Mar 10

Ford XB Fairmont V8

Ford XB Fairmont V8 Sedan: XB Fairmont’s were once a common sight in the 1970’s such as this white Fairmont. A V8 model (302 presumably), complete with stock hubcaps and sun-visor. Considering it’s nearly 40 years old, the condition is remarkable.

White Ford XB Fairmont V8 

White Ford XB Fairmont V8

White Ford XB Fairmont V8

May 29

1979 XD Ford Falcon

White 1979 XD Ford Falcon
1979 XD Ford Falcon: I had to stop and take some shots of this XD Falcon as I was cruising past.  The proud owner, who was nearby tells me the Falc has stacks of restoration work done to it and makes the perfect car for the long trip into work everyday. Currently features a 302 Cleveland, with a view to upgrade to a 351 in the future. Co-incidentally, check out the silver XC Falcon in the background pulling out in the second pic below.

White 1979 XD Ford Falcon

White 1979 XD Ford Falcon

White 1979 XD Ford Falcon

Dec 19

1984 Holden VK Commodore Vacationer – End of the road

Holden VK CommodoreThe VK wagon was originally purchased in 2002 for $900 as a licensed vehicle for the purpose of supplying spare parts for its stablemate VK Vacationer (same colour and specs). The car had few problems, the main one being a 10mm hole in the cast aluminum intake manifold. It was also needing repairs to the steering rack and the left front shock absorber was completely stuffed.

Incredibly, not long after, the other VK virtually fell apart with engine and transmission problems and it was decided the $900 ‘spare parts’ VK wagon would be easier to fix, and it was still licensed making it a repairable prospect.

The intake manifold was repaired with Selley’s Epoxy Knead It Putty, the steering rack repaired & front shockie replaced. The car was a ready to go.

Amazingly, the repair done to the manifold with Selley’s Epoxy putty stayed intact for 8 years without a problem.

For the next 8 years on the road, it proved to be quite a reliable car and started first time every-time. The Trimatic auto transmission never missed a beat either.

Fuel consumption was a real shocker though, the 5 litre 308 V8 certainly was a thirsty beast.

Unfortunately, the car finally fell victim to the WA Police Christmas blitz. Old cars are on their hit list this season so watch out, fellow old car drivers. It received a yellow sticker with 10 days notice and that was that for the old VK, it would not be worth taking over the pits for re-licensing. End of the road.

Like a faithful old employee due to retire in 1 year, it was an unexpected and forced early retirement with 10 days notice to clear out the desk.

She sure was a great car and I will miss driving her. 🙁

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon
The heavy duty roof rack and tow bar, made this perfect for my line of business.

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon
Gaffer tape repair to the front bumper.

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon
Yellow sticker – Defect notice… or for this car it is ‘Death Notice’.

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon

Holden VK Vacationer Wagon

Holden VK Vacationer Interior
Interior was well worn, but it was like a comfortable pair of old jeans.

Commodore 5 Litre 308 V8
The original 5 litre V8, old but still going. A heavy drinker.

May 06

Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 – Part 2

More photos from Part 2 of Big Al’s Run 2012:

Complete album of photos from Big Al’s Poker Run 2012 on Brakehorsepower Classic Parked Cars Facebook page.

Ford Falcon XM ute
Ford Falcon XM ute. Looks like this one is fitted with a 289 V8.

 

HR Holden with V8
HR Holden fittied with 308 V8

 

Interior of the HR Holden
Interior of the HR Holden

 

VH Valiant Hardtop
VH Valiant Regal Hardtop. 318 V8

 

1969 HK Holden Premier
1969 HK Holden Premier

 

Chevrolet Caprice Classic
Chevrolet Caprice Classic

 

Holden WB panel van
Holden WB panel van. One of the most impressive vehicles displayed at Big Al’s this year.

 

WB Holden panel van interior
WB Holden panel van interior. The ultra white upholstery was equally impressive.

