Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“IT WAS a dream of mine to own some­thing old-school since I was a young boy, some­thing that I could cruise and race at the drags. I came across this LC To­rana as a rusted roller and did a full ground-up resto on it. It took me around five years and a fair few beers to build it, with a lot of long stress­ful nights and quite a few hic­cups along the way, but we got there in the end. It’s a 308 stroked to 355ci run­ning on E85 with a Quick Fuel 1050 carby, but I’m cur­rently in­stalling a Hol­ley EFI kit. It’s got COME Rac­ing 600-series al­loy heads, mon­ster solid-roller cam, Yella Terra shaft-mount roller rock­ers, COME stro­ker kit, steel bil­let crank, and cus­tom 1 7 /8-inch head­ers into twin three-inch pipes. The donk is backed by a man­u­alised Pow­er­glide with trans­brake and big con­verter, and a nine-inch diff with 31-spline axles and full-spool cen­tre with 4.11 gears. A six-point rollcage was in­stalled, and the car has also been mini-tubbed, with ad­justable up­per and lower con­trol arms and a coil-over rear end. I’m hop­ing to see a nine at the drag strip. It sounds an­gry and turns a lot of heads. Mas­sive thanks to Far­rer Race & Per­for­mance for a killer re­li­able en­gine, and a shout-out to RWS In­dus­tries for the 24-hour on-call elec­tri­cal sup­port. I couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port from my wife, two girls, my dad, un­cle, broth­erin-law, cousin and good mates who helped through­out the whole build.” Pho­tos: Mitch Hemming

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