IN THE BUILD

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Given Dun­can Lord’s and Ja­son Knight’s up­bring­ing, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that they’re as deeply in­volved in cars as they are. Best mates since pri­mary school, when Ja­son’s dad had a rod­ded ’38 Ford Stan­dard and Dun­can’s had a more vin­tage-styled ride, the pair have played with cars ever since. Ja­son man­aged to buy his dad’s old ’38 back in 2009 from the guy to who he had sold it — for the same price it was sold for orig­i­nally, de­spite 19 years hav­ing passed. Al­though the car was in bits at the time, the me­chanic by trade got it run­ning the very same day and has ter­ror­ized the streets in it ever since. That same 302 is still in it, backed by a C4 — al­though the 1980s ride height is long gone, as is the I-beam front end. These days, an HT Holden cross mem­ber has been fit­ted, along with a short­ened To­rana rack and HQ spin­dles. The plan for now is to get around to sort­ing out the age­ing paint­work — al­though the var­i­ous blem­ishes in it are re­minders of Ja­son’s time with the car as a youth. For now, though, the guys have been fo­cus­ing on Dun­can’s ’67 Im­pala — a car that Ja­son is fa­mil­iar with, hav­ing owned var­i­ous ’67s him­self. Dun­can bought the car around 10 years ago and had it on the road for seven of those, be­fore pulling it down for what was in­tended to be a quick tidy-up. While it orig­i­nally had a 283 and Pow­er­glide, Dun­can dropped a 350/350 combo into it, but that, too, is now gone. Power, and plenty of it, is now by way of an LS3 with a 6-71 strapped to the top, backed by a built turbo 350 trans. With a pair of 650cfm carbs on it, it’ll of­fer the look of old and the power of new once the new fuel sys­tem and three-inch pipes go on and it can be fired up. The body had plenty of at­ten­tion from Dun­can him­self as well as from Craig Allen, be­fore Shaun Wil­liams at Sil­ver­stream Panel­beat­ers added the cus­tom colour. Dun­can’s hop­ing to have the car well and truly sorted be­fore Beach Hop 19, and in­tends to spend as much time cruis­ing as he does fry­ing the tyres off it!

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