 

Inside the back of the WB Holden panel van
Inside the back of the WB Holden panel van. Looks like pole dancing can be done in here.

 

Mercury Low Fat Lead5led
Mercury Low & Fat ‘LEAD5LED’. Owned by Gary Ritson. A spectacular paint job which is second to none. This car was featured at the 2008 WA Street Machine & Hotrod Exhibition.

 

Ford Mustang and Thunderbird
Fords: Mustang and Thunderbird

 

Bolwell Mark 7
Bolwell Mark 7

Bolwell Mark 7 rear
Bolwell Mark 7 rear

 

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente. Owned by the Coleman family.

 

1974 Corvette Stingray
1974 Corvette Stingray

 

Ford Galaxie XL
Ford Galaxie XL

 

Buick Riviera GS
Buick Riviera GS

Buick Riviera GS
Buick Riviera GS. Check the ‘boat tail’ rear and 455ci V8 engine.

 

Ford Falcon XP ute
1966 Ford Falcon XP ute

 

1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Dodge Challenger. Equipped with the big 440ci V8.

 

1953 Buick sedan
1953 Buick sedan with straight 8 engine.

 

1932 Chevy Hotrod
1932 Chevy Hotrod

 

Ratbilt
Rat rod: ‘RATBILT’ from Chuckys Chop Shop. Has the Ford flathead V8 with bare essentials in true rat rod style.

Rear view of RATBILT
Rear view of RATBILT…yes that’s a rat on the back.

 

Another 'Junk Yard Rat' Rod - DLVRNCE
Another Ratrod …’Junk Yard Rat’ – DLVRNCE.

 Check the wooden tray on this ratrod
As part of the ratrod style, there no need for chrome or even paint. Bare wood will do for the ute tray…and rust is a feature.

Engine and interior of ratrod
Engine and interior of this ratrod. Rusty rocker covers and makeshift parts.

 

1955 Cadillac
1955 Cadillac

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Apr 04

All Triumph and Standard Day 2011

The Triumph Car Club of WA held its All Triumph and Standard Day at Stirling Square, Guildford on November 13 2011. Weather was overcast but otherwise pleasant, together with a good turn out of cars and spectators I declare this car show was a success.

Stirling Square, as I’ve mention before is an excellent location for smaller car shows like this, with plenty of easy parking and facilities such as shops and toilets close by.

There was a nice range of cars on display though mostly it was classic Triumphs from the 1960’s and 70’s such as the TR6’s,TR7’s, Heralds along with Stag’s and bread and butter classics such as the 2500TC’s.

On with the show… I present photos from the All Triumph & Standard Day 2011.

  1957 Triumph TR6 owned by Lyn & Ken Bedwell
1957 Triumph TR6 owned by Lyn & Ken Bedwell

1969 Triumph Vitesse Estate
1969 Triumph Vitesse Estate. 2.5L fuel injected motor, 4 speed overdrive, coilover TR6 rear suspension, Nissan LSD diff centre, double wishbone front suspension, GT40 dash & gauges.

Close up of the Vitesse 6 cylinder engine
Close up of the Vitesse 6 cylinder injected engine

1948 Standard 48A
1948 Standard 48A. Owned by Maree & Milton Sudholz

 1973 Triumph TR6
1973 Triumph TR6

1966 Triumph TR4A
1966 Triumph TR4A

 1974 Triumph Stag
1974 Triumph Stag owned by Paul Storey

Vanguard 6
Vanguard 6

Triumph GT6 MkIII convertible
Triumph GT6 MkIII convertible.

1972 Triumph 2500TC estate
1972 Triumph 2500TC estate. Owned by A. Vrolijk

Triumph 2500TC engine
Triumph 2500TC engine. Very tidy.

1975 Triumph Stag
1975 Triumph Stag

Triumph Stag OHC V8
Triumph Stag with original OHC V8 engine

1976 Triumph Dolomite
1976 Triumph Dolomite. Owned by Paul Goodsell.

 Triumph TR8
Triumph TR8. Powered by Rover 3500 V8.

