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BLAST OFF: Ditch Jones’ Show-Stopping Blown Holden HR Ute


24 May

Ditch Jones' HR Holden Ute

BLAST OFF

Ditch Jones just wanted to take his HR to the next level. What he did was propel it into the show-scene stratosphere
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Ditch Jones' HR Holden UtilityYou’re looking at the most famous HR in the country. There. We’ve said it. No point beating around the bush or acting like we’re showing you the latest car on the block.

However, Ditch Jones’s 1967 HR Holden ute carries with it a remarkable story that’s really only fully coming to fruition now. See, Ditch has been working hard to get the HR into a position where he can finally relax a little and put some kilometres on the odometer.

Yeah, we know, right!?

But let’s hit rewind for a second and get a little history under our belts. Ditch and his HR go back a long way: around 20 years, in fact. Back then the ute was a largely original, 179ci-powered driver that had only recently been refinished when Ditch bought it for the princely sum of $6500 – in mid-1980s money.Ditch Jones' HR Holden Utility

Even in those early days the ute was a trophy winner; wearing kidney-hole alloys and boasting Premier trim. Being a Canberra local until recently, he and the HR were even there for the birth of the Summernats.

Over time, Ditch put plenty of his own taste into the HR, changing the way it looked and drove and winning more trophies at the same time. But thanks to his willingness to drive the ute to each and every show he entered, the ute slowly became a little tired and Ditch found that it was getting harder to keep up with the other builders. The main issue for Ditch was the undercarriage – Dragway 5-spokes and hot pink accents still winning favour at the time.

This is where the story starts getting really complicated – complicated because it can simply be very difficult to write about such a large number of seemingly endless modifications that have resulted in vehicle that may in many ways still resemble an HR Holden, but is so far removed from one that it almost defies description.

Ditch reckons there are easily 100 different body mods in his ute alone, without counting the scores of modifications to be found inside and underneath the car. The wheelbase has been stretched 100mm to properly centre the front wheels in the guards, the front wheel arches were raised 35mm to offer better steering travel and the sills were extended by around 35mm – a mod’ that makes the car look lower and just a little chopped.

Ditch Jones' HR Holden UtilityStill on the body, the side glass and window frames have been deleted and both front and rear screens are flush fitting with the front glass coming down further than stock. The rain gutters were shaved, as were the doors that are now suicided. Up front, the bonnet was extended to the windscreen with the cowl removed and re-fabricated underneath with custom billet hinges. Custom billet hinges also hold up the doors that hang from strengthened B-pillars and the A-pillars were reshaped so that prominent swage line across the top of the guards ran right up and over the car.

There are dozens more body modifications to be listed (see captions), but the HR isn’t just a combination of its fancy panels. Gone is the HR’s original chassis. Ditch and Drago originally tried to build the ute while retaining some of the HR’s original architecture, but three months in, Drago bit the bullet and scrapped everything only to start again with a clean slate. Now, the HR runs a ¾-chassis with a tubular front end that Ditch says could take any power plant he ever chooses, but we get the idea that the yellow menace will forever be powered by a Holden six. Not that this ute runs any old inline six banger.

Based around a 3.3L 202ci six, the engine boasts the refinement it needs thanks to the boost generated by the Fisher 4/71 supercharger bolted to the side. Wanting the look of an injected setup, while retaining the 700cfm blower-prepped Holley, Ditch approached Garlits about adapting one of their injector hats to suit and the result is ‘sex’ cast in alloy form.

Drago and his team had to move the engine and gearbox back 100mm to accommodate Ditch’s desired 4in blower belt. While they were at it, they also lowered the combo into the bay by some 65mm that helped sit everything in horizontally, but also meant only the blower hat protruded from through the super smooth, boxed-in and extended bonnet. Not only that, but the sump then sat perfectly in-line with the flat floor pan.Ditch Jones' HR Holden Utility

Truly masters in the art of metal fabrication, SCV created the entire interior out of steel. In fact, Ditch says the only fibreglass to be found anywhere is the trick tail light housings that house equally neat LED assemblies.

