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TRACK ATTACK: Steven Lacey’s 480hp, 365ci Holden LX SS Hatch


24 May

Steven Lacey's Holden LX Torana

TRACK ATTACK

Steven Lacey’s genuine LX SS is living the on-track life it was always meant to
Story and Pics by Ben Hosking

Steven Lacey's Holden LX ToranaIt’s no secret that the Torana, in its many various guises, has been a formidable competitor on the nation’s race tracks over the previous four decades. Light weight and nimble, the LC and LJ coupes tore up the Bathurst circuit in their day and the legend and fanaticism that surrounds the A9X LX hatch is rarely matched by any other make or model.

Perhaps it was this mythology, legend and racing heritage that attracted a young Steven Lacey to the LX hatch back in 1993 when he first laid eyes on the example you see before you today. “I bought the car in the summer of 1993 from a guy that lived on the north beaches of Sydney,” remembers 42-year-old Property Asset Manager Steve. “My first impression was that I had to have it.”

Already boasting a red 308ci V8, Top Loader and 9in, the car had been dropped to its knees with an angle grinder, but Steven could see the potential. “The seller wouldn’t let anyone drive it. He took us for what could only be described as a ‘hell ride’,” says Steve. “We were either stopped or flat out, with the arse of the car hitting every bump in the road.”Steven Lacey's Holden LX Torana

Steve had to convince his mechanic father that this was the car was for him. His dad thought the car was a death trap, but he haggled on the price and the next day Steve was back to pick up his new car. “It was here that I discovered that the car was unregistered due to unpaid speeding fines,” smiles Steve. “I don’t remember exactly how much I paid to get the car re-registered, needless to say the guy got much less in his pocket that he wanted.”

Naturally, for a car that’s been with the same owner for 17 years, the development process has ducked and weaved in numerous directions as time has passed. Outlasting at least two engines, including the original 308ci and a later 330ci stroker the LX now runs a 365ci combination based on a VT roller block.

LW Parry Engineering bolted together the sturdy stroker using a Scat crank and 5.7in H-beam rods – a set of dish-top JE pistons completing the rotating assembly with a static compression of 10.75:1. The cast heads were ported to flow 530hp and filled with Isky springs, Crow retainers and Yella Terra 1.65:1 shaft-mount rockers with the valvetrain controlled by a Comp hydraulic roller cam’.

Steven Lacey's Holden LX ToranaBoth the bottom and top ends of the engine are held together firmly with ARP studs, while the bottom gains ever greater strength with a stud girdle. After all, longevity and reliability are two things that can help win races and Steven wins plenty.

Still in the theme of strength and reliability, Steven turned to Mal Wood Automotive for a Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual ‘box. Built like the proverbial brick out house, they’re just the thing for hard driving. It uses an ACE organic single-plate clutch and sends torque down a balanced 3in tail shaft to the old 9in that now runs 28-spline axles, 3.5:1 gears and a True Trac centre.

Unbelievably, Steven is still running a braking system that many would call prehistoric. The front end uses relatively small 276mm HQ rotors and calipers while the rear end is even worse, with the original drum brakes still groaning under the pressure. Despite this, the car hasn’t only been competitive in its class; it’s actually been taking home plenty of silverware.Steven Lacey's Holden LX Torana

“We are looking to improve the brakes, suspension and possibly go to a full-floating rear end in the future,” assures Steven.

Speaking of suspension, the car runs a relatively rudimentary setup, with Selby springs front and rear, along with Koni adjustable shocks and a 24mm front swaybar. It’s been set up with 4.5˚ negative front camber and 5˚ positive castor which wouldn’t be much help on the street, but helps the car stick to the track like shit on a blanket.

Like much of the car, it’s a fairly subtle manipulation of parts that create the environment Steve needs to work his on-track magic. Much of the original SS trim remains, with a Bond 6-point alloy roll cage and Cobra Monaco race seat being the two main deviations from classic 1970s-era appeal. Even the Speco 3in tacho looks pretty retro.

Steven Lacey's Holden LX ToranaSteve runs two sets of wheels on the Torana, with one set of 16in BBS rims for the street and a set of custom two-piece wheels for the track measuring 17x8in up front and a whopping 17×9.5in out back; making full use of those A9X flares. They’re 305/40 Yokohama AO50 tyres wrapping around those rear hoops.