1958 Standard Super 10
1958 Standard Super 10. Powered by 948cc 4 cylinder engine. 4 speed manual. 2nd owner since new and incredibly still running 2nd set of tyres since new. Currently owned by Barrie Nelson.

Triumph Herald 1200
Triumph Herald 1200

Triumph Herald engine bay
Triumph Herald engine bay

1965 Triumph 4A IRS
1965 Triumph 4A IRS Sport. Paint Lauren Green. Owned by Mal Miller

1964 Triumph 2000 Mk1
1964 Triumph 2000 Saloon Mk1. 2000cc 6 cylinder engine with twin stromberg Zenith carburettors. 4 Speed Syncro gearbox. Finished in British Racing Green. Owned by George Howie.

 1968 Triumph Spitfire
1968 Triumph Spitfire

Triumph 2500TC Saloon
Triumph 2500TC Saloon

Triumph TR6 injection
Triumph TR6 injection

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Nov 16

French Car Festival

French Car FestivalThe French Car Festival was on again at the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth on 16 October 2011. Weather was fantastic and there was an excellent turn out of vehicles. The main French marques were all well represented including Citroen, Renault and Peugeot.

There was a surprise late arrival of some rather interesting vintage French vehicles such the 1935 Bugatti 57TT, 1924 Amilcar, and a 1926 Citroen B12.

The location was excellent, being centrally located in Perth CBD it was easy to get to… parking was a little expensive at the nearby car park but acceptable. The event date was also well coordinated with another car show event nearby, The Chevrolet 100 year Anniversary, at the Esplanade.

All facitilies were available with food and drink vendors and public toilets closeby. To top it all off, the view of Swan River was brilliant.

Most cars were well documented which was pleasing to see, as my knowledge of some of the more obscure French cars is not the best. Certainly it was good to see some of the Citroen D Special’s again, as these distinctive models are little seen these days.

Simca Car Club

Simca Vedette Beaulieu
Simca Vedette Beaulieu. V8 powered

 

Simca Vedette Versailles
Simca Vedette Versailles

 

Simca flathead V8 egine Aquillon
Simca flathead V8 ‘Aquillon’ engine. This small V8 engine was derived the from the classic Ford flat head V8 who owned simca at the time. It has a capacity of 2351cc and fed by a 2 barrel Zenith-Stromberg 32NX carburetor and produced 75 to 84 HP

 

1963 Simca Aronde
1963 Simca Aronde P60 model. Powered by a 1.3L 4 cylinder engine.

 

 Peugeot Car Club of Western Australia

Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403

 

1966 Peugeot 404 Owner Trish Torpy
1966 Peugeot 404 Owner Trish Torpy

 

1970 Peugeot 404 owned by Gordon Hort
1970 Peugeot 404 owned by Gordon Hort

 

1985 Peugeot 205 GTi
1985 Peugeot 205 GTi 1600cc owned by Brian Eyre

 

 Peugeot 504
1978 Peugeot 504. Owned by Sam Ervin

 

Citroen Pallas CX2400
Citroen Pallas CX2400

 

Citroen D Special rear view
Citroen D Special rear view

 

Citroen-D Special engine bay
Citroen-D Special engine bay. Yes that’s the spare tyre in the engine bay!

 

1963 Citroen D Special
1963 Citroen D Special

 

Citroen SM
Citroen SM. A high performance Citroen with a V6 Maserati engine.

 

1948 Citroen Traction Avant Light 15
1948 Citroen Traction Avant Light 15. ‘Traction Avant’ is french for front wheel drive. These Citroens were the worlds first front wheel drive & monocoque construction car to be massed produced.

 

 1986 Citroen 2CV
1986 Citroen 2CV. Featuring a horizontally opposed, air cooled 2 cylinder 602cc engine. Owned by the Guerini family.

 

 1962 Renault R4L
1962 Renault R4L. Features a 845cc 4 cylinder engine with a top speed of 108Kph. Owned by Sam and Joan Brown.