Inside the cabin you’ll find a swoopy design that completely disguises the ute’s 44 years. Teal micro-suede covers the modified Cobra one-piece seats as well as the false floor panels, custom door trims and rear bulkhead as well as that intricate roof panel that until now has not been seen in a magazine. There’s no question that the ute set a new benchmark when it hit the show scene a few years back with consecutive Top 10 spots at Summernats 20 and 21. Just look at the design of that delectable floating centre console pod that houses the shifter, switches and Dakota Digital airbag controls.

Ditch Jones' HR Holden UtilityDitch was once quoted as saying that he planned to race and cruise the HR and while that hasn’t happened yet, he and Ziggy’s Hotrods have been working to bring that final element to fruition. Now a resident of NSW’s Hunter region, he and the ute have spent plenty of time at Ziggy’s workshop where a significant proportion of that insane undercarriage have been modified to better suit driving.

Gone are the coil-overs, making way for Air Ride airbags and the front end utilises a Rod City stainless setup. The HR still uses 330mm Hoppers Stoppers rotors front and back, but the show-spec’ items were replaced by functional ones. Perhaps the only real set back preventing Ditch from putting some serious kays on it now is the ridiculously tiny 20L fuel tank.

We didn’t realise it at first, but Ditch later admitted that our driving shots represented the first real driving he’s done in the HR since all the new suspension work was completed and looking at some of the shots we took, you could see the tension in Ditch’s face! With the maiden voyage over and done with – and the ute passing with flying colours – let’s hope those original plans to race and cruise the HR finally come true.

Owner: Ditch Jones
Model: 1967 HR Holden
Colour: PPG ‘Ditch’s Twisted Lemon’ and Diamond Silver
Bodywork: Custom steel grille, modified headlight buckets, shaved and narrowed bumpers, revised wheel arches, extended sills, shaved door handles, suicide doors, deleted window glass and frames, custom tail light assemblies, shaved and moulded tailgate area, shaved rain gutters, re-shaped roof swage lines, flush-mounted glass, stretched bonnet and deleted cowl, 1-piece front clip (all steel), Euro-style headlights
Engine Type: 3.3L Holden six
Engine Mods: Ben Gatt custom O-ringed 9-port head, ACL Race Series pistons (8.1:1-comp’), offset-ground crank, race-prepped rods w/ARP rod bolts, Crow solid roller cam’, 700cfm Supercharger Series Holley DP, Fisher 4/71 supercharger, custom Fisher manifold, Mick’s Metalcraft radiator, Scorcher billet dizzy, Pro Comp ignition, modified Kilkenny rocker cover, billet breather, 4in blower belt, Garlits blower hat
Power: Enough
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated headers, ceramic coated mandrel-bent exhaust
Gearbox: Trimatic, 2800rpm Dominator stall
Diff: 9in, 28-spline axles, Strange 3.98:1 final drive, mini-spool
Brakes: 300mm Hoppers Stoppers rotors, 4-piston front calipers, 2-piston rear calipers, braided brake lines
Wheels and tyres: Showwheels Matrix billet rims (17x7in front, 19x1in rear)
Suspension: Rod City stainless steel front end, Air Ride front and rear airbags, ¾ chassis and ladder bar rear end, adjustable panhard, custom steering column, Commodore rack, box and tube chassis
Interior: Custom all-steel dash and interior, custom floating centre console, B&M Pro Ratchet, Dakota Digital airbag controller, Showwheels Matrix steering wheel, Autometer gauges, 6-point roll cage, teal micro-suede trim, modified Cobra race seats
Other Mods: Wheelbase stretched 100mm, billet door hinges, billet bonnet hinges, engine moved back 100mm and dropped 65mm, LED lighting in engine bay and under body
Stereo: N/A
Build Period: 4 years
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: Sefton Concept Vehicles, Ziggy’s Hotrods, G-Trim, PPG, Showwheels, Shannons, Meguiar’s, MirrorFinish, Geof’s Garage, Gen-Tech Performance, Hoppers Stoppers, Covercraft, The Chop Shop, Probag, Bluewire Motorsport, “A big thank you to Lea, Luko, Kev and all my friends who have helped me along the way”

EXTREME ELEANOR: 666hp, 427ci and Gassed Ford 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback


07 May

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

EXTREME ELEANOR

What do you get when one man sets out to build the best Mustang in the country? This one, obviously…
Words and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback MustangIt’s not often you hear of someone jumping into the world of modified cars at the very deepest of deep ends. We’re talking zero to sixty in an instant here. Two years ago, Wasyl decided he wanted to build a Mustang, and while his initial intention wasn’t to build ‘the best’ of anything, for anyone who got to see this 1967 Fastback up close at the 2013 MotorEx can attest, that’s certainly what happened. Incredibly, it’s his first custom car.

