HATCHING A PLAN

> OUR LX TORANA HATCH PROJECT IS NEARING COMPLETION – AND YOU COULD WIN IT!

STORY SCOTT TAYLOR

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WE LOVE building project cars here at Street Machine, so much so that we keep giving them away so we can build another one. Our latest ride is this 1976 LX Torana hatch that we’ve fitted out with a healthy 355ci Holden V8, TH350 auto and 31-spline nine-inch rear, and one of you will win it!

The Torana was purchased in 2015 as a 253ci V8 and four-speed combo. It was a 202ci SL hatch from the factory, but along the way someone added the A9X flares and spoilers, along with some V8 grunt.

It made all the right noises, but wasn’t especially quick or shiny; we nicknamed it ‘50 Shades Of Blue’ due to its dull, mismatched paint scheme.

Unfortunately our busy schedule meant we didn’t have the time to do the spanner work ourselves, so we enlisted the help of Mick and the boys at Glenlyon Motors in Brunswick, Victoria. Mick is a VicRoads engineering signatory and CAMS scrutineer, and he’s had more hot Toranas than we’ve had souvlakis – and we’ve had a lot of souvlakis.

Mick and the guys stripped the car of its driveline and interior and mounted it on a rotisserie in preparation for paint and panel at Corporate Auto Body, where Chris Pearson and his team blocked it down and gave it a coat of Ford Focus Electric Orange with A9X-style blackouts.

With the paint done, it was time to put it all back together, and Mick built a 355ci Holden V8, using parts from Precision International, to insert some grunt between the front rails. It’s fed by a Quick Fuel selftuning EFI set-up, and bolted to a BBE Automatics TH350 trans with a 3000rpm converter. The power gets to the ground via a disc-brake nine-inch from McDonald Bros Racing with 3.5 gears and a Truetrac centre. McDonald Bros also supplied a set of its fixed-length tubular lower trailing arms, and adjustable arms for the uppers.

The springs are Kings all ’round, while shocks are Konis front and rear.

We chose to keep the 15-inch Globe wheels that came with the car because they’re practically new, and look awesome.

Finishing off the whole deal is a glorious new interior by Auto Image.

Want to win it? Turn to page 154 to be in the running.

THANKS TO OUR BUILD PARTNERS

Glenlyon Motors; Precision International; BBE Automatics; Glenroy Exhaust; Corporate Auto Body; Auto Image Interiors; Performance Ignition Systems; Aussie Desert Coolers; Lowe Fabrication; Reid Speed; Shannons Insurance; Quick Fuel Technology; Koni Suspension; Tuff Mounts; Rare Spares; McDonald Bros Racing