 

1976 Renault R12 Gordini replica
1976 Renault R12 Gordini replica

 

1964 Renault R8
1964 Renault R8

 

1959 Renault 4CV
1959 Renault 4CV. Owned by Peter Olsen.

 

 Renault Alpine A110
Renault Alpine A110. Rear engined sports car made by Alpine and powered by a Renault engine.

 

 Renault 10 S Sports
Renault 10 S Sports. Rear engined 1108cc 4 cylinder engine producing 54BHP.

 

 1964 Renault Caravelle
1964 Renault Caravelle Convertible

 

1965 Renault Caravelle Hardtop
1965 Renault Caravelle Hardtop. From the information sheet:

Type: R1133 fixed Hardtop coupe
Engine: In-line 4 water cooled rear 1108cc push rod 54bhp
Trans: Four speed manual
Brakes: Front and rear disc
Suspension: 4 Wheel Independant
Max speed: 143Kph

Remarks: First produced as a ‘Floride’ in 1959 with Dauphine-Gordini mechanicals. Replaced with R8 -R10 mechanicals in 1962. Styled by ‘Frua’ of Italy and first prototypes were made by ‘Ghia’ of Italy. This vehicle is in original condition and has never been restored.

 

Renault 8 Gordini
Renault 8 Gordini.

 

 Bugatti Type 57TT front view
1935 Bugatti Type 57TT. 3257cc inline ‘straight’ 8 engine with DOHC. This is the only factory body in existence which was factory converted from Ventroux coach for the 1935 Ulster TT race.

 

Bugatti Type 57TT side view
Bugatti Type 57TT side view. The car is surprisingly long. The Bugatti is still under restoration, but quite nice that the owner has brought it out for public display. Plenty at the rear for when you take it shopping.

 

 Bugatti Type 57TT Mechanical brakes
Bugatti Type 57TT mechanical drum brakes.

From the notes about this Bugatti TT:

“History
Driven by Earl Howe in the 1935 Ulster TT achieving third-place with the second fastest time at an average of 79.92mph the vehicle was then used for personal transport by Bugatti’s number one driver, Jean Pierre Wimelle. It was then sold to Perre Levegh(Bouillon) and driven to 8th place in the 1937 Marseilles Grand Prix

It was then bought by a Frenchman who shipped the car to the UK where he lapped the Brooklands racetrack at over 122 mph (195kph).

It was brought to Western Australia by Duncan Ord in 1938 who raced the car in 1939 for the Pingelly Grand Prix with the fastest time.

The vehicle also gained fastest time at Albany in the same year, as well as a lap record in Applecross and set a lap record Caversham. It was on this day at Caversham that the vehicle experienced an unfortunate accident on the racetrack.

It was then sold to Geoff Phillips and then onto Phill Hind who shortened the chassis and fitted a different body.

It changed hands again, this time to David Van Dal and then in 1957 it was purchased by the present owner, James Krajancich.

This is the only factory bodied TT car in existence. Two were specially built as TT’s by the factory. The other car’s original Stilvio body was replaced, another motor fitted and then sold as a production car.”

 

Amilcar C4 1924
1924 Amilcar C4. Owned by Frank & Pam Selley.

 

1926 Citroen B12
1926 Citroen B12. Driven to Victoria and then back to Perth…phew!

 

 1903 DeDion Bouton Type R
1903 DeDion Bouton Type R. Owned by Ray & Angie Selley.

This De Dion was first found in 1940 in a chicken house in North Adelaide. The body was missing and many parts had been taken off. After several restoration attempts by different owners, the car made it’s way to Perth, where the present owner has spent the last 7 years restoring it.

DeDion Bouton single cylinder engine
The DeDion Bouton’s tiny single cylinder engine.

 

 De Dion identification badge
The De Dion’s metal identification badge plates.

 

DeDion gear change levers
The De Dion’s gear change levers (I think?)

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