1976 Holden LX Torana - Reader Ride

By: Steve Bush, Photography by: Guy Allen

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Steve Bush's 1976 LX Torana

It was originally a four-cylinder. I bought it as a rolling shell that had a six in it, a few years ago. A good friend of mine, Andrew from Burringbar Smash & Restoration sourced the car for me.

I’d been looking for three years and wanted a good roller with the potential to turn it into what you see now. So rust was a big thing.

He rated it a seven out of 10. The beaver panels and sills were renewed, but the boot and floors were really good. We took it back to bare metal , then built up the body.

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I got a guy called Dave McLean – he’s 70 and is based in Cessnock – to build the motor for me. I said I just wanted a streeter, something that idles but goes well. It has a stage 2 cam in it and I’ve kept it as a 308. Keeping the size down made it easier to register. On the dyno it does 195kW at the wheels – that’s plenty.

Everything on it is either new or has been refurbished.

I took it to a father and son team at Extreme Custom Engineering in Brisbane. They did a lot of the fit-out, such as installing the engine, Wilwood disc brakes, drop tank and making up fluid lines.

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Then it went  back to the panel shop for final spray.

Darren from Stitched Up Custom Trim on the Central Coast did the interior for me. It’s done in leather. I tried to keep it modern muscle, without going overboard. I was able to do that because the host car wasn’t anything special.

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That meant I could put 17-inch Simmons on it, but try to keep some of the feel of the era.

It took three years and a lot of painstaking work. I’ll never do another. I’ve always loved cars and this one stays in the family, but it’s the last one I do.

Why a Torana? I’m a Holden man. As kids we used to have LJs and LCs.

 

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