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Dollys Boyfriend
Just Idling

Joined: 16 Jul 2020
Posts: 135

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:54 pm    Post subject:

a toyota and another toyota because they are the bestest cars
mr dave you must have alot of space to fit all those cars
even mr carps has quite a big list
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Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:23 pm    Post subject:

Aged 16, Dad (Police) gave me a 1955 Hillman. Not sure if that was a favour or to teach me a lesson! It was recovered from a demolished hostel. I made it go, registered it and taught myself to drive. Drove it for three months and sold it ($90! Huge profit!). Had a second one - a parts car, it was a1954 but had been fitted with the OHV motor. Huge horsepower increase from 37 to 43...
After Hillman I bought a very nice FC. One of the last built. I blew the motor up after the distiributor drive shaft sheared. Good design that, means you can drive home without oil.... New motor ($136 exchange from Repco) new head (double valve springs, $22 exchange, also Repco). With the old motor it was "governed" by valve bounce at 95MPH, now had heaps more go (well, it had twins/extractors, CDI, fans, and other mods).
Very flexible motor, second gear was good for zero to 65MPH.
Sold that. Got a Hunter GT (well, the Royal 660, a Hunter GT without the GT name for the insurance companies). First car I had that was good for 110MPH. Put SU's on it instead of the Strombergs. Easier to balance etc. I supercharged that (for a while) too impractical to look after. It had the usual extractors, mags, lowered springs etc etc. Nice car to drive.
Next was an XB GS302. Yellow blaze. Did the same mods: holley, manifold, extractors, wheels, lowered. I was into electronics big time then so I had a fair bit of electronic bits in that car. I sold that to a race horse owner to tow his horse floats with. Bought a (new) 1979 Mazda 626. A really nice car, bought it new ($7300) ran it for 5 years and 135000 k's and traded it for $6995. Traded it on Friday night, the dealer didn't even detail it, put it straight on the lot (at $7995) and sold it Saturday morning!
Very cheap motoring for me.
I traded the Mazda on an XE 4-speed S pack. Not as well built as the Mazda. It fell apart by 100,00k's. Heaps of torque tho'. You could let the clutch up, idling the just dump the throttle and "bag it up". That was after the customary mods...
Next was the TR Magna. Yes, a 4 cylinder. Went VERY well, loved that car and still do (even tho I don't own it). One of the best cars any Australian car maker has ever made. It would cruise at any speed you like, comfortable and very economical. I put 295,000 k's on it in ten years, only had ONE engine problem, a noisy valve lifter. Replaced IT (at $26).
No further problems. Sold it (yes, ten years old and 295,000 k's) for $6500... It was THAT good.
Now I own a Devil Yellow VX S pack Commodore. One of only six made. (But that's another story).
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Joined: 11 Jun 2021
Posts: 667
Location: Queanbeyan, NSW (on the ACT border)

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:14 am    Post subject:

My first car was a purple EH that went like stink until I drove it back from Darwin to Adelaide after Cyclone Tracy. Never went very well again after that. I then bought a 27 T Roadsetr from a car yard in Sydney in 1975. Blew the 39 gearbox up within 2 weeks, so I rebuilt the whole car in a rented garage with a dirt floor at the back of the Waverton Railway Station with the assistance of Graeme "Lofty" Holden, who was a Chief Stoker on my boat. I used the 9" diff from Gary Hudson's T bucket (when he replaced it with the Jag rear), the 292 and 3 speed from Steve Passfield's 29 Dodge, and I was back on the road. Took it to Canberra in 1977 and rebuilt it again, with the help of the Meteors HRC. Bought another EH as a grocery getter. Sold the T Bucket in Melbourne at a car yard on Sydney Road after realising we were dead broke. Bought a HK Brougham off a mate after the EH blew up. The Brougham shit itself a year later and we bought a VH Valiant VIP that my uncle Bob had restored. Bloody perfect car, it went for ages until we went to the US in 1983 and sold it at a sizeable profit in Canberra. At the same time we bought the Valiant, we were at the Cambpelltown Swap Meet in Adelaide in 1978 trying to scrounge some dollars, and a guy behind us was selling a really sad 36 Coupe that he had dragged out of a paddock at Virginia. It had done duty as a stock car, and was pretty badly banged up, but it came with spare doors and a few other bits for $100, so I borrowed the money from my Father In Law and left it at my Sister's place until I could start work on it. 10 years later, it was finished, and served me well until I sold it at the 99 Nats in Geelong.

Also owned a 1954 Hudson Super Wasp, about 1981, put in a 318 Poly and push button Torque Flite and only ever got to drive it once, to the Drive In at Mornington.
Now have a 36 Plymouth Coupe (close to being finished) and the grocery getter is a Ford EL sedan with 5L. Best grocery getter ever, next to the Valiant. Vicki has a 56 Crown Vic (and a 56 Mainline Ute, for the chassis) and Danny has a 36 Plymouth Sedan, but had a 60 Cad Convertible, 72 Dodge "Blues Mobile" and also now has a VH Charger.
I also owned a 35 Chev sedan which I did nothing with, a 23 Dodge C Cab that was hand built by Bruce Chapman in Canberra, but the missus hated that car, so I sold the body and chassis to a drag racer in 1982. Sam McCauley ended up with it in the early 90's and built a really neat C Cab that saw plenty of miles.

