The South Eastern Times : January 29th 2015
26 MOTOR SPORT Cowland is proud of his effort Rebuilds 1952 Chev sedan into a functional classic vehicle REVOR A road manners similar to that of a HQ Holden. JACKSON wland is proud of his effort Rebuilds 1952 Chev sedan into a functional classic vehicle REVOR A road manners similar to that of a HQ Holden. JACKSON email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 1-year project has resulted in a stylish and functional classic wland family are proud to call their own. But it is not just because of the look and feel of the 1952 Chev sedan, it is also because owner and Lake City Rodders club member Robert Cowland did the majority of the work on the car himself. Cowland is a fitter and turner by trade but was not concerned with the size of the project he had planned. Starting out with a previously restored vehicle, he changed much of the car, including installing a fuel-injected V8 motor from a 1991 VP Senator. In fact many parts from the Senator went into the old Chev, including the automatic transmission, power windows, climate control, cruise control, central locking and power windows. The rebuild also included a fuel tank from an XY Falcon, front guard flares from an EF Falcon and a flat firewall. With two other projects currently sitting in his shed, Cowland said this was the first street rod he had finished building and it is fair to say he is proud of his efforts. “I bought the car out of Adelaide and it had been roughly restored,” he said. “We used it for three years and in that time I blew up two six-cylinder motors because they “Everything is new underneath it – the bushes and suspension – so it sits on the road pretty well,” he said. “We recently went over to Warrnambool and back and it handled that all right. “We also took it across to Beachport and that’s a pretty ordinary road, pretty bouncy, but it wasn’t too bad.” Cowland said although the Chev has only been on the road since November, it had performed well so far. He even went as far as replacing the original Chev instrument cluster with the one from the Commodore, which now provides him with plenty of information, including fuel consumption which he said was surprisingly good for a car of its size. “It has been very reliable so FAMILY PRIDE: Robert Cowland and family, wife Michelle and children Tinisha (10), Bryce (8) and Chaneil (3) like nothing more than going for a drive in their 1952 Chev sedan. weren’t capable of the highway cruising speeds we were doing. “Now it has a fuel-injected five litre Commodore motor. “I bought a wrecked car and used everything I could out of it. “I couldn’t use the diff from the Commodore so it has a Ford nine inch diff. “I did everything except for the upholstery, which was already done when I bought it, plus I had to get the chrome plating done. “I painted it and did the chassis graft.” The chassis was something Cowland decided to do to improve the road manners of the car, which was in itself a major undertaking. It entailed cutting the original chassis off at the firewall and replacing it with a Holden HZ front end. “Ashley Ward helped me when I started to do the chassis graft – he pointed me in the right direction,” Cowland said. “He had experience with what the engineers want. “It was a worry because I had this perfectly good chassis I cut in half and welded another one to it, so I just hoped the engineer liked what I had done. “Luckily he was over the moon with it.” Cowland said the work was worth the effort with the Chev’s far,” he said. “We have probably clocked up 2000kms so far and the trip computer is telling me it gets 14 litres per 100km, so that’s not too bad out of a big car – it’s around two tonne when it’s loaded up and ready to go.” Cowland said the Chev is not a show car, but was built “purely for the pleasure of driving it.” And he said his family likes nothing more than to go for a drive. “The family love it,” he said. “I tell them we are going somewhere and taking the Chevy and in no time they are all in it. “We just get it out the highway and kill as many bugs as we can.” Cowland will be participating in this year’s Valentines Rod Run with his completed car. Registrations sought for Lake City Rodders’ Valentines Rod Run TREVOR JACKSON MOUNT Gambier’s Lake City Rodders is hard at work preparing for the 22nd running of its popular Valentines Rod Run, to be held from February 6-8. The annual run attracts participants from far and wide, with this year’s event looking as strong as ever, with over 45 entries already received. Club president Mr Terry Swallow said many people left it until the last minute to register and he was expecting a big turnout this year. “Everyone who pays the entry fee receives a goodie bag on the Friday night and those who registered before the January 10 cut-off date are guaranteed a free T-shirt,” he said. “For those who register on the Friday, it is first in best dressed.” Mr Swallow said there would also be a $10 late fee for those who enter on the day. The weekend takes in many activities, from food and entertainment to the usual rod run around the district, culminating in a swap meet on the Sunday. The Friday night will see participants arrive in town and meet at the club’s venue at Hastings Cunningham Reserve for registrations and finger food and Mr Swallow said anyone was welcome to participate in READY TO ROLL: Long time Lake City Rodders club member Mark Vause has his 1928 Model A Ford Roadster ready for the Valentines Rod Run. the weekend’s activities. “Anybody who has a push bike or a wheel barrow can enter,” he said. “Some clubs have strict criteria for what can be entered, but we don’t care. “People who are interested in street rods or custom cars can come along and enjoy the weekend.” 26 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 29, 2015 Children will also be presented with a colouring kit with a competition to be judged later on the weekend. Saturday morning will see a pancake breakfast from 8am at the clubrooms before a cruise around the region, covering around a 40km. Participants then head to the Western Tavern for dinner before a short break then back to the clubrooms for a barbecue tea at around 5.30 with entertainment. Mr Swallow said one of the main attractions for the weekend would be the swap meet and show ‘n shine to be held at “People just turn up, pay the fee and pick their own site. “There will be everything – and the kitchen sink – for sale, including car parts, bric-a-brac and even motor bikes. “It’s getting bigger and we hope it keeps growing. “Our weekend entry fees only cover the cost of hosting everyone, so the $5 entry fee for the swap meet goes to the club.” All the hot rods entered for the weekend will be on display at the swap meet plus many other cars in the region. Mr Swallow said many people would be surprised how many street rods and street machines are based in the Mount Gambier region. A trophy will also be on offer for the best presented club display. “We will have a meal at West Gambier footy club at 11.30 then we have presentations and giveaway prizes,” Mr Swallow said. “We will also judge the colouring competition for the kids, which is always popular. “We hope to have everything out of the way by around 1.30pm so those who have travelled have time to return home.” www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Malseed Park on the Sunday. “The swap meet will begin at 7am at Malseed Park,” he said. “The sites are free but there will be a $5 dollar entry.
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