Drives project cars in construction
FX Holden ute
“This 1952 humpback was left for dead on the family farm, suffering through many seasons of floods and drought as it slowly returned to Mother Earth. About 10 years ago I spent a weekend end up fighting tiger snakes to get her out of her grave, and a plan has been hatched to breathe some life into the poor old lady.
It now sits on an all-new chassis with an HR Holden front end, four-link wishbone rear and a nine-inch short. Fat and thin Rodlite rollers keep her on her feet, and we’ll race her with a sucked LS on corn juice and a trusty Turbo 400. Down the track we plan to add a 6/71 fan and twin carbs to really make his thunder.
Thanks to all the boys at Junkers Car Club for their help, especially Ryan O’Hara and Andrew Yeo for all their time and input, and my dad Ricky for letting me convince him to do something with “that old tune rusty scrap metal in the paddock’ all those years ago.
Factory Five 1935 Ford Pickup
“My current project is this awesome Factory Five Racing 1935 Ford truck. The engine is an LS3-based 416ci stroker with forged internals, and it will also feature the latest generation three-litre Whipple supercharger.
In total, the combo should make around 1100hp on the dyno, but since the car will weigh less than 1000kg when finished, we’ll probably drop it down to 700hp when it’s ready.
The transmission will be a 6L80E capable of 1000rwhp, reverting to an 8.8-inch differential with billet internals and a Truetrac center. Everything is going to have race-tuned Koni suspension and big brakes, with a tubular chassis.
It will be built as a rugged all-rounder for street, circuit, drags and various automotive events across the country. The car is built by Horsepower World, the exclusive Australian/New Zealand distributors of Factory Five Racing cars and parts. All cars are made to order and are fully designed and registered.
Ford ZD Fairlane
“Here is my ZD Fairlane project, which has been hanging around my hometown for 15 years, and I finally got my hands on it. My dad owned one when he was a boy, which was written off, so he was pretty happy to see this pull up the driveway.
I’m going for a racing look that’ll stray a bit from the luxo-barge Fairlane vibe. I’m going to blacken all the chrome and get it as close to bitumen as possible.
The engine is a 408-cubic Clevo that produced 618 bhp on the dyno, mated to a beefed-up C10 trans and 5500-rpm converter. The rest of the construction will have to wait until the other half allows me to have more money!”
Ford Falcon RTV ute
“I recently modified my ute RTV Falcon, which is now on a Nissan Patrol chassis. I built everything in house, including paintwork and panels, as I had a fully equipped workshop.
‘Cause I’m a bit of a shit agitator, I built a 350 cube small block Chev, painted it Ford blue and stuck Falcon decals on it, and most people think that’s it. is a Windsor!
Recorded it a few days before Christmas, all designed and compliant by Queensland Transport with a complete street redesign. I’ve already made three trips to Double Island Point so far with it, and Fraser Island is next.”
1960 VW Beetle
“I’m 19, and I turned this Beetle into a real drag race with my dad at home in our shed. It draws mostly inspiration from old drag racing Beetles like Dean Lowry’s ‘Deano Dyno-soar’ and Darrel Vittone’s ‘EMPI Inch-Pincher’.
The car is fitted with a high spec 2387cc dak-dak, half roll cage and custom interior. We designed and manufactured a removable rear valance that detaches in one with the rear bumper and guards.
The hope is to run seven low sevens on the eighth mile, and I won’t stop developing and refining the car until it’s 10 seconds into the quarter.
Holden LX Torana
“I’ve had this Torana ’78 LX sedan for 20 years, and I’m doing a complete rebuild on it. It’s a stock V8/four-speed manual car, and had typical Torana rust in the C-pillars. , but it’s all settled now. I’ve done all the painting and panels myself so far; I’ve done all the prep and hired a local paint booth last year to spray it.
The paint is a PPG Deltron version of Atlantis Blue, which is a factory color. The interior will be stock in the buff color, and for power I’ll be running a 355-cubic VT roller V8 and probably a new TKX gearbox.
Ford XP Falcon ute
“This XP ute is a great little project that I share with my grandson. Under the hood is a Competition Engines-built Windsor 428ci, paired with a Burko-built Powerglide and a nine-inch differential.
The front is a Rod Shop kit, and we mini-tubed the rear to the rails so we have the flexibility to run a 275 tire (currently it’s on 255). All the fabulous work was done in the shed at home by me, with panels from my good friend Matthew Thomson at the Rat Race Garage.
The final body and paint elements were done by the Custom Creations Paint & Panel team. It will be completely designed and was built to be driven.
Do you have a nice ride that is currently in the works? Send pictures with some details to: In The Build, street machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email [email protected] Please Note: Send us copies of your prints as we are unable to return photos.