It hasn’t been all plain sailing for the LX though, with a huge stack almost putting the car permanently out to pasture in early 2010. “Whilst running at ECR, the Torrie broke an axle in turn five,” remembers Steve. “The driver’s side rear wheel went under the car, pushed the fuel tank through the floor, splitting it and then catapulted the car about eight feet into the air.”

The damage was extensive, bending the chassis at both ends. However, with the help of companies like Macri Motors, LW Parry Engineering, Panorama Smash and Neale Wheels, Steve says his sojourn to the legendary Mt Panorama a mere four weeks later would never have been a reality.

“I had the opportunity to run the full circuit at Bathurst,” beams Steve with the memory. “It was an amazing experience to do in the Torana. We were clocked at 216km/h up Mountain Straight, 160km/h across the top of the mountain and 247km/h down Conrod. It’s an awesome piece of road.”

Let’s hope this little white LX continues to pound the pavement for many years to come.

Owner: Steven Lacey
Colour: Heron white, Brilliant black
Bodywork: A9X
Engine Type: VT Commodore 5L
Engine Mods: Mains girdle, Scat 355ci stroker crank (small rod journals making 365ci), 5.7in Scat H-beam rods, JE pistons (10.75:1-comp’), JE rings, ARP mains studs, ACL bearings, ported cast heads (flow 530hp), Isky valve springs, Crow retainers, custom catch can, Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam’ (0.600in lift, 248˚ duration, 108˚ LSA), JET Engineering pushrods, Yella Terra 1.65:1 shaft-mount rockers, Rollmaster timing chain, JP high-volume oil pump, custom sump, custom thermo fan, Aussie Dessert Cooler 4-row/triple pass radiator, 750cfm Holley 4150 HP Ultra carb’, 1in spacer, Torque Power single-plane intake manifold, K&N filter, MSD Pro Billet distributor, Crane Hi-6 ignition, Crane LX92 coil, Mallory 140-series pump, Holley FPR, upgraded fuel lines
Power: 480fwhp (380kW), 12.4sec @ 116mph
Exhaust: Castle tri-Y headers (1.75in primaries), twin 3in mild steel exhaust, single Hurricane muffler
Gearbox: Tremec TK600 5-speed, ACE organic single-plate clutch
Diff: 9in, 28-spline axles, 3.5:1 final drive, True Trac centre, balanced 3in tail shaft, heavy duty unis, tail shaft loop
Brakes: Slotted 276mm HQ front rotors, PBR calipers, drum rear, Bendix Street Race Track (SRT) pads
Suspension: Selby springs, Koni adjustable shocks, 24mm front swaybar (4.5˚ negative front camber, 5˚ positive castor)
Wheels/Tyres: Custom two-piece 17in rims (8in front, 9.5in rear), Yokohama AO50 tyres (225/45 front, 255/40 rear)
Interior: Cobra Monaco S driver’s side race seat, Speco tacho, Autometer gauges, 6-point alloy roll cage, 4-point Williams harness
Stereo: N/A
Build Period: Ongoing
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: LW Parry Engineering, Macri Motor Repairs, Liverpool Exhaust, Mal Wood Automotive, Gear Exchange Services, Wilson Fibreglass, Panorama Smash Repairs, Bond Rollbars, Neale Wheels, Miller Chassis, Gordon Leven Motorsport Tyres, Hercules Competition Engines, Croydon Racing Developments, Brabond Brakes

VINTAGE MODERN: Davin Cochrane’s LS1-Powered Holden LH Torana


10 May

Davin Cochrane's LS1-Powered LH Holden Torana

VINTAGE MODERN

Davin Cochrane saved this LH sedan from oblivion and gave it a new, high-tech lease on life.
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Davin Cochrane's LS1-Powered LH Holden Torana“A friend had seen a Torana near his house sitting under a tree out near Baradine,” starts 43-year-old Davin Cochrane. “It had been sitting there quietly for quite some time. I made contact with the owner and got hold of a car trailer to go pick it up.”

Davin paid the princely sum of $2000 for the LH back in April 2008, hauling the hulk several hours back to his home base south of Newcastle in NSW. No doubt there was more than one session of serious cleaning before the true condition of the car was revealed.

