Hi my name is Mario,I have owned the car for 40 years and it has gone through a lot of changes in that time, originally a 253 Holden engine, progressed to 327 Chev with Muncie gearbox, then a mild 350 & turbo 400 , then a 292 Turbo headed 350 that still made 453HP after 19 years to now where a Aluminium headed 383 is going in ( Jan 2010 ). It also went through the fad of when fitting HZ fronts to HQ's was all the craze, racing at the Mole factory and Pipe Rd was always on agenda. Drag racing at Calder Park Raceway became a regular event with times running a consistant 11.83 @ 115mph, and that was back in 1991. At that time even though the car looked great I had the urge to get the car looking back to original HQ form, on went the hunt for guards, front panels etc until i had everything to put it back to HQ. The car was stripped back to a bare shell ready for the rebuild which took 18 months in total. The car has one various trophies from Top Coupe, best Body and Paint to Top Street Machine judged at Bayside . Recently got 2nd Place in HQ Modified at Flemington All Holden Day March 2011. Following are some specs.Featured In Street Machine Magazine in Dec 1985 and May 2011. also Holden Mania No 4and more recently in Holden Muscle Magazne , October 2011Car is a 1972 HQ GTS CoupeIn November 2009 I pulled the engine and started building a 383 SBCEngine is a 010 4 Bolt 350 0.035, fully deburred and prepped, decks squared, bored & torque plate honed, zero .003 deck height. Eagle 3.75 Steel Crank, Eagle 6" H Beam rods , ARP Main and Head Studs. AFR 195CC Aluminium Heads, # 1040 2.05 & 1.60 Stainless Valves, Comp Cam Springs, Tool Steel reatainers, 7/16th ARP studs, Manley collets, 1.52 Comp Cams Pro Magnum roller rockers, Crane stud girdle. Rollmaster timing chain, Comp Cams Mechanical Roller, 598" lift & 254,260 duration at 0.50", Roller lifters. SRP Flat top pistons, 11.43 Static compression , Sealed power file back rings, Comp Cams pushrods, Mellings oil pump. High Energy Pan Clevite H series bearings. Romac Harmonic Balancer, Tilton Starter Motor. Whole assembly has been Blueprinted , Balanced. Aluminium Radiator from 1985 Trans Am / Camaro , AU Thermo FansProducing 547HP 493ftlbs. ( Now 560 HP with Super Victor manifold )Here is a link to my build on my Aussie Forum.http://www.aussiev8.com.au/conversions-rebuilds-project-cars/26756-engine-change-trikhq.htmlInduction system consists of port matched and plenum worked Edelbrock Super Victor Manifold (12.06.2011), Holley 950 HP Ultra Carby. Barry Grant 220 Fuel pump with 4 Port Reg, 3 Ltr surge Tank fed by a Bosch 044 lift pump.Ignition is a Crane Hi 6 MSD systemPowerMaster 140amp AlternatorExhaust is 1.75'" Pacemakers leading to dual 3" System with Hooker MufflersTransmission prepped Turbo 400 with 5200 rpm Dominator convertor, TCI trans cooler, B&M shifter.Diff is a shortened 9", Detroit True Trac, 4.30 Strange gears, Strange Nodular with Strange Alloy Daytona pinion support, 31 spline Chrome Moly axles, also fitted with ladder bars.Body is all HQ painted in Glasurit 2 pak, colour is Volvo Dk Blue, many hours of work there. Interior is all original with inserts, electric factory tint windows, central locking, Auto Meter gauges, felt headliningWheels are Center Lines Auto Drags , 15x 5.5 with 195/65 Dunlops & 15 x 8.5 with Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials 275x 60x15). Car ran a 10.92 @ 125.7 MPH . In October 2013 I built a 406 for it, AFR 227 competition heads, 12.1CR, Bigger solid roler etc . Made 642HP on the dyno, car has rana 10.52 @ 129 mph with a massive head wind so got a 10.4 in it for sure . Will have to update pics Regards Mario.
Here are some pics of car with the 383 engine and some of the engine build. Feb 2010