Soon to appear
in an australian TV detective series
Denise and Craig MacGregor from Australia have showcased this unique and
electifying RHD 429 Mach1 for quite some time at national custom shows.
Now (in 2004) it will become quite famous in an australian detective
series called "Stingers" starring Pether Phelps (don't say you
don't know him). The Car was orig a grabber orange M code 1970 4 spd
Mach 1 with A/C and P/S.
The car was built to its own
style and with originality well in mind as only NOS parts
were used and attention to detail rather than modification was paramount.
The 429 conversion
is the only one in Australia thatís all legal, in this case Dept of
Transport Qld approved. The engine is a 429 big block 385 Lima series,
not stroked small block. Block bored .030 with torque plate not open
bored. Inlet manifold is a fully polished Offenhauser Port-O-Sonic unit
and quite high.
for the original look an air filter had to be designed to fit
in the shaker so the whole setup maintained its external height
as original. Heads are the
sort after DOVE-C quench type, flow
580hp exh/630hp inlet.
Haystead (also Ex Prostock Champ and owner cragar performance
engineering) did the work. He builds the V8 super tourers engines under
Sealed power pistons w. 9.8:1 compression for pump gas (optimax with
additive for lead $1.90 per 20 litres) , Ford
Power Part stainless steel valves, Crane dual springs with FW damper,
Moly FPP pushrods, sealed power
rockers, screw in studs, guide plates, standard tappet covers (by
design),Crane Cam, Crower special hydraulic lifters, remanufactured 780
holley, (all braided line and aircraft fittings), custom pipes, one off
from the best guy in this country 2inch primary and 3.75 inch collectors.
Tilton Super Starter (original tilton), these things will start under
water and when red hot and are NASCAR legal. They are very expense but
are one of the keys to this conversion and friendly running.
45lb Hays steel
billet flywheel grub screwed ring gear (to prevent spinning it
off at large inertia changes that a manual can give),
Mcleod 11 inch race only clutch (power assisted with separate VH44 power
booster and Phase 3 vacuum canister hidden beside radiator)
Lakewood racing one piece pressed steel scattershield bellhousing to
keep everything including your legs in place.
Gearbox is a Bull nose close ratio toploader 31 spline extended housing
built for NASCAR commonly
known as the Talledaga (nascar) toploader
Original Hurst Shifter (new but the same as original)
Tail shaft loop hidden in tunnel and a work of art and custom made Hardy
Splicer tail shaft
MSD6Al II with
limiter, Mallory unilite distributor. Many hand made billet alloy clips
and clamps for hosing etc.
CT row special
radiator made to look like original. Has 200% more cooling over 4 row
and is hand made, about $2500 worth. Its NOT alloy so we donít have
electrolysis problems or over heating. Stainless fan and original shroud.
Heating pipes all connected with new heater (under dash) radiator to
prevent leaks and hot spills as this is commonly forgotten or just
deleted. Inline filter(removable)
Monte Carlo bar re cut and properly prepped for a perfect finish over
original Inner shirt brace (like convertibles and shelby's...under front
Original 26mm sway bar
KONI adj shocks all round (Oil filled)
Extra leaf lowered rear, xbgt front stock. Teflon and neoprene leaf
separation. Stainless leaf custom clamps
Shortened Nine inch
2 inches, big backing plates 3inch ventilated Drums
larger bearing housing and axle studs (not stepped down housing, as
requested by DOT)
Richmond 3.89:1 gears (as close to original 3.9:1 as possible)
Detroit locker centre, no spin
All new steel fuel
lines and copper coated steel brake lines for original look.
Holley blue top fuel pump with protected filters mounted on HJ
radiator mounts to drop noise level and hidden from watchful eyes
throughout incl huge sport mufflers to make her as quiet as possible
Mounted with rubber rings and full polished hand made marine alloy
disguise the extra flanges for easy removal.
Alan of Custom exhaust 2 inch with 3.75in collector extractors, (and yes
plugs are easy to change)
All polished stainless steel hardware used under car except if
engineered for stress areas where original engineered fasteners are
detailed and re-used
Original NOS rare Ford MACH1 exhaust tips.(stamps still in steel and
18x9.5 reverse, 18x7 T6 6160 Billet,
Faulkin Tyres New ZE515
Centreline Turn 4 Indy 8.5x15, 6.5x15 (Convo Rim), Custom made by GM of
centreline Racing for this car
BF Goodrich Comp TA. All new
Kelsey Hayes front
Kelsey Hayes rear (three inch ventilate drums)
Silicone brake and clutch fluid only
Legendary NZ body
GURU Colin Chapman, Customs Rods and Relics, Toy worx
File finish, hand made panels incl engine bay and firewall, frenching,
double skinning, Original factory look wheel tubs (made up of 15
individual but welded pieces each side)
Cast alloy Mach 1 moldings (between wheels) repaired/renewed
alloy MACH1 molding strips remanufactured and hand finished and hand
polished and shaped to be identical to original tin items but better
Additional bracing and support(NOT seem welded or anything unoriginal)
Mike Brandt MZ Custom whose clients are the whose who of people and cars.
