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    Default My turn for HT Monaro build post

    Hi guys I've been on here for a while and got a wealth of information out of all your posts, so thanks for that. In return to keep the good times rolling, I thought it was finally time to do a build post on my HT Monaro.

    Admittedly, it has been off the road for the past 20 months already but I considered that there was no point putting a post up that would drag on for 5 years. I thought I'd bide my time and throw it up when it looked like I was actually making some progress. I will however, start from the beginning with the photos etc, otherwise what would be the point, right?

    The story starts with me buying the car about 6 years ago. Pretty stock 69' HT Monaro in white running 308 and trimatic / banjo combo. Apparently the car had been resprayed about 12 years prior, and it appeared to be in pretty good shape, although needed a decent paint job, chrome done, seats recovered etc etc. So pretty much needed a full rebuild but at $26k purchase price licenced and running, it was right up my alley. So I drove here around for a couple of years while I saved money $$$. My theory being that I wanted to have enough money to start and finish the build because I see too many who keenly dismantle their cars, for them to sit and be sold off because they never had the money to finish it!

    Anyway, I kept driving it while saving until one day in August 2014, some f**kwit rear ended me in heavy traffic. It wasn't a major rear end collision, but enough to dent in the bumper, bend the boot lid rendering it stuffed and of course the bever. I could no longer drive it because the exhaust fumes were horrendous in the cab, plus it looked shite now. At that time I had to make a decision. Do I use the insurance money to repair it and keep driving / saving or do I use the insurance money to start the build up process. I took the second option and began the build, albeit, slowly.

    So, here's some early photo's to whet your appetite. Bare with me while I try and work it out how to put them on again.



    Here's the old girl before the accident. I used it in our wedding and all I have done at this stage is lower it a bit and recover the seats.
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    As the old saying goes... It looks good from afar, but far from good up close haha.



    This is the horrible red cloth seats that were recovered in factory black basket weave fairly on in the piece. I couldn't stand them!! More to come.
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    Here's the old 308 donk. When I first bought the car it was quite untidy and needed a good clean up to look respectable. It went okay but the trimatic slipped so I replaced that. It was no powerhorse but that was okay. I had a look at the compliance plate and ascertained that the original colour was Platinum Metallic and the interior was supposed to be Goya red. I was thrilled that the colour was platinum because it is my favourite of the HT colour schemes. I planned on going back to platinum right from the get go. Then this happened...



    Some dick head ran up my arse. It doesn't look like much but the boot is bent up beyond repairing and the bumper is stuffed along with the beaver.
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    I’m looking forward to seeing this, It’s going to look so good in Platinum Metallic, what are your plans with the drive train and the rest of the mechanicals.
    Very keen to see were you’re at with it now so please get the posts going we can never have to many HT Monaro build’s.

    David

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    Very nice! Good to see another project under way. I tried to do the same as you and get a head start before putting up a thread...but I'm still going 4 years later lol.

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    Good Luck with the resto Hankhef good to see another Perth car.

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    I've still got a long way to go. All the panel work is nearly complete, then off to paint. Originally I thought the car was fairly original, including the engine and trans... Early on in the piece I think it's fair to say I didn't know much about KTG's apart from loving the look of them.

    My early plans were to rebuild the 308, repaint it in the original platinum metallic and keep it fairly stock. It wasn't until I began getting on this forum and some KTG pages on Facebook that I began to learn more about them. I found out that my 308 wasn't the original engine due to its build date stamp being older than the build plate by a year or so. As I stripped it I found a clutch pedal pushed up against the firewall under the carpet (I always wondered why it had a small brake pedal haha) so then a realised it was originally a manual. The trans oil lines were dodgy so that confirmed it, and as we stripped the paint I found the bonnet wasn't the original bonnet either and one of the doors wasn't original either.

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    With this in mind, I felt less obliged to keep it original and more inclined to build myself a tough streeter. So a tough streeter it will be! Build sheet is 420 Chev stroker, TKO600 manual trans, 9" shortened with truetrac centre and either 3.7's or 3.9's. It will have the twin piston Hopper Stoppers 300mm kit up front, remote hidden brake booster and Wilwoods master cylinder on a smoothed firewall with battery relocated to boot and ally radiator.

    So where am I up to now? My engine is a few weeks away from completion. It is a Dart SHP block, Scat crank, Carillo Bullet pistons, Brodix Dragonslayer heads, solid roller cam, Super Victor intake and Quickfuel 850 carb. Intake is being match ported and heads will have a little bit of work to them as well. Aiming for around the 600hp mark and I've been told we will shit that in.

    Here it is as it stood midweek.

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    that looks to be one nice engine who is screwing it together?

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    I'll take you back to August 2014 when I stripped the old girl and sent it in to a mates panel shop for its big birthday. By the way, I'm not a panel beater or painter so this is better off left to Mark. He's doing a sweet job with it but he's pretty busy working by himself.





    My 14 year old son getting his hands dirty..







    Off she goes to the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hq2door View Post
    that looks to be one nice engine who is screwing it together?
    Pete from Horsepower Engineering in Brisbane. I've read many good things about his work and it was actually a post he put on this forum about an engine he was building that made my mind up, even though I'm in Perth. I have inlaws in Brisbane so we go over there a bit. I've met Pete and Dan so have no problems getting them to build it. People bring over engines from the US so this is just around the corner really haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK186p View Post
    Good Luck with the resto Hankhef good to see another Perth car.
    Thanks mate, it's getting there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfg1962 View Post
    I’m looking forward to seeing this, It’s going to look so good in Platinum Metallic, what are your plans with the drive train and the rest of the mechanicals.
    Very keen to see were you’re at with it now so please get the posts going we can never have to many HT Monaro build’s.

    David
    I loved reading yours David! I'll get onto it

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    So once in the shop, Mark set about stripping the paint back to see what we were playing with. He'd had a good look over it before we began and we both were of the opinion that it seemed fairly straight, with minimal rust. We were right and wrong... Boy we were wrong. Turns out it didn't have a lot of rust but geez the panels were rough underneath. It looked like the car had been in a demo derby! Not to mention hail damage on the roof. We're guessing this is why the bonnet had been replaced??? Due to the hail...





    Rust pitting on the edge of the bonnet. It was decided that we could salvage the bonnet with a bit of work. I have also sourced a second non GTS bonnet as I'll have to run a reverse cowl scoop to keep it all legal. Yes I know... I'm not a huge fan of the look either but it's my build and I'm paying the bills so that's what I'm getting.



    This is where things got disgusting. Turns out the car had been side swiped along the right hand side and partially on the left side. The whole door jam was made of fibreglass and under the 1/4 window in that area right to the back of the rear guard was inches of bog!





    The way people used to repair these cars years ago is criminal. But I guess they weren't worth much at that stage.



    Bog as thick as your hand!
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