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Cover Car: Mario Ciarrocchi’s VH Valiant Charger


18 Sep

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hills & Co workshop in Taree NSW, for the first time in a few years to photograph Mario Ciarrocchi’s incredible elite-level VH Valiant Charger for the front cover of Street Machine. Powered by a 540 big-block and boasting all the modern electrical wonders you could imagine (including a CANBUS system), this car is on another planet in terms of custom car building.

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Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger
Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger
Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger

Feature Car: Mark Sullivan’s 1963 Lincoln Continental


21 Aug

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a number of Mark Sullivan’s automotive creations over the last six or seven years. I think this air-bagged Lincoln Continental makes it number three, plus a Performance Garage cover shoot.
The Lincoln, which boasts a 393ci Windsor V8 and custom orange trim, was featured in the August issue of Street Machine.

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Mark Sullivan's 1963 Lincoln Continental
Mark Sullivan's 1963 Lincoln Continental
Mark Sullivan's 1963 Lincoln Continental

Feature Car: Dave Steele’s Holden HQ Monaro


29 Apr

My shoot on Dave Steele’s immaculate HQ LS Monaro was featured in the April 2019 issue of Street Machine. It was the first time I’d light painted a car in a studio environment and I’m pretty chuffed with the way it came out – particularly being a white car in a white room.
Powered by a stout 427ci Dart-based SBC, the car is heavy with attention to detail and sits with its smooth arse well into the weeds (which I love!).

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Dave Steele's Holden HQ Monaro
Dave Steele's Holden HQ Monaro
Dave Steele's Holden HQ Monaro

Feature Car: V Resto Garage’s 1970 Ford Falcon


17 Apr

Don’t be fooled by the typical GT-clone appearance of this brand new build from V Resto Garage – there’s nothing typical about the fit, finish and performance of this 1970 Ford Falcon. Under the bonnet lies a 514ci monster that’s housed within a flawlessly smooth engine bay. That same level of detail weaves throughout the car and combined with the 22in Simmons FR rims (12in wide at the back) and you’ve got one hell of a muscle car! It was featured in the April 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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V Resto Garage's 1970 Ford Falcon
V Resto Garage's 1970 Ford Falcon
V Resto Garage's 1970 Ford Falcon

Feature Car: Stephen Sherry’s Holden LJ GTR Torana


27 Mar

Shephen Sherry’s LJ Holden GTR Torana, known as GRNADE, is a fresh build but is already well known in the scene and with good cause – it packs a 680hp, 6/71-blown 383ci SBC-powered punch! I got to photograph the car for the March 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Stephen Sherry's Holden LJ GTR Torana
Stephen Sherry's Holden LJ GTR Torana
Stephen Sherry's Holden LJ GTR Torana

Cover Car: Owen Rice’s Holden CV8 Monaro


05 Feb

I photographed Owen Rice’s beautiful Holden CV8 Monaro burnout car for the front cover of the return issue of Street Machine Commodores. This is so much more than a simple skid car. It’s also a fully fledged show car, complete with custom interior, detailed undercarriage and smooth engine bay. There is detail everywhere! Oh, and it makes almost 1200hp from its 400ci, 8/71-blown stroker.

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Owen Rice's Holden CV8 Monaro
Owen Rice's Holden CV8 Monaro
Owen Rice's Holden CV8 Monaro

Feature Car: Jason Sandner’s Holden LX Torana


14 Nov

Jason Sandner’s incredibly-detailed Holden LX Torana appeared in the November 2018 issue of Street Machine. It is the second time I’ve been able to get up close and personal with the car and it never fails to blow my tiny mind. Jason has done an incredible job of building the car, which is highly detailed, both on top and bottom. powered by a 378ci alloy Donovan SBC, it’s also potent!

