|Top down and shootin' the breeze
is the only way to play
And it seems the no-namers stuffed around plenty of others as well, because theyve since gone out of business. The real credit for the bodywork, including the tremendous two-pack paint, goes to the late Doug Evans, who unfortunately passed away early last year not long after the build was finished.
John says Doug did an exceptional job. To engineers requirements the roof chop involved major subframe reinforcement work, door side intrusion beams, a B-pillar shift backwards to accommodate the lengthened doors, and building a neat cubby hole behind the seats for the soft-top storage. Professional-looking touches include chromed strips across the top of the windscreen and behind the quarter vents.
Melbournes Camberwell Motors gave it a new set of rings and a freshen up and Johns delighted with the result. Hes quick to point out the cams "warm" and theres a collectible set of Jack Meyer headers and twin two-inch pipes exiting from a single muffler. Faithful to the period, tyres are skinny
13x4.5 Korean built Roadstone whitewalls (lets see you bag em up John!). Just about everything else is stock, right down to the three-on-the tree with non-synchro first gear and an original Astor Air Chief valve radio.
The body moulding kit is an original1950s Tillis Detroit Kit, which you bought and added yourself to your favourite Holden or Vauxhall. John modified it and is happy with the look. "If you cut the roof off an FE, You cut off one of your colours," he says. "It would look like a Ford Anglia. It needed the kit to give it something".