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#1 ScoobyOutback

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

Thought I'd start a little build thread on my first project car. So here goes.

Back in 1976 both my mother and father having owned many Holdens decided that it was time to update there tired old Kingswood wagon.

So they saw this LX Torana hatchback SL with a 253 or 4.2 litre V8 for people that dont know cubic inches in a car dealership and went ahead and bought it. It was my parents one car and my old mans daily drive right up till when he died almost 11 years ago. After that both my brothers drove it on there P's then the car went into storage for 7 years. October last year I got off my P's and decided that I wanted to get the car back on the road.

My parents are the first and original owners of this car.

Just before it went into storage my mum had the car completely resprayed and all the chrome re done.

Now thankfully because my old man was a panel beater he had the nack to really look after the car and the cars body is in great condition for its age. The car has only ever been in one accident where my mum reversed it into a pole.

In November I had the car brought out of storage and took it to my mechanics. Surprisingly the list of road worthy items was only about 12 things. Most of them being rubbers that have perished over time like suspension bushes etc.

Needing to change the passenger door rubber I decided to change the drivers rubber as well and found surface rust on the underneath of the passenger door and hole rust on the underneath of the drivers door. Luckly the drivers door is only small and easy to get rid of.

I got a sound system off my mum for Chrissy and have started putting that into it.

Right now the car is at the mechanics getting about half the list checked off.

Im going to get the car "Club Registered" which is cheaper than standard rego and are lest stringent on what has to be done.

Heres some pics of her

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My old man liked to add different things to the car like little Kenworth round truck lights in each corner of the body of the car and also added a Statesman emblem to the bonnet among other things.

Will post up more pics as the restoration continues.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

WOW!

Love the story and love the car!


Sunburst Metallic with over-riders.......nice.


I will be following this with great interest.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

Awesome!!!! Love that you guys have kept it in the family all these years.

Will be watching its progress with a close eye :)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Holy fuckballs!

I will also be following this with great interest! So schmick!

Top tip - Flip the top air filter lid upside down and put back on. Allows more air to get in there. :)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Car is looking straight as! Really great to see that it's been in the family for so long. I too will be keeping an eye on the build to see what comes of it. Might have to bring it to a SubyClub meet so you can introduce us all. Great to see that you've already taken the steps needed to get it back on the road too.

Wanting to buy/looking for: single genuine STi rim, genuine STi front lip, Corazon or Zero/Sports grille and another OEM grille

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

FARKIN' BEAUDY
That is mint. Nice to see it stay in the family.
As Tony Montana would say:
In this country, you gotta make the money first.
Then when you get the money, you get the power.
Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

Rookie mistake.
Contessa Gold not Sunburst.



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

LOL @ Jase. Nobody else would have known the difference mate.:-)
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Then when you get the money, you get the power.
Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Haha

You know what I'm like with old Holdens Frank. :P

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

So remember at the last meet when you said you were going to give this to me? :P

Looks great Chris, such a beautiful looking car.

As soon as she hands it to you, slowly take of your pants, then, while staring her straight in the eyes rub it against the tip of you penis, while continuing your painfully intense gaze whisper to her;
 
"My eye is watering, this might be a bit hot"

I should just convert to single, right?
 
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

I can't get over how well it's been looked after.

Wanting to buy/looking for: single genuine STi rim, genuine STi front lip, Corazon or Zero/Sports grille and another OEM grille

Can you hook a brother up? Please contact me now. I have cash ready.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

So so tidy for its age. Nice one chris. More pics!!!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

So cool. :D

Said stereo install isnt going to ruin the car in anyway is it? Dont cut anything original.

Keep it dead stock IMHO.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

very cool mate, very cool!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

So cool. :D

Said stereo install isnt going to ruin the car in anyway is it? Dont cut anything original.

Keep it dead stock IMHO.

This!! Jase will also agree.

As soon as she hands it to you, slowly take of your pants, then, while staring her straight in the eyes rub it against the tip of you penis, while continuing your painfully intense gaze whisper to her;
 
"My eye is watering, this might be a bit hot"

I should just convert to single, right?
 
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

So cool. :D

Said stereo install isnt going to ruin the car in anyway is it? Dont cut anything original.

Keep it dead stock IMHO.


+1 i wouldnt change anything. super jelous if this

Have you put any more thought into squeezing some more power out of the engine. Like strapping on one of those intake fans


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Jase will also agree.

I do.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

Be so extremely careful removing any plastics!! Clips will be so brittle!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

Only one section of dash needs to be removed to fit the radio and it's held in with screws.
Should be able to source another if it goes pear shaped. Most of these had a AM radio fitted (A9X had a blank plate as they had no radio) so the new radio will just fit into the original hole.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

Hi,

Fuckin' Poida sweet.

Is that a luggage rack!?

Cheers,
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