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Jason Sandner's Holden LX Torana

Jason Sandner's Holden LX Torana

Jason Sandner's Holden LX Torana

COVER BIKE: Smith Concepts’ Bagged and Blown Harley Davidson VROD


01 Aug

I had the pleasure of photographing the latest creation from Smith Concepts late in 2017: Australia’s wildest Harley Davidson VROD. Stretched 2in, raked, bagged, blown and gassed… it’s got everything – including over 40k of custom, one-off billet alloy parts! That’s not to mention the amazing custom paint work by Kyle Smith.

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Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

 

HOME-GROWN HERO: Adrian Coulter’s 380rwhp 6/71-blown LJ Holden Torana


18 Jun

Adrian Coulter's LJ Torana

HOME-GROWN HERO

Adrian Coulter’s 6/71-blown LJ Holden Torana is a true home-built masterpiece that almost cost him everything
Story and Pics by Ben Hosking

The stories behind some performance cars almost write themselves and those vehicles are usually home-built. You just can’t create the same texture, depth and interest with a cheque-book build that’s simply spent months in and out of workshops. Sure, put two cars next to one another and they might look the same; but you can be sure the journey the home-built car took to get to the finish line will be a whole lot more interesting than the workshop car.

Adrian Coulter's LJ Holden Torana33-year-old Novocastrian Adrian Coulter has spent the last nine years building this incredible Viper Blue LJ coupe (this is actually its second build) and except for that glowing blue suit, he’s completed everything himself in the shed at home. “The car won awards for Best Paint and Best Interior at the 1998 and 2000 Toranafest events,” says Adrian, a qualified panel beater AND mechanic. “After that I took the car home and stripped it back down to a bare shell. It took nine years to get from there to here.”

It’s hard to believe that a Torana this straight and highly detailed could have once started out as such a wreck – just as it did in 1995 when Adrian first bought it. “It was in primer when I bought it,” says Adrian. “I was told it just needed rubbing back and painting, but when I got it home and went to open the passenger door, it fell off!”

Things went from bad to worse once Adrian started rubbing the panels down, finding all manner of damage. Eventually, the casualty list included two sill panels, the rear beaver panel, two floor pans, the front valance and plenty of other poorly repaired dents and damage. “It took 15 months just in bodywork,” explains Adrian. “It was a never ending story, but worth the effort in the end.”

Fast forward to the second build and Adrian pulled out all the stops, creating an LJ with more attention to detail than most big dollar builds can muster. From tip to stern there isn’t a square millimetre of this car that hasn’t been massaged or tricked out in some way.

Up front, the engine started life as a 1990 304ci injected 5L, no doubt powering a VN Commodore or some description. Adrian rebuilt it himself using the factory crank with A9L rods and simple ACL Race Series pistons, rings and bearings. The rotating assembly does enjoy some additional support in the form of ARP mains studs and a girdle which is a good thing considering he’s forcing eight pounds of boost down its throat.

Unbelievably, Adrian was the first guy to ever lay eyes on that shiny GMC 6/71 supercharger. “Starting the motor with the blower on it was definitely one of my favourite moments in the build,” says Adrian, smiling with the thought. “I was the first person to open the crate with the 1959 blower in it. It still had the metal packing straps around the box and everything.”

It was a doubly exciting moment considering it was Adrian’s first blown engine – one that also features ported cast heads and a sturdy valvetrain using plenty of Crow parts. While the car hasn’t been on a dyno, Adrian reckons the twin-carbed beast is making around 380hp at the treads with plenty of fuel left in the mix to make sure nothing breaks – except tyres.Adrian Coulter's LJ Holden Torana

This is all backed by a worked T400 using a B&M 2800rpm stall and stage-2 kit before twisting torque through a 3in thick-wall tail shaft and on to a 9in that Adrian narrowed and braced; filling it with VL turbo 28-spline axles, 3.5:1 gearings and a mini spool. He also tubbed the rear end to the chassis rails, relocating the shock mounts and boxing the control arms.

In fact, the suspension at both ends is pretty custom, including a Hadfield Chassis kit, strengthened upper and lower front control arms and a full set of Nolathane bushings. With an LJ V8 steering conversion, King springs and Monroe shocks, the car handles like a dream and very unlike a car of its vintage. “Setting the diff’ angles and geometry was probably one of the hardest parts of the build,” says Adrian. “Well that and saving the money to build the car without losing my wife.”