“A number of family members looked at the car and thought it was a piece of junk, but I could see the potential,” Davin says. “Considering what we wanted the outcome of the restoration to be, we decided ‘no regrets’ was the way to go.”

Before a spanner got turned in the name of restoration, Davin hatched his plan on what he thought the LH should become in its new phase of life. “At the time we started the project, there was only a couple of Toranas running GenIIIs that we were aware of,” he says. “It also had to be a manual. So an LS1 with a 6-speed sounded like the go.”Davin Cochrane's LS1-Powered LH Holden Torana

LS1 conversions were pretty thin on the ground in 2008 and as a result, finding parts wasn’t all that simple. Davin started out with some CRS mount and cross member parts, while working with an electrician in QLD fabricating a custom wiring harness to suit the applications. However, there were more pressing matters on Davin’s radar than jamming a new drivetrain into the Torana – like the rusted body.

“We stripped the car and had it blasted first,” Davin says. “There were lots of rust holes and the roof had been caved in, as though the local kids had been using it to land on when jumping out of the tree it used to sit under.”

“The panel guy looked the car over and recommended we start with another body. Not to be put off, I persuaded them to continue with the original car, even if it ended up costing a bit more.”

Davin Cochrane's LS1-Powered LH Holden ToranaDespite the hard slog the paint and panel guys faced, it wasn’t too long before Davin had the car back in his possession and he could now turn his attention solely toward the fun stuff like the engine conversion and running gear. Davin looked around and found a guy who had a 255kW VX-spec’ LS1 he had planned to put into a hatch. With only 67,000kms on the clock, Davin swooped in on the engine.

“We deleted the power steering and had to fit a sump with the pickup at the back due to the cross member,” Davin says. “We found a T56 from a wrecked Maloo with only 35,000kms on the clock, which is where we met our next problem.”

That problem was a transmission that was significantly larger than the Torana’s trans’ tunnel would accommodate. While he tried to work around the problem, Davin had no option but to face up to it and grab the angle grinder. When the gap ended up too large to simply weld shut, a friend of his came to the rescue, allowing Davin to cut out the tunnel from a Commodore he was wrecking.Davin Cochrane's LS1-Powered LH Holden Torana

Over the course of the build, Davin faced a number of other conversion issues – as you might well imagine would be the case when trying to join 21st century technology to archaic 1970s Holden hardware. Auto and Marine Instruments in Victoria converted the original factory gauges to electronic units to overcome the speedo output from the T56; subsequently giving Davin the ability to recalibrate the speedo easily himself down the track.

With the bits and pieces sorted and the car getting close to driveable, Davin sourced a set of wide Simmons FR18s that hide the Hoppers Stoppers brakes. The FRs really fill out the SLR-style flares and the gunmetal centres work well against the blinding Sting Red paintwork.

“I initially thought the classic Marlboro racing colours would be cool, however others in the family didn’t think cigarette advertising was a good idea,” Davin says. “Steve and his team at South Lakes Smash did a really good job on the car with the hours they spent saving the body.”

Simmons and SLR styling. LH Torana and GenIII power. This mixing up of eras and merging of styles can also be found inside the car where Davin combines the immaculate original class of the Torana vinyl with a modern steering wheel, race buckets and Autometer gauges.

All told, Davin should be proud of the results he’s achieved with the LH. It’s gone from a rusted, caved in wreck under a tree to a being a potent, current and ultimately tasty retrotech machine that is sure to continue hunting unsuspecting ricers on our nation’s roads for decades to come. While the greenies might argue the point, we reckon that’s an excellent case of conservationism!

Owner: Davin Cochrane
Colour: Sting Red w/blackouts
Bodywork: SLR-5000
Engine Type: VX 5.7L LS1
Engine Mods: Custom harness, PWR alloy radiator, Aeromotive FPR and gauge, Edelbrock alloy inline fuel filter, braided fuel lines, PWR alloy radiator overflow tank, thermo fan, custom sump, deleted power steering
Power: Untested
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated headers, twin mild steel system
Gearbox: Maloo T56
Diff: 9in, 2.75:1 final drive, LSD, custom tail shaft
Brakes: 330mm Hoppers Stoppers front disc and twin-piston caliper kit, 300mm rear Hoppers Stoppers disc kit, 7in double-diaphragm booster
Suspension: PCD swap to HQ pattern
Wheels/Tyres: Simmons FR18 rims
Other mods: Everything rechromed, halogen headlights, VDO electronic dash conversion
Interior: Autometer ‘Bowtie’ ancillary gauges, SAAS steering wheel, front race seats, fresh roof lining and door trims
Stereo: Pioneer CD player and rear coaxial speakers
Build Period: 3 years
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: Killa Kustom Kables, Auto and Marine Instruments, Gibson’s Driveshaft Services, Hoppers Stoppers, Hamilton Chrome, Grant Roberts Automotive, Cools Autotrim, South Lakes Smash Repairs

