BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Spin­ner at IPC

Once again, we take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic car restora­tion projects

New Zealand Classic Car - - News: Basis Events Diary -

The team at Auck­land’s In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­sport / In­ter­na­tional Per­for­mance Clas­sics (IPC) is usu­ally kept busy with high-end race cars, mus­cle cars, or Euro­pean ex­otics, but cur­rently has some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent on the go. The 1951 Ford Twin Spin­ner was im­ported as hav­ing been pre­vi­ously re­stored, but the IPC team stripped the car back to bare metal to re­build it to the owner’s high stan­dards. As part of this, the body was re­moved from the chas­sis to al­low for a full re­build of the un­der­car­riage to take place.

Re­cently, the re­built chas­sis was slid back un­der the body, which is now near­ing the paint stage, for which Ac­cent Panel & Paint will be re­spon­si­ble. The fin­ished colour (as seen on the fire­wall) is a very mildly tweaked ver­sion of the fac­tory Glacier Blue.

While the plan was only ever for the car to be a week­end cruiser, the owner has asked for a bit more power to be ex­tracted from the fac­tory flat­head en­gine. As such, a cus­tom set of head­ers has been fit­ted and some in­ter­nal en­gine work has taken place. The aim is also to tweak the sus­pen­sion to get the car driv­ing a bit nicer, while re­tain­ing a dead-stock ap­pear­ance. We’ll bring you more when the build is com­pleted.

The In­gle­wood, Taranaki-based Walsh Auto Ser­vices cur­rently has its Cus­tom Street Rides team knee-deep into a full bare-metal restora­tion of this 1973 Valiant Charger. The car will largely be re­stored to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, al­though cer­tain con­ces­sions have been made to mod­ern-day com­fort and re­li­a­bil­ity. Cus­tom paint will help the Charger stand out from its stan­dard-colour con­tem­po­raries, while a Borgwarner T5 five-speed man­ual sourced from Hemi Per­for­mance in Aus­tralia will back the orig­i­nal 265ci straight-six Hemi to add a touch of re­fine­ment and long-dis­tance driv­abil­ity. This looks like it’ll be a neat lit­tle car and one we’ll en­joy see­ing on the road.

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