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CLASSIC CAR OWNERS TELL YOU THAT IT’S GREAT TO BE IN A SECRET CLUB, THAT YOU’RE MAGICALLY TRANSPORTED BACK IN TIME. THAT’S NICE, BUT WE’VE JUST WITNESSED GLENN TORRENS SCRUBBING 40 YEARS OF KEISTER CAKE OFF THE SEAT OF A VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE.

Inside this month

MORLEY’S WORKSHOP 112

Our man hails 3D printer as the future saviour of plastic 80s classics, ponders the life span of the tyres on your classic, mulls over the quandary of selling the wrong car and tackles the thorny issue of a Ford engine swap that ought to be a piece of cake but which seems to be a can of worms instead.

READER’S RESTO: HOLDEN S4 120

It was Holden’s first 100mph car, but this S4 needed love. It found that, plus a new keeper who had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the car. We do love a happy ending.

OUR SHED 128

GT dispenses some invaluable tips on bringing your upholstery back to life, Morley’s Commodore hill climber is starting to look like the real deal while Chris Thompson has a belt snap on him and discovers the source of a noise that’s been driving him mad.

FAINE 134

It’s often the most seemingly insignificant details that can cause the biggest headaches. Jon Faine’s project is stalled for the sake of one solitary nut.

BLACKBOURN 135

Rob’s a well-travelled man. Here he recounts tracing historic Route 66. He wanted a classic Chrysler for the job. He got a PT Cruiser instead.

READERS’ RIDES 136

Two Fords: one’s angry, the other’s anything but.

CLUB TALES 140

The BMC-Leyland Car Club: a group that can reduce you to tears of laughter merely by leafing through an Allegro workshop manual. You want a fun crew? Go here.