LS1-powered 1963 Holden EJ – reader’s car

Jeff Brennan's '63 EJ Holden runs a stock-bottom-end LS1 from a WH Statesman

Photographers: Luke Hunter

This article on Jeff’s EJ Holden was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Street Machine magazine

“I PURCHASED my EJ in 2009 from Bannockburn, Victoria. It had a red motor in it when I got it, but now runs a stock-bottom-end LS1 out of a WH Statesman.

A Proflow manifold with two four-barrel throttlebodies sits nicely on top. It also has a custom set of headers to clear the tight engine bay and a twin three-inch exhaust by Andrew Darby at Moolap Mufflers.

We put a Comp cam into it to give it a little more lump and got it tuned by Tony Di Biagio at TDR Engines here in Geelong. Wiring was done by my good mate Paul Marjanovic. Power gets to the rear wheels via a T400 with a Stage 2 shift kit and 3800rpm high-stall converter built by Richard at FluidDrive, backed by a 3.89-geared nine-inch.

Wheels are 15-inch Convo Pros. The car was originally maroon, but my uncle Mick painted it two-tone Glacier White/Paradise Blue in his shed.

The interior trim was done by my father-in-law Wolf Perisic at Relaxa Furniture, with a custom parcel shelf and sound system by Caleb Danks. To reinforce the ol’ girl we’ve used a Castlemaine Rod Shop HR front and rear chassis-strengthening kit. HQ front discs and rear drums keep everything under control.

I built this car as a tribute to my late grandfather Les Brennan, who was a mechanic and used to call me his ‘right-hand man’. His name is embroidered on the seats. Special thanks to my wife Jasmine, my brother Les and Peter Brown.”

Photographers: Luke Hunter