John Saad – 1971 XY Falcon Sedan – FATXY
John Saad describes his XY Falcon as a GT on steroids. And who could argue considering the HOK Black-on-Black Kandy Falcon is packing 673-cubes of Sonny Leonard Hemi-headed Ford big-block up front. Despite being de-tuned to run on pump gas, this mountain motor is still good for an eye watering 1354hp! If that’s not impressive enough, how about a driveline-destroying 988lb/ft of torque!
Shoehorning that much engine into an XY was no easy task. The original shock towers have made way for a MacDonald Brothers Racing double A-arm front end.
Coping with engine’s weight and power, required considerable strengthening of the Falcon’s chassis – including chassis connectors and beefed up front rails. Rounding out the driveline is an Al’s Race Glide TH400 with Reid case and Mark Williams 40-spline spool rear end.
To get those 22×7 (front) and 22×12 Simmons wrapped in 335/35R22 rubber, tucking way up in the guards, the wheel openings had to be stretched. After which Mick and Chris from JT Performance grafted in a full rear clip, complete with tubs, four-link and coil-overs. Inside the monster rollers is equally-monstrous Wilwood brakes. Thanks to Daniel, the interior has a very XY GT look about it – with a few minor upgrades.
As for that HOK black-on-black kandy with gold metal flake. “It’s the first time HOK here is Australia has mixed this colour,” says John. “Custom Bodyworks did all the body work and Danny painted it. I’m shocked at how good it looks, it’s awesome!”
The mile-deep black certainly adds the finishing touch to this sinister muscle machine.
“I wanted it to look like a stock XY with a monster motor hanging out the bonnet,” says John. Done and done!
Considering John took out the inaugural Meguiar’s Grand Master and Summernats Grand Champion with a Mazda RX3, some may be wondering what are John’s allegiances?
“When I was a young fella, I was always into my muscle cars,” says John, “then I switched to Mazdas, now I’m back into my muscle cars.”
Rowan Moylan – 1929 Ford Roadster – MONEY PIT
Rowan Moylan’s describes his gorgeous HOK Kandy Red 1929 Ford as a hot rodders hot rod. Aptly named, MONEY PIT, the roadster actually started life a pick-up. This was both a help and a hindrance. Pick-ups have a longer wheel base, making the body about seven inches longer – which means extra legroom (great!). However, the wheels end in the wrong place – which required custom rear quarter panels (not so great!).
“We made the new fiberglass quarters, out of longer five-window coupe quarters,” says Rowan. “We ended up doing so much work modifying them, as well as blending the fiberglass and steel sections together, it would’ve been easier to simply make them out of metal.”
The shortened and laid-back screen is hand-made and Rowan also extended the sides of the body down over the chassis. To give the roadster a Bonneville Salt Racer vibe, the ’32 grille was shortened six inches and fitted with a hole-punch panel insert.
The smoothed underside and chassis have both been finished in the same HOK Kandy Red – all of which contrasts nicely with MONEY PIT’s abundant bling. The suspension, including Oz Rodz IFS, rear four-bar and coil-overs have all been HPC coated.
“Many engine parts and the exhaust has received the same treatment,” says Rowan, “it really does look like chrome and really looks nice. It also makes the rod registerable and driveable.”
Even then the roadster features a lot of polish and chrome – otherwise its beautifully detailed in HOK Silver metallic.
MONEY PIT is all Ford, kitted out with 302 Windsor, C4 auto with 2800-stall and a BorgWarner diff.
“The engine’s pretty tough, 420hp and big lumpy cam,” says Rowan, “the Cortina it came out of ran 12.5.”
Under the steel guards is 18×8 and 22×10 Intro Twisted Vistas – the staggered diameters are very reminiscent of the Coddington look. Staying with the modern theme, the loud-as white and black, all-leather interior boasts, Auto Meter Classic gauges, chrome column, billet pedals (including foot rest) retractable seat belts and a thumping audio system.
Although it’s been a 10-year build, the decision to have it completed for MotorEx wasn’t made until April this year – making it a mad scramble to get it all done in time.
