READERS’ ROCKETS

SEND photos of your car and a few details of what went into the build to Readers’ Rockets, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166 or email readerscars@bauer-media.com.au. Please note: Send us copies of prints as we are unable to return your photos.

ROB POULTON 1974 HOLDEN HQ KINGSWOOD

“FROM the day I was born, I was handed my first Hot Wheels car from Dad and I’ve been hooked ever since. Having built a couple of earlier-model Commodores in the past, the old-school cool got me bad so I started the build on this HQ. I bought the car for about five grand and I knew it was the ultimate canvas for a killer streeter.

The small-block 383 pumps out about 550hp, and features a Comp cam, Scat rotating parts and AFR cylinder heads, with an Edelbrock intake. Pacemaker headers give off a sweet and throaty note that turns a lot of heads. The three-speed Turbo 350 is awesome for cruising, while the nine-inch performs as it should when it has to take a bootful. It sits perfectly on Pedders springs and adjustable shocks and rolls on 15x4 and 15x8 Weld AlumaStars. The interior is relatively stock with the exception of deleted headrests and the addition of Auto Meter Pro Comp gauges. A big shout-out to Mum and Dad; my brothers Matt and Steve; Kris and Alex at Motor1; Proworkz Fabrication; and all the mates who’ve lent a hand over the years.” Photos: Dan Browne

JAY LEWIS 1968 CHEVROLET CAPRICE

“THIS is my 1968 Chev Caprice. It is a lefthand- drive California import and has been restored to original, besides a colour change and the addition of the 2¼-inch twin exhaust, Edelbrock manifold, 750 Holley on top of a 350 with 190cc heads, straight-cut timing gears and a Lunati Voodoo camshaft to get it sounding angry. All that gets the power to the treads through a Turbo 400 transmission with a 3000 high-stall and the original 10-bolt diff with a Truetrac centre.”

ASHLEY SURMAN 1983 CHEVROLET C10

“THIS is my 1983 Chev C10 Silverado. It runs a 496 bigblock Chev, Turbo 400, four-link rear and custom interior.”

KEV CAMPBELL 1964 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD

“THIS is our 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special that my wife and I imported late last year – big thanks to USAtoAUS for the help in getting it here. It’s a genuine two-owner car out of California, and is stock right down to the single-pipe exhaust. The factory engine is a sensible 429ci with 10:1 compression as standard, good for 340hp, and the car has every option and accessory known to mankind. I’ve done Wild Bunch racing back in the day with a ’34 three-window coupe, and we got married on the Willowbank startline back in ’98, so we’ve ticked some boxes over the years. But now I own this grand old Caddy, I think I might’ve finally grown up! We love cruising this big ol’ girl and enjoy it most weekends; it already has an extra 2500 miles on the clock. Who would’ve thought that stock-standard classics could be this cool to own?”

LEIGH DEAKINS 1971 ZD FAIRLANE

“HERE’S my ’71 ZD Fairlane, which I have had for eight years. It started life as a 302 Windsor Fairlane 500 with a column auto, but now runs a 347-stroker Windsor with a Quick Fuel 600. The paint is a custom colour called Silver Beige (it’s neither really). I have a set of Convo Pros that are getting painted soon, and there’s some bodywork still to be done. Most weekends I’m out in the car cruising around the eastern suburbs with mates – or pretending to work on it.”

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CHRIS NORRIS 1953 FX HOLDEN

“THIS is my dad’s 48-215. We started building it two years ago once he retired, but he was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away in February last year.

I’ve just finished rebuilding her on the anniversary of Dad’s passing, and the first drive was to his favourite fishing spot in Port Vincent. She has a 138, twin carbs, a small cam and a three-speed. The Asbury Green paint is the original colour. It’s no rocket ship, but it’s how Dad would have built her – just a cool cruiser. Thanks to my wife Donna, mum Sue, uncle Max and all my friends that helped.”

MATHEW GALE EH HOLDEN

“MY EH has had a bare-metal restoration from Watermans Collision Repair Centre and an interior resto from Cam’s Custom Automotive Interiors; both worked on Doug MacDonald’s HG van that was on the front cover of the February 2017 Street Machine.”