In all, the car took three bank loans, all Adrian’s spare cash and almost his marriage to complete – but he didn’t give up and neither did his missus. “I have to thank my wife for her patience and support,” says Adrian. “She’s been amazing.”

Adrian has no other plans for the LJ other than to drive and get some enjoyment out of his hard work. Indeed, in order to fly under the radar as much as possible and not end up defected off the road; Adrian is contemplating a life without the blower – something he planned for when building the engine. If you look closely you’ll see a custom plate between the carbs and the blower which allows Adrian to remove the pump and simply refit the carbs to the blower manifold for quick and easy swaps. Although he has considered selling it all.

“I’d consider selling it for the right price,” says Adrian. “I don’t really want to, but it’s time to start thinking about the family.”

What a legend.

Owner: Adrian Coulter
Colour: Dodge Viper blue
Bodywork: GTR flutes, rear wheel arches stretched, rolled guards
Engine Type: 1990 304ci V8
Engine Mods: Modified oil galleries, ARP head and mains studs, stud girdle, A9L rods, ACL Race Series pistons (8.5:1-comp’), ACL rings and bearings, ported cast heads (flow around 550hp), stainless valves, K-Line valve guides, Chev’ LT1 valve springs, Crow retainers, alloy catch can, Crow hydraulic cam’ (112˚ LSA), Crow lifters and pushrods, Yella Terra 1.65:1 roller rockers, double-row timing chain, JP high-pressure low-volume oil pump, High Energy sump, alloy oil cooler, 2x 10in thermo fans, 4-core Statesman radiator, 65A alternator, billet engine pulleys, 2x 600cfm vac-sec Holley carbs, GMC 6/71 supercharger (8psi), K&N air filters, Mallory distributor, Bosch coil, Holley fuel pump and adjustable regulator, 60L RCI fuel cell, custom alternator bracket, custom carb’ mounting plate
Power: Approx. 380rwhp (283rwkW)
Exhaust: Heat wrapped custom tri-Y headers (1-3/4in primaries), twin 2.5in mild steel system
Gearbox: T400, custom oil coolers, B&M 2800rpm stall, stage-2 shift kit
Diff: Smoothed and detailed 9in, VL turbo axles, 3.5:1 final drive, mini-spool, 3in thick-wall tail shaft
Brakes: HQ front discs, HQ rear drums, Falcon master cylinder, VH44 booster (mounted under dash), new custom brake lines
Suspension: Strengthened upper and lower front control arms, new ball joints, King front springs, Monroe shocks, boxed and shortened rear control arms, custom rear shock mounts, custom diff’ bracing, LJ V8 steering conversion, Nolathane bushings, Rod Hadfield chassis kit, Commodore trans’ tunnel, custom rear top shock mounts
Wheels/Tyres: 15in Weld Draglite rims (6in front, 10in rear)
Other mods: Mini tubs to rails, battery relocated, custom boot enclosure
Interior: Custom black velour trim, Monza front buckets, Monza harnesses, 12in silver Momo tiller, custom roof lining, black carpets, B&M Quicksilver shifter, aircraft switches, restored factory gauges, rebuilt column, HR blinker arm, stamped alloy glove box insert, modified hand brake, ancillary gauges, 4-point alloy cage
Stereo: JVC CD player, Kicker power amps, Sony 6x9in speakers, MTX rear 6in splits, 2x 12in Sony subs
Build Period: (2nd build) 9 years
Cost: $55,000
Thanks: Bow’s Mufflers – Broadmeadow, “My wife for her patience and support throughout the build; my parents for all their help. Also my mates Ben, Big Dan and Dave for all their help. Without them the car would still be in the shed unfinished and gathering dust.”

