Cars & Coffee Jindalee January

CARS & COFFEE JINDALEE

Date:  18 Jan 2020
Location: Jindalee, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Jindalee. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am January 18, 2020. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so please drive and behave responsibly.

See you all there, rain or shine!

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55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show

55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show

55th ANNUAL VICTORIAN HOT ROD & COOL CARS SHOW

Date: 25-27 January 2020
Time: 10am – 8pm (Saturday & Sunday)
            10am – 6pm (Monday)
Location: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053
More information: http://www.vhra.com.au/

Just one more week until the 55th Annual Victorian Hot Rod & Cool Cars Show! This event is held over Australia Day weekend where hundreds of the coolest hot rods, custom cars, street machines, muscle cars, and motorcycles are put on display at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.

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Cars & Coffee Coorparoo Feb 20

CARS & COFFEE COORPAROO

Date:  1 Feb 2020
Location: Coorparoo, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Coorparoo. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am February 1, 2020. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

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The XW Factor

XW FACTOR

XW Factor

Ben Chesterfield’s genuine XW GT sedan is one of six class XW’s in his collection.

Some car buffs love all types of vehicles, some love a particular make, era or even a particular model. Ben Chesterfield fits into the latter category. His car of choice? Ford’s classic XW Falcon. Ben confessed that he’s owned a lot of nice cars over the years, but the XW Flacon’s have that special something – that ‘X Factor’.

The Queenslander isn’t content at having just one example of his favourite ride, though. Ben owns six XW Falcons, including some very desirable versions.

BEN'S XW

The Reef Green 1969-model XW GT pictured was first purchased by Ben 25 years ago. It didn’t stay in his possession for long back then, but such was Ben’s passion for XW GT’s, and this car in particular, that he tracked it down and bought it back.“I bought the car back in 1990,” Ben explained. “However, after a couple of years, I had to sell it, as I needed the money for some equipment for my panel shop.

“I always regretted it, so after 17 long years, I found it and bought it back – the inflation hurt though,” Ben said. That inflation? Almost nine times what he originally paid for it back in 1990 – ouch!

Through his own research, Ben believes the car has had five previous owners, while an ACCHS reports (Australian Classic Car History Services P/L) confirmed the car was finished in Reef Green with a black vinyl interior from the factory. Under the bonnet was the XW GT’s standard 351 Windsor V8, hooked up to a toploader 4-speed manual transmission (a 3-speed FMX auto was optional for the GT at this time).

One of 66 XW GT’s built with this particular paint and trim combo, the ACCHS report also showed that Ben’s car was one of the only six to share the same build specifications and that the car had been originally delivered to Harrigan’s Ford in Wollongong, NSW, on 20 August, 1969 – only a couple of months after the XW GT had been released.

TOO BOLD?

Hard to imagine now, but when the XW GT debuted in June, 1969, it’s bold, aggressive appearance came in for criticism from some quarters for being a bit too lairy. Against the more subdued XT GT, the XW was identified by broad stripes, locking pins and an offset-scoop (designed to cool the brake master cylinder) on the bonnet, with bolder side stripes and the now iconic ‘Super Roo’ emblems on the front guards.

That emblem had been previewed in early 1969 on a motor show “ideas car” commissioned by Ford Australia’s then Managing Director, Bill Bourke, and based on an imported US 2-door Falcon.

Inside, the GT was trimmed with a Fairmont-spec interior, but added additional gauges in an instrument panel that had been resigned for the XW series. One knock on the XW GT interior was that it dropped the genuine wood-rim steering wheel of the previous two GTs for a plastic lookalike unit.

Under the bonnet, the new GT may not have had the stonking 427i (7.0-litre) V8 from the Super Roo showcar, but it did pack a 351ci (5.8-litre) ‘Windsor’ V8. ‘351’ badges on the guards and bootlid let everyone know that what was under the bonnet was an upgrade from the XT’s 302 (4.9-litre).

