“THIS is my 1972 HQ ute. We found it on a farm in Inverell, NSW. Once we dragged it home to Toowoomba, we pulled the poor old 173 red six-banger, three-speed manual and banjo rear out to make way for the Mick Moylan-built 496-cube big-block Chev that’s fed pump 98 from a 76-litre polished alloy fuel cell and breathes out via a twin 3½-inch exhaust.
Tricky’s Transmissions put together the fully manualised T400 with a 4200 stally, and down the back I’m using a sheet-metal Truetrac nineinch sitting on Gazzard Brothers suspension.
Being a boilermaker by trade, I cut out the mountain of rust that came with the ute and replaced it all, then sent it off to Shaun McCarthy at Resident Restorations for a coat of Belle Ile metallic blue. She rolls on 15x10 Weld RTs with 295 meats at the rear, and 17x4.5 Weld AlumaStar frontrunners, and stops on Wilwood brakes.
I’m yet to put it down the quarter-mile but can’t wait to see what’s in her. I had the lads from Trimtastic put together the complete custom interior for me and she’s a comfortable ride to local shows and cruise nights.”