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

his 1969 Holden HT Monaro is un­der­go­ing a full restora­tion at Body­mods. So far, the Hamil­ton­based com­pany has com­pleted ex­ten­sive body and panel re­pairs — in­clud­ing the re­moval of both rear quar­ter pan­els, which have been re­built and welded back into po­si­tion. The left-rear chas­sis rail has also been re­paired and ma­jor re­pairs have been made to the floor­pan, fire­wall, and wiper panel. New af­ter­mar­ket door skins and an en­tire front clip have also been fit­ted.

The owner is still un­de­cided about which di­rec­tion to take in terms of run­ning gear and fi­nal fin­ish, but, whether it’s stock or has a mod­i­fied twist, this Aussie icon will be one to watch out for. his 1967 Kombi Devon Car­avette (with Dor­mo­bile­type pop top) camper restora­tion started out as a re­quest to fix a buck­led jack­ing point, and the owner had no idea that it would end up as a full restora­tion.

Si­mon Tip­pins at Cre­ative Metal Works, who is also a Kombi en­thu­si­ast and has re­stored a num­ber of th­ese ve­hi­cles, knew ex­actly what to look for when pre­sented with the task of restor­ing this VW.

Old re­pair work — over­lap patches from 18 years ago — had to be re­done, with new pan­els and panel sec­tions butt welded in.

The front of the bus was stripped away, and the right-hand sill, jack­ing points, and belly pans were all re­placed af­ter re­pairs to the chas­sis. The orig­i­nal 1500cc en­gine has been re­placed with a 1600 twin­port unit out of a 1302S Bee­tle.

Den­nis Syver­ston Car Painters ap­plied fresh coats of Cu­mu­lous White and Sea Blue paint — the VW’S orig­i­nal colour scheme — and the Kombi is cur­rently be­ing re­assem­bled by the owner, the 12-month-long restora­tion now al­most com­plete.

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