With add-ons like hydraulic valve lifters, a 450cfm Autolite carburetor, and an 10.7:1 compression ratio, the difference in power was 290hp (217kW) against the XT’s 230hp (172kW).
Over a regular XW Falcon, the GT also added power-assisted Kelsey Hayes disc front brakes as standard, a twin-plate clutch and limited-slip diff, as well as a fuel tank that, at 36 gallons (164 liters), was more than double the capacity of the previous tank.

All these features, of course, were designed with the racetrack in mind, but the GT-HO was even more specific; its combination of parts was designed solely to deliver victory for Ford at Bathurst.

Considering he’s something of an XW fanatic, it’s no surprise that Ben’s got an XW GT-HO, as well.

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Two Pony Garage

TWO PONY GARAGE

Two Pony Garage

These two “horses” are a perfect combination.

Think of “cars” and “horses” and most people think of either a Mustang or a Ferrari. But take a closer look at a Porsche and you’ll notice a horse in its badge, too. While Ferrari’s ‘Prancing Horse’ may be the best known of any car emblem, Porsche’s rampant stallion – taken from the coat of arms of the city of Stuttgart – has been around almost as long, first appearing on a 356A in 1953.

A little over a decade later, that other famous horse would come into the automotive sphere, when the Mustang arrived. Since its debut in April, 1964, the Mustang’s millions of sales created the whole ‘pony car’ genre in the US and made the car an icon around the world, including here in Australia.
One of those local Mustang devotees is Chris Clifford. Despite a long-held desire for a Mustang, the Queenslander only added on to his garage relatively recently.

MY FIRST PONY

“I’d always wanted a Mustang since I was a kid,” Chris said. “I wanted a Mustang and a Porsche 911 coupe.”

That desire for a ‘Stang wasn’t satisfied until 2005, when Chris came across the car you see here.

A largely standard 1965-model coupe, running a period-correct 289 V8 and 3-speed automatic, the car featured a few minor changes from stock, like a mandrel-bent aftermarket exhaust system and Holley carby, adjustable White Line suspension and Koya 19-inch wheels.

“It was purchased off a follow car enthusiast who had a collection,” Chris explained. “I was lucky enough to get it after seeing it advertised.”

MUSTANG MODDED

As purchased, the car was already a stunner in its bold red paint and tidy black vinyl interior, and also came with an aftermarket air con system, so it needed very little. But Chris did add a modern 3-row aluminum radiator and fan for trouble-free cruising in the Queensland Summer, as well as new two-tone door trims.

“I then spent numerous hours polishing and cleaning it to bring it to mint condition,” Chris added.

Those Koya alloys are a standout, their impact augmented by the fact that the car now rides 60mm lower than stock.

With a car history that includes a 1962 Rambler Classic and ’65 HD Holden, Chris is no stranger to the highs and lows of owning and running a classic, and has some Ford history, too, as his first car was a ’72 MkII Escort 2-door, but the Mustang is something extra special.

“I love the ability to cruise in it, its classic appeal, as well as the nostalgia it brings from that era,” Chris explained. “It’s great that my young boys and family love the car as well.”

As well as regular cruising, Chris has also provided the car for wedding duty on several occasions – “I continually get requests for it to be used at weddings.”

OLD AND NEW

In 2009, four years after the Mustang was bought, the second part of Chris’ dream came to fruition when he purchased a 2003-model Porsche 911 Carrera.

The Mustang and the 911 Carrera may seem strange companions, but Chris enjoys them both equally, reserving his new and old “horses” for weekends and special occasions, while a Chrysler 300C serves as the daily driver. While he’s quite enamoured with the Mustang, Chris said he may be persuaded to part with the car sometime in the future, especially if a tidy 1958 Corvette came along at the right price – keeping the “horse” theme going, albeit in the form of “horsepower”!

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Hot Half Tonner

HOT HALF TONNER

Hot Half Tonner

this Chevy pickup packs a lot under the bonnet… and under the tray!