THE HEIRLOOM: Andrew Panda’s 1967 Ford Mustang


17 May

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

THE HEIRLOOM

What does a father do when he has four sons? Why, build each of them an incredible four-wheeled inheritance, naturally!
Words and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangIf you look past the potential problems associated with having four sons – like supremely busy weekend mornings taking them to sporting events, violent four-way sibling scuffles, squabbles over inheritance and the very real threat of no one ever putting the toilet seat down – there is at least one potential upside for the four-son-owning car enthusiast: being able to share your hobby with them. 43-year-old Sydneysider Andrew Panda even figured out a way to avoid the potential perils of post-mortem will wars. He’s decided to build each of them a car.

What you’re seeing printed on these pages is muscle car number two, with number one being a neatly restored ’64 and a half Mustang convertible that Andrew completed several years ago. He’s enjoyed plenty of miles in the convertible and wasn’t even thinking about building another car until good friend of his made a fateful late night ‘phone call from California.

“It all started over a couple of beers with my mate that runs his own shop, Big Al’s Mustangs & Musclecars,” Andrew says. “I told him of my interest in buying a 1967 Fastback. Unbeknownst to me, Al had travelled to the USA on a holiday and was keeping an eye out for me.”Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

It just so happened that while driving through the California desert Al came across a ’67 under someone’s carport. “The owner said the car had belonged to his father who has passed away,” Andrew says. “It had been sitting there for the last seven years, which was evident by the amount of sand on the car.”

While the owner declined any offers at the time for sentimental reasons, a few months later, Andrew received a call saying the owner was ready to sell. Negotiations were made and the car was shipped home.

Once the car arrived on Aussie shores, even close inspection revealed that the Mustang carried no more than a single two inch rust hole in the floor pan from where the air-con had been dripping for decades past. An excellent start to the project.

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangBut what next for the fastback? With a relatively traditional restoration already under his belt, Andrew decided something wilder was in order this time around and inspiration was found in the work of the Ring Brothers. Indeed, around $20,000 in parts were ordered from the company during the course of the build, even if they had a hard time believing the would-be customer to begin with.

“They wouldn’t take my money to start with,” Andrew says, still amused by the memory today. “It wasn’t long after the economy went south, so I can understand their hesitation at making and shipping so much stuff on the strength of someone offering a credit card number. I had to get the bank involved to show I was serious.”

Taking inspiration and plagiarising are two very different things and Andrew’s Mustang is covered in bespoke features that you’ll find nowhere else. The bodywork was completed by renowned Australian body man Justin Hills of Hills & Co. in Taree, NSW – a shop famous for turning out impeccable kustoms.Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

“Hills & Co. had the car for around 12 months,” Andrew says. “They were excellent to deal with and their work on the Mustang is amazing.”

Custom touches include the unique centre rib in the side vents that has been so well executed that plenty of people have to ask if it was original. Then there’s the shaved drop rails and handles, modified bumpers and custom side skirts fabricated from steel. Both the bonnet and boot are carbon fibre and feature flawless finished surfaced on top and bottom.

Once all the many body mods were complete, the car was lathered in a custom metallic green Glasurit finish that pays a little homage to Bullit, while remaining totally custom as well as being understated and classy. By avoiding current paint trends, Andrew’s modern/classic vibe should still look fresh years down the road.

“The hardest part of the build was probably the bodywork and getting the concept off the paper and into the fabricating,” Andrew says. “Choosing the colour with family members was tricky too, as everyone had definite views on what colour it should be.”

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangOne area that didn’t come under so much discussion was the powertrain, where Andrew set his mind on a stroked Windsor. Built by Aaron Wiles, the 408ci small-block runs a tough forged bottom end, topped by ported alloy heads and a beefy 950cfm Holley Ultra HP carb’. With a solid cam’ spinning down the middle, Andrew estimates the combo is making around 600hp, which is plenty enough to spin those 285/40/18 hoops under the butt.

“One of the things that still crosses my mind now it’s finished is whether I should have tubbed the car,” Andrew says. “Should I have sacrificed the rear seat for wider wheels?”

