71 Monaro

1971 Holden Monaro HG Coupe

Cream premium-grain hide

interiors matched to wood
detailing
compliment a high-style
body finished
to concourse quality
in fire-engine
red with more chrome
than the sun
can shine on.

Under the bonnet we’ve got a
rebored Chevy big block fitted-out


with Mallory ignition, Holley twin-carbs,


Genie extractors, high-stall converters,


a port-matched Edelbrock manifold on
heads
running lumpy cams, roller rockers,
MT covers
and cooled through a
five-row baffled
cross-flow radiator with an
electric
water-pump, braided hose and
twin
thermo fans

(and it still runs pretty hot).
It'll red-line at
4800 revs delivering

250 brake horse-power  through
a
Turbo 400 transmission with a
B&M shifter,
belting down
the drive train to a
1:3.36 ratio
rear diff with
fat
Firestones on
14-by-8 deep-dish rims.

At the arse-end it's high
cleared, at the front-end,
low. Mate, this one
can smoke it up, laying down
a quarter mile
in 15.9
at 108 miles
an hour.

First published, in slightly different form, in Cordite 17: Driver,  April 2004.

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