Blown Holden HQ One-Tonner

All the work and fabrication on Richard Thompson's HQ Tonner was done in his shed at home

Holden Hq Tonner Jpg

“IN 2015 my son and I purchased this HQ One Tonner for a project car off eBay."

This article on Richard Thompson's HQ One-Tonner was first published in the April 2019 issue of Street Machine

Holden HQ one tonner

"It was advertised as 99 per cent rust-free, but after stripping the car back we found rust throughout and body filler. So the body panels were stripped, and a close friend of ours, Glen, hand-filed, panel-beated and repaired all the panels.

Holden HQ one tonner interior

All the work and fabrication on the car and the tray was carried out at home in a shed, not in a workshop. All the parts from the car and chassis were removed and powdercoated or painted in 2K. All new interior, new front and rear glass, rubbers and chrome body bolts were fitted.

Holden HQ one tonner engine bay

A new crate engine was purchased along with AFR heads, Comp blower cam, Comp roller rockers, a Blower Shop 6/71, Don Garlits hat, Turbo 400 transmission with a B&M 2500rpm stall and a PWR radiator.

Holden HQ tonner

The car was entered in Summernats 32 and made it into the finals of Street, but a fuel issue stopped the car from being judged on the Saturday morning.”


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