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Weekly Motor Fix: clean Camaro cruiser

12 October, 2015


Every few weeks, we take more of an in-depth look at a car we’ve found — be it at an event, at the racetrack, or on the side of the road — in a feature we call the ‘Weekly Motor Fix’.

This month we stumbled upon a seriously tidy Camaro built by its owner, complete with a video to match.

Auckland’s John Crawford and Angela Hassall imported their 1972 Chev Camaro back in 2013, and have recently given it a full overhaul, bringing it back to peak condition. Of course this was never going to be a stock rebuild, with John having the urge to add a bit more power while he was working on it.

The result of that was getting ‘Stroker John’ aka John Nijssen — a Kiwi living in America — to build up a stroked 383ci small block. While the engine build itself is impressive, it’s the work that John [Crawford] put into the engine bay that really makes it pop. The wiring is now neatly tucked away out of sight and the bay copped a fresh coat of paint at the same time, which adds to the appeal offered by the billet serpentine-belt–drive, bright-yellow block.

As you’ll hear when you watch the video, which was produced by John’s friend Todd Bradley, the car not only looks the part but sounds great also, and he couldn’t be happier with it.

To match the car’s newfound performance, a Speedtech Pro-Touring front suspension package has been added, along with Viking double-adjustable coilover shocks, to firm up the ride.

Despite wanting to add modern drivability, John still wanted a classic look so resisted the urge to fit larger or later-model wheels, instead putting his main focus under the hood. The end result is a great look, and one we’d love to see much more of.

Check out the video here:

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.