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  1. Well thought id add something here So I had been looking around for a old school car for a number of years. Something complete that I could drive and cruise. After being so picky and selective, I missed out on a couple of nice cars. Here I have recently picked up a 1973 Holden HQ Statesmen. Trademe special, saw it in Fielding and thought id go check it out. looked good in the pics. 57500km, 5 personal owners. First impression were it was a good looking car. Owner drove it in the first 5 years of ownership then sat in the shed till 2015 with regular startups and drives. also looked like it happened with all other previous owners, drive for a while and sat there. one was a deceased estate then stayed in the family with a son for a number of years doing nothing. First owner was an Auckland Holden dealer. All the windows looked brand new, hardly any scratches or water stains. The paint looked good, a little thin in places with specs of surface rust breaking through, to be expected after 42 years I guess. all the power windows worked. started easy. quiet running engine, no ticks or nothing. The interior was mint. one slight tear in fabric on drivers seat. original working AM radio with a dial to switch from front or rear speaker. Dealer installed Air Con by the looks. doesn't work, presumed to need regassing. doesn't bother me. the fan blows a lot of air and vented out front and side. much better than the standard HQ fan anyway. Engine was quiet, no oil or water leaks. though some gaskets could do with replacing as oil seeps through. checked the oil, it was down to the Low mark. so need to keep an eye on that. oh yeah, the doors. Sat in one of the front seats and closed the door. wow, no effort needed to pull the door shut. the springs are good in this one. actually I sat there and opened and closed the door about 15 times. just touch the door and it clicked shut. just like new. Checked out an ashtray in one door, it was half full with cigarette butts. the owner didn't smoke, so someone beforehand did and meant the current owner didn't clean the car super thoroughly. good old cable operated boot opener. original jack and accessories in the boot. I haven't even looked at the spare wheel, its still full of air anyway Owner took me for a cruise around the block. no squeaks, rattles as an old Holden does. Super comfy and smooth ride over humps and bumps. Has a little bit of kick for what it is Had another look over the car and took a few photos. ran it through my mind and bit the bullet. Sold. Ended up taking it for a drive around the block myself, oh so nice. Back to the house and inside for a cuppa tea before heading off on the long trip back home and figuring out how to get it home Discussion Thread
  2. Here goes! Ever since I sold the RT40 I have had a yearning for another high powered old Toyota. Two years of grinding away at renovating a shitty house and I finally have the time & money to enjoy an OS car again. Priorities changed somewhat however and the idea of starting a project like that from the beginning after this house renovation scared me and my bank balance. So after some arm twisting and dinner cooking for the mrs it was decided to go and search for something "finished". This little car was mentioned to me by some Oldschoolers and I had followed the build thread of it over on Toyspeed since it's inception. I guess I'll start with some specifications from the previous owner (because I'm lazy) and pictures from today after I had given it a wash, machine polish & wax to a level I was happy with! Discussion Fred Engine: Model: 7A-GTE Block Internal Spec: Factory crank shaft, Forged ross racing pistons and top seal rings, H-beam rods, ARP bolts throughout, toga race bearings and oil pump Cylinder Head Spec: Rebuilt Factory 4a-ge 20v blacktop vvti head with Supertech Valve springs and TRD steel headgasket and ARP headstuds Intake system: Factory 4a-ge 20v Blacktop ITB’s and MRP 2-peice plenum with 3” intake Turbo system: New Holset turbo supplied by steve murch, x2 Tial 38mm MVS wastegates, MAXfab custom thickwall stainless steel manifold, HKS ssqv bov, Fuel System: 60L Jazz fuel cell, carter lift pump, surgetank, bosch 044 fuel pump, full braided Teflon lines through to 800cc SARD injectors, turbosmart FPR-800 regulator Ignition System: x4 1nz individual coils mounted to a CNC’d made-to-suit aluminium adaptor plate Exhaust System: MAXfab Full 3” stainless steel exhaust system, x2 inline mufflers through to custom dump tip Cooling: 3 Core custom aluminium realdeal radiator with electric fan, setrab oil cooler and 500x250x56 tube & fin intercooler with 3” inlet/outlet Engine Management: Link G3 ECU (upgraded to g4 Firmware) with 4-bar MAP sensor and electronic boost solenoid Engine Bay: de-loomed engine bay, custom aluminium oil catch can, custom aluminium overflow bottle Other: gilmer drive pulley kit, remote oil filter kit Driveline: Gearbox: W55 supra 5 speed gearbox Flywheel/Clutch: Quartermaster twin plate clutch with billet flywheel to suit with ARP flywheel bolts, willwood reverse cylinder mount pedal box with remote reserviors Differential: 4.1 ratio LSD shortened hilux rear end Other: custom 1 piece driveshaft with custom driveshaft hoop Suspension: Shocks: Front – shortened shocks and modified OEM struts fitted with coilover sleeve kits and custom CNC’d camber tops Rear – adjustable shocks and reset and stiffened leaf springs with custom made anti-tramp bar setup with chromoly rods and QA1 rod ends Others: Cusco TE27 front strut brace, custom made swaybar to suit engine position and nolathane bushes allround Brakes: Front: 4-pot FD3s s6 RX7 front callipers and sloted rotors with steel braided brake lines Rear: s13 single pot claipers and rear sloted rotors Wheels and Tyres: Wheels: 17x7” (F) and 17x8” ® genuine work meister s1’s Tyres: Pirenza 205/40/R17 all round Exterior: Panel & Paint: Prep and paint done by Jason price, finished in a custom holden green Other: New indicators, park lights and headlights, all new window and door rubbers/channel, straightened and rechromed front and rear bumpers, doors and boot fitted with solex locks Interior: Seats: x2 Racetech 1000 bucket seats and factory rear seat Steering Wheel & Gear Knob: woodgrain steering wheel and stainless/bronze gearknob Gauges/Meters: Autometer cobalt digital boost gauge and autometer cobalt oil temp water temp and oil pressure gauge Audio: Pioneer Bluetooth headunit mounted in glovebox and alpine typr-R 6x9s in rear parcel tray Performance: Dyno Power: 320kw @ the rear wheels on 23psi with previous masterpower turbo setup, have since gone to a smaller holset unit for more response, currently making 280kw on 20 psi and full boost at around 4000rpm
  3. Bought it sight unseen with a seized motor. It had the usual problems of mashed piston and rings and it had been sitting that long it had a seized crank bearing but I have that under control and hopefully I will get time to fire it up sometime soon than I will be looking at a tidy up here and there. This is a Rotary Valve 2 stroke 100cc and were a reasonably perky engine and I reckon it had one the best looks of all little 2-strokes of the day with it's stinger exhaust.
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