Recent drag day (08/10/05). The best car could get was a 15 flat. No PB result for the day
The Torana was purchased by my father in 1977 as a stock Metalic Silver S pack (9/73 build date). This is the way the car stayed until 1991 when the decision was made to rebuild the car as a Salamanca Red XU1. A 202 block was found and X-Rayed. The block was found to be good (3 blocks later) and was then torque plate bored and honed 0.060". Crank was machined so all big end journals where just under max spec for oil clearance and crank was then nitrited. This was done for cooling reasons. A 186 Yella Terra head sits on top with all 6 combustion chambers matched (cc). Internals of the motor consist of starfire rods, ACL flatop pistons with 10.2:1 comp and a custom ground cam. It currently runs triple Stromberg carbs with Pacemaker pipes that have been HPC coated. I have also made a heat shield for the carby and air cooled the intake manifold. The manifold has also been covered with heat wrap so it does not absorb any heat from the exhaust. An Aussie 4 sits behind the motor with a 3.55 Banjo LSD between the wheels. Car has a fully detailed undercarridge. Center caps on wheels where custom made by my father out of solid aluminium to suit original holden caps. They suit CSA Sprintmasters in colour perfectly without being chromed. They bolt on rim from rear to make them harder to remove. Car has completed 120,000kms since rebuild. The car recieved it's nickname from my grandmother when I took her for a drive and she said it sounded like burbling Bertha.
Before rebuild. Thats my arms at front of car. I did not want to be in the photo. (1983)
During rebuild. (1992)
How car Currently looks. This is my favorite photo. (2004)
Engine bay during build (1991)
Engine bay showing custom heat shield. Car picked up 20hp at the wheels on chassis dyno after heat shield was added and carby was tuned (27/2/04). Intake manifold has been covered in heat wrap and air cooled via a cold air cooling system which picks it's air up from down next to chrome wind deflector. Car was rolled on dyno again (10/12/04) after new exhaust was fitted and car has picked up a further 17hp at wheels
Custom intake system that I have made using K N ram pod filter. I have done this to try and get some cold air into motor. I reduced heat shield so intake manifold does not retain so much heat. I have also re-directed the fuel line over rocker cover to keep it away from exhaust heat (2005)
Car now runs triple carbs with K&N filters and roller rockers.
Recently used for a mates wedding. Had some top runs before wedding (Don't tell the bride) (2003)
All Holden day at Sandown. (2003)
New exhaust fitted and performance increase is great. It is a single 2 1/2 system with a hotdog and a straight through rear muffler with twin outlets. Undercarriage has held up well after 120,000Kms. I hate rainy days. People say why bother clean under my car but I love knowing the car is clean everywhere, not just clean where people can see. Painting the car white under car may seem funny but it highlights the drive train and believe it or not, hides road grime. (2005)
Peter perfect with Tory (2003)
Tory at Calder with old rims. (1998)
My son enjoy's the Torana as much as I do. You have to start them young. The Torana was the first car I ever went in as a baby and it was also the first car my son ever went in.(2004)
200hp compared with 2000hp. (2004)
From a distance. (1998)
Standed XU1 Interior.
CAR IS FEATURED IN STREET MACHINE, READERS CARS APRIL 2005, page 144.
I know it's only in readers cars but I am rapt to be in a top mag.
This is my new car. Well it is 16 years old but it's new compared with my tory. She is a factory 5 speed VN Executive. It was a one owner, full service history car. It came with bonnet protector, headlight protector, front window deflectors, big mudflaps and suspension that made it look like a 4WD. It even had a reverse beeper. It has done low Kms and body/paint are in great condition. It will be the subject of a future project. A forced induction stroker sounds good to me.
Just after I lowered it and placed VN SS wheels on it.
A pick of her ass. I have placed a black garnish on it. All I need now is a big tank. (1/4/05)
I now have fitted a big tank. Not bad for $100. It came from a old VN BT1. 5/10/05
On vacation in NSW. Being a manual, she seems to be pretty good for fuel economy. This photo was taken 2 days before stack. 8/11/04.
On the 10/11/04, I was T-boned by an old chick at a round about. At least she was insured and most importantly, I was not driving the Torana. It was repaired by the same panel shop that done the Torana.
After repair she was beter than before.
She is a nice car to drive, especially being a manual. I would get bored driving an auto. (1/4/05)
I recently picked up a 4 pinion LSD from pick a part for $70. It turned out to be a V8 center with shot peened internals. I was owed a favour from a perfomace shop so I had LSD reconditioned and fitted for free. Pretty cheap LSD upgrade.
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