“it’s the first car I’ve built to this standard,” says Rowan, “It’s a lot nicer than anything else I’ve built. I really like the short grille, the rake and the stretched wheel base – looks like it’s going fast, just sittin’ still.”
Steve Bellia – 1976 XB Ford Falcon Sedan – BFAT
“It’s all my brother, Tony’s fault,” says Steve, “There’s a 13-year gap between us and he had a tough XY Falcon years ago and I’ve wanted a tough car ever since.”
The aggressive-looking XB Falcon has been in the Bellia family since new – his dad bought if off the lot in ’76. By 2000 it was looking pretty tired, so Steve and his dad took it off the road with the intention of rebuilding the GS as a mostly-stock, streeter.
“Once we pulled it down, dad was like wow, this is too much and decided to just give me the car,” says Steve. “Nothing’s been easy, everything has been so much work and has taken so long. I’ve been on it for seven years.”
About the only thing that did run smoothly was the body and the HOK Bright White paint. Andrew Ash from AA Panelcraft is the man responsible for the flawless lines and slick paint.
Soon after the Falcon ‘officially’ became Steve’s, the direction of the build changed from stocker, to stove-hot thumper. To swallow 15×12 Weld Racing wheels shod in 15-inch wide Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R rubber, the leaf springs were moved inboard and the rear mini-tubbed. The fat hides are a necessity thanks to the considerable grunt of the all-black, 754hp, 434-cube Dart Windsor by Gibson Race Engines nestled nicely in BFAT’s fully-smoothed engine bay. Passing on the grunt is an Al’s Race Glide C4 and sheet-metal nine-inch.
Steve machined up a host of bits himself, and handled plenty of sheet-metal fabrication as well. BFAT also features a host of handiwork by James from Grooveryder Fabrications. Between them, there’s a full cage, fabricated three-inch exhaust, rear end, boot work, tubs, flat firewall and host of minor mods. The chassis was also strengthened by welding every seam, plus the addition of tubes that run right down the middle tying everything together. Making the most of the super stiff chassis, Steve added TCI front suspension with coil-overs and Wilwood stoppers.
Oddly enough the trim colour determined body colour.
“We did the trim first,” says Steve. “Mick Carter did a wild, all-black leather interior. We found that the white really suited it. The black interior was also the inspiration for the blacked-out engine, wheels and other highlights – which all came later in the build.”
Mick fabricated the radical rear seat from scratch, including the frame to which he added hand-shaped bolstering.
“I will eventually race it,” says Steve, “but I want to keep it nice for a while. Maybe after it gets a few stone chips.”
Stuart Graham – 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe – STU347
By his own admission, Stuart Graham is a bit OCD.
“I’m a Fitter ‘n’ Turner by trade and if it’s not millimetre perfect, I’m not happy,” says Stuart. “All my mates give me plenty about it.”
But hey, who are we to judge when it has resulted in this stunning HOK Galaxy Grey ’67 Mustang – this is one gorgeous Pony. The dash is prime example of Stuart’s fussiness. The coupe had already been converted to RHD, however Stuart was unhappy with the fit of everything – out it all came, to be redone properly.
“I didn’t want to have to paint it twice either, that’s why I chose House of Kolor,” says Stuart. “It’s got the coarsest grade of metal flake and is the craziest colour I’ve ever seen. It won’t date and everyone stops and stares. CT Auto Restorations painted it, they do great work and are very humble. If it wasn’t for them the car would never have happened.”
Stuart is a hands-on guy, handling most of the build himself – which is one of the reasons its taken so long.
‘Life kept getting in the way,” says Stuart. “Besides, I’ve done just about everything except the paint and the four-link. Also, I’ve really only been concentrating on the build seriously for the last couple of years.”
The upside of taking your time, is great results – STU347 is a weapons grade attention grabber. Things really ramped up once the Stang rolled out of Killer Kustoms’s complete with a new four-link rear end. Early Mustangs never came with overly generous wheel-wells, making the four-link and mini-tubs necessary to accommodate the 20×11, deep dish Simmons wheels and modern Nitto Invo rubber. At the other end, the factory suspensions swings 19x7s and has been upgraded with good shocks and King springs.
