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BE­LIEVE IT or not, this is an HX Holden Sand­man panelvan! “It’s a child­hood dream!” chuck­les owner Ty of the Sand­man project he bought four years ago. “I had one when I was 18 or 19 and I’ve al­ways wanted an­other one. I’m a big fan of the green ones so when this came up for sale, I grabbed it!”

When de­liv­ered as a just-about com­plete (but un­reg­is­tered) ve­hi­cle to Pro Street Restora­tions in NSW’s Hunter Val­ley, there were ob­vi­ous bub­bles in the usual HQ-WB Holden rust ar­eas. A closer in­spec­tion by Pro Street’s Greg ‘Beach’ Ball re­vealed more rust and be­hind-the-scenes prob­lems. The de­ci­sion was made to largely dis­as­sem­ble the Sand­man, spot-weld by spot-weld, to re­veal all the prob­lems be­fore the car was me­dia-stripped to bare steel by Im­pe­rial Blast­ing.

The com­plete restora­tion will be achieved us­ing a mix­ture of orig­i­nal, sec­ond­hand, hand-fab­ri­cated, NOS (new old stock) and re­pro­duc­tion pan­els in­clud­ing a Rare Spares front plenum panel and the com­pany’s re­cent ly launched re­pro­duc­tion van/ute rear quar­ter­pan­els. Me­chan­i­cally, t he car will reta in its orig inal, but com­pletely re­freshed fac­tor y V8 driv­e­line.

“I a lready rea lise t hat wit h a ll t he panel work and a l l t he litt le de­tails we need to get it spot-on orig inal, it’s go­ing to be close to a hun­dred grand, and might be worth $70K when it’s fin­ished,” says Ty wit h an­other laugh. “I a lready have a few cars so I un­der­stand t he ef­fort and costs in­volved.

“But t hings like t his – I’m not do­ing it for resa le ; I’m do­ing it be­cause I want to.”

It’s in­tended t hat t he re­stored V8 Sand­man will be cruis­ing the NSW coast look ing for beach babes by sum­mer 2019.

ABOVE & FAR LEFT That’s not a ute – that’s a Sand­man panel van! In­cred­i­ble de-con­struc­tion was re­quired to find all the nests of rust prior to restora­tion

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