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“THIS is my 1972 HQ ute. We found it on a farm in In­verell, NSW. Once we dragged it home to Toowoomba, we pulled the poor old 173 red six-banger, three-speed man­ual and banjo rear out to make way for the Mick Moy­lan-built 496-cube big-block Chev that’s fed pump 98 from a 76-litre pol­ished al­loy fuel cell and breathes out via a twin 3½-inch ex­haust. Tricky’s Trans­mis­sions put to­gether the fully man­u­alised T400 with a 4200 stally, and down the back I’m us­ing a sheet-metal True­trac nineinch sit­ting on Gaz­zard Broth­ers sus­pen­sion. Be­ing a boil­er­maker by trade, I cut out the moun­tain of rust that came with the ute and re­placed it all, then sent it off to Shaun Mccarthy at Res­i­dent Restora­tions for a coat of Belle Ile metal­lic blue. She rolls on 15x10 Weld RTS with 295 meats at the rear, and 17x4.5 Weld Alumas­tar fron­trun­ners, and stops on Wil­wood brakes. I’m yet to put it down the quar­ter-mile but can’t wait to see what’s in her. I had the lads from Trim­tas­tic put to­gether the com­plete cus­tom in­te­rior for me and she’s a com­fort­able ride to lo­cal shows and cruise nights.” Pho­tos: Rick Welch

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