Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“IT ALL started as a young­ster. My dad was into early Hold­ens and he de­cided to take on an HR ute as a fa­ther/ son project. We com­pleted a full restora­tion on it, and I drove it while I was on my Ps. Years later, the time had come for me to build my own car. I re­ally liked the shape of the LC To­ranas, so af­ter months of search­ing I found what looked to be a solid shell. But when I started strip­ping it down I found it was full of bog and chicken wire hid­ing all the rust. But I de­cided to per­sist, so I taught my­self how to weld and got into the me­tal­work, cre­at­ing new front outer and in­ner guards, new front apron and beaver panel, new floor­pans and sills – all in my home garage. Once I had that all sorted it was sent for body and paint. It runs a 355 Holden backed by a Turbo 350 with 5000rpm stall and a nine-inch diff with 3.55:1 gears and 31-spline axles. Spe­cial thanks to Mum, Dad, my sis­ter, cousin Clint, Steve at Ul­ti­mate Refin­ishes, and Leo at BL Au­to­mo­tive.” Pho­tos: Ben Hosk­ing

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