When the Advance-Design series made its debut, it was actually Chevrolet’s first all-new post-War range, preceding the new passenger cars by more than a year.

The new-for-1947 ‘3000 Series’ light duty pickup were split into three basic versions – 3100, 3600 and 3,800 – covering ½ ton, ¾ ton and 1- ton load capacities, respectively.

CHOICE OF THREE

When the Advance-Design series made its debut, it was actually Chevrolet’s first all-new post-War range, preceding the new passenger cars by m ore than a year.

The new-for-1947 ‘3000 Series’ light duty pickup were split into three basic versions – 3100, 3600 and 3,800 – covering ½ ton, ¾ ton and 1- ton load capacities, respectively.

While restyled from nose to tail, the most notable change with the Advance-Design was the cabin. In the case of the 3000 series, the cabs were both wider and longer by more than a foot each way. The result was greatly increased in-cabin space, which allowed for the adoption of three abreast seating on an adjustable bench seat for the first time.

Glass area was enlarged too ,with optional ‘Nu-Vue’ cut-outs in the rear corners of the cab further increasing visibility.

From the 3000 series’ debut, right up to 1954, changes were minor, but there were small numbers of modifications made each year, which purists can use to identify when their pickup was built.

A FINE '51

In the case of Mark’s, it doesn’t deviate a lot from the ’47 model, but can be identified as a 1951 thanks to the side vent windows which debuted that year, deletion of the left-side cowl vent, a lower position for the rear-view mirror and a few other minor changes.

Paint choices were unaltered on the ’51 models, while the previously available two-tone paint option was restricted to fleet sales only.

However, Mark’s 3100 runs a two-tone treatment in the factory-style and extends the black and blue theme from that into the ‘CHEVROLET’ embossing on the tailgate.

MORE GRUNT

From the factory, the ’51 3100 could only be had with a 216ci ‘Thriftmaster’ inline six hooked up to a three-speed manual transmission, producing 92hp – but Mark’s pickup differs a lot from stock!

Powerplant is now a 350 Small Block Chev, juiced up with alloy heads, a Scat crank, roller rockers and a 650 Holley carb. There’s also a 2 ½ inch exhaust system and a Turbo700 4-speed auto trans with a hi-stall torque convertor.

Putting all 340hp to the ground is a 9-inch diff and a BIG set of rear boots – super-fat 31 x18.50-15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro tyres on Weld Racing rims – with Hankook 185×60-15 rubber up front. That big back end was part of the appeal of this vehicle, which Mark actually received as a present for his 50th birthday in 2013: “I loved its fat ass,” Marked laughed.

Given his passion for old trucks, tractors and utes, Mark’s wife clearly chose well in selecting a pickup for Mark’s big 5-0.

MODS AND MORE

As presented to Mark, the pickup featured shaved door handles and a split rear window, with the fuel tank moved to load area, between those enlarged tubs.

Out back, there are a couple of neat additions, including the rolled rear pan, LED lighting (which runs through an upgraded 12 volt electric system) and stop/tail lights in the “rolled” section of the tray sides.

The lack of a rear bumper isn’t unusual, as it was wasn’t actually standard equipment with the ’51 model pickups when new, but could be had as an option.

Similarly, chrome trim for the grille and bumpers was rarely seen on these workhorses when new. Nowadays, though, it seems all the restored and modified 3000 Series pickups carry a bold chrome front end.

Inside, Mark’s pickup features a Momo steering wheel and full complement of instrumentation, but the rest of the cabin area is pretty much stock.

Since getting the 3100, Mark’s modified the suspension – ’70 Camaro front and leaf spring rear – so it sits lower. Other more recent changes include a blower kit for the V8 and a few touch-ups on the paint.

Given this pickup was a gift, Mark says it’s definitely a keeper, so there are no plans to sell it. There are, however, ongoing plans to drive it – and drive it often!

