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Wayne Turner's 1976 Holden HJ sedan

By Wayne Turner | Photos: Andrew Deagle, 24 Jan 2019 Features

Wayne Turner's 1976 Holden HJ sedan

Wayne Turner spent 19 months restoring his Holden HJ sedan, doing most of the work himself

This article on Wayne's HJ sedan was first published in the January 2019 issue of Street Machine

“I PURCHASED this HJ sedan in August 2016 from a Facebook site for $2500. I am a panel beater by trade but have not touched a car for 30 years; fortunately the HJ was in much better condition than I’d thought.

Holden HJ sedanI began a 19-month nut-and-bolt resto, doing 95 per cent of the work myself in my double garage. As the work progressed I started looking at pictures in magazines and going to local car shows for some ideas, and the neat and clean resto blew out of proportion.

Holden HJ sedan bootMy two mates kept commenting: ‘You’re building a show car.’ I kept disagreeing until one day we were at a car show and they kept saying the same comment. At that moment I turned to them and simply said: ‘Yep, looks like it.’

Holden HJ sedan engine bayThe motor is a rebuilt worked 308 with a stage-one cam, flat-top pistons, Statesman heads, Edelbrock inlet and 600 Holley. It makes 320hp before NOS. The gearbox is an M21 four-speed going back to a Salisbury nine-bolt with 3.08 gears.

Holden HJ sedan interiorWhat a journey: many ups and downs, major feats and back-to-the-drawing-board failures. This car has to be seen to be believed.”