Readers’ rockets: EH panel van + ’67 Fairlane GT + VC Valiant + XD Falcon + LX Torana

We check out some of our readers' cool rides from the January issue of Street Machine


Peter Butler
1967 Ford Fairlane GT

“This ’67 Fairlane GT was ordered with an S-code 390 V8, four-speed Top Loader, power steering, power disc brakes, F70 wide oval tyres, deluxe steering wheel, AM radio and tinted glass, and was delivered to Los Angeles, where it spent its entire life. Being a highly sought-after, rust-free, S-code four-speed GT, it was purchased by a collector in 2010, who undertook a total restoration.

Engine performance upgrades included Edelbrock aluminium heads, a Holley Street Warrior 600cfm carby, 427 flywheel and clutch, and twin SS Flowmaster exhausts, all of which helped it put out 400hp. On completion, the Fairlane was stored in a climate-controlled facility and occasionally displayed at local car shows, until I purchased it in 2021 and imported it into Australia.”

Mick Imrie
EH Holden panel van

“I did all the work on my custom EH van myself in the shed at home. Up front is a 265 Hemi paired to a T5 gearbox. It features custom side glass that pops open, shaved tailgate with rounded corners, hidden hinges, custom rear valance and bar, front blinker delete, narrowed front bar, a wagon back seat and Mazda front seats.

There’s a Commodore diff, wheels and brakes, and an R31 steering set-up and fuel tank. It’s fully engineered and regoed as of about 10 weeks ago, and I’ve put 5500 kays on it already, as it was built to drive.”

Ned Thompson
Chrysler VC Valiant

“This is my ’66 VC Valiant. It was my 16th-birthday present from my dad, starting off as a stock slant-six. It now runs a 360 and 727 auto combo. Cheers!”

Billy Terry
Ford XD Falcon

“This is my 1981 XD Falcon. I bought it from the original owner in 2020, and it had been sitting in their shed since 2005.

Since then, I have fixed her up and given the old girl lots of love. It’s my daily driver, first car, project and everything in between!”

Todd Wackrow
HSV Series 3 Senator

“Here’s my LSA-swapped 2011 E3 Senator from Pukekohe, New Zealand. I was originally planning to supercharge the LS3, but ended up swapping in a new LSA crate engine to get the stronger bottom end.

It’s running a VCM cam, front cover and intake to tidy up the engine bay, and 17/8-inch headers with a full three-inch exhaust system. There’s also an upgraded fuel system and injectors, 12-litre intercooler reservoir and PWR heat exchanger. It’s putting out 650hp at the wheels on 11psi of boost through the stock six-speed auto, as it’s still my daily driver.”

Terry Gall
Holden VL Commodore

“This is my VL Commodore. It’s just been under the knife and has been resprayed in Polymetal Grey. The built RB has been binned in favour of a standard LS1 – I know, I ask myself why sometimes too!

My highlight with the VL was it being the first car down Skid Row back at Summernats 32, but now it should be a nice cruiser for summer!”

Jaiden Braendler
Holden LX Torana

“This is my 1978 LX Torana with a 202 and Trimatic. My dad bought this car around 2008 as something for me to learn basic mechanics on. I have been making plans for the car since the age of 10, and I want to turn it into an SL/R 5000 replica.

I have a 308 and Turbo 700 that I’m building up and will put in once I get my full licence. But for now, it is staying as-is.”

Chris Townsend
WB Holden ute

“I bought this ’82 WB ute off my neighbour two years ago. I rebuilt and resprayed it, keeping with the 80s look, and freshened up the 202. It also has a four-speed ’box and power steering. The wheels are 1984-dated 14-inch Enkei AMEs, and there’s a bench seat and a Motorola cassette deck inside.

This is my daily; I go and cut loads of wood with it and drive 1300km round trips from Taree to Cooma weekly for work. It’s never let me down, and even though I’m a Ford man, I love it.”