Built over a short two-year period between Melbourne and Wasyl’s home town of Sydney, this lucky Mustang has been the subject of more than 9000 hours of intensive labour and incredible detail. From its flawlessly smooth fibreglass nose to its bespoke steel rear valance, nary a square centimetre was left untouched in the process of turning the donor car into what it is today.

“It was actually a very clean car to start with,” Wasyl says. “But we ended up tearing it right down to its core anyway. Every panel is new, including the rear quarters.”

Besides meaning that the car would have brand new, baby-arse smooth panels once finished, getting physical access to the innards of the car made it easier when it was decided early on to make those razor-sharp side vents functional, acting as ducting for the rear brakes. Up front, it also made it easier to create the gorgeous symmetry the engine bay displays today, with super smooth panels surrounding the 427ci, nitrous-fed monster bolted to the custom chassis rails.Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

Wasyl says the big-cube powerhouse started as a Ford Racing crate motor, purchased on advice he was given that suggested it would make things easier – and cheaper. However, by the time the car was complete the only thing left of the original crate engine was the block!

With the 427 now far more stout than before thanks to parts from the Scat and ARP catalogues, it was decided to add some nitrous (you can’t have a Mustang inspired by Eleanor without gas, can you?). Wasyl says he can’t wait to activate the nitrous switch on the dash and feel the push in the back from the 200hp direct-port system plumbed into the Edelbrock Super Victor manifold.

This combo is backed by a bullet-proof drive train consisting of a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed ‘box and braced sheet metal 9in held in place by a 4-link rear and reinforced mounting points all ’round. One thing this car will never have any trouble with is structural integrity. Both the chassis and floor pans boast additional stiffening and the engine bay hides up to three layers of steel, particularly around the strut towers. While Wasyl and his builder Goren was at it, the rear end was minitubbed to the rails to accommodate those massive 18x13in billet rims and 335-wide Pirellis.

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback MustangInside, that same Shelby GT500/Eleanor hybrid style continues, and Wasyl is keen to point out that this was never meant to be a straight Eleanor clone. “Direction on this project changed a million times,” he says. “Small items of the build were constantly changing, but the core design stayed the same.”

The interior is a good example, where things started as a classic restomod re-trim only to bloom into a full-blown if not subtle reinterpretation of the original cars. From first glances, it would be easy to assume this was just an out-of-the-box job using repro parts. Look closer and you’ll realise that there is a lot more going on, with some parts modified and recovered up to three times to get the right look and feel. Those leather-clad seats are heated and the carbon inserts are custom.

A comparatively brief two-year build may seem short for such an extensive project, but when you’ve got someone working on the car up to seven days a week totalling some 9000 man hours, it makes more sense. Yet, Wasyl still says that waiting was probably the hardest part of the build. “Managing a construction company interstate doesn’t leave much time to play with toys like this one,” he says. “But where there’s a passion there’s a way. Having people working on it full time, managing it after a day’s work, giving my direction/vision partly to de-stress from the construction industry and its challenges was the norm for two years.”Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

“People say it’s not the destination but the journey. This was definitely not the bloody case here. I’m really happy it is finished.”

If that was the hardest part of the project, he knows immediately what the best part of the build was. “Showing it to my family for the first time at MotorEx 2013, for sure,” he says. “We finished it at midnight the night before, literally loading it onto the trailer at Andy’s and waking up in the morning in disbelief that it was actually finished. The highlight was definitely seeing my sons smile when they saw their names on the NOS bottles.”

Show life isn’t over for the ’67 just yet, with Wasyl planning a few more shows before letting the car settle into life as a family cruiser. A quick look underneath the car will show you that this was planned all along – everything from the firewall back coated in a generous layer of stone guard.