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Black & Strong

BLACK & STRONG

Black & Strong

This old school Model A roadster is a pretty tasty brew!

For a bloke who’s owned a string of classic American pickups, a roadster may seem like a weird diversion, but for Ray Rust, it’s been a perfect fit.

In Ray’s garage, a ’48 model Chev C3100 (that’s currently for sale) sits alongside the hot rod featured, but before that, Ray has had a ’69 Chev C10, ’65 Chev longbed, ’52 Chev, ’51 Chev and ’57 GMC pickup in the fleet, as well as a ‘’66 HR Holden ute. So, given that history, why purchase the car featured?

“The Model A was all about owning an old-school hot rod,” Ray explained, adding that the car not only had to look good, but needed to be easy to drive and cruise in, too.

THE NEW BLACK

Last year, Ray started scouting for a suitable vehicle, and was initially looking to source something from the US. But, in putting his ’57 GMC on the market, he came across the car featured, which was located in Inverleigh in rural Victoria.

The bloke interested in Ray’s pickup had a hot rod for sale – a 1930 Model A roadster. With a ‘glass body and steel cowl, ‘Bigs n Littles’ wheel combo, whitewalls and a bunch of other cool touches, the rod looked the goods.

“The rod has been built and engineered in Ballarat in 1993 and the first owner was from Stawell,” Ray explained.

Despite its age, the triple-black treatment on the body, removable hood and interior still looked pretty fresh and was offset with a green-painted grille and wheel centres.

“It was exactly what I was looking for.”

The car really needed nothing to jump in and enjoy, which increased its appeal, so the two agreed to a swap, with the Ford coming in Ray’s possession last November.

SOLID, TRAVELLED.

In the 2-door roadster body style, the 1930 Model A had all the classic hot rod touches, like the classic ’32 Ford grille, low mount headlights and ’39-style teardrop tail lights. But, in a somewhat unusual touch for a hot rod, it also had a tow bar.

Inside, there’s vinyl bucket seats, Jaguar gauges and a steering wheel liberated from one of Ray’s pickups he brought out from the US.
A history file provided with the car detailed all the engineering work done, which had been proven with a trouble-free run from Victoria to the Sandgroper Nats in WA and back.

A very reliable and comfortable cruiser, the rod is equipped with a 307 Chevy V8 and 350 auto, with a new exhaust system being the only mechanical change made to the car before a minor bingle put it off the road at the start of 2016.

JOHNNY Z's TO THE RESCUE

Ray entrusted the repair work to Johnny Z’s in Cheltenham, Victoria, who have plenty of restos, rods and custom builds under their belt, including the awesome ‘Scarlet’ 1932 Ford roadster that debuted at last year’s MotorEx.

Repair work included a new grille surround and bars, lights, new front spreader bar and nerf bars, suspension and axle repairs, plus some other minor front-end fix ups.

In a finishing touch that was very much appreciated by Ray, the Johnny Z’s crew tracked down the pinstriper who had originally done the line work on the car back in the 90s and got him to restripe the grille shell and add the personalized ‘Rusty’ script on the door. Nice!

This time around, the grille bars were left in stainless and the wheels repainted black. These mods aside, the rod looks pretty much as it did when Ray picked it up.

PERMANENT FIXTURE

With business and other commitments, Ray hasn’t had the chance to take the rod out since February, so is itching for some time behind the wheel!

While it’ll definitely be racking up some miles in the future, this rod also definitely won’t be sold off: “This roadster’s a keeper,” Ray laughed.

Alongside the Model A and Chev C3100, the American theme continues in the Rust household with an ’88 Chevy Corvette.

This is Ray’s wife’s car, and it’s a ride she loves just as much as Ray loves his hot rod!

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An Oldie but a Goldie

AN OLDIE BUT A GOLDIE

An Oldie but a Goldie

A conventional frame and engine to power the entry level car.

The Austin Seven transformed the British motoring scene.