EUREKA! Darren Hawkins’ 619rwhp 1JZ-Powered Holden LH Torana


07 May

Darren Hawkins' LH Holden Torana

EUREKA!

Darren Hawkins stumbled upon a gold mine when he found this showroom LH Torana
Story and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Darren Hawkins' LH Holden ToranaOK, so Holden built just over 70,000 LH Toranas between 1974 and 1975. It’s probably fair to assume that a decent proportion were driven into the ground as regular passenger cars over their lifetimes, only to end up on the scrap heap. Another percentage were probably involved in accidents or stolen and destroyed while the remainder probably now find themselves restored and locked away in museums or cruising the EPIC grounds in Canberra each January, modified to the hilt and running big power plants.

How then does one go about finding such a rare gem as Darren Hawkins’ 1975 LH? Surely it’s a combination of being in the right place at the right time and a good dose of persistence in one’s search for the ultimate project base. For 44-year-old Novocastrian Darren, the discovery came by way of a guy selling what for car fanatics would amount to a family heirloom.

“The bloke I was dealing with told me the car had belonged to his grandfather who had owned it since new,” Darren says. “I ended up swapping him my Hilux mini truck and cash. The car was dead stock except for the Simmons.”Darren Hawkins' LH Holden Torana

Take a lingering look over the car: that orange paint is factory – yes, factory – as is the all-black vinyl behind the four doors. This thing is M-I-N-T.

But with a history of owning V8 Toranas – including a nitrous-fed 308ci LC and a 355ci stroked LX hatch – you would have been excused for guessing that Darren’s first port of call would have been to fit something similar between the rails of the LH. You’d have been wrong, though.

Perhaps even surprising Darren himself, what ended up in the Torana’s engine bay was a Toyota 1JZ. Now, before the ‘Jap’ haters start terrorising the forums or sending us hate mail, take a moment to consider how potent these straight-six engines can be. Darren’s makes a whopping 619rwhp with just a mild rebuild, 25psi and a decent fuel system. In fact, he’s spent a mere $8000 getting to this point, including a Microtech ECU and hand controller!

Darren Hawkins' LH Holden Torana“Getting the thing to fit was probably the hardest part of the build,” Darren says. “A mate of mine is a boilermaker and I had him fabricate a new sump to clear the cross member as well as a pair of engine mounts.”

The combo is backed up by a matching Supra 5-speed ‘box running a dual-plate clutch and onto a 9in with 3.9:1 gearing. A Hoppers Stoppers twin-piston front end brake conversion helps pull up the ponies, hidden partially by a glorious set of gunmetal Simmons FR17s. Will these rims EVER seem dated?

“When we dynoed the car and it made the 619hp figure, the trip home was pretty out there,” Darren says, without even breaking a grin. But even though he’s more than a little enamoured with the chest-compressing qualities of a high-powered turbo setup, he’s still dreaming of a V8.

“I would like to put a blown and injected small-block into it,” he says. “If I do, I’ll tub the rear and fit bigger rubber as well.”

Call us if you do, mate!

