Posts Tagged ‘V8’

Feature Car: Don Mills’ 1967 Holden HR Panel Van

04 Jun

Issue 45 of Custom Utes magazine is due out on the stands shortly and feature our photo shoot and story on Don Mills and his sweet 1967 Holden HR panel van, HRROOT. The yellow van has been entirely home built in Don’s two-car garage, including the paint and panel, engine work, machining… you name it. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine so you can read the entire story.

The van is powered by a 308ci Holden V8 from an HX Kingswood and is backed up by a narrowed Borg Warner diff’, with a T5 5-speed in between. The cabin is cool, too, with plenty of custom touches like that wicked tubular centre console and all that billet machining completed by Don.

As always, we’ve got a selection of images from the shoot for you to download FREE as desktop wallpapers and lighting and EXIF info is available on our Flickr page for any shooters out there interested. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to check them out.

Don Mills' 1967 Holden HR Panel Van

Don Mills' 1967 Holden HR Panel Van     Don Mills' 1967 Holden HR Panel Van

Feature Car: Brian Apap’s ‘MRSLR’ Holden Torana

06 Dec

Issue 41 of Xtreme Holdens magazine is on-sale right now and includes our photo shoot and story on Brian Apap’s gorgeous 1974 Holden LX Torana, known in the scene as ‘MRSLR’. Powered by a tough 355ci Holden stroker V8 and boasting no end of insane detail inside and out, the car always cops plenty of attention when Brian shows it. He also does weddings, if you’re interested.

Read all about Brian and his Torana in issue 41 of Xtreme Holdens and feel free to help yourself to FREE desktop wallpaper versions of the six images we’ve posted to our Flickr page! If you’re into the strobist thing, you’ll also find lighting and shoot information in the image captions. Just CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below.

Brian Apap's MRSLR LX Holden Torana

Brian Apap's MRSLR LX Holden Torana     Brian Apap's MRSLR LX Holden Torana

Feature Car: Chad Darke’s EH Holden Ute for ‘Custom Utes’

29 Jun

A selection of images shot during a shoot for Custom Utes magazine (issue 40) on Chad Darke’s immaculate EH Holden ute. It runs a 336ci offset-ground stroker Holden V8 and features a sumptuous black leather interior that smells as good as it looks. You can download FREE 1280res desktop wallpapers of Chad’s EH on our Flickr page by CLICKING HERE.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Custom Utes to see more of it. You can visit their website here:

Any strobist information will be listed on the relevant image/s.

Chad Darke's EH Holden Ute

Chad Darke's EH Holden Ute Chad Darke's EH Holden Ute
Chad Darke's EH Holden Ute Chad Darke's EH Holden Ute

Feature Car: Janine Attard’s XR8 Falcon Ute ‘GIRLY8’

16 Jun

A selection of images from a shoot we did on Janine Attard’s Ford XR8 Falcon ute known as GIRLY8. Her supercharged ute features a host of neat custom touches including colour-matched engine components and interior parts, a unicorn theme on the seats and the hard tray cover as well as a cool stereo install in the tray.

The photo spread, as well as words written by Hosking Industries is featured in the upcoming Custom Utes magazine in Australia. Be sure to check it out.

Check specific images for strobist information and download FREE 1280res desktop wallpapers of the images by CLICKING HERE or the thumbnails below:

Janine Attard's GIRLY8 Falcon

Janine Attard's GIRLY8 Falcon Janine Attard's GIRLY8 Falcon

Commodore fans: RHS LSx Race Block for BIG HP!

21 Mar

There’s a definite benefit to a country with 300-odd million people: there’s always plenty of money getting around that allows for decent product development. This is one of the reasons why we see so much excellent aftermarket product coming from the US of A.

We stumbled across this gem of a news piece on the other day. RHS have just released a new extreme duty LS alloy block for the racer in all of us. From the impressive specs that they rattle off in their press release (below), it could be lightweight competition for the GMPP LSX block. As Bangshift states, it boasts “a raised cam centerline, priority main oiling due to redesigned oil galleys, standard and tall deck options, and a thicker deck surface”. Sweet!

RHS Press Release:

GM LS engines have truly set a new standard for V8 performance and durability. However, there are  limitations  for  the  aftermarket  shopper  when  it  comes  to  finding  a  high  performance replacement for the factory block. Aware of this dilemma, the research and development team at RHS® went to work designing and testing several different versions of GM LS engine blocks until they found the optimal solution for performance engine builders and racing enthusiasts. 

The LS Race Block is designed for added clearance and mass customization. Available in both standard  (9.240”)  and  tall  (9.750”)  deck  heights  with  an  extra-thick  deck  surface  (.750”),  this RHS®  block  features  a  raised  cam  centerline  and  priority  main  oiling  via  an  oil  galley  that  is shifted outboard to allow rod clearance for a much larger stroke (4.600”) while also minimizing windage in the crankcase. Using computer-aided design, the cylinder walls are Siamese cast with press-in spun cast iron liners. Cylinder liners are available in both standard deck (5.67”/5.87” – same as the LS7) and tall deck (5.94”/6.38”) lengths. Also featured is a 6-bolt head design with a full water jacket around each cylinder (based on the LS7 design).

For  quality  control  assurance,  RHS®  performs  a CT  scan  on  each  block  (similar  to  a  medical CAT  scan)  to  maintain  maximum  casting  precision  and  consistency.  Combine  all  of  these features with a superior finish quality, thanks to the RHS® patented Clean Cast Technology™, ultra-precise computer aided design and extra surface material to allow custom machining, and you’ve got a GM block that sets a new benchmark for LS horsepower, torque and durability.