Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“I TURNED my ’71HG Kingswood from a rusty relic into a cool cus­tom cruiser. I’ve owned it for seven years now; prior to that it be­longed to my old neigh­bour Max Peat­zold. He un­for­tu­nately passed away from can­cer and his fam­ily gave me the car. It was in very or­di­nary con­di­tion, and af­ter I stripped it down I found some very ugly hid­den re­pairs. I cut all the rust out and did the rest of the body re­pairs, then epoxyed the whole car. I then painted it blood orange in my shed. I did ev­ery­thing at home, ex­cept for the in­te­rior by Clas­sic Mo­tor Trim­mers in Ring­wood, and the en­gine which was out of my friend’s To­rana. It’s a 400ci small-block Chev with an Ea­gle ro­tat­ing assem­bly, H-beam rods with SRP forged flat-top pis­tons, a solid-roller cam and AFR 210 heads. The ignition is an MSD Pro Bil­let dizzy with a 6AL con­trol box, and it runs Pace­maker four-into-one pipes. A TCI Su­per Street Fighter Turbo 350 with a 4500rpm stall con­verter feeds the power down to a VL Turbo Borg­warner 28-spline spooled rear end. The car doesn’t get driven much, but I will be get­ting it out a lot more to take my wife and daugh­ter out for some fun.” Pho­tos: Luke Hunter

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