“I bought my Dart from a mate around 2009; it’s a ’67 two-door sedan. It originally had an angled six; it then had a mild 440 that I modified over the years, but it broke a rod at 5500 rpm on Mopar Sunday in 2019. I pretty much salvaged the heads (one was damaged), and I was lucky enough to get a . virgin bore 440 block to be had from a mate waiting to build a stroker for his Val.
Local Mopar guru Ash Knowles went to work and built me a mild 494 stroker with a full Scat rotary assembly, SRP pistons and a Howards hydraulic roller cam (.600in) and lifters. I had to get the Eddy RPM heads fixed a bit after the lockup. It also has an 850 Quick Fuel carb and ICE ignition.
Car is a B&M 727 with some slick Hurst lightning rods, and while the engine was being built I had it trimmed down for a shortened 9-inch with a 35-spline aluminum center with Dutchman axles. The first ride with the new combo was to Chryslers On The Murray track.
Thanks to Ash Knowles as it was started on the trailer for the first time the night before I left and it ran well at COTM apart from an ignition coil failure. He was also repainted in closed doors about six years ago after a scrape at Mopar Mayhem. I love driving it and always have my co-pilots with me.” Photos: Luke Hunter
Ford XD Falcon
“Here’s the 1980 XD I built. It is driven to the odd show, and on family adventures a few weekends a year. I did pretty much everything from scratch, except for the work on the engine, the machine, and sewing new seats.
It runs on a well-built, high-comp 351 with SRP forged pistons, a big Crow Street cam and roller rockers, sending power back to a built-in C4 with a 3000rpm stall made by TCT.
In the back is a flushed Dana 78 with 3.5:1 gears. It ended up being done to a much higher standard than originally planned; I got a little carried away! But it’s still a road car, not a caravan queen – although it never goes out when it looks like it’s raining!
“Here is my 2006 Saleen S331 F150 with a supercharged 5.4L 3V. It is build number 63 and is also my daily. Mods include 1.75-inch four-into-one SS headers, 3-inch high-flow cats, X-pipe and dual 2.5-inch side-exit exhausts.
It has a 10 psi pulley, a fabricated intake elbow and a 5-inch intake and airbox. The truck is lowered 2.5 inches with Track suspension and anti-roll bars. I did all the mods and great work myself.
She makes 345 horsepower at 10 psi and easily blows the 305/40R23s. My truck was once owned by Steve and Elizabeth Saleen, the owners of the company. As one of only six in Australia, I get a lot of responses, and my kids love being taken to school in her.
Corey van Genender
Ford XA Fairmont
“This is my 1971 302 Cleveland-powered XA GS Fairmont. It was my family’s daily driver from the mid-1990s until 2009, when my father handed it over to me as a then 19-year-old.
My father bought it for $1800 as a fairly straight and very original unrestored car. I have great memories of taking road trips, towing the family boat, Dad having a few burnouts, learning to drive, racing someone on the highway with my L plates on it, and (allegedly) stealing the car when I was 17 for a joyride with my friends while my dad was fishing.
The car sat in Dad’s driveway between 2010 and 2013 before being moved to my shed. In 2017, my cousin lost his life in tragic circumstances, and I realized that everything can change in a split second, so why not build the car and enjoy it with my family instead of letting it rust?
So in October 2017 it was sent away to my very good friend Glen Hoger, with the plan to restore it over a period of three years. More than four years later we are done! After being stuck abroad for almost two years, I drove it for the first time just before Christmas last year.”
Holden VH Commodore
“This is my 1983 VH SL Commodore. I’ve had it for many years now. It was my dad’s race car once, with a 253. I built it a 355 stroker a little over a year ago, and it goes a little faster than the old 253!
It is a VN 304 block with a 355 Scat crank, Scat bars, heavily ported heads with larger intake valves, Harrop high intake, 750 Holley HP street carburetor, Camtech solid cam, 1.65 adjustable rockers, 30thou oversized pistons, MSD 6AL and MSD Billet dizzy. I’ve put so much time and effort into this engine and my heart beats faster every time I press that key.
I put it in the In The Build section in November last year and now I’ve finished the bike and put it on clubrego. An achievement that I am quite proud of.”
“Here’s my ’69 Charger R/T. It is a 440ci/four speed manual car from Kentucky and was imported to Australia in 2006. It had major rust problems, so a complete teardown was required and 90 percent of the steel was replaced: chassis rails, floor, rear sections, front fenders, hood – everything had to be replaced with new OE parts.
I decided to at least put rings and bearings in the engine, but that turned into everything – rods, pistons, valves, both manifolds, cam – being replaced with new stuff. The exterior color is from a 2013 Viper and the interior is in leather.
There’s new eight-piece glass, new bumpers and taillights, and a rebuilt grille, and it sits on 20-inch Streeter wheels. The three-inch stainless steel exhaust makes it sound great!
Ford XC Fairmont
“I’m Alex and I’m 22 years old. I own this 1977 XC Fairmont. It currently has a freshly built 408ci stroker Cleveland with a four-bolt main block, which took me 1.5 years to build.
My dad originally built the car 16 years ago; at the time it had a 302 Cleveland, which it was dragging with nitrous oxide. He then turbocharged that 302, but unfortunately it couldn’t handle the boost. After that he had several engines, including another 302 and a tunnel rammed 351. In 2019 my father handed me the keys to it. I took the ram off and put a single karby back on with a nitrous sealant. That 351 had a PR of 11.87 @ 111 mph.
Unfortunately it chewed a lobe on the cam so I pulled it out and decided to build this engine. While doing that I smoothed out and repainted the engine bay; the body of the car will one day be repainted. I recently purchased a 1200 horsepower Paul Rogers TH400 that has been manually shifted and shifted as the engine has more power than the little C4 can handle.
There are some other things I still need to do, like a roll cage and parachute for racing and a stronger 9-inch. My goal for the car is to run at Drag Challenge and hopefully get into the low 10s or high nines. I am going to Summernats 35 by car and driving it from Tasmania.
Holden VE Commodore
“In 2018, my 2007 VE Commodore was repainted from Phantom Black to VS HSV Cherry Black by Nathan Utting at Utz Kustoms, and was also ‘bagged’. Then it got its identity as Dark Devil (DRKDVL).
Rob from HAMR Coatings provided us with an incredible and exclusive HAMR shift color. At Kut Kustomz, a new front bar with ECM splitter, new modified Maloo side skirts, HDT rear fenders and a G8 rear bar diffuser were fitted and hit with the new color.
In January 2020 the car was involved in an accident, which damaged the entire driver’s side, and then COVID hit and the car went from a repair and cleanup job to a wild custom refinish and more. While the repairs were going on, we saw the guys from BNB Products and had a custom interior done to complement the paint.
Plus, we looked at all the finer details and had a lot of custom detail pieces made, including door sills, fire extinguishers and floor mats, and we even had Unspoken Design make some custom headlights.
Ford Mustang from 1966
“This is my ’66 Mustang. It’s an ongoing project. I recently rebuilt the 377ci stroker Clevo into it, and it makes a nice 460hp and 440lb-ft. A four-speed Top Loader and 9-inch 3.5-speed differential complete the powertrain. I was lucky enough to get my old man’s car after losing my Mk2 Escort on my way home from a local car show (T-boned by a drunk driver). I hope you like it!”
Holden HG Kingswood
“I bought my 1971 HG Kingswood in 2018 with a modest 253 in it. Once in my possession, the first thing I did was lower the rear suspension and install a set of Auto Drags. Then came the desire for more horsepower to go with the tough new look, so he now has a carby LS1, which is a lot of fun. Perfect for summer nights cruising!”