Readers’ project cars in the build – part 13

Mad automotive scientists giving new life to old tin


We starting featuring your in-the-build projects during the first big COVID lockdown last year, but they have proved to be so popular that they’ve become a regular part of each issue. This lot is from the May edition and they’re a great example of the incredible creativity that is alive and kicking in our scene. If you’d like your ride featured, sling us some high res images and lots of info to [email protected]

Dodge Phoenix
Adam Shaw

“THIS is my 1971 Dodge Phoenix 400 that’s getting a 6.1-litre Gen 3 Hemi swap. It will run a 76mm turbo, with Air Ride suspension on all four corners and 20-inch rims.”

Ford XA Falcon coupe
Braeden Hetherington

HERE is my 1973 Ford XA coupe project, which has been a five-year build so far. It’ll be running a 408ci Cleveland with a T56 manual gearbox behind it. Up front will be a Rod Shop coil-over front end, with a four-link for the rear. It’s just been painted in original Yellow Fire. I’m going for a nice GT replica look, but with the stripe deleted. I’m awaiting final panel fit, and then it’s coming home for the final assembly.”

Willys gasser
Aiden Clifford

“HERE is my build in the works: a ’41 Willys coupe gasser. I have so far just made up the front end and have some basic plans for the rear. But it’ll be going the full 60s gasser look – just hopefully with some rego! It’ll run a blown 354ci Hemi and TH400. I want to try to get the Hilborn four-port EFI, with just enough modern comforts to make it an easy streeter.”

Ford XW Falcon
Matt Currie

“I’VE OWNED my XW for roughly six years, and drove it for the first year as a standard maroon Falcon 500. I noticed a very small rust spot that I started to repair, and before I knew it the whole car was in bare metal. It’s taken me and close mates five years to get it where it is today. It got a bare-metal respray in Mazda Radiant Ebony, and is running the original 302 Windsor with a 600 Holley, Weiand intake, FAST electronic ignition and Pacemaker headers, backed up by a C4 and nine-inch. It has XF Falcon front brakes and 17-inch Foose wheels. I had a good mate retrim the interior while keeping the factory front bench seat. It also has a very small sound system, along with a custom Auto Meter dash and a B&M shifter.”

Holden VL Commodore
Mitchell Howard

“I’VE got a 1988 VL SS mock-up I’ve been working on for the past 18 months. The car has been fully restored, with custom-mix paint, a cranky 304 Holden motor, Hughes TH350 trans and a built Borgy diff. Progress is good, and I’m keen to go cruising in it at Street Machine Summernats 34 next year!”

Chevrolet Camaro
Mitchell Rando

“I’m close to finishing my 1969 Camaro project. It’s right-hand drive, with rack-and-pinion steering, and runs Heidts coil-overs in the front and CalTracs bars in the back. In the engine bay is a 408ci iron-block LS with twin throttlebodies, Frankenstein heads and full forged internals, along with a built 4L80E ’box and nine-inch.”

Holden VH Commodore
Shannon Clough

“HERE is a pic of my VH in the build. It has a fully built RB30 with a GTX4202R turbo and 6boost manifold, backed by a two-speed ’Glide and nine-inch. The rear end also boasts 35-spline billet axles, Viking coil-overs and mini-tubs. The fuel system is full E85, with a Haltech PS2000 ECU and Racepak dash with a billet fascia. The engine bay has been shaved, and the car will roll on 20×10 billet wheels.”