DRIVER REVIVER

IN 1968 DAN MCAULEY’S GRANDPA BOUGHT A BRAND NEW HK WAGON STRAIGHT OFF THE SHOW­ROOM FLOOR. AL­MOST 50 YEARS LATER, DAN HAS BREATHED NEW LIFE INTO IT

Street Machine - - Contents - STORY CARLY DALE PHO­TOS TROY BARKER

Sadie the HK Holden wagon has been in the Mcauley fam­ily since new

CAN you imag­ine how good it would be if your grand­par­ents had kept their chrome-bumper pur­chases from the 60s and 70s? For a lucky few, this dream is a re­al­ity, and Dan Mcauley is among them. “Mum vividly re­mem­bers their fam­ily go­ing to Ade­laide’s John H Ellers Holden in 1968 to buy a brand-new HK Kingswood wagon; a 186S with a three-on-the-tree,” Dan says of his grand­par­ents Bill and Ne­vis New­bury’s pur­chase. It was Ne­vis who most of­ten steered the fam­ily truck­ster, which she promptly named Sadie. “If you men­tioned Sadie every­one knew that you were talk­ing about the wagon,” Dan says.

Sadie dili­gently be­came a use­ful hauler shared amongst the fam­ily, cre­at­ing her own his­tory in the process. This in­cluded head­ing to Leigh Creek in re­mote SA, where the HK be­came a bush-basher with lifted sus­pen­sion, big­ger tyres and driv­ing lights. Later, she was stolen and then re­cov­ered. “Un­cle Wayne then took own­er­ship to fix her up, yet it never hap­pened,” Dan ex­plains. “I was af­ter a project and re­ally wanted Sadie, so I pestered him un­til he fi­nally gave in at Christ­mas ’06.”

Af­ter in­gest­ing a bunch of episodes of Chip Foose’s Over­haulin’ show, Dan had the in­spi­ra­tion he needed. “I love the stock look with mod­ern fea­tures and big wheels, like it could’ve rolled off the fac­tory floor like that,” he says.

While the emo­tional ties were still there, Dan had to admit the wagon re­ally wasn’t in the best shape af­ter the years of mis­treat­ment. “Let’s just say I needed to fix a few holes in the car. I think Dad and Un­cle Wayne had come at it with a cold chisel!”

Be­tween tin­worm and dents, Dan ended up re­plac­ing all of the doors, tail­gate, parts of the front and rear guards, and most of the floor. “I think the bon­net and roof were the best bits of the car,” he laughs.

One re­deem­ing fea­ture was that the mo­tor and ’box were long gone, pro­vid­ing a clean slate for what was next. “I wanted a Chev, and as HKS had a V8 op­tion it wasn’t too hard to slot in,” Dan says. “Also the dol­lar was at 98 cents US, so I bought a crate en­gine [from the States].” D&J Ma­chine/ Tuff Dawg En­gines in Ari­zona bolted to­gether the 383-cube pack­age topped with an 850cfm Quick Fuel Street-q carb on an Edel­brock RPM Air-gap man­i­fold. Be­low are Pro­comp heads, a COMP Cam, and Scat rods and crank.

“I was re­ally ner­vous on its first dyno run at Spe­cialty Tuning Mar­ion, as I’d seen hor­ror sto­ries on Face­book of crate en­gines hav­ing huge fail­ures,” Dan says. Thank­fully, he wasn’t in­flicted with that pain, in­stead get­ting a

I LOVE THE STOCK LOOK WITH MOD­ERN FEA­TURES AND BIG WHEELS, LIKE IT COULD’VE ROLLED OFF THE FAC­TORY FLOOR LIKE THAT

04 05 “The cus­tom 70L fuel tank was built by Rob of RMF Fab­ri­ca­tion to al­low ac­cess to the 8in diff,” Dan says Dan and his dad Philip are suit­ably chuffed with the new-look Sadie At first glance the rear com­part­ment is all fac­tory, with its orig­i­nal...

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