Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“MY HQ was bought new by my aunty from Hunt Holden, Lakemba in Syd­ney. I orig­i­nally said I was in­ter­ested in it about 20 years ago when she up­graded. She stopped us­ing it about 10 years ago and it was just sit­ting on a farm in Coon­abarabran. Af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing bush­fires in 2013, my cousin was clear­ing trees and a 60-foot tree went the wrong way, land­ing on the HQ. All was lost, I as­sumed, but about three years ago I phoned to ask how bad the dam­age was. I re­ceived some pics show­ing only the front was squashed. So I re­or­gan­ised work for the next two days, hired a trailer, and was on my way to Coon­abarabran. Once back home, the resto be­gan. I pur­chased all new guards, ra­di­a­tor sup­port and nosecone, and next thing I knew I was do­ing a re­build: new mo­tor, diff, trans, sus­pen­sion, etc. I did most of it my­self, in­clud­ing the wiring and trim. The paint colour was cho­sen to re­sem­ble the orig­i­nal Rus­set, but a bit brighter with some metal­lic in it. Two-and-a-half years later, I got it back on the road. My aunty got to see the HQ live again when I called in to show her on the way to Sum­mer­nats in Jan­uary.”

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