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LIFE ON THE LYMITA: Adrian Borg’s 557hp 355ci VC Commodore


26 Mar

LIFE ON THE LYMITA

After months of intense searching all over the country, Adrian found this low-km gem just 15 minutes from home. Now it has a whole new lease on life… destroying tyres
Story and pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

It’s easy to become disillusioned when searching for a nice, clean early girl Commodore with which to base your ideal project build. One thing early Commodores are not known for is clean, rust-free bodies and most unrestored cars bear the scars of hard lives spent working as family taxis – not ‘only driven on Sundays’, always-garaged time capsules.

Adrian Borg's 557hp 355ci VC CommodoreHowever, as you’ll read here, there are some remarkable first-gen cars left out there waiting to be found. “I was looking for an early model Commodore for months,” says Adrian Borg, a 23-year-old mechanic from Sydney. “I went and looked at heaps of them, every time with high hopes, but nothing but disappointment when the cars didn’t live up to the seller’s description.”

Adrian was so intent on buying an early model that he even drove all the way to Melbourne – with a tow truck – only to have to turn back around with plenty of time and money wasted. “I went down there to see a VL Calais with a tow truck, ready to buy it and bring it home,” he says. “But the owner didn’t even show up! I went to Nambucca Heads the next weekend to look at a VK, but that wasn’t any good, either.”

It was on his way home from the Nambucca trip that Adrian was told about a mint VC that was only 15 minutes from home. Typical! “I went straight there,” he says. “It was about 9pm and it was in a showroom, on sale by consignment. It was exactly what I wanted – a one-owner car with log books and 43,000kms on the clock.”Adrian Borg's 557hp 355ci VC Commodore

Adrian went home and tried to sleep, despite his excitement. First thing the next day he rang the showroom and arranged a proper viewing. What he found was an honest rust-free car with little more than a couple of small dents and a tear in the driver’s seat to show for its 30 years.

“I bought the car and lowered it and put a set of venetian blinds inside,” he says. “I drove it for about five months like that and loved it. But with my P-plates coming to an end I decided it was time for the 202ci six to go and build a 308ci for it.”

As we hear so often here at Street Commodores, it wasn’t long before the simple idea of building a V8 for the car blew out of all proportion and it wasn’t long before the old VC was undergoing a full transformation. “A simple tidy-up of the engine bay ended up with the entire car being soda blasted,” Adrian says. “The mild 308ci V8 turned into a pretty wild 355ci and the whole thing turned into a full rebuild without a single nut or bolt being left untouched.”

Adrian Borg's 557hp 355ci VC CommodoreWell, that’s not entirely true. So clean was the original interior that with the exception of a repair to the driver’s seat and a repaint of the dash, the cabin of Adrian’s VC is as Holden built it. It’s crazy to think that a car built three decades ago could be in such a fantastic state. The only deviations he’s made since buying the car has been to add a B&M shifter and a few Autometer gauges to keep him informed when ripping big power skids.

Under the 4in reverse-cowl scoop lies a 557fwhp 355ci Holden stroker based around a VS block and ported cast heads. With a shiny Harrop single-plane, 850cfm Holley and aggressive solid cam’, Adrian says it makes enough grunt to rip hellacious power skids, even with his mates in the car. The power reaches the ground via a pair of 19×9.5in Simmons FR rims. Adrian tells us that he achieved this impressive feat by “massaging” the rear factory tubs and a narrowed Borg Warner rear end and that there’s no scrubbing.

“One of the best memories I have of the build was fitting the T350 in the shed at home,” he says. “All my mates were there to help. It was New Year’s day and no one was feeling very healthy after the party the night before. But I lowered the car down and started it for the first time. It took a while for it to hit me that the car was actually ready to drive. That first drive around the block was the best.”Adrian Borg's 557hp 355ci VC Commodore

Now that the car is finished and looking amazing, Adrian is pretty content with how it sits. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t considered a few more alterations. “I might add a small shot of nitrous,” he says. “If I ever build a new motor for it, I’d probably add a blower, but we’ll see what happens.”

For a car that was built primarily to allow him to cruise with his mates, Adrian’s VC has become a truly inspiring machine. Retaining its factory charm (as well as almost all its factory interior), the car boasts plenty of classic appeal thanks to the iconic Simmons rims, slammed stance and roaring Aussie V8. Seeing it rip huge skids just adds the icing on the cake.

