Dale Reith's blown 1978 HZ Holden

Dale Reith originally bought his HZ Holden to be a cool cruiser, but it soon turned into a tough 10-second streeter

Holden Hz Jpg

This article on Dale's HZ Holden was first published in the December 2018 issue of Street Machine

“I FOUND my HZ by the side of the road back in 2010; I paid $2200 for it. I only got into the build in 2015 and the car was up and running for Australia Day 2017. It was originally only going to be a cruiser, but things got a bit out of hand.

Holden HZ

The car was built in the shed by my best mate Justin and me. I decided on the top-mount blower and to stick with the standard-stroke Holden 308. VN heads were used with just a basic clean-up and the bottom end got four-bolt mains thanks to Chris’ Porting Service.

Holden HZ engine bay

She runs on E85, with 650 DPs on top to get it into the engine, and with around 12psi of boost. A Preston Automatics T400 goes back to a nine-inch diff, and 255 tyres give it enough traction to get you most places. The black Draglites break up the white paint.

Holden HZ interior

Last time on the dyno it got to around 500hp at the wheels with 1150Nm of torque. Best quarter so far is 10.52. Although the hardware is obvious, she still has full street rego and gets driven fairly regularly. Planning on keeping her in the family forever.” 

Dale Reith


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