1983 Holden States­man Deville

New Zealand Classic Car - - BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR -

Oa­maru res­i­dents An­drew Wat­son and Anita Lind­say are work­ing a cou­ple of on­go­ing projects that should in­ter­est our read­ers. Af­ter own­ing their very orig­i­nal 1983 Holden States­man Deville for just a short pe­riod — and hav­ing only driven it six times — its en­gine de­vel­oped a rather nasty noise af­ter hav­ing a new ex­haust fit­ted.

The ini­tial di­ag­no­sis seemed to point to a camshaft or pos­si­bly a lifter is­sue, be­fore fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed a smashed pis­ton had caused un­re­pairable dam­age.

An­other 308ci (5.0-litre) Holden V8 en­gine was pur­chased, and has been re­built and in­stalled into the car. This luxury Aussie clas­sic now runs as good as new, and with an orig­i­nal set of wheel trims fit­ted, looks ev­ery bit as good as it runs.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LET US IN BE­HIND YOUR GARAGE DOOR, SEND IN A FEW PICS AND A BRIEF

DE­SCRIP­TION OF YOUR PROJECT TO: awebb@park­side.co.nz

An­drew and Anita are also work­ing on their ex­tremely rare 1983 Pon­tiac Tran­sam 25th An­niver­sary Day­tona 500 Edi­tion. For 1983, Pon­tiac’s Tran­sam was again cho­sen to pace the iconic Day­tona 500 — with a to­tal of 2500 Limited Edi­tion Transams be­ing sub­se­quently pro­duced in the colours and de­cal scheme of the ac­tual pace cars. The paint scheme mim­icked the 1981 Tran­sam Pace Car graph­ics, and the to­tal pro­duc­tion num­ber also re­flected the Day­tona 500’s 25th an­niver­sary.

The plan is to semi-re­store the Tran­sam back to its orig­i­nal glory, and the cou­ple are in the process of pre­par­ing the car for com­pli­ance. Ac­cord­ing to An­drew and Anita, there’s only one other ex­am­ple in the coun­try.

Ash­ley Webb

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