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  • #2576
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    thatotherguy94
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    Bought this just before I was 16 off ebay in 2010 for something to mess around with, had been sitting around for a few years before I bought it so it had issues but it made the hour and a bit drive home in the dark. Have been slowly fixing it up since. P plate laws came in soon after I bought the car so it sat around until I got my full licence and because of school I didnt have much time to do stuff to it. Paint is stuffed and the body has rust.
    Car: 1974 HQ Premier

    Colour: Sable

    Engine: 253 V8

    Trans: Leaky trimatic

    Diff: Salisbury

    Suspension: Super low springs front and rear

    Wheels: GTS with dress rings

    Interior: Factory bucket seats with cloth insert, full console, woodgrain GTS dash and steering wheel

    Other mods: GTS style front grill, rear window venetian

    Future mods: Full resto, LS swap


    As purchased


    Interior as purchased


    Engine bay as purchased


    Got a matching set of wheels and had a good clean up, this was after it was lowered and new bushes in the front end a few years ago


    Changed wheels after the jelly beans were starting to ruin the guards scraping all the time and pretty much how its sitting now


    Trim now, had seats re-trimmed, new carpet and underlay, factory radio put back in dash, cd player was put under dash and a couple of speakers in the parcel shelf


    engine now, aircon and gas was removed, standard carby plus air cleaner put on

    Thats a pretty basic write up of whats been done over the few years ive owned the car, thanks for looking

     

    #2577
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    You’ve done well mate!

    Nevin

    #2579
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    Soooooo awesome.

    needs less LS swap and more small block imo

    love these things with those rims. Perfect combo, staunch looking cars.

    #2583
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    You’ve done well mate!

    Soooooo awesome. needs less LS swap and more small block imo love these things with those rims. Perfect combo, staunch looking cars.

    thanks, I probably wont end up doing an ls swap anytime soon if at all, 253 does its job even if it is a bit slow

    #2584
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    • 1995 VS Acclaim v6. Soon to be supercharged 1995 VS Executive 5L. 1973 Holden Torana Deluxe

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    Amazing, original looking car! Love it!

    Please don’t LS or small block it… if you have to keep it all Australian and 5L it…

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    • VR Senator LSx454 1960 Kombi (project) 1921 Nash Hot Rod (future project)

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    Great car. These are the cars that make me smile when I hear people car stuff like “no commodore will ever be considered a classic” Having grown up with these, who would have though a humble old 4 door HQ would be soooo cool. +1 for leaving an Aussie V8 in it :)

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    Love the look of it mate, nice work. I agree with the others, keep the Aussie V8 in it. Especially the 253, they are a great motor and always get told that they gave the 308’s a run for their money too. My dad has a HQ but just a 6cyl, so I have a soft spot for them.

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    Very nice ride mate! Hold on to it:)

    What made you remove the ac?

    #2659
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    Very nice ride mate! Hold on to it:) What made you remove the ac?

    took ac out because it didn’t work, was just an under dash unit which was fitted after the car was built

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    ah ok, looks great, what’s next?

    #2665
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    You’ve done heaps of great work already keep it up .

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    I have to agree with everyone else. You’ve done a great job tiding it up so far. I also think the 253 should stay original, its enough for cruising.

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    Cheers guys, basically I am just going to keep replacing and fixing stuff up until I pull it off the road and give it a proper rebuild

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    Put a convo pro on for a look and replaced seal on the trans, hopefully it should stop leaking now

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    Great work so far mate. The HQ shape is among the best. Convos look tough too. I have plans for a ‘Q to sit next to the VB one day with a spare big block I have sitting around. Will definitely follow this build.

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    I hate that you own this car. We will never speak again….. So much hate

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    • \'79 VB SL/E (weekend cruiser) \'04 VY SS (family hack)

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    It’s good to see a young bloke bringing an old classic back to life, looks like a good solid starting block for you.

    They can have my V8 when they pry it from my cold dead hands.

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    Nothing to update, just a crappy instagram pic with dads monaro

    #8298
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    Gave this a wash today and had a bit of a mess around with it, decided that im going to put electronic ignition in and priced up new tie rod ends, drag link etc so will probably order them this week. Need to get the carby rebuilt as its leaking from the shafts I think. Once its on the road ill take it to a gas place and finally get the gas tank taken out. Other then that it hasnt really been touched much


    Before wash, 6 months worth of dust


    After, paints stuffed but at least its clean

    #14135
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    Bought another door trim to replace the one which was completely stuffed, only thing is its dark green not black so ill just paint it. Other then that its got 6 months worth of dust on it and is parked in a corner to be dealt with later

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