Owner: Darren Hawkins
Colour: Orange
Bodywork: Bonnet scoop
Engine Type: Toyota 1JZ 2.5L
Engine Mods: ARP 2000-series rod bolts, Arias coated pistons (9.2:1-comp’), Arias rings, King bearings, Crower valve springs and retainers, custom plenum, Garrett GT35R turbo (25psi), Microtech LTX12 ECU, Holley Blue lift pump, 2x Bosch 044 pumps, Aeromotive FPR, 2L surge tank, 55L fuel cell (E85), half-inch fuel lines, alloy radiator, alloy front-mount intercooler, alloy ‘cooler piping, stainless intake pipe, K&N filter, adjustable timing gears, external ‘gate, Turbosmart BOV, twin thermo fans
Power: 619rwhp (461rwkW)
Exhaust: Custom 4in stainless exhaust, 4in dump pipe, Magnaflow mufflers and cat
Gearbox: R154 Supra manual, dual-plate clutch, Holden tonner tail shaft
Diff: 9in, 3.9:1 final drive, LSD
Brakes: 3300mm twin-piston Hoppers Stoppers front conversion, drum rear
Suspension: Pedders shocks and springs
Wheels/Tyres: Simmons FR17 rims (7in front, 8in rear)
Other mods: Relocated battery
Interior: GTS steering wheel, Turbosmart eBoost2, Autometer gauges, Microtech controller, turbo timer
Stereo: N/A
Build Period: 2 years so far
Cost: $15,000
Thanks: Kel Sweeney Engines, Coating King, Newcastle Mufflers, JZ Race Prep, Ansen’s Tyre & Auto, “My mate Andrew for all his help”

Feature Car: Stephen Barrie’s Holden LX Torana


05 Feb

I recently photographed Stephen Barrie’s incredibly smooth LX Holden Torana hatch for the January issue of Street Machine. It was the second time I’ve been lucky enough to get this car in front of my lens. Every time I see it, the mirror-finish black paint (the car was a rare factory black option to start with), it just blows my mind.

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Stephen Barrie's Holden LX Torana

Stephen Barrie's Holden LX Torana

Stephen Barrie's Holden LX Torana

Feature Car: Clint Kelly’s Holden LJ Torana


06 Nov

I took a long trip out to the Central West of NSW earlier this year and shot a bunch of cars for Street Machine. It was a great weekend and I got to meet a bunch of great people at the same time.
One of the cars I shot was Clint Kelly’s 6L LS-powered Holden LJ Torana that had previously been featured when it was powered by an immaculate straight-six.

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Clint Kelly's Holden LJ Torana

Clint Kelly's Holden LJ Torana     Clint Kelly's Holden LJ Torana

Feature Car: Paul Wright’s Holden Torana ‘YLDTOY’


29 Mar

Paul Wright’s blown Holden Torana, known as YLDTOY, was featured in last month’s issue of Street Machine magazine! Shot inside the workshop the car was built in over the last 20 years, it’s a machine Paul has basically grown up with and now makes a stupid amount of horsepower from its blown combo.

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Paul Wright's Holden Torana 'YLDTOY'

Paul Wright's Holden Torana 'YLDTOY'     Paul Wright's Holden Torana 'YLDTOY'

Front Cover: Incar Entertainment Magazine 2/17


20 Mar

My photoshoots on Steven Santos’ twin turbo HSV Walkinshaw and Robert Peggs’ Torana Hatch grace the front cover of the new issue of Incar Entertainment magazine which goes on sale soon! Be sure to grab a copy at a newsagent near you!

Incar Entertainment Magazine - Issue 2/17

Cover Car: David Hellyer’s 7sec 632ci LX Holden Torana


16 Oct

Our photo shoot on David Hellyer’s 7sec Holden LX Torana drag car was on the front cover of the last issue of Street Machine magazine! It’s as much show car as it is race car, with immense attention to detail surrounding its insane 632ci naturally-aspirated big-block engine. Check out the October issue to read all about it. The shoot marks our second time on the cover of SM!

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David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana

David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana     David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana

Cover Car: “ON IT” Holden LH Torana Burnout Car


15 Aug

Our photo shoot on Mark Siracusa and Matt Cowan’s ballistic and brutal 511ci supercharged Holden LH Torana graced the front cover of the last issue of Street Machine magazine, which was on newsstands last month. It’s now a contender for the Street Machine Car of the Year competition. VOTE HERE

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"ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car

"ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car     "ON IT" Holden LH Torana Burnout Car

Street Machine - August 2016

Front Cover: Matt Cowan’s Holden Torana for Street Machine


14 Jul

Our first front cover for Street Machine goes on sale today, with our photo shoot on the truly spastic ‘ON IT’ ‪Holden‬ Torana‬ skid machine! Be sure to go grab a copy. Also inside is our shoot on Greg South’s awesome twin-turbo LS HQ sedan.

Street Machine - August 2016