Isolation Motivation

Street Machine Magazine|June 2020

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Isolation Motivation
Sure, we’re in lockdown, but on the upside, it gives us plenty of time to lavish some love on our car projects. Here are some sm readers doing just that

As we discussed in Newsfront last issue, bastard COVID-19 is having a mixed impact on the car scene. The suspension of car shows and race meetings has had a big effect on activity, and some street machiners are using the enforced home time as a chance to get stuck into their projects – much like the Swedes do during their long, cold winters.

Of course, with the ranks of the Aussie unemployed set to reach 1.4 million by mid-year, many of you reading this may have larger concerns. Just hanging on to project cars – and having somewhere to store them will be an issue for many. If you’re in that situation, we feel for you. All we can hope for is that the upswing at the end of this thing comes quickly, so as many folks can get back to work as possible.

Still, Australia seems to be faring a lot better than many other countries, and fortunately many SM readers are able to get stuck into their projects under lockdown. Here’s a selection of Aussie builds that have been submitted on our socials – plus a Kiwi and a mini-truck from the USA for good measure. No matter what your circumstances are, we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

1929 FORD TUDOR

EDWARD WHADCOAT

“THIS is my Ford tudor build, ‘Nellebell’. The name comes from some faded paint written on one of the doors. I started it eight years ago when I bought the 1928 Oldsmobile frame and ’29 tudor body, followed by the running gear from a wrecked 300C SRT8 from the States: a 6.1-litre Gen 3 Hemi and matching five-speed auto. An Eaton nine-inch diff with Strange internals rounds out the driveline. It runs a Ford drop axle front with Wilwood disc brakes, and 11-inch Ford Torino drums outback. The frame has been modified with a Ford front cross member. Body mods include a 1938 Oldsmobile grille, handmade nosecone, modified front cowl and a three-inch chop. The interior incorporates a full hidden roll cage, custom flip-forward seats, and a Packard Clipper dash and steering wheel. There’s still heaps to do, including a foldback roof from a Mercedes 4WD and new custom quarters to make. I’ve done everything with simple tools. ”

EH HOLDEN PANEL VAN

GRAHAM MILLER

“I BOUGHT the panel van as rusty roller from the Gold Coast in 2016 and immediately planned a rebuild. I took it to my workshop and fully abrasive-blasted and epoxy primed it. I had big plans of getting straight into it, but then I went to Summernats and saw all the blown cars there, so I got a bit distracted. The panel van went on the back-burner and I decided to build a blown engine for my EH sedan instead. But once I heard about Rockynats, I decided to go hard and get the van built-in time for that. I wanted it to be a bit different, so I went with an injected SBC as I’ve always liked the look of the trumpets. As for body fab, I thought I’d tub the arse-end using a set of Mr Mudguard guards, totally cutting out the original ones, so it can fit 22x12-inch wheels under it. It has a Rod-Tech Deluxe front end and runs Gazzard Brothers springs and traction bars. I custom-built a new nine-inch diff running 31-spline axles and a Strange centre. It is currently at the auto electricians getting a full rewire, and after that it will be off to my trimmer to get a complete black-leather interior. Can’t wait to finish it!”

THE MERCULINER

‘METHANOL’ MIKE BOWDEN

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