JONAS STANKEVICIUS

> 17, WILLASTON, SA

YOUNG GUN PHOTOS BRENTYN WAKEFIELD

WE SPOTTED 17-year-old Jonas Stankevicius and his 67 HR Special when we caught up with his dad, Glenn, to have a chinwag about all things Conditional Rego in SA (SM, Feb 17). So we figured, why not have a yarn to Jonas too?

I REMEMBER wandering into the shed back when I was four or five years old, and seeing Dad working on the motor of his FE Holden sedan. I watched him for a bit before trying to do anything that I could to help out and Ive constantly been bugging him to work on cars ever since!.

My favourite memory is Dad taking me for drives in the FE; it was the best feeling being a little kid and sinking back into the cushy old bench seat.

Fast-forward to about two or three years ago, and my uncle came over and offered the HR to Dad. So I slipped in and said that Id take it, as I knew Dad had plenty of other projects hes got FEs, FCs, an LC Torana and Mum has an Austin Healey.

When I got the keys to the HR it had been sitting in my uncles shed for a decade. Before that, his son had pulled it off the road for a fourspeed conversion. And it was the dodgiest job; hed used cold chisels and hacksaws to get the crossmember out.

So Dad and I spent quite a while tidying it up and getting it back to original before slotting in the stock three-on-the-tree. Once that was done we went right through the car, checking over the 186ci, the cooling system, the fluids, adding new brakes and clutch, basically everything to get it up and running.

Now that shes driving, Im currently preparing to do rust repairs in an effort to get the body back to factory condition. I plan to learn on my cars I also have an 81 KE38 Corolla that Im doing a motor swap and planned turbo for so that when I give Dad a hand on his projects Ill do a much better job. He has much nicer cars than I do!

Ive also just started an apprenticeship as a heavy vehicle mechanic. Because I love working on cars, I thought Id further my knowledge and experience by going into the heavy vehicle side.

That way I could keep working on cars as my hobby, not my work.

My plan for the HR is to keep it as a cruiser.

A few people have suggested dropping a V8 in and bolting Center Lines to it, but everyone does that. I just want to leave it as a nice old driver; its not going to be a show pony or anything. Yet if the Conditional Rego scheme gets through Id like to slowly do simple stuff like add some proper seatbelts and disc brakes, borrow Dads Dragway Splatts with a set of white-lines, maybe hot up the motor a little with a cam and twin carbs. s

PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED DROPPING A V8 IN AND BOLTING CENTER LINES TO IT, BUT EVERYONE DOES THAT