Posts Tagged ‘green’

Feature Car: Jason McGrath’s 355ci Top 20 Elite Holden LC Torana


10 Jul

My photo shoot on Jason McGrath’s 355ci, Summernats Top 20 Elite, Holden LC Torana was featured in the June 201 issue of Street Machine magazine, which was on sale last month. It’s an immaculate little coupe, with detail for days.

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Jason McGrath's 355ci Elite Top 20 Holden LC Torana

Jason McGrath's 355ci Elite Top 20 Holden LC Torana

Jason McGrath's 355ci Elite Top 20 Holden LC Torana

Jason McGrath's 355ci Elite Top 20 Holden LC Torana

THREE TIME’S A CHARM: Jason Hill’s 600rwhp Turbo LS2-Powered VN Commodore


18 Apr

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'

THREE TIME’S A CHARM

We’ve featured Jason Hill’s green VN sedan before, but the turbo LS2-powered beast never looked like this before
Story and by hoskingindustries.com.au

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'Long time readers might remember these number plates from long ago – issue 138 to be exact. They belong to Jason Hill and they’re attached to the same 1989 VN sedan that they were attached to back then. However, a lot has changed since then and we thought it was high time that we brought you all a fresh perspective on the Novacastrian’s tyre-destroying ex-cop second-gen’.

Jason has had the car for around eight years and as anyone who’s owned the same car that long, you’d know things tend to evolve over that kind of timeline. When we last saw the car, it was more suited to cruising and burnouts than what Jason has set the car up for these days – which is straight line havoc.

“This is the third rebuild,” Jason says. “I have the best group of mates. They all came together to build this car for the third time.” And most of those mates all came out to help on the photo shoot, too, with about 10 bodies there to hang out, assist, watch and shoot the shit while the VN enjoyed its moment in the sun… we mean, rain.Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'

The day of our photo shoot fell right in the middle of the storm season the East Coast of NSW experienced in late November, early December 2014. Between the hell fire happening in the skies and the raucous cacophony emanating from the 5in pipe exiting the VN’s front passenger guard, it really felt like Hell was coming to breakfast.

Perhaps it was an apt occasion for the shoot, considering what Jason’s VN has become since issue 138. Today, the car is powered by a 600rwhp turbocharged LS2 from a VZ HSV. But that’s 600hp on a run-in tune. No one is quite sure yet what the engine will make once the boost is ramped up from the 10psi it’s on now.

Inside, it’s pretty stock, save for Lunati cam’, valve springs, pushrods and lifters. All the good stuff is happening on the outside of the engine, with a 105mm throttle shoving vast amounts of air into a single-plane Edelbrock manifold. On the other side is a pair of custom turbo manifolds that connect an 80mm B/W turbo to the mix, with fuel fed from an Aeroflow pump on a strict diet of E85 and a set of ID2200 injectors.

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'This is all backed by a US-sourced Powerglide with a 3000rpm stall, mating to a spooled Borg Warner rear end running 4.11:1 gears – however, Jason tells us a sheet metal 9in is on the way. Probably a good thing considering the punishment he intends dishing out to the driveline in the near future (if the parachute didn’t give things away, just a little).

An extensive, colour-matched roll cage weaves through the cabin of the VN, connecting everything together, firming up what is structurally a pretty flimsy monocoque design. Within the cage you’ll find a bare-bones cabin boasting OBX race seats and RCI harnesses, with a neat sheet metal dash wrapped in carbon vinyl, matching the fuel cell out back. The rear seat is gone, both to save weight and to make room for the mini tubs that house the 28×10.5in slicks. Mounted under the dash are all the relocated fuses, relays and the Haltech Platinum Sport 2000 ECU that runs everything.

After some engine trouble (factory oiling issues), Jason and the guys at Bassett Racing had to rebuild the original LS2 and fabricate a custom 10L sump to try and ensure failure wasn’t something that happens twice. As such, no times have been run yet. Needless to say, it’s got the hardware for a nine and we can’t wait to see what it does. The evolution theory in practice!

Owner: Jason Hill
Model: 1989 VN BT1
Bodywork: SV5000 kit, alloy wing, fibreglass bonnet and boot lid
Colour: Custom Dupont green
Block: VZ HSV LS2
Engine Mods: File back piston rings, Lunati camshaft, Lunati pushrods, tie-bar lifters, Lunati dual valve springs, sheet metal rocker covers, custom 10L sump, Meziere oil pump, Aeroflow fuel pump (E85), ID2200 injectors, Edelbrock single-plane intake manifold, Borg Warner 80mm turbo, custom PWR radiator, Aeroflow oil cooler, Haltech Platinum Sport 2000 ECU, engine plates, 66mm Precision wastegate, Turbosmart BOV, braided fuel and oil lines, alloy catch can w/B&M breather, 105mm throttle
Power: 599rwhp (446rwkW) @ 10psi
Exhaust: Custom turbo manifolds, 5in exhaust
Gearbox: Powerglide, 3000rpm stall, trans’ brake
Diff: Narrowed Borg Warner, full-spool, 4.11:1 final drive, 28-spline axles
Brakes: VT twin-piston front brakes, factory rear, Bendix pads
Suspension: 90/10 front shocks, QAX1 rear coil-overs, modified adjustable rear panhard, mini tubs
Wheels/Tyres: 15in Centerline billet rims (3.5in front, 10in rear), 28×10.5in slicks
Interior: OBX front race seats, sheet metal dash w/carbon wrap, black carpets, custom door trims, RCI harnesses, cage, ‘chute handle, B&M Pro Ratchet, deleted rear bench, Drift steering wheel
Stereo: N/A
Build period: 8 years (ongoing)
Cost: “Nearly a house”
Contacts: Bassett Racing, Off Tap Custom Resprays, Neals Glides USA, Mr. Stitches, Mallaby Sheetmetal, “Thank you to the boys, my son Ryder, Zac, Dylan, Jesse, Huber, Damo, Tony and my dad”