As indicated by the STU347 plates, there’s a 347ci stroked Windsor by Jenkins Performance under the reverse cowl bonnet scoop. This is followed by a Stage Two C4 and a nine-inch with 3.5:1 gears and Truetrac centre.
Doyles In Car is responsible for the sumptuous Crème Nappa leather interior, which included making a new dash top and fitting up the Dakota Digital sweep-style gauges.
On the final run to MotorEx finish line it was all hands-on deck, with Stuart getting a heap of help from friends to get it done on time – he is extremely grateful foe everyone’s help. All the effort, all the time, all became worth it when those covers came off to huge applause from the Meguiar’s MotorEx crowd.
Gareth Davies – Old-School Chopper
Twenty-four hours ago, this cool chopper was barely a frame and engine – Gareth hadn’t even settled on what wheels it was going run.
“I’d ordered a set of billets. But when I trial-fitted them, I wasn’t feeling it,” says Gareth. “My other option is a set of spoked wheels with polished hubs.”
There’s no denying it, the bike’s standout feature is the attention-grabbing HOK paint.
“Danny from Custom Bodyworks painted it,” says Gareth, “but is not an actual colour. We just kept mixing lots of different Kandies, heaps of Ice Pearl and heaps of flake until we came up with a custom Tangerine that we liked.”
Being mission impossible to match, they mixed up an extra litre, in case of future touch-ups. Theme for the 13th bike Gareth has unveiled at MotorEx is; ‘super-traditional, old-school chopper’. As such, Joe Webb’s incredible airbrush work includes panels, lots of pin stripping and your classic saloon showgirl on the tank.
The frame started life as a Kraft Tech, however it’s been sliced and diced, stretched and converted to a single down tube – so not much remains. Engine is a 127ci Ultima that’s been warmed over with lumpier cams, head work, etc. It spins a six-speed gearbox, PM open belt drive and a 250 rear tyre.
For the last three years Gareth has been trying to replace his daily ride – this is the one. That’s why it’s not ridiculous, or over the top. It’s a good rider, a keeper.
The list of hand-made, one-off custom pieces is extensive – precious little is off the shelf. Highlights include the hand-made front guard, swept-up tank, oil tank, up-swept pipes, moulded-in rear guard, front bars, rear Sissy bar and the undertray.
“I like to build my bikes like a show car, with a detailed undercarriage,” says Gareth, “not many bike builders go to the trouble of adding a painted ‘n’ detailed undertray.”
The build actually started some time ago, however it had barely kicked off before it was packed away for two years while Gareth moved house and got the new garage set-up.
“Honesty, all up its been about a six-week build,” says Gareth. ‘It’s a testament to the people around me, they’ve all dug deep to help me get it done in such a short time.”
One of those people is his powder coater, Peter Snell. There’s bugger all polish on the bike, if it’s not tangerine, its black powder coated.
“Pete’s been very, very busy the last few weeks getting all it all done for me,” says Gareth.
As for the 74 on the side of the frame;
“Joe’s original design just had a seven there,” says Gareth, “I didn’t quite look right. I was born in ’74, which was the first thing that came into my mind. Nothing more.”
Rick Galloway – 1975 XB Ford Falcon Hardtop – FAT XB
“This is a double unveil,” says Pat, from Pat’s Pro’s Restos who built the coupe. “Rick is flying back into Australia the day before the big reveal. MotorEx will be the first time he’s seen the car painted, assembled, or even running!”
With 345-wide rear hides wrapped around 18×11.5 American Legend Talons, this coupe is most certainly one FAT XB. For steering and stopping duties, Rick is relying on slightly narrower 18×7 inch American Legends up front. The standout feature is how the HOK straight white shows off all the razor-sharp lines – which have been highlighted with HOK Galaxy Grey and kandy red accent stripes.
Unlike most builds, the 2500-3000 hours that have gone into creating FAT XB have been completed in only 20, short months – almost a record for a build of this calibre.
