Readers’ rockets: Custom HJ Monaro, slamed Beetle, WB pano + more

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


Byron Judd
Holden HJ Monaro

“My genuine 1975 HJ Monaro GTS is very rare as a standard car (one of 606), let alone with the body mods that were done back in the 80s when no one wanted ‘stock’.

It has a WB Statesman front and rear, 383 crate engine, upgraded TH400 trans with B&M shifter, and a Ford nine-inch diff.

I’ve had her for around six years and had an all-new interior fitted back to standard, as the custom black and red corduroy was tattered and torn. The genuine Cragar wheels, Pacemaker extractors and three-inch exhaust top her off nicely!

There will be many haters, and people say, ‘How could you do all that to a classic?’ Well, back then, customisation showed individuality and craftsmanship – anyone who knows anything about bodywork will understand the skill and hours required to graft that rear end to look like it was a factory option.”

Trevor Tate
Volkswagen Beetle

“I bought this ’67 VW Beetle Deluxe in 2016. My dad Maurice (aka Popeye) and I got right into it. The restoration was going really well, as my dad was a welder/fabricator, but unfortunately he got very sick and passed away just as my family moved into our new home.

We were extremely close; he meant the world to me and was my best friend. Things got very hard, but the show must go on, so, being a spray painter, I repaired and painted the car with the help of my beautiful little boy, Oliver.

I called out to Tin God Solutions for a helping hand, and six years later, I have this beautiful little car with beautiful memories of my dad.

At the end of the day, it was never about the car but the journey with my best friend – my dad, Popeye.”

Josh Potts
Holden LJ Torana & Ford TC Cortina

“Hi guys, here are two of our cars. My missus’s LJ Torana has a 308 (soon to be a 355), five-speed Supra ’box and a shortened Commodore diff.

My TC Cortina wagon has a 347 Windsor, C4 and a nine-inch diff with a 3.7:1 Truetrac. We would love to see our cars in your magazine!”

James Sapurmas
Dodge Custom Royal

“This is my old man’s 1958 Dodge Custom Royal four-door sedan – factory right-hand drive and Australian-delivered. It’s powered by a Dodge 350ci big-block V8, backed by a cast-iron early Torqueflite push-button transmission.

Only 214 were ever built for this country. We bought it to cruise around in as a family; it turns heads and is as rare as hens’ teeth!”

Matt Turner
Ford Bronco

“This is my 6/71-blown 1985 Ford Bronco, a 2WD car with airbags. It has a 351 Clevo built on a black block, with AFD heads and custom chambers. Behind the engine is a built C6 auto, and a nine-inch rear end with all the fruit and custom anti-roll bars.

Up top is FAST EFI and a Joe Blo injector hat. I’m chasing the 10-second quarter-mile bracket; I’m currently in the 11s.”

Steve Pacey
WB Holden panel van

“Here’s my orange panel van. It’s a WB with an HZ Prem front end, a 350 Chev, T5 manual, and a VN SS rear axle. It rolls on period-cool Aunger Triden wheels with Eager rubber.

I’ve been bashing the headers since she got on the road, so I may have to commit the sin of un-lowering the front!”

Steve Hynard
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air

“Here is my 1961 Chev Bel Air, purchased from California in 2018. It had a 500ci Cadillac big-block and TH400, but the car had had a lot of dodgy work done to it in America.

I have spent the past few years rebuilding and replacing a lot of parts. It now runs a 305ci small-block and TH400. I also sanded all the flat black off and two-pack-cleared the lot.”

Ben Ward
Ford XC panel van

“G’day, this is my 1977 XC Sundowner. It runs a 295hp AU XR8 roller motor with a five-speed ’box and an AU disc-brake LSD shortened to suit. I’ll have it on the road in the next month or two.”