Ford F100, HT Holden, Ford F6 LTD, LH Torana + more – Readers’ Rockets

We check out some readers' rides from the March 2022 issue of Street Machine


Clinton Broadbent
1977 Ford F100

“I first discovered this truck rusting away underneath my parents’ neighbour’s house. My dad and I went over to have a closer look, and I ended up buying it.

All we had to do was put a master and slave cylinder on the clutch and a bit of fuel down the carby, and we were away! Our initial intention was to give it a quick clean-up and get it on the road, but once we started, we just kept going.

We ended up doing a full cab-off rebuild: complete suspension, brakes and bodywork, as well as changing the colour from Canary Yellow to Midnight Blue.

It’s running its original 302 Cleveland, four-speed manual and nine-inch diff.

Big thanks to my dad and cousin for doing a lot of the work, and also to Poole’s Panel & Paint, Evans Trim Shop, Muffler Kings and Street Art Wheels.” Photos: Rich Welch

Troy Colquhoun
HT Holden

“I have owned my 1970 HT for six years. It was originally a 161/three-on-the-tree car. I always wanted to build something different and I love my Holden sixes; I didn’t want to run what most other people do (LS, small-block, big-block etc).

So it now runs a blown 186, Turbo 350 and banjo diff (yes, banjo). The engine appeared as Mill of the Month in Street Machine (Feb ’21).

The transmission is full manual with a 4500rpm stall, and the diff runs a Harrop Truetrac centre with 3.55:1 gears and billet axles. It’s something different!”

Senad Cekovic
Ford F6 LTD

“Here’s my 1978 Ford P6 LTD. I bought the car for the running gear for $3500 in 2020 but didn’t have the heart to scrap it. There were bubbles under the vinyl roof, which made me think it was full of rust, but luckily it was just bubbles from old glue. That’s when I made up my mind to restore it.

The 351 Clevo was on straight gas, so I got rid of that and fitted a Holley Brawler carby and a choppy Crow cam. The auto has a small high-stall with Stage 2 shift kit, and the car also runs a nine-inch diff and a nice twin-pipe exhaust system.

I didn’t have to touch the interior; it’s all black and all the electric windows and seats actually work. It had the usual rust issues, which I repaired. My boys made me put on a reverse cowl and mix some pearl into the Ford Port Wine paint to make it a little different to your standard LTD. Now it’s ready to cruise around!”

1933 Ford Coupe

“My ’33 runs a lightweight fibreglass body with a 51⁄2-inch chop, fitted on a custom frame with a six-point rollcage. The front end is a Super Bell I-beam, while out back there’s a four-linked nine-inch with 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker and full-floating axles.

The car rolls on three-piece Arrow rims – 15×4 fronts and 15×12 rears. It’s also got QA1 coil-overs, wheelie bars and a parachute. Transmission is a Powerglide with billet internals and a transbrake, while the engine is an original NASCAR-casting Boss 429 punched out to 514ci, again with all-billet internals.

It runs a forged crank, Oliver rods, Wiseco pistons, Comp solid-roller cam, Miller mid-lift rockers, highly modded intake (which took 70-odd man hours) and a pair of annular Quick Fuel 950s. It’s good for 1100hp and 950lb-ft of torque. It’s my street car, and it’s a lot of fun to drive!”

John Smith
Holden LH Torana

“I’ve just completed this home build: a 1974 LH SL/R. It was a factory 253 car, but it now runs a 340kW (456hp) ClubSport crate motor, backed by a Mal Wood Tremec six-speed and VS BorgWarner diff.

The front end uses McDonald Bros upper and lower control arms with coil-overs.”

Jamie Lewis
1968 Chevrolet Caprice

“I had my Caprice imported from California. It has a 383 stroker with a custom-grind cam, with 485 lift to suit the straight LPG system. The system made the air cleaner touch the bonnet, so a Bug Catcher sticking out of it was a nice option.

It runs 200cc heads, a custom 2.5-inch exhaust dropped at the diff, Turbo 400 with Stage 2 shift kit and a Truetrac differential.”