Readers’ rockets: LX Torana, HQ Monaro, Dodge Challenger, XB Falcon plus more

We check out some of our readers' cars from the August 2021 issue of Street Machine


Chelle Ford
Holden LX Torana

“THIS is my LX SS Torana hatchback. It was purchased as a roller back in 2014. It’s a factory 253/four-speed SS, but following a four-year build by my husband Jay, with some assistance from myself, it now features a mild 308 with VN heads putting out 350hp at the wheels.

Holden LX Torana engine bay

The power runs via a tricked-up Trimatic to a nine-inch diff with 3.5:1 gears. The paint is Tuxedo Black, and the wheels are Convo Pros. I drive the SS most weekends, whether it be on cruises with mates, pub runs or to local car shows.” Photos: Pics by Chaddo

Ken Gilchrist
Holden HQ Monaro

“MY 1971 Monaro is a Dandenong-built car that we purchased about three years ago. Since then, other than paint, the car has been pretty much fully rebuilt from end to end, including new floorpans and rear window panel. It runs a 355 stroker that I built myself, which puts out a healthy 328hp at the treads via a TH400 with a 2500rpm stall, and a 3.08:1 Salisbury rear end. Plans are to install an LSD with 3.55 gears and a Holley Sniper EFI, with the potential to go alloy heads with a roller cam in the future.”

Dale Bickham
Ford XP Falcon

“I RECENTLY purchased this original, matching-numbers XP Falcon hardtop. It still runs the original 170ci straight six, BorgWarner three-speed and factory diff. The car had a respray and overall tidy-up around 15-20 years ago, but presents really well. It’s a reliable driver; in fact I drove it back from Canberra to Melbourne the day I bought it. It offers stress-free cruising and always gets thumbs-up from motorists.”

Justin Wells
Holden VH Commodore

“HERE’S my VH SL/E that I’ve just finished building. I bought it as a rolling shell in 2013 and had to find parts or make parts to suit. I built the small-block Chev myself; it’s a 383 stroker based around a 327 block 30thou over, and runs on E85. Behind it is a built Powerglide with a 3500rpm stall, and a shortened nine-inch out back. The rear has been mini-tubbed, and the car runs coil-overs all ’round. The boot houses an 80-litre fuel cell and custom fuel system, while the interior has been mildly customised.”

Chris Hannagan
Dodge Challenger

“THIS IS my 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 from Southland, New Zealand! It’s got a stainless exhaust system, a Speedlogix Ram Air cold-air intake, and is lowered on 22-inch Vertini Concave wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion tyres measuring 295/30/22 on the rear.”

Vince Berardone
Ford XB Falcon

“I LOVE my XB GS coupe, which I had fully restored front to back. It’s a matching-numbers car, but now the engine is stroked out to 393 cubes. I love cruising in it every weekend.”

Steve Tikfessis
Holden VN Calais

“THIS is my Platinum Gold VN Calais, running a stroked 4.2-litre V6 turbo that makes 536rwhp. The turbo is a GTX42, while the transmission is a transbraked Powerglide. The car has been mini-tubbed to fit the 275 Radial Pro tyres on Weld AlumaStar wheels. It’s a genuine, fully engineered street car.”

Mike Scott
Ford Mustang

“I BOUGHT my 1969 Mustang in 2012. It runs a modified 302 backed by a T5 five-speed manual. In 2015 I had the car out at Phillip Island for the Mustang 50th-anniversary event. John Bowe was to join the demo run in ‘Mustang Sally’, but it had been damaged in the earlier TCM round, so they asked if JB could drive my car!”

Claudy Boulaye
Holden VT Commodore

“HERE’S a quick rundown on my 2JZ-swapped VT Commodore. It has BC 264/264 cams, a BorgWarner S363 turbo, 44mm Precision external gate, 2000cc injectors, Link plug-in ECU and a fuel cell in the boot with a Holley Dominator 1800 fuel pump. The transmission is a built Powerglide with a manual valvebody and transbrake, and it has a 3.5-inch exhaust. Power-wise, it made 560rwhp on 24psi, drinking E85.”

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