Feature Car: Matt Baxter’s Holden LC GTR Torana


01 Feb

Our photo shoot on Matt Baxter’s immaculate LC GTR Torana made it onto the front cover of the new issue of Aussie Muscle Enthusiast magazine, which went on sale last week. Be sure to grab a copy and read all about it! Matt’s owned the car since he was 16 and has a great story to tell. You can check out Matt’s other car HERE.

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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.

Matt Baxter's Holden LC GTR Torana

Matt Baxter's Holden LC GTR Torana     Matt Baxter's Holden LC GTR Torana

Cover Car: Jesse Palmer’s Toyota Celica for Power Magazine


20 May

Our photo shoot on Jesse Palmer’s twin-turbo Toyota Celica made the front cover of Slovakian magazine, Power! It’s on sale over there right now.

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Feature Story: Mick Fabar’s Zero’d Falcon in Modified Mustangs & Fords USA


06 Apr

Modified Mustangs & Fords May 2013

We had the pleasure of writing up the feature story on Mick Fabar’s incredible carbon-neutral XR Ford Falcon known as Zero’d for Modified Mustangs & Fords magazine in the USA. The May 2013 issue of the magazine is on sale in America now, flying the flag for Aussie ingenuity and forward thinking.

Powered by a turbo diesel Ford V8 and built using almost 100% recycled parts, as well as offsetting emissions through creating a more environmentally-friendly workshop, the car achieves a carbon-neutral state, despite boasting some amazing fabrication and engineering. Be sure to get your hands on a copy of the magazine to read all about it.

 

 

Feature Bike: William Cauchi’s 127ci DNA Softail


18 Jul

Issue 16 of Wild Aussie Choppers (aka World’s Hottest Choppers) is on sale at your local newsagency now and features our photo shoot and feature story on William Cauchi’s excellent 127ci custom DNA Softail chopper. Powered by an Ultima stroker twin, the bike features a healthy smattering of custom bits as well as some select factory Harley pieces that help it honestly wear its number plates.

We shot the bike in William’s place of business, Hunter Kitchen King in Rutherford, NSW with Will riding the bike in the rain to get to our shoot. Good to see a custom chopper ridden in all conditions, no? As always, we’ve brought you six FREE desktop wallpaper images in 1680-resolution. CLICK HERE to check them out on our Flickr page. Strobist fans will also find our lighting information there, as well as the EXIF data.

William Cauchi's 127ci DNA Softail

William Cauchi's 127ci DNA Softail     William Cauchi's 127ci DNA Softail

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Res Foliage Textures


23 Feb

This weeks collection of six high-resolution texture images include a series of images of plant foliage… leaves. They’re mainly obtained from our gardens, but also include some from Lake Parramatta in NSW, Australia and Mount Tomah, also in NSW. They’re all in high-resolution and they’re all free for you, with one proviso – see below.

All six of these high-resolution fur textures are FREE for personal and commercial use, however resale, repackaging and redistribution are prohibited and punishable by death. Don’t think we’re kidding!

Click on (or right click and Save-As) the thumbnails for the full resolution experience:
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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Plant Textures 2


01 Dec

This week we’ve brought you a collection of six high-resolution images of different plant textures around our office. They include a tree fern, lavender, green waste in the form of some old chamomile plants and more! Hopefully you’ll find reason to include some of them in your future design work.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution through channels such as CD/DVD, websites etc is prohibited. So don’t go passing them off as your own.

Click on (or right click and Save-As) the thumbnails for the full-resolution versions:
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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Ground Textures


03 Nov

We got plenty of hits from our high-resolution concrete series of texture images last week; so we thought we’d bring you a series of related ground surface textures this time around. Consisting six FREE high-resolution images including a thick layer of drying leaves and bark, chalky gravel, leafy exposed aggregate concrete, bright green lawn, mossy rock and rough rock surfaces; they’re sure to be helpful in your next design project.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution through channels such as CD/DVD, websites etc is prohibited. So don’t go passing them off as your own.

Click on the thumbnails (or right-click and Save-As) for the high-res experience:
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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Plant Textures


23 Jun

Another week rolls by and it’s time again for our Wicked Wednesday high-resolution texture images! You’re in luck this week, as we took a trip to the Mt. Tomah Botanical Gardens out past Kurrajong, NSW Australia over the weekend and captured some amazing plant life.

In this collection of six very high-resolution textures you’ll find grasses, a conifer, grass tree and a couple other things we can’t remember the names of. As usual, they’re FREE for your personal or commercial use; however ressale and repackaging is strictly verboten!

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