Original Black Mach1
, Seat upholstery is original and not replaced, Console
Rim blow wood grain steering wheel, Original type Hurst Shifter (purchased
remanufacture), Deluxe group interior
lining and carpets also new
Original Molded door trims door felts and original rubbers
All chrome by A1 Quality Chrome, the whole body is sealed and tectile
rust proofed inside and out. Only the finest quality Glasurit products
have been used. All original panel marks and creases have been removed ,
in engine bay, bonnet, and boot inside and under, including floor.
Expensive exercise but necessary
for the look and edge over another car. People know it looks better but
donít understand why it does.
Need we to
Itís hard to talk about the whole car because it is so much more than
this. It is our personal triumph and means a lot to us. To give
you an idea of quality here, because the paint is Glasurit, if you
purchased the materials to paint the car only (paint primer filler,
paper etc) without labour or any other costs you are well, well over
$10000.00. However stone chips become less of an issue and the paint is
very tough and easy to
In total the cost of building a quality car is very large due to
attention to detail, and the commitment enormous This project has half
my life and my family in it, so exploring the possibility of selling it
is not an easy task but one that will happen none the less. We have
owned the car nearly 20 years.
Im sure you realise that standard conversions
chop, overlap weld, fill, screw, plate, drill etc.
Queensland has very particular rules. The story began along time ago
when Dept of Transport, want A1 size drafted plans which we submitted.
These changes included the conversion (reconversion cause it was RHD
already), the engine conversion, the wheels width (I used to had 10 inch
wide but they looked silly and would scuff due to the extreme offset and
hence DOT wanted a special axle setup) etc.
the panels inside have also has the pressing marks removed, so no
wrinkles in the metal. Its expensive but separates the men from the
boys at shows.
Chapman was the body man I could get anything done I just had to find
the money. So I wanted everything. The engine bay panels for and aft of
the shock tower, double skin on the radiator support panel, firewall,
etc are ALL hand made. In places there is a third triple skin area
that is contoured to be invisible under the export brace and allows even
further strength here.
are thicker than standard gauge used in the car. The panels are
made to delete the battery add more bolted area to the flanges and
support without looking showy with a good surface to paint but not
abnormally unoriginal. In fact people are pretty gob smacked I must
firewall has been DOT inspected disassembled. The Blue Plate is by John
Keen who is known throughout the country. He got may cars through and
had legislation changed that helped many original cars stay original. It
is heavier gauge, swaiged throughout and butt welded and folded as a
complete one peice new unit as is the original. It is welded totally and
dressed so well it looks far better and stronger than new.
power booster and clutch master cyl are frenched in radiused cornered
boxes that were made by Colin as well and part of the design for this
huge engine to fit like factory.
steering box is xbgt and non power (PS is ram below). It is mounted
where it should be inside an untouched chassis rail with pressure pipe
infills of cause, (to prevent squashing the rail (standard). Commonly
people who have tried this conversion mount the steering box out of the
rail (illegal) and/or chop or recess the rail (illegal) or buy a chain
drive (was illegal but I think an approved one now exists).
The car is
quite standard. No seams welded no non factory stuff. It has a
monte carlo bar, export brace, shock tower strengthening plates and
front apron firewall to apron bracing. All this stuff is factory from
different models, some Shelby some convertible but it is extensive
and made for longevity. The firewall has even an 8mm "Z"
bracket to support the firewall from the heavy clutch. DOT dont care be
at that sort of money I do. Have a look at a V8 manual firewall
when the clutch is depressed. Its a crack waiting to happen. We
installed this 100% hidden bracket and it works.
clarify this conversion as 100% standard. As proof a simple example is
needed. We have power steering and its the original ram type. On a
LHdrive car the ram mounts to the LH chassis rail (im remembering it
upside down of course) with what is in fact shock rubber mounts either
side of an original cast iron bracket. Fine
and the conversions dudes dont tell you is they dont care if your power
steering groans or leaks. And this is also a safety issue.
happens is the the LH bracket will fit the RH side but the geometry
works against the fabric and structure of the car.
buy a RH side bracket......NO, whats the fix, well installed the rubbers
and drive it for 2500mi and wait for somthing to break. In fact the
support wont break but the rubber dont last and the pressure needlessly
imposed on the vehicle is bastardry.
and Australia ZD falcon type, BUT the bolt holes are different. So we
cut and welded and dressed and check and painted. So now with not to
much stuffing around we have an original chassis rail, and a ford part
numbered bracket with ALL the corect geometry and the power
steering doesnt leak or gran, in fact you dont know it there.
by Craig and Denise Mc Gregor