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Murray,s Profile – LX Torana

Some info and links to pictures of my 1977 LX Torana for you to put on the club website.The car was originally a 253 4 speed manual, but it had a trimatic auto fitted when I bought it in 1999. It was in ok condition with rust in the front floor pans, the doors and around both the front and rear screens.  At the time a local wrecker had a complete UC Sunbird SLE in good condition.  I bought the doors, bootlid, front and rear screens and most of the interior except for the dash. I had the rust repaired and the replacement panels fitted and a respray by Franks’ Body Works at Northgate. I kept the car like this and used it a daily driver until 2007. Some more rust had started to appear so I made the decision to have

Gasoline Alley at Brendale restore and repaint the body in it’s original Antelope colour in 2007. In 2009 I purchased a VQ Statesman with an injected 5.0 litre and turbo 700 4 speed auto from the abandoned vehicles auctions in Brisbane. I used Gasoline Alley again for the engine and transmission upgrade.  As they stripped the Statesman of its mechanicals, they found the diff was not worth the effort of repairing. The engine and auto trans had only a few oil leaks that were repaired along with some new accessories etc to prior to installation in the Torana.  It was also discovered that the auto has a stage III shift kit, which makes for a fairly firm change from first to second. Very hard to stop the rear tyres from chirping!  Still has the good old Banjo diff, currently with 3.08 ratio.  I have a Borg Warner disc brake diff from a Nissan Skyline to eventually put in to replace the Banjo.There’s a whole heap of pictures on the Gasoline Alley website at

there’s another lot of pictures on the vantage cars website at


Murray Bassett

Ian’ Profile – FJ Sedan
I purchased the car from my mate Grahame about 40 years ago.  Don’t know the
exact date and whether I paid $100 or $200 but I can remember my wife
driving the car while she was pregnant with our eldest and he is now 39. The
car was a lovely shade of undercoat grey at the time. Times were tough on
the money side with 3 kids and a stay at home mum, so we had to de-register
the car and hand over the Rego plate number Q628-580. 12 months Rego at the
time was a whopping $99.10.
Anyway, the car was garaged and I finally go around to fully restoring it in
the mid 90s. It was taken on by Crust Smash Repairs at Kelvin Grove as a
project car. Warren (Crusty) had the car for about 2 years and I finally
finished the car in late 1999 just in time for one of my kid’s wedding. We
drove it to the Shepparton Nationals the next month. Busted the fuel pump on
the way home, otherwise no other problems.
I have made a lot of changes to the car over the years mainly from a safety
perspective. But I also had Wilf Skerman, one of our club members, renew the
original upholstery, which was blue, to red. He also strengthened the squab
of the front seat so that my wife Malry could travel in the car comfortably.
I have taken it to numerous shows and don’t worry about driving on country
roads. The car has been to Cooroy heaps of times, Roma several times
attending Easter in the Country and will probably go again next year.
Inverell was popular a few years ago and made a few trips there. Matt and I
travelled to Bathurst Nationals last year, and the car was one of the very
few that did not to break down, no doubt due to Tony Manganaro from the
Queensland Club and Bill Russell from Bucknell Road motors who have looked
after the car over the years.
The car has only made a couple of the club runs this year due to my other
commitments.  The car is still fun to drive and it is great to meet people
and hear their stories of their childhood in such a car.
Ian Skipworth.

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