Posts Tagged ‘skids’

Feature Car: Nathan Patterson’s 1978 Toyota KE30 Corolla


16 May

My stock in trade seems to be of the Holden and Ford varieties. But sometimes I get to shoot far more unusual and interesting beasts. Nathan’s L98-powered 1978 KE30 Corolla is one of those. Bought from an old lady called Thelma, the little sedan now makes some 550rwhp and rips hellacious skids at the drop of a hat. It was featured in the May issue of Street Machine.

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Nathan Patterson's 1978 Toyota KE30 Corolla

Nathan Patterson's 1978 Toyota KE30 Corolla

Nathan Patterson's 1978 Toyota KE30 Corolla

MR. CLEAN: Craig Darcey’s 400rwhp LS2-Powered Holden VK Commodore


12 Apr

Craig Darcey's Holden VK Commodore

MR. CLEAN

You’d never guess by looking at this spotless, LS2-powered VK that its owner is a total burnout addict!
Story and pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Craig Darcey's Holden VK CommodoreBelieve it or not, Craig Darcey originally built this immaculate VK sedan with the sole intent of ripping massive skids. Sure, there are some pretty sweet burnout cars getting about on the professional burnout scene these days from the likes of Phil Kerjean and Stephen Loader’s original VE sedan to name a couple. But you’d be forgiven for not believing us when we say that despite the flawless deep blue metallic paint and straight-as panel work, 41-year-old Craig still destroys a set of 20s every other cruise.

No wimping out with cheap steelies and cheese-cutters here.

Craig originally bought the car four years ago and got to work on rebuilding the 1985-spec’ Calais, however somewhere along the road to tyre-frying stardom, he changed his mind and decided he’d prefer a smart, tidy cruiser that could still turn the tyres, but get more regular use. This wasn’t too long before Summernats 2014 and he had his work cut out for him to make it to Canberra with a finished car.Craig Darcey's Holden VK Commodore

“I got it finished two weeks out from the Summernats and dropped it off at a mate’s shop,” he says. “While parked out the front, an old guy reversed into it in the car park and caved in the rear end. I had to replace the quarter panel and repaint car again, all before Summernats.”

As if the mad rush to get cars ready for the annual horsepower festival wasn’t already enough to fray nerves and test relationships, Craig somehow got the repairs done in time for Summernats and the repairs look flawless, even up close. Indeed, the entire car is spotless – easily earning its number plates TIDYAS.

Coated in a luscious custom PPG metallic blue, the Calais retains much of what makes the Calais a perennial favourite, although some subtle details help it stand out, even if you need to stare at the car a while to see them – like the detail work Craig put into masking up the tail lights for paint before coating them in clear. This level of attention to detail is what makes his VK so nice. Pop the bonnet and you’ll see another reason.

Craig Darcey's Holden VK CommodoreLurking under the bonnet is a smooth bay with a very neat LS2 conversion that boasts some judicious mods to the top end and ancillaries. It’s making just under 400rwhp and thanks to some head work and a lumpy hydraulic cam’, it sounds like it means business – especially at full noise as it destroys another set of 20in tyres. Better yet, Craig colour-matched parts of the block and heads and with the matching Meziere electric water pump, it all looks seamless and cohesive.

Like most cars built to enjoy the odd skid, it’s backed by an auto – in this case a manualised 4L60E – and out back there’s a 9in with short 3.9:1 gears and a full spool. If you couldn’t tell by the lovely backspacing on those 20×8.5in Showwheels rims, the diff’ housing has been narrowed, too.

Inside is a similar story, with cloth-covered Scheel seats and fresh coverings on everything else. Look closer and you’ll have a hard time missing that sweet sheet metal dash fascia with cool digital instruments. Much nicer than the factory VK dash.Craig Darcey's Holden VK Commodore

Incredibly, Craig says this VK has been his first performance build. Yet, the results are those of a far more experienced hand. Rightly, he reckons he wouldn’t do anything differently if he had his time over again – except perhaps to keep the car parked safe inside to try and avoid the damage geriatric drivers can inflict!

“Down the track, I’d maybe like to fit a blower under the bonnet,” he adds. “I think it’s a perfect and comfortable street car and I loved being able to work on it with my mates at Elite Fabrication along the way.”

Owner: Craig Darcey
Model: 1985 VK Calais
Bodywork: Factory
Colour: Custom PPG blue metallic
Block: LS2
Engine Mods: Ported heads (flow 600hp), Comp Cams valve springs, titanium retainers, Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam’ (0.620in lift, 110° LSA), Comp lifters, Rollmaster timing chain, Melling oil pump, Meziere electric water pump, PWR alloy radiator, Maradynz thermo fans, Edelbrock Victor Jr intake manifold, 1000cfm throttle, K&N air filter, LS1 harness, Bosch 044 fuel pump, custom fuel cell
Power: 398rwhp (296rwkW)
Exhaust: Ceramic coated tri-Y headers (1-3/4in primaries), mild steel twin system, Hooker mufflers
Gearbox: 4L60E, Dominator stall, manualised valve body
Diff: 9in, 3.9:1 final drive, full-spool
Brakes: PBR twin-piston upgrade (fr), VK rear disc
Suspension: King springs, Bilstein shocks and struts
Wheels/Tyres: 20×8.5in Showwheels rims
Interior: VL Group A SS Scheel seats, velour roof lining, digital gauges, polished sheet metal instrument fascia, B&M shifter, Calibre steering wheel
Stereo: JVC head unit
Build period: Ongoing
Cost: $40,000
Contacts: Elite Fabrications, RVO Transmission, Sydney Motor Trim, Adam Hodge, Gerard and Raelene Hodgskin from Indy 800 Kart Track for letting us do the photo shoot there, Moore Automotive, my partner Melissa and my two kids Aimee and Brandon for putting up with me while the car was being built