How often do you get the chance to buy your first car back, 50 years later? For a bloke who spends his days entertaining and performing, owning an Austin may seem like an odd sidekick, but for Dan Burt, it’s a match made in heaven.

LORD AUSTIN

The quest for the first people’s car, with a classless appeal in the UK, was finally achieved when Lord Austin realised his dream of manufacturing a low cost, economical, 2-door, 4-seater family convertible in 1922. With full weather equipment, a 4-cylinder engine, 4-wheel brakes and 3-speed gearbox, the Austin Seven saved the company which was on the verge of liquidation post World War I.

The following for Austin Sevens has weathered all markets, from the aspirational first car owner through all decades. Including during the 1960s when Dan Burt purchased a 1927 Austin Seven Chummy Tourer for only 2 pounds 10 shillings.

'GREAT DAYS. GREAT PEOPLE. GREAT CLUB'

After the first restoration, Dan was inspired to join the Bristol Austin 7 Club. In doing so, he gained a bank of knowledge and “know how/useful tricks” of Austin Seven’s and was fortunate enough to go on some pretty amazing trips with fellow enthusiasts. He went on runs and tours around England, Ireland and France, just to name a few. 50 years later, Dan still has his original membership number and is not far off joining another Austin Seven Club in Australia.

SAME CAR. 50 YEARS LATER!

In 1972, Dan migrated from the West Country of England to Australia leaving his Austin behind. He sold her to its new Bristol owner who had the car for about 30 years. After this time, a mate of Dan’s bought it off the Bristol owners hands for himself.

When Dan went back to England for a visit, he got to drive the car and he fell back in love all over again. “She still drove like a rocket”.

The Austin Seven still had the stainless exhaust system Dan had made at Rolls-Royce (Aero) while an apprentice, and nick plating that he had done for a packet of fags- which was the currency back in the day.

In 2015, his mate kindly offered the Austin back to Dan- the ‘original’ owner- and before he knew it he had her imported to Australia.

THE TOURER

In the 2-door convertible body style, the 1929 Tourer has had minimal touches and modifications and is almost in completely original condition. Inside, there’s a bucket front, bench back seats along with a round aluminium steering wheel, which is in original condition. Since he sold her, she had done no more than 500 miles.

“She was virtually the same as when I left her some 40 years ago. Same hood, seats, side screens, paint, etc. which I’d made in the late 1960s. Body and paint the same with just a few marks. Some SU (non-original) carb.”

With log books dating back to 1949, Dan has all engineering and service history which proves the Tourer to be somewhat reliable.

PERMANENT IN THE BURT FAMILY

The tourer has been racking up some miles since Dan bought it back and he has no plans on letting her go again.

Alongside the tourer, Dan also owns a 1975 Citroen D Special (DS), 1989 Citroen 2 CV, and also 2 French Solex motorised bikes!

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Italian Steed

ITALIAN STEED

Italian Steed

With a Cleveland heart.

Like most enthusiasts, Paul Cibotto had a mental collection of cars he was dying to own and enjoy. Back in 2010, Paul found a run down but honest 1974 De Tomaso Pantera online and just couldn’t resist.

RESTORATION

Since making the purchase, she’s been fully restored inside and out with like-new full custom interior and powertrain! The spec sheet is impressive with a unibody construction, four-wheel power disc brakes and independent suspension and billet steering. Ford’s 351-cubic-inch Cleveland V8 was mounted midship, mated to a five-speed ZF transaxle with a gated shifter.

THE DE TOMASO PANTERA

The Pantera was a sports car produced by the De Tomaso company of Italy from 1971 through to 1996. The word ‘Pantera’ is Italian for ‘Panther’. The car was designed by Tom Tjaarda and replaced the De Tomaso Mangusta. Unlike the Mangusta, which employed a steel backbone chassis, the Pantera was a steel monocoque design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique. The Pantera also stops as well as she goes. Disc brakes are used all around and the power assist is standard equipment.

