DREAM COM­ING TRUE

Street Machine - - Your Stuff - David Steele, email

FIRSTLY, great work on such an iconic magazine. I can thank Street Ma­chine for me leav­ing school and be­com­ing a me­chanic in the mid-80s. Your mag has in­spired many builds and per­for­mance ad­di­tions to my ve­hi­cles.

Sec­ondly, I reckon my cur­rent build has a great story. This will be my once-in-a-life­time build: my favourite, a Holden HQ Monaro. I pur­chased this one-owner HQ LS Monaro from Des Thomp­son from Thomp­son Dyno Tun­ing late last year. Des is well-re­spected in the in­dus­try and held hill­climb records in the Gunnedah area back in the 80s in his To­rana with a su­per­charged 186.

The car had been stored cov­ered in a shed for about 20 years. It had a blown 350 Chev, Turbo 400 and a 10-bolt diff. No rust, but it needed paint. The su­per­charger was off an Amer­i­can tank from the Viet­nam War.

I am giv­ing it a nut-and-bolt re­build, with a 427 SBC built by BG En­gines, a driv­e­train by Street Cred Dif­fer­en­tials & Fab­ri­ca­tion (good for 1200hp), paint and body by Unique Car Restora­tions, and in­te­rior by Hy-tone. It should be a tough car when it’s fin­ished!

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