Holden 355 stroker-powered LC Torana

Michael Smith found his LC Torana as a rusted roller and has since done a full ground-up resto over five years

Photographers: Mitch Hemming

This article on Michael’s LC Torana was originally published in the December 2018 issue of Street Machine

“IT WAS a dream of mine to own something old-school since I was a young boy, something that I could cruise and race at the drags.

I came across this LC Torana as a rusted roller and did a full ground-up resto on it. It took me around five years and a fair few beers to build it, with a lot of long stressful nights and quite a few hiccups along the way, but we got there in the end.

It’s a 308 stroked to 355ci running on E85 with a Quick Fuel 1050 carby, but I’m currently installing a Holley EFI kit. It’s got COME Racing 600-series alloy heads, monster solid-roller cam, Yella Terra shaft-mount roller rockers, COME stroker kit, steel billet crank, and custom 17/8-inch headers into twin three-inch pipes.

The donk is backed by a manualised Powerglide with transbrake and big converter, and a nine-inch diff with 31-spline axles and full-spool centre with 4.11 gears. A six-point rollcage was installed, and the car has also been mini-tubbed, with adjustable upper and lower control arms and a coil-over rear end.

I’m hoping to see a nine at the drag strip. It sounds angry and turns a lot of heads. Massive thanks to Farrer Race & Performance for a killer reliable engine, and a shout-out to RWS Industries for the 24-hour on-call electrical support. I couldn’t have done it without the support from my wife, two girls, my dad, uncle, brotherin-law, cousin and good mates who helped throughout the whole build.”

Photographers: Mitch Hemming