IN THE BUILD
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!