Two-door EH Holden custom

Eddy Ramsbottom’s 1964 EH Holden rocks a straight six and just two doors

Photographers: Ashley Roling

NOTHING beats a well-turned-out, genre-busting ride, and Eddy Ramsbottom’s 1964 EH Holden thoroughly kills it.

The EH is now a two-door sedan, and a well-executed one at that – a far cry from the sad and sorry state it was in when Eddy first took ownership of the unfinished two-door project back in 2003.

“It was a rolling shell with a pair of lengthened doors and a bootlid,” Eddy says. “It had been started back in 1990, though they really hadn’t done a good job of it. I found a bunch of bog straight away, so I replated it all before eventually straightening the body out.”

Another stand-out component is that punchy blue hue. “I sprayed the body in bright Monza Blue as I liked the colour on LC GTRs, and it really works on a two-doored EH,” Eddy explains. He tackled the paintjob himself, along with the majority of the project, thanks to a 40-year history of restoring cars before recently settling into retirement.

Up front is a 190ci inline-six Holden mill. The bored 186ci sports a Crow cam, head work and rare twin HR X2 carbies. Eddy has mated that to an M20 four-speed before robbing a VK Commodore of its Salisbury diff. Four-wheel Commodore discs finish off the wonderful symphony of Holden spares.

Other retro features include genuine 16-inch Walky rims and an EH front spoiler. Eddy scored both on the cheap through Facey, and they were just the ticket to round out his ride. “I reckon the spoiler completes the sporty look,” he enthuses.

Inside also copped a makeover with the addition of fresh offerings that hint at an earlier-style build. Low-backed 1990 Honda buckets, sans headrests, now feature up front, split by an HZ GTS console and rounded out by a SAAS wheel and gauges.

“By 2015 it was finally done – I had a huge grin on that first drive!” Eddy says. He’s driven the wheels off 2DOOR64 ever since, cruising the EH under its own steam from SA to five interstate shows, including the EJ-EH Holden Nationals and an EH Holden All State Run. The car scored a few gongs along the way, including Best Custom, Top Modified EH sedan and Best Six-Cylinder. And while interstate plans are tricky to navigate at present, Eddy still happily cruises the two-door locally and is loving every minute of it.

He’s also chuffed to have the EH appear on the SM website: “I’ve painted a bunch of cars that have featured in Street Machine – now it’s finally my turn!”