If there is one car that I'd like back, it's the T Bucket. I sold it with NSW rego on it (ABQ300) to a car yard on Sydney Road, Brunswick, in 1979/80.

Haven't heard about or seen it ever since. It was in pretty bad shape, and a death trap to drive, but I'd really like to give it a second chance.
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Joined: 06 Nov 2020
Posts: 98
Location: Shoalhaven Heads NSW

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:16 pm    Post subject:

My first hot rod was a1934 Chevy Highboy Coupe powered by a Ford Flathead V8 no less, I then built a 29 A Roadster powered by a 272 cu in Ford V8 followed by another 29/32 highboy roadster with a 283 cu in Chevy V8.Next came a 1934 Ford 4door sedan powered by a 272 cu in Ford V8 ,which was sold to finance the rebuild again for the 29 A roadster with a Jag rear and 283 cu in Chevy V8 as well as an independent front end.I eventually sold the roadster to buy a1938 Ford Club Coupe ,which my wife thought was ugly so it was swapped for a1936 Ford Coupe that I
slipped a 308 cu in Holden V8 into.

The birth of my first son Matthew meant that the 1936 Coupe was too small so a1937 Ford Coupe was found upside down in a gully and dragged home. This was rebuilt first with a 1953 SV V8 which didn't last too long and was replaced by a 283 cu in Chevy V8 ,I then found a 1937 Ford Cabriolet back half in a quarry which was taken home and a for major buildup.
It is powered by a 350cu in Chev V8 ,turbo 350 trans and a 9" Ford rear HG Holden front end with Austin 1800 R&P;, red tuck & roll interior.
I have just sold this vehicle to Dennis Walford in Sydney NSW Nov 2001.
Currently I am working on my 37 Willys pickup which is almost finished,
it will be followed by a 41 Ford Cabover Truck Ramp Rod which will be followed by my 38 Willys Coupe, when will it ever end !!
If anyone wants to see any pics of the Cars I have had just go to

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Willys Rule and if you can't handle that, Cabovers Haul.
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Joined: 14 Jun 2021
Posts: 14
Location: Doncaster East

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:02 pm    Post subject:

1st was 63 EH Standard (had a Dodge 4 Klaxon that's been in alot of my cars since)
63 beetle 1300 Holley 2brl & extractors (3" trumpet) various wide wheels

56 Austin A90 Westminster, smooth, silent, not too slow crazy backwards H column shift 4spd

74 Mazda F1000 (Bongo) dungheap free sold for 50

53 FX 2door project, bought it half done, sold it much the same

74 TC XLE 250 4spd mags went like stink but was a heap

75 TD XL 250 5spd (Hadfield Toyota) lowered & 6" wheels Bought it off my brother smashed, unreg and fixed it. Went like stink, broke the gearbox once. Did 160000klms with hardly any trouble (except for the crappy handling)

56 Dodge Kingsway Very rusty, but ran. Sold to parts dealer.

74 HQ Statesman 308Tri column. Orange w/cream vinyl roof/int worn but good

Datsun 180B Heap - got rear ended at traffic lights, took the money and traded it on a 240K One owner 5spd a/c. That got T-boned in a roundabout so I wont buy another Datsun!!

XP FAlcon wagon solid, house paint blue, fixed most of the rust, but
lots of dints and Jennifer wouldn't be caught dead in it. So I sold it and bought
HD Premier sedan Bone stock 179 p/glide. Bought it with 88k miles in '96.
Now has 123k miles

and the daily Daihatsu's

The Real cars
27 T Speedster Bought as running project, but had to replace half of it.(It's
in bits) Dropped f/axle, stepped rear high speed diff, wires. Will sell when finished
17 T van Father-in-law built body, currently running 27 running gear at the minute(Done about 3000 miles in 4 years) Driving it to Renmark in September. Never for sale.

27 T roadster Bought as a runner with Rajo 4 valve, 2spd diff Hyd brakes,
Pressure oiling (Done about 3500 miles in 2 years, most as a trip Melb
to Goulburn and back around the coast) Was going to keep good bits and
sell, but too much fun, so may just tidy up a bit.

14 T roadster (Very rare Australian body for patterns and a pile of bits) Long term resto project

22 T pickup Project Will be for sale when I get some wheels and time to bolt it together.

16 T Speedster Project Have Rajo BB 8valve 8plug for this, big Zenith carb, Straight front cross member, Zed rear, 2 spd diff

The T van is the only one I've "finished"
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Mr Model A

Joined: 25 Apr 2021
Posts: 93
Location: Boronia, Vic.

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:48 am    Post subject:

That's an interesting collection of T's you have, any pics?
Rust never sleeps
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Just Idling

Joined: 29 Sep 2020
Posts: 120
Location: Liverpool, Sydney

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:26 am    Post subject:

Feel embarrased to add mine to the list... but what the hell

XA 2 door coupe - Shared car with school friends ended up with left hand side against a brick wall (last words from the driver at the time "how close can I get it?")