SLICK BLACK BEAUTY

The basic layout of the Pantera is very efficient. Most importantly, there is enough room in the cockpit for two average sized adults. A six-footer has plenty of headroom, his knees won’t be around his ears and he can stretch his arms and square his shoulders without feeling like he is in a one-man submarine. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth the squeeze!

Her elegant look, practical engine, fantastic performance, and the guarantee that similar cars won’t be seen around the corner – the Pantera is a desirable acquisition for the right enthusiast!

With a beautiful motor compartment and slick black paint, everything on this car just works! It is rare to come across a Pantera this nice… If you want to get some attention, all you need to do is go for a ride in this baby. You’ll have a flock of people following you!

Paul has enjoyed a multitude of different units throughout the past few years, with an appreciation for drag cars, pro mod cars, a Custom Pro Street Chopper and a VN Group A (genuine).

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Flat’s Beloved

FLAT'S BELOVED

Flat’s Beloved

The Fiat 124 Spider is as Italian as the Dolce Vita under the Southern sun.

Michael’s Fiat is the first original black 124 Spider that Fiat released, the oldest Fiat 124 Spider in Australia and the 13th oldest Fiat 124 Spider in the world! Not only did these rare stats appeal to Michael, but the fact that the car is designed by Pininfarina and had the same characteristics as early model Ferrari’s (Michael’s dream car) made it an easy choice to make the Fiat his back in 2003.

THE LITTLE CAR COMPANY

Stop thinking of Fiat as a little car company. It may make little cars but that’s different. And just because there was never an aggressive bolt in the body of any Fiat you’ve ever met doesn’t mean that the same applies to the parent company either. It just so happens that Fiat makes enough little cars to be the second largest manufacturer in the entire little-car producing world.

PININFARINA BEAUTY

The RS2000’s were designed by Ford’s Cologne styling department in Germany, which was home to the company’s high-performance European operation. However, it took Ford Australia quite some time to decide when the time would be right to introduce this car to the Aussie’s, despite not being a stranger to the enthusiasts.

Through its successes in motor racing, especially in events like the Hardie Ferodo 1000 and to an even greater extent in rallying, the RS2000 is a well-known and highly respected car.

The Australian version was not the pure-bred German RS2000. Instead, Aussie buyers had to make do with a compromise car.

The styling was the same, but because the RS2000 was made in Australia, Ford chose to use the standard 2.0-litre OHC Cortina engine. Although it was a nice suburban engine, quiet and moderately powerful, it was not anything like the more highly tuned European RS2000 engine. Despite this disadvantage, the Aussie RS2000 still proved itself to be an exceptional little car for drivers who wanted extra excitement to brighten mundane driving.

The RS2000 has become something of a legend in Ford circles and with its rally heritage, it was the Seventies equivalent of Subaru’s WRX and Mitsubishi’s Evo. Announced in ’79, the Australian RS2000 differed from its English counterpart in a number of ways and was available in both two and four-door guises, with a two-litre engine and short-shift four-speed gearbox.

Although Aussie production figures for the RS2000 aren’t well documented, there were approximately 2,400 produced and relatively few of these survive. With interest in the RS Escorts coming up all the time, it won’t be long before values on the Aussie RS 2000s begin to climb rapidly.

If you’re looking into something similar to Chris’ RS2000, now is definitely the time to start looking hard for good, low mileage examples.

SPIDER FACTS

The Fiat 124 Spider is considered to be one of the best looking roadsters designed with agile handling and fun driving characteristics. It was well known as an affordable roadster and started with a capacity of 1438 cc in 1966 progressively increasing to 1608 cc in 1970.

The main claim to fame is that it broke the English monopoly on the small convertible roadster designs and was the first to use a mass produced Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) engine. The DOHC version utilised reinforced rubber timing belts, an innovation that would come into nearly universal use in the decades after its introduction.

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