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DIY HERO: Don Mills’ Epic 355ci HD Holden Premier Home Build


12 Jun

Don Mills' 1965 HD Holden Premier

DIY HERO

Don Mills proves it’s possible to build an incredible, trophy-winning HD at home in the shed
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Don Mills' 1965 HD Holden PremierThere’s no denying it: labour costs on an extensive vehicle project can easily amount to more than half the total expense. Yet despite this staggering fact, many of us are either unwilling or unable to get in there and perform more of the spanner twirling ourselves. This might be through a lack of spare time, a lack of space or a perceived lack of skill.

Then, there are guys like 57-year-old Don Mills from western Sydney. A retired computer technician, he didn’t spend his working life working on cars, yet he’s spent the last few decades turning trash into treasure in his garage, mostly learning as he went along.

A devout Holden fanatic, Don has owned a long line of cars wearing the Lion badge. “I currently own an HD wagon, HR ute, HR van and this HD Premier,” Don says. “But since 1973 I’ve had an EH wagon, FB sedan, FE ute, EH sedan, HR van, LC XU1, FC sedan, HR sedan, LJ GT-R, HR Premier, LC GT-R, HT Monaro, VK Calais, another LJ two-door, FB ute, another VK Calais and a VR Senator.”

Don forgot to mention that his current daily is an HSV V2 LE Coupe.

So, it goes without saying that after almost four decades of Holden ownership, he knows his way around the quirks and eccentricities of just about every model Holden built. It could be fair to say that this pristine and classy HD Premier is the culmination of everything he’s learned thus far – and what a result.

Originally purchased way back in 1980, there isn’t much left of that original car today. “The body shell is actually a replacement,” Don says. “The original shell had some rear end damage that was just too hard to fix. It’s actually been rebuilt five times over the years.”Don Mills' 1965 HD Holden Premier

As you’ll read numerous times during this article, Don completed the bodywork himself in his double car garage at home – this included the prep’ work and the paintwork. While he says he’s not entirely happy with the final result, the Sea Mist Jade metallic looked great during our photo shoot and complemented the two-tone tan and chocolate interior inside.

“The paint and panel was probably the hardest part of the build for me,” Don says. “Mainly because I don’t think I’m very good at it. It’s painstaking hard labour and I’m lazy and impatient!”

Despite Don’s own misgivings, you’ll find more of his paint work inside the cabin, including the dash that Don filled and smoothed before adding a slew of carbon-faced Autometer gauges and Vintage Air vents and control unit. Let your eyes wander downward and you’ll see the neat custom centre console Don fabricated himself. It houses a sunken switch panel and the shifter that’s connected to the T56 6spd ‘box below.

Everywhere else you’ll find tan and chocolate coloured vinyl trim that was one of the few things not completed by Don. Hy-Tone in Riverstone put together a nice package that covers a set of VK front buckets and the original Premier rear bench as well as some custom door trims, the roof lining and dash pad. Pop the boot lid and you’ll see the theme extends out back, too.

Don Mills' 1965 HD Holden PremierThere’s no stereo in Don’s HD and that’s because he’d prefer to listen to the tunes emanating from the twin 2.5in exhaust connected to the 355ci stroker Holden up front. Yep, you guessed it: Don did all this himself too, save for the initial machining process.

Based on an HX 308ci Holden 2-bolt block, Don built himself a tough combination that uses a lot of Pro Comp parts for the rotating assembly and a pair of their alloy heads that Don tells us are straight out of the box. The top end is just as tasty, boasting a venerable VL Group A SS twin throttle intake that’s been ceramic coated for greater thermal efficiency and sheer good looks.

“It fired up as soon as it had fuel pressure,” Don says. “Going for that first drive down my street with no body panels on the car was pretty memorable. It had no interior, so I had to sit on a milk crate.”

Even though power and ETs are yet to be put to the test, Don has been enjoying getting the car out to local shows, like the NSW All Holden Day, which is where we first laid eyes on a number of his Holdens all lined up in a row. Don is understandably proud of his achievements, but from what he tells us, we’re pretty sure next time we see the car it’ll be wearing a fresh coat of paint.

What a DIY hero.

Owner: Don Mills
Colour: Sea Mist Jade metallic
Bodywork: Deleted door and boot locks
Engine Type: HX 308ci
Engine Mods: Pro Comp 3.48in stroker crank (355ci), Pro Comp 5.7in rods, Pro Comp pistons (10:1-comp’), King bearings, Pro Comp alloy heads, Camtech hydraulic cam’ (0.511in lift, 230˚ duration, 110˚ LSA), Camtech pushrods, Yella Terra Platinum-series 1.65:1 rockers, Rollmaster timing chain, high-volume oil pump, Aussie Desert Cooler alloy radiator, twin 14in thermo fans, 100A alternator, billet alternator bracket, VL Group A SS twin throttle intake setup, 30lb/hr injectors, VN fuel rails, VS Commodore distributor, Haltech E6GMX ECU, Bosch 044 pump, alloy surge tank, VS FPR, RPC alloy fuel cell, alloy intake piping, K&N breathers
Power: Untested
Exhaust: Home built tri-Y headers (1-3/4in primaries), twin 2.5in mild steel system, stainless mufflers
Gearbox: T56 6-speed manual, 11in single-plate clutch
Diff: 9in, 3.5:1 final drive, Detroit Locker, 31-spline Moser axles, Strange alloy centre
Brakes: P76 front rotors, Commodore rear discs, HZ front calipers, firewall-mounted 8in twin-diaphragm booster, 1in-bore master cylinder
Suspension: HD cross member, stainless tubular A-arms, Pedders shocks, Pedders front springs, reset rear leaf springs, 25mm front sway bar, 19mm rear sway bar, UC Torana rack, R31 Skyline steering column
Wheels/Tyres: 15x8in Performance Superlite rims
Other mods: LJ Torana bonnet hinges, relocated battery
Interior: Billet Specialties steering wheel, VK Commodore front seats, tan and chocolate vinyl retrim, tan vinyl roof lining, filled and smoothed dash fascia, custom centre console, Vintage Air A/C setup, carbon-look instrument fascia, Autometer gauges, alloy pedals, tan carpets, custom door trims
Stereo: N/A
Build Period: 2 years
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: Windsor Engines, Metropolitan Driveshafts, Competition Warehouse, Hy-Tone – Riverstone, “My neighbours Ian and Adrian for their help and encouragement”