BUILT TO SKID: Warren Fleck’s VR Commodore Burnout Monster


12 Apr

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore Ute

BUILT TO SKID

This sparkling VR ute has transformed from V6-powered first car to tyre-mashing LS-powered killer over 14 years and a lot of beers
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore UteThis is 31-year-old Sydneysider Warren Fleck’s first car. Bought 14 years ago, it was what you might expect for a first car: pre-Ecotec V6, slush box, open-centre diff’ and nothing much to report home about. However, it wasn’t long before Warren got busy making it something brawnier – bolting on a Vortech blower. “I blew the motor up,” Warren says, succinctly, adding that “I had just started seeing my now-wife Shannan and I was showing off a bit… massive fail!”.

From here he performed a 5L V8 conversion, later swapping the ‘bunch ‘o’ bananas’ for a twin throttle manifold and a 100-shot of nitrous – finally converting to a carby setup. Still not satisfied with the level of performance, Warren got talking to fellow western sydney local Matt Sims about building a 333ci stroker motor, but Matt set Warren straight and pointed him in the direction of an LS conversion.

“He suggested it as a cheaper, easier alternative,” Warren says. “It was out with the 5L and in with the LS.”Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore Ute

Warren says the LS engine swap was one of the most enjoyable parts of the build process, watching it all come together on the weekends as he and his mates bolted it together. “My mate Matt Sultana did all the fab’ work,” he says. Indeed, most of the work on the VR has been done by Warren and his mates, with Warren handling plenty of the tasks himself – even some of the paintwork.

“Lots of hours went into sanding, bogging and sanding the Aero kit to get it as straight as possible,” he says. “If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t fit the kit. As a purpose-built burnout car, I don’t think fibreglass is going to hold up too well.”

Inside, the ute is a little more utilitarian than the two-tone, flaming Alpine white/HOK kandy blue combo you’ll find dripping over the exterior. But considering the amount of thick, noxious smoke and rubber chunks this machine will see into the future, a largely black trim is the best idea. Still, it does boast a pair of grippy Recaro seats, B&M shifter and Autometer gauges amongst its sea of black carpet, painted finishes and roof lining. Pop the glove box and you’ll find the MSD ignition controller, too. Despite the heavy work the ute has to do, the fact that Warren took the time to hide the fuses and wiring is certainly commendable.

Warren Fleck's Holden VR Commodore UteSadly Warren didn’t have the final tune dialled in on the day of the shoot, hence the lack of driving or skid shots here. However, you can bet we’ll bring you some photos of the ute in action as soon as we can. “I took it to Summernats in January and had a blast cruising around with my wife and two kids riding shotgun,” he says.

14 years into Warren and his VR’s relationship, the future looks bright and he still has plans for more development down the track. “I would love to go blown with it,” he says. “Maybe a 6/71 with a mechanical injection hat on top!” Let the tyre destruction begin!

Owner: Warren Fleck
Model: 1994 VR Commodore
Bodywork: VR Aero kit
Colour: Alpine white / HOK Cobalt kandy blue
Block: 2001 LS1
Engine Mods: Lunati double valve springs, decked heads, 2x K&N breathers, Lunati hydraulic roller cam’ (0.651in lift), Rollmaster double-row timing chain, Davies Craig thermo fan, alloy radiator, Quick Fuel 750cfm carb’, Edelbrock Super Victor single-plane manifold, MSD spark amp’ and ignition controller, hidden coil packs, hidden wiring, Barry Grant 220 fuel pump, Holley FPR, Aeroflow fuel filter, custom stainless fuel cell, dash-8 braided fuel lines
Power: Untested (final tune not yet done)
Exhaust: Custom 4-into-1 headers, 3in system dumped at door length, no mufflers
Gearbox: T400, B&M 3500rpm stall, manualised valve body
Diff: 3.91:1 final drive, mini spool, narrowed housing
Brakes: Stock front, deleted rear
Suspension: King springs, Monroe shocks and struts, VL manual steering rack, mini tubs
Wheels/Tyres: 20in DTM rims (8.5in front, 10in rear)
Interior: Recaro seats, black carpets and roof lining, painted lower dash, trimmed instrument fascia and centre console, B&M shifter, rocker switches, Autotecnica steering wheel, Autometer gauges
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Pioneer speakers
Build time: Ongoing
Cost: Undisclosed
Contacts: White Magic, Lowe Fabrications, Azzfab, “My wife Shannan for keeping me and my mates fed while working on the car, mum and dad for letting me leave the car in their shed, Matthew Sultana, Matt Pisani, Dave Pendlebury, Troy Bates, Nathan Magri, Jason Sutton, Matt Sims, Johnny”

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