READERS’ ROCKETS

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Photos: Brad Miskiewicz

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.

BROOK GUNNING 1966 MUSTANG COUPE

“I WAS looking for something to race “IWAS l ki f hi that wasn’t my street car, so when this car came up on a Facebook drag racing page I drove from Albany up to Perth the same day to buy it. It was a roller in blue, and not in the greatest condition. I’d been trying to buy the Fontana engine from a local lady for years, and just before this year’s Racewars it finally came up for sale. It’s an all-aluminium 383 with Blue Thunder heads that used to be in Graham Kennedy’s drag Capri. I changed over the carby and chopped up the headers to suit the Mustang. The two-speed Powerglide and transbrake all came out of the Capri as well, and after a few runs on the engine dyno it produced a pretty stout 720fwhp.

We got into the Racewars semi-finals with the Mustang, which really was better than we expected, as we weren’t allowed to do a burnout to get heat into the tyres on the airport runway. I’ve since got it to a properly prepared track and went 9.86@135mph with a 1.36sec 60-foot, leaving the line at 6000rpm on the transbrake. Special thanks to Jade, Jayden, Daniel and Reese for their help, and Damien for painting the car.”

Photos: Brad Miskiewicz

DAVID & SARAH COWIE HJ GTS MONARO

“WE BOUGHT the HJ for my 40th birthday. It’s the same build month as “W W my birthday: October 1974. It was a white wreck when we got it, but I fully m rebuilt it over 18 months. It’s had an LS1/six-speed manual conversion, with re a mini-tubbed, shortened nine-inch rear end. Wheels are Boyd Coddington a items – 20x10 on the rear and 18x7 up front. The full custom interior is by itte Paul at Aqua’s Auto Skinz, and features an Auto Meter dash and custom P console. One of the hardest things on the build was replacing virtually all c co the panels due to rust, including the front plenum and sills, but I did it all h th myself, as well as the paintwork – I’m a spray painter by trade. The colour m is a custom mix I made up. Special thanks to Danny Lendvay, John Beaver is s at Autotech and Corey Redman for the many hours put in to get us to the at

MSummernats on time.” S

Photos: Ben Hosking

DENNI ENNIS LOZOV XE FALCON

“I KNEW I wanted to build something cheap, turboed and fast. I’d had three XE Falcons years ago, so I went looking for one that wasn’t full of rust and found this. It was a dead-stock ‘grandpa pack’ XE from an old farmer at Horsham. Everything still worked and it was clean in the body, but the paintwork was looking pretty dull. But after I got it home and cut and polished the original paint, it came up fine, and the body was mint. Next I pulled out the 250 crossflow and started converting it to Barra power. The motor’s a stock FG turbo motor with BF2 manifolds and bigger (60psi) injectors; it runs a manual boost controller so I can play with the boost. I cut-andshut the factory turbo hoses to fit, and it runs the fly-by-wire throttle set-up. All the factory XE gauges work in the dash, and the speedo is fed from the ABS sensor on the diff. I bought a modified loom and wired it in myself, and the factory ECU is flash-tuned to remove the security system. On the dyno it made 270rwkW on 8psi, but it’s now running 14psi. Luke from LS Engineering in Wodonga did the tune, and also made up the 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust with a Di Filippo muffler. The T56 six-speed manual makes it a lot of fun to drive, and the diff is a disc-brake BorgWarner out of an ED Falcon, with 28-spline axles. The wheels are widened 14-inch chrome 12-slotters with the XE’s original centre caps and trims. We drove the car up to Powercruise in Sydney, and it was even good on fuel.”

Photos: Luke Hunter