BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR Spinner at IPC
Once again, we take a peek at a handful of your ongoing classic car restoration projects
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.