Reader’s Rocket: Simon Major’s VG Valiant hardtop

Simon Major has owned his '71 VG hardtop since 1991. Now dubbed 'Loose Morals', it's a 318ci V8-powered cruiser

Photographers: Steve Kelly

“I was 18 back in 1991 when I bought my 1971 VG hardtop off the original owner for $2300. By the late 90s, it was running a high 13-second Hemi 265 along with 1968 Dodge Dart stripes and US Charger hubcaps, whitewalls and a custom full grille.

First published in the February 2024 issue of Street Machine

“It stayed this way for the next two decades, and I became completely bored with it. I’d also built a V8-powered VF hardtop called ‘Old Daze’, so I decided I’d cull the fleet by combining the two; I switched the complete drivelines, sold Old Daze and got busy re-imagining the VG as ‘Loose Morals’.

“Some life challenges stripped me of virtually any spare time, so my good mate Andrew ‘Macka’ McDonald freshened the 318 on my behalf with a Comp solid flat-tappet cam, ported cast heads and Edelbrock intake, while I scratched out enough minutes to rebuild the Torqueflite with a shift kit and 2800rpm stall.

“With a 13.60@101mph best, it won’t set the world on fire, but it can still torch the rear tyres! It’s perfect as a reliable local cruiser and for hitting the highway to attend interstate events.

“A huge thank you to Casey Johnson for designing and supplying the signage.”

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