Rather than go for wild body mods, the decision was made to retain the coupe’s factory lines – including all the factory spot welds. After all the Falcon hardtops are one of the nicest shapes to ever roll off an Australian production line. Instead Pat’s Pros Restos concentrated on lots of simple mods along with sharpening all the lines and dialling in the gaps, before laying on that silky-smooth HOK white. It’s pure class.
Under the twin-snorkel bonnet is TOCA Performance 383 stroker that’s good for 612hp@7000rpm. It’s equipped with CHI alloy heads and intake, along with T&D rockers and all the good stuff. The Bob Grant C4 is plenty tough, so too is the 35-spline Altra 9 rear end, complete with 3.9:1 gears and Truetrac centre. There’s very little polish and chrome on FAT XB, just about everything is painted in two-pack for ease of maintenance.
Unlike the somewhat subdued exterior, the Chris Bakker (Elite Interiors) interior is anything but. Finished in blood-red Kangaroo leather it’s mighty loud. There’s a modified dash and console, along with factory-style bucket seats and door trims. With good suspension and Wilwood’s all ’round, the overall theme is modernized XB that’s a little bit Pro Touring – but not too hardcore.
Rick has always wanted a tough XB coupe, during Saturday morning’s House of Kolor Inauguration that dream became a reality.
Mike King – 1964 XM Ford Falcon Coupe
V8 Fords have always been in Mike King’s family and it’s only natural he would follow tradition and build one of his own. However, I bet no other FoMoCo in the King family was ever modified to this level. Despite the extensive metal fabrication, Mike’s XM coupe is being built as a driver. Sitting between the front rails is a 560-horse, 363ci Dart Windsor by Pavtek Performance. It’s backed by a Tremec TKO600 five-speed and Strange 9-inch with Truetrac, 4:11 gears and floating hubs. In keeping with the XM’s street persona, there’s serpentine drive ancillaries, A/C and it rolls on 17×7 and 18×9 American Legend Racers. To keep the ride height low, while maintaining drivability, Deluxe Rod Shop created a fully-fabricated underside with flat floors, raised tunnel, mini-tubs, along with a custom made double A-arm front end and four-link rear – which will all be finished in a chip-resistant gloss finish. The car has new door skins, new sills, two new rear quarters and the radiator support has been lowered to better showcase the engine. The centre of the bonnet skin and frame have been raised nearly 50mm to clear the tall inlet manifold – yet retains the stock XM appearance. Compared to the underside the interior will look relatively standard – all in leather and way nicer than factory.
Although Deluxe has many hundreds of hours in the car, Mike has been plenty hands on, spending almost every weekend doing a lot of the time-consuming tasks, such as paint stripping, removing old proof coat and preparing numerous parts for painting. Steve Aldrick and the Deluxe crew are on target to have the coupe painted and finished by Summernats.
Dylan Goldfinch – 2017 DGD Custom – INFERNO
It might be based on a late-model V-Rod, however this wild HOK Tangerine bike from DGD Custom is a long way from your typical V-Rod. It features a myriad of custom pieces, including tank cover, fenders, sheet-metal, gearbox bearing support and swing arm, just to name a few – even the wheels are made in-house.
“It’s taken us a couple of years to get to this stage,” says Dylan from DGD. “All of INFERNO’s custom parts have been designed, manufactured and painted in house – we really are a one-stop shop. The idea is to build these bikes for customers, with this being build number three.”
It takes 250 hours to disassemble, manufacture the individual custom pieces, paint everything and bolt it all back together. For this build, all the highlights (including the engine and all the bolts) are painted in satin HOK Galaxy Grey.
The two of INFERNO’s he more noticeable modifications is the towering, 26-inch front wheel and the massive 18×13-inch rear wheel wrapped in a 360mm-wide tyre. To go from the original 18×8 to the 13 requires an entirely new swing arm – which is also two inches longer. The front has also been stretched, giving the bike a tough, low stance. Grunt is courtesy of a Stage One motor.
Best of all, if you like it, you can order one just like it for yourself – in the colour of your choice.