Feature Bike: Paul Bailey’s 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute


08 Jan

Paul Bailey has built a lot of bikes, but this one is particularly special as it pays tribute to the Harley Davidson Knucklehead that set a world land speed record in 1937 that stood for 11 years at 136.183mph on Daytona Beach.
This bike uses a 1939 frame with an S&S Knuckle engine powering it. Pretty, ain’t she!? It was featured in issue 155 of Heavy Duty.

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Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Feature Car: Anthony Penna’s 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan


15 Dec

Tri-5 Chevys don’t come much cooler or badass than Anthony Penna’s 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan. Boasting a 408ci LQ9-based twin-turbo beast of an engine, the sedan is also mini tubbed and caged. Despite this, the thing features all the mod-cons as well as a sumptuous interior and smooth paint. It was featured in the October 2017 issue of Street Machine.

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Anthony Penna's 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan

Anthony Penna's 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan

Anthony Penna's 1956 Chevrolet 210 Sedan

 

Feature Car: Adam and Kylie Perry’s ‘Tailspin’ Phantom Holden


13 Feb

I was lucky enough to land the gig of shooting one of the country’s most unique and well executed custom cars in recent times for Street Machine magazine. The feature spread came out in their last issue. Based on a 1990s concept sketch, the car is a 1960s FB Holden, effectively turned arse about, converted to a coupe and boasting an R33 Skyline roof. I think the photos speak for themselves. it’s an incredible car.

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Adam and Kylie Perry's Holden Phantom 'Tailspin'

Adam and Kylie Perry's Holden Phantom 'Tailspin'     Adam and Kylie Perry's Holden Phantom 'Tailspin'

Cover Car: Richard Bushell’s 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible


20 Jan

I was fortunate enough to photograph Richard’s sweet, airbagged 1950 Studebaker Champion convertible during a trip up the north coast of NSW, Australia in 2016. The car, powered by a TPI-injected small-block, was featured on the cover of the last issue of Just Cars magazine, which was on sale in December.

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Richard Bushell's 1950 Studebaker Champion

Richard Bushell's 1950 Studebaker Champion     Richard Bushell's 1950 Studebaker Champion

Feature Car: Glenn Muller’s Holden FX Ute


07 Jun

Our photo shoot on Glenn Muller’s immaculate restomod FX Holden ute made the April 2016 issue of Street Machine magazine. Powered by an L67 (blown V6) and featuring plenty of later-model driveline hardware, it’s a classic Holden for the modern age, yet retaining all the classic hallmarks of the iconic ute.

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Glenn Muller's Holden FX ute

Glenn Muller's Holden FX ute     Glenn Muller's Holden FX ute

Feature Bike: Steven Cooke’s 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead


30 May

Our photo shoot and feature story on Steven Cooke’s 1951 Harley Davidson panhead is in the latest issue of Heavy Duty magazine (issue 146), which is on sale right now! Salvaged from a long-forgotten unfinished project that sat in a shed for some 15 years, the custom is making up for lost time with plenty of road miles and fun events like the dirt racing at Chopped. Read all about it in Heavy Duty.

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Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead

Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead     Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead

Feature Bike: Savvas’ 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe


07 Jul

Issue 135 of Heavy Duty magazine is now on sale and includes our photo shoot and feature story on Savvas’ chrome-heavy 2007 Harley Davidson Deluxe. The story goes that Savvas grew up wishing he had the Chiko Roll girl’s black Harley from the poster that graced the walls of most fish and chip shops around the country. We’d say he’s got a whole lot more than that now! Be sure to read all about the chromed and pinstriped machine in Heavy Duty, out now.

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Savvas' 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe

Savvas' 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe     Savvas' 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe

Feature Bike: George’s Custom Chopper ‘Pitbull’


01 Jul

Our photo shoot on George’s insanely detailed, supercharged custom Harley Davidson chopper made it onto the cover of issue 129 of Heavy Duty magazine here in Australia. On sale this week, the magazine includes our shoot and feature story, as well as our photos and report on the 2013 Bankstown bike show.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Heavy Duty to read all about the bike, its build and see even more images of this incredible work of art.

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George's Custom Chopper 'Pitbull'

George's Custom Chopper 'Pitbull'     George's Custom Chopper 'Pitbull'

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Ford Emblems


17 Aug

This week we’ve got a collection of six FREE high-resolution images of Ford emblems. We can’t tell you exactly what models they’re off, except for a couple: there’s a model T Ford badge that pre-dates the blue oval, an XP Falcon Pursuit badge and one from a GT Falcon (both Australian models). We’ll leave the rest for the Ford fans.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

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