Owner: Adrian Borg
Model: 1981 VC

Bodywork: Reverse-cowl scoop, SL/E rear bar
Colour: VE silver
Block: VS 5L
Engine Mods: Harrop stroker crank, SRP forged flat-top pistons (11:1-comp’), I-beam rods, ARP head and mains studs, Lowe Fabrication rocker covers and billet parts, ported cast heads, dash-12 breather lines, alloy catch cans w/K&N filters, billet thermostat housing, Comp Cams solid roller cam’, Crane Gold Series roller rockers, double-row timing chain, High Energy sump, high-volume oil pump, BA Falcon thermo fans, alloy radiator, 850cfm Holley Ultra HP carb’, Harrop single-plane intake manifold, MSD Pro Billet dizzy, Holley fuel pump, modified factory fuel tank, dash-8 fuel lines, Tuff Mounts
Power: 557hp (415kW), 11.3sec @ 121mph
Exhaust: Ceramic coated Tri-Y headers (1-7/8in primaries), twin 2.5in mild steel system w/X-pipe
Gearbox: T350, 5000rpm Dominator stall, manualised valve body
Diff: Narrowed Borg Warner, 3.9:1 final drive, full-spool, 31-spline billet axles
Brakes: VT twin-piston front, VL disc rear, VL booster, 1in-bore master cylinder
Suspension: King Springs, adjustable panhard, chromoly tube lower control arms, “massaged” inner rear guards
Wheels/Tyres: 19in Simmons FR (8in front, 9.5in rear)
Interior: Painted dash, Momo steering wheel, Autometer gauges, B&M shifter
Stereo: Original AM radio, factory dash speaker
Build period: 2 years
Cost: Undisclosed
Contacts: All Cylinder Heads, Carline Mufflers – Mount Druitt, Peter Connolly, Ricky’s Driveshafts, Gear Exchange, Lou’s Smash, Gary’s Motor Trimming

Feature Car: Craig Craft’s Holden HJ Kingswood Ute


05 Dec

Our photo shoot on Craig Craft’s ballistic Holden HJ Kingswood ute made it into the latest issue of Street Machine, which is on sale nationwide now. It’s a balls-out, blown and injected burnout machine, built with one aim in mind: smashing tyres.

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Craig Craft's Holden HJ Kingswood Ute

Craig Craft's Holden HJ Kingswood Ute     Craig Craft's Holden HJ Kingswood Ute

Cover Car: “ON IT” Holden LH Torana Burnout Car


15 Aug

Our photo shoot on Mark Siracusa and Matt Cowan’s ballistic and brutal 511ci supercharged Holden LH Torana graced the front cover of the last issue of Street Machine magazine, which was on newsstands last month. It’s now a contender for the Street Machine Car of the Year competition. VOTE HERE

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"ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car

"ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car     "ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car

Street Machine - August 2016

Cover Car: James Tait’s Holden HQ Monaro


21 Jan

On newsstands this week is issue 137 of Extreme Street magazine, which features four of our photo shoots and feature stories inside, with our cover shoot on James Tait’s awesome HQ Monaro on the cover! James’ Holden is powered by a 454ci LSX-based V8, aided by a big turbo for ultimate tyre-frying power. And as you can see from the pics, the car is no slouch in that regard.

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James Tait's Holden HQ Monaro

James Tait's Holden HQ Monaro     James Tait's Holden HQ Monaro

Front Cover: Phil Kerjean’s Commodore on Performance Holdens


22 Sep

Our photo shoot on Phil Kerjean’s VC Commodore wagon made the front cover of Performance Holdens magazine, a special edition released by Express Publications! It’s on sale at all good newsagents now.

Performance Holdens

Feature Car: Nathan’s HQ Holden Tonner ‘FNGR ME’


03 Sep

Our photo shoot on Nathan Predo’s monster HQ Holden tonner burnout machine made it onto the front cover of issue 130 of Extreme, which is on sale now! With an 8/71-blown 461ci big-block sticking high through the bonnet, this thing has been built with one aim – to destroy tyres. Be sure to read all about it in Extreme.

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Nathan's HQ Holden Tonner

Nathan's HQ Holden Tonner     Nathan's HQ Holden Tonner

Extreme Magazine - Issue 130

Feature Car: Phil Kerjean’s Holden VC Commodore


15 May

It’s not every day you get called up to come photograph an iconic Holden Commodore for the front cover of an iconic magazine! But that’s what happened in early 2015 when I got a phone call asking me to drive down the coast from Sydney and shoot Phil Kerjean’s TUFFST VC Commodore station wagon for Street Commodores magazine. Issue 238 is on sale now and includes our full photo shoot on the monster tyre destroyer, as well as out shoot and feature story on Steve Labroad’s 700hp turbo LS1 VY tonner (we’ll bring you some pics of that next week).

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Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore

Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore     Phil Kerjean's Holden VC Commodore

Cover Car: Phil Kerjean’s Holden VC Commodore


13 May

We can finally reveal the first look at our first front cover photo shoot for Street Commodores magazine! We photographed Phil Kerjean’s iconic VC Commodore wagon in his garage south of Sydney a few months ago and the magazine goes on sale this week in newsagents nationwide. Be sure to check it out!

Street Commodores Issue 238

Drag FAIL!: Rod Hadfield Almost Hits Starting Official in 1985


08 Apr

We found this on BangShift.com today and just had to show you.

The news piece reports that this video from the 1985 Nationals at Heathcote Park Raceway shows Rod Hadfield losing control of his ’32 Ford during a burnout on the start line, narrowly missing the starting official in the process.

We watched it a couple of times and couldn’t clearly hear his name mentioned, but we trust their judgement. Eitherway it’s a classic trip down memory lane and the official’s short-shorts are still representative of Heathcote’s safety policies even today! We kid.

Check this video out:

Burnout FAIL!


07 Mar

This Camaro owner loses it big time and takes out a parked minivan at the same time… bet he was wishing he hadn’t gotten up that morning.

Click on the images or the link to watch the video. Camaro fans are warned in advance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5OOwbOs_gQ&feature=player_embedded