What then? Be prepared to see a ’50 mercury sled in matt black with hot rod pin striping hitting car shows around the country within the next handful of years!

Owner: Wasyl
Model: 1967 Ford Mustang
Colour: PPG Pepper Grey
Bodywork: Custom GT500 Shelby/Eleanor mix, custom grille, custom steel rear wing/valance, functional steel side vents, functional side exit exhaust,
Block: 427ci Ford Racing Crate Engine
Engine Mods: Scat steel crank, Scat H-beam 6in rods, Mahle pistons (10.7:1-comp’), Sealed Power rings, ARP head and mains studs, Clevite bearings, CNC-ported alloy heads, stainless valves, Comp Cams springs and retainers, Comp solid roller cam’, Melling oil pump, custom alloy sump, Ford Motorsport water pump, Aussie Desert Cooler alloy radiator, March billet pulleys, 950cfm Holley carb’, Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold, 200hp direct-port NOS nitrous system, Ford Motorsport air cleaner, MSD Pro Billet distributor, MSD coil and spark amp’, MagnaFuel electric fuel pump and regulator, custom 120L fuel tank, stainless braided fuel lines, hidden wiring and fluid bottles, billet hinges, billet strut braces and caps
Power: 666fwhp (489kW), 570lb/ft (772Nm)
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated 4-into-1 headers, twin 2-3/4in stainless exhaust (true side exit), custom ceramic coated mufflers
Gearbox: Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed, single-plate hydraulic clutch
Diff: Sheet metal braced 9in, LSD
Brakes: 430mm front rotors, 380mm rear rotors, 6-piston AP Racing calipers, AP Racing pads, electric vacuum booster, manual booster relocated
Suspension: Front and rear TCP coil-overs, 4-link rear, reinforced mounting points, reinforced shock towers, reinforced floor pans, TCP steering rack, minitubbed to rails
Wheels/Tyres: 18in custom offset billet rims (8in front, 13in rear), custom spinner centres, Pirelli P-Zero tyres (335/30 rear)
Interior: Black leather trim, black carpets, Nardi steering wheel, suede dash, carbon fibre trim inserts, nitrous switch, Autometer gauges, roll cage, heated front seats
Stereo: Custom flip-down double-DIN Alpine head unit mechanism, Alpine power amps, Alpine 6in front and rear splits, 2x Alpine 12in subs, custom wiring
Build Period: Two years
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: Special thanks to Goren Ilioski, Ronny, Andy from Andy’s Restorations and most of all to my wife and sons for their support and endless love, Form 700, Blueprint Race Engines, Clockwork Wiring, S.Rich Polishing

Feature Car: Grahame and Colin Barker’s 1951 Holden FX Ute


31 Mar

Grahame and Colin Barker’s 1951 Holden FX Ute cleaned up at Summernats in 2018, scoring Top Judged Elite and the car was featured in the March issue of Street Machine, including the fold-out poster. OPowered by an L67 supercharged V6, the car has been in the Barker family for over 20 years and was recently completed by Michael Ellard at Image Conversions.

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Grahame and Colin Barker's 1951 Holden FX Ute

Grahame and Colin Barker's 1951 Holden FX Ute

Grahame and Colin Barker's 1951 Holden FX Ute

Feature Car: Michael Sande’s Ford Mustang Fastback


18 Apr

My photo shoot of Michael Sande’s incredible, trophy-hauling Ford Mustang Fastback was featured in the April 2017 issue of Mustang Monthly in the USA, proudly flying the flag for custom Aussie-built cars. The magazine has subsequently featured the shoot on its website since and never fails to attract plenty of praise for Michael’s efforts – even if it is right-hook!

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Michael Sande's Ford Mustang Fastback

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Feature Car: Steve Hopes’ Chevrolet Camaro ‘SINISTR’


13 Nov

Our photo shoot on Steve Hopes’ brain-snapping NRE (Nelson Race Engines) twin-turbo Chevrolet Camaro was featured in the last issue of Street Machine magazine, which was on sale last month. There isn’t much left of the original car, with every nook and cranny replaced, smoothed, polished and fettled into a potent, tyre-destroying show car.

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Steve Hopes' Chevrolet Camaro 'SINISTR'

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