted,” she smiles.

With the Torry look­ing the busi­ness, Jodie be­gan cruisin’ the wheels off it. Yet it be­came quickly ap­par­ent to this 10-sec­ond war­rior that she needed more. “The mild 350ci and baby stall drove me nuts,” she says. “It was way too slow for how the car now looked and it was noth­ing like the power of my SL/E.”

A re­lax­ing day out with the car proved to be the prover­bial straw that broke the camel’s back. “I was cruis­ing in the Torry, with Dave in his VL Calais and our mates in their XW. We headed off along the free­way, and I could see them dis­ap­pear­ing in the dis­tance; they left me for dead! After we re­turned home I told Dave that I needed a new mo­tor.”

This wasn’t a sur­prise to Dave; he’d picked the lack of horse­power as a hur­dle early on. After the pair had con­ferred over po­ten­tial pow­er­plants, Jodie de­cided to keep with an old-school feel over an LS up­grade and reck­oned that a carby-fed Bowtie should re­main up front.

“A few weeks later I watched Wayne Car­tledge run a 10.6-sec­ond quar­ter with a mo­tor that he was sell­ing,” she ex­plains. “As the time­board flashed the re­sults, I turned to Dave and said: ‘That’s the mo­tor we’re buy­ing.’”

Wayne was al­ready on the pair’s radar, hav­ing pre­vi­ously done work for them through his busi­ness Race Comp Mo­tor­sports. A phone call was made later that night and the 406ci Chev was soon in their hot lit­tle hands.

The stroked small-block is topped with a Quick Fuel Ul­tra 850 carb on a two-inch bil­let spacer, bolted to a Hol­ley Strip Dom­i­na­tor man­i­fold. Be­low, Wayne has mod­i­fied the 23-de­gree heads and cus­tom-ground the bump­stick. Pis­tons are JE forged items pinned to Scat H-beam rods and crank. An MSD 6AL with two-step, dizzy and leads ig­nite the PULP, fed for­ward from the fuel cell by a Mag­na­fuel Pro­tuner pump. Spent gasses shoot

WITH A PROVEN 10.6-SEC­OND PASS OUT OF THE DONK, JODIE AND DAVE RECKON LOW 10S ARE IN OR­DER

TO SAY THAT DAVE KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND BLOODY

TOUGH AND CRAZY-SHINY STREETERS IS PUTTING IT MILDLY

But it’s the strip that’s been play­ing on her mind. “I’m keen to bolt on my 315 ra­di­als and get down the track,” she en­thuses. “We’ve tried to take it to Calder but the past few meets have been can­celled due to rain.”

Jodie will likely have had the car back at Calder for an­other pass by the time you read this. And with a proven 10.6-sec­ond pass out of the donk, Jodie and Dave reckon low 10s, and hope­fully ni­trous-as­sisted high nines, are in or­der. “After I’ve run a low 10 we’ll start think­ing of fit­ting a rollcage and other safety things for AN­DRA tech,” she says.

We can’t wait to see what this for­mi­da­ble Torry can do! through Hpc-coated tri-y ex­trac­tors to a pair of 2¾-inch pipes fit­ted with Mag­naflow muf­flers. An Aussie Desert Cooler ra­di­a­tor with a cou­ple of 12-inch fans sets about chill­ing the 590hp Chevy.

It’s at this point I reckon we should prop­erly in­tro­duce – or rather, rein­tro­duce – Dave. See, Dave has a Purr-pull Monaro that graced the cover of the De­cem­ber 2015 Street Ma­chine. He was also a 2016 SMOTY con­tender, and he and Jodie run DJ Au­to­mo­tive & Tow­ing. So to say that Dave knows his way around bloody tough and crazy-shiny streeters is putting it mildly.

“Dave’s also a bit of a ma­chine when it comes to get­ting things done,” Jodie says. “He knows I wanted to get out in the car while the weather was good. So he put ev­ery­thing else aside to get it sorted.”

That’s not to say Jodie sat on her hands. “I’d of­ten head out to the shed after work and on week­ends to lend a hand.”

With the 350ci yanked and on-sold, Dave fur­ther ti­died the al­ready clean bay and prepped it for the larger and thirstier fit­ment. Above, the bon­net gained some breath­ing room with the ad­di­tion of a four-inch Alfa Mo­tor­sport Fi­bre­glass re­verse-cowl scoop. Fur­ther down the line, the TH350 copped a go­ing over with Raybestos clutches and deep pan, while a beefier tail­shaft was also slot­ted in. A trusty nine-inch with a de­cent cen­tre was al­ready hooked up, so they added 4.11s and a True­trac.

When I asked Jodie if the process took a few months, she scoffed. “A cou­ple of weeks later it was go­ing again!” she laughs. “My car dreams have come true; I fi­nally have a pro street-look­ing hatch­back with an en­gine combo to match.”

Not want­ing to dis­ap­point Dave given his ul­tra-quick build time­line, Jodie did as promised and cruised when­ever Vic­to­ria had sunny weather on of­fer.

MY CAR DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE; I FI­NALLY HAVE A PRO STREET-LOOK­ING HATCH­BACK WITH AN EN­GINE TO MATCH

“Rac­ing can be hard on the car and mo­tor, so it’ll get more cruise time,” Jodie says of her hatch. “We love cruis­ing; our kids are older teenagers and they re­ally en­joy it, es­pe­cially in sum­mer with the win­dows down”

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