70 Type 1 VW

64 Karmann Ghia - bought and sold within a week - far too much rust but for $400 bucks it was worth it to drive a few times. Sold for donor panels for $1000

70 Type 1 VW (yes another one)

61/57 Type 1 VW - The project. Chopped 4", smoothed dash, oval graft, picking a chassis from my graveyard at my folks home.

95 VS Commonbore Acclaim. Was there a wire that didn't short? Sold and saw on F3 freeway shortly after pumping expensive swirling white smoke.

72 Type 2 VW - family van ...
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Joined: 06 Mar 2021
Posts: 70
Location: Nhulunbuy

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:43 pm    Post subject:

That T stuff sound's awesome, esp the speedster & the Roadster with Rajo Head!! Would love to see some pics!!

For Eva Fours!!!
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Joined: 14 Jun 2021
Posts: 14
Location: Doncaster East

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:26 pm    Post subject: No T photos

I'm in Gladstone QLD for a few more weeks, so I don't have many photos with me. (Don't have a web site to post them either)

The 27 roadster looks pretty stock & the van is stock (well almost). The rest are in various stages of disassembly so no good photos.

Thanks for the interest.
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Jimmy B
Just Idling

Joined: 01 Feb 2021
Posts: 178
Location: Tweed Valley, NSW, Australia

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:20 am    Post subject:

doodlebug wrote:
The 27 roadster looks pretty stock & the van is stock (well almost). The rest are in various stages of disassembly so no good photos.

I'll put some pics on my website If you want. I love '27 T Roadsters, it doesn't matter what state of completion they're in, WE'RE HOT RODDERS, we like to see anything Old Tin. That speed equipment (Rajo 4 valve, Rajo BB 8valve 8plug) sounds good . It'll be good too see pics, so if interested email me.
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TJ'S Dad

Joined: 28 May 2021
Posts: 65

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:14 am    Post subject:

where do i start .... not listing street dungers.. fiat toppolino (austin A30 power) or lack of it ..34 sedan..46 sedan..34 tudor ..A bucket..T bucket (holden 6)..T Bucket (buick nailhead)..T pick up..33 coupe (channelled)..48 Prefect(blown chev power)..48 Prefect (i600 cortina)48Prefect (2litre Cortina)53F100..54Fi00..48 Freighter..34 Dodge sedan
57 chev..cusso's by the dozen..FJ's by the gross..A roadster ...32 Chev roadster.. tank fairlaine ..several spinners ..anglia (V6)...Prefect ute (307 chev)47 Fargo yoot (daily driver last 12 months)..26 Rugby Tourer (still got that one ) remembering i had a car yard sellin rods n customs in the 80's i forget a lot of them..(so none from yard listed)
the one i regret selling was the 33 coupe ... it went to steve costa who sold the body and used chassis and running gear for that 33 .3 window he built in the late 80's (white with flames)
most regrettable car .. 48 prefect with blown chev .. spent $15000 on motor alone sold car for $10000..
at present building xp s/w for TJ ..has wooden barn doors .. woody side pannelling...250 2V.. celica 5 speed..
missus wants A roadster so gathering bits at moment
wouldnt mind a channelled 33/34 coupe again .. so thats on the cards too

now i just gotta live to be 323 to get all the projects finished ..
I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotamy !

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Joined: 07 Dec 2020
Posts: 1389

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:31 am    Post subject:

Awe c'mon Mike, you're gunna be around for much longer than just another ten years. And I know there's been lots more cars that you listed, not all of em total dungers.
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TJ'S Dad

Joined: 28 May 2021
Posts: 65

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:20 am    Post subject:

well i'll be buggered ........ hey carps wernt u the driver when Moses said "go forth in Triumph"
I'd rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotamy !

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Mick Kelly

Joined: 10 Jun 2021
Posts: 53
Location: Elmore (between Echuca and Bendigo)

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:26 am    Post subject: What cars have you owned?

Got my licence in 1970.
First car was a 1948 Dodge.
Then an FX holden very low. gas axe to the front coils, hardwood blocks at rear for lowering blocks. I doubt if I would have got an "engineers certificate" for this one. Took new girlfriend to the drive in. Ripped off sump trying to park it. New girlfriend did a runner and I had to have the car towed home.
"S" series Valiant. Then a 1964 Chev Belair. 350 chev out of a "Z28" Camaro. Total restoration.
Next car was a 1970 G.T.H.O. phase 2 Falcon. Total restoration. (Spent $25,000 just on parts) Lost this car in a nasty divorce settlement. I believe my ex wife is still enjoying this car.
!976 F100 was my next car. It was stolen from outside my work place. Was never recovered.
Currently driving a 1990 Ford Capri convertable. Will be my daughters when she gets her licence.
My car is a 1954 Plymouth Cranbrook which is progressing very slowly. Hope to have it finished by Xmas.
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