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Street Machine May 2020

Street Machine is the country’s biggest selling, most widely read and most respected modified car magazine. Combining great photography with accurate, expert coverage of the Aussie modified car scene and in-depth technical features, Street Machine celebrates Australia’s passion for older cars, V8s and the lifestyle that surrounds them.

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7 мин.
electric avenue

THE popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to increase, with a variety of manufacturers presenting electric cars to a market still learning how to choose one. You can also build an EV and, sure enough, I’ve now been asked by a client to engineer my first one: an ICV (Individually Constructed Vehicle) trike. So I had to deal with three engineering aspects at the same time: an ICV, a trike and an EV all in the one project. The only part that I was not experienced in was the EV aspect, so I had to learn the current regulations. Luckily I had a good client who knew his stuff, and the result of our cooperative efforts is an EV trike called T-Rev, registered and on the road. For my part, I…

4 мин.
rod almighty

AN OVERPOWERED pre-1948 hot rod may not seem like the most sensible car to take on Street Machine Drag Challenge, but then again, sensible doesn’t have a lot to do with DC! We’ve had a small but growing number of entrants turn up in rods each year, and Mike Rohal’s 1937 Ford pick-up is one of the wildest yet. Mike, the proprietor of engine shop JH Southcott in Adelaide, got his first taste of Drag Challenge in 2018, running a twin-turbo LS-powered VS ute. The stealthy VS ran a best of 10.6 seconds in the Haltech Radial Blown class, and Mike was hooked. Five months before the 2019 event, Mike decided to turn his crusty-but-cool 1937 Ford shop truck into a certified Drag Challenge weapon. “I bought the ’37 a few years…

5 мин.
hard sell

YOU know, trying to sell a car these days has got to be the automotive equivalent of flopping your old fella out onto a bench and hammering nails through it. Actually, that might even be less painful. We’re an eight-car family, with another on the way, so I figured the time had come to thin the herd – we do live on a normal house block, after all. First, I unloaded an ex-daily ‘nothing’ car for cheap to a mate, then made the tough decision to sell my VF Valiant hardtop, ‘Old Daze’, in the hope of both regaining our patio space and making room for the new project. Now I’ve owned Old Daze for 20 years, after saving it as a run-down 770 that was languishing in a front yard. In…

3 мин.
tina wright

I BOUGHT MY 225CI AP6 WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD FROM A DECEASED ESTATE; THE OLD GUY WAS THE FIRST OWNER TINA Wright is part of a rare breed that still owns their first car after 30 years. What’s even cooler is that it’s an AP6 Valiant, something that has maintained its cred as a sweet cruiser throughout the decades. Tina chats with us about the AP6’s journey from daily family hauler to cruiser and everything in between. How did you end up with an AP6 Valiant? We were a Chrysler family. My father had a red and black ’70 VG Pacer, then later a CL Chrysler ute, which he used as his milk truck. But the silver CM GLX that he called ‘Silverbird’ was his pride and joy, right up to…

4 мин.
stage write

IF YOU ARE BUILDING A HOLDEN OR FALCON AND KEEPING THE ORIGINAL V8 IN IT, BUY AUSTRALIAN CAST HEADS, STROKER KITS AND CONVERTERS, AND USE AUSSIE ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION BUILDERS THE COVID-19 situation has sent shockwaves through the Australian car scene and its related industries. We all took for granted that Drag Challenge Weekend in Sydney, Speed Week at Lake Gairdner, the Rockynats and countless other motorsport events and shows around the country would go ahead as planned. No one could have envisaged that an undercooked bat would stop the world and put an end to our high-performance activities for the foreseeable future. I saw a social media post recently that promoted buying Australian-manufactured goods, and I think that’s more important than ever in our current situation. We have a history of…

3 мин.
dirty stuff

THERE are not many left out there: old-time engineers of the automotive trade with oodles of technical knowledge amassed over many decades, still working because they love the job and don’t know much of anything else. I met Gary Johnson almost by chance. I needed some machining done on an old engine block, and the first guy I went to with a modern machine shop wanted a pirate’s ransom for boring cylinders, so I gave him the flick. Then my son heard about Gary and his big steel shed way out of town and said we should go there. He’d do the same work for half the money. When I got there and stepped inside Gary’s shed, ‘gobsmacked’ doesn’t adequately describe the feeling. Filling the interior was masses of well-maintained reconditioning machinery…