Even without a tub job, Andrew has been able to fit a set of 18x9in forged KWC rims on the rear with a ton of backspacing, giving the look of a car with more room under there. In fact, the car boasts a purposefully low stance all round thanks to the RRS Macpherson strut setup at the front and the RRS 3-link Watts assembly under the rear. Hiding behind the KWC wheels is a matching RRS disc brake setup with twin-piston calipers and 13in rotors on front and 12.5in rotors out back.

Hills &Co’s phenomenal metalwork continues in the cabin, where it was decided to rip out the factory dash in favour of a shallower-profile, hand-formed steel unit. From this came the desire to fabricate a custom centre console, complete with space for the Pioneer DVD touch screen. A pair of Recaro buckets sit up front, with grey leather covering them, the rear bench and the custom door trims – all competed by Trik Trim on the NSW mid-north coast. While Autometer gauges fill what’s left of the original fascia, Andrew picked an aftermarket steering wheel that he felt was reminiscent of one from the new-generation Mustangs.

Not content with a quick car that looked pretty, Andrew went all the way and installed a full stereo system into the 47-year-old coupe. Starting with the Pioneer source unit, Focal splits provide sonic nirvana front and rear, with the front speakers neatly and almost invisibly housed behind custom kick panels. A Focal 11in subwoofer provides the low end from a custom enclosure behind the rear seat, ported into the cabin through the parcel tray. Like the rest of the car, the stereo install is pretty understated and designed for class, not the latest trends.Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

“Sharing the car and enjoyment with my four boys is all I have planned for it now,” Andrew says. “I love taking it out for a cruise and the occasional car show. Just before the photo shoot I was pulled over by the cops with my son in the car. I wondered what I’d done wrong, but it turned out they just wanted to have a look!”

So what of the other two cars for the other two sons? Andrew says his wife is keen on a Corvette next time around. Car number four is still far too far away. If this Mustang is anything to go by, you can bet the ‘Vette will be one killer shark.

Owner: Andrew Panda
Vehicle: 1967 Mustang Fastback
Paint: Custom Glasurit green metallic
Styling: Shaved drip rails, shaved door handles, modified quarter vents, fabricated steel side skirts, custom front and rear skirts, carbon fibre bonnet and boot lid, modified plenum chamber, billet trim details
Engine: 408ci Windsor stroker
Engine Mods: Scat crank, Scat H-beam rods, forged Probe pistons (11:1-comp’), head and mains studs, ported alloy heads, mains girdle, Camtech solid cam’ (0.570in lift, 109° LSA), Camtech pushrods, Yella Terra rockers, Rollmaster timing chain, Melling oil pump, Aussie Desert Cooler radiator, Billet Specialties pulleys, 950cfm Holley Ultra HP carb’, MSD pro Billet distributor, MSD coil, Holley electric fuel pump and regulator, Ring Bros billet bonnet hinges
Power: Untested
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated 4-into-1 headers, twin 3in system
Gearbox: Ford AOD, 3500rpm stall
Diff: 9in, 3.89:1 final drive, Truetrac
Suspension: (f) RRS McPherson strut-type, RRS struts, (r) RRS 3-link Watts, RRS shocks and springs
Brakes: (f) 330mm rotors (13in), RRS Phase 3 calipers, 315mm rotors (12.5in), RRS Phase 2 calipers
Wheels/Tyres: 18in Showwheels KWC 013 forged (8in front, 9in rear)
Interior: Recaro front seats, dark grey leather trim, custom metal dash pad, Autometer gauges, dark grey carpets and roof lining, modified instrument fascia, billet pedals, custom centre console, Vintage Air system, B&M Quicksilver shifter, electric windows, custom door trims
Tunes: Pioneer stereo head unit, Focal power amps, Focal speakers and sub, custom subwoofer enclosure (ported through parcel tray), custom kick panels
Build Time: 2 years
Bucks: Undisclosed
Who’s Responsible: Hills & Co. Customs, RRS, Trik Trim, Ring Bros, Aaron Wiles (engine builder)