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Morton's 1972 HQ Kingswood

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Morton, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. Morton

    Morton For external use only

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    It appears I have purchased another car!

    A 1972 HQ Kingswood. One lady owner from 1972 to 2009, who then sold it to a wrecker where it was saved by the bloke who sold it to me! He didn't even drive the car, he had it towed to his house :p

    Set me back $1600 all up, with a full tank of petrol! lol

    It's in complete working order. 202 with a trimatic, runs smooth as a baby. Transmission is beautiful, suspension is.... comfortable.... and the paint isn't too bad for something that old.

    Only three small holes from rust, in the usual spots.

    Plans? Probably restore the paint and interior, fix up the rust, and clean up the 202. Ideally I'd like to see it looking relatively original. All the chrome appears to be fairly new, and it has a full set of hubcaps, so that will save me a bit of resto money. But for now, it shall sit while I decide how to approach it :)

    Meanwhile, here's some pics of this beauty:

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  2. Grennan

    Grennan Slayer of Stupid Threads

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    So this is what you were all secretive about last night. Dont put it on gas like a certain someones old 202.
     
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    hakhawk smooth moderator Staff Member

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    nice man, cant wait til the restore bug hits you on this!!
     
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    nice buy. leaving it as a 202?
     
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    88GreenVN Next Exit Left

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    Just a bit of surface rust - but yep new paint will go a long way to making the old bus look sharp :)
     
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    Cobez LS-EXUAL

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    Dropping a 308 in FTW!!
     
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    kniever Active Member

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    thats what i was thinking, who in their right mind would leave a hq a 202?

    nice pick up morton:thumbsup:
     
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    PaRaDoX Because Racecouch...

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    nice pickup Dan. No need for a manual conversion either! Drop the 5 litre out of the VQ into it haha
     
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    Dirbatua AWOL!

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    its nice car for 37 years old, took morton to pick it up today.

    whacked a battery in started straight up with the choke off :p had his foot on the high beams switch though.
     
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    immortality Home of the smoky breakfast Bacon! Staff Member

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    damn, you lucky prick:thumbsup: i had the opportunity many years ago for a 1 owner HQ similar to this but a off white type colour, but didn't have the funds at the time. was mint bar i spot of rust around a rear window.
     
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    It's lovely :), about as good a original HQ as you could ever find for that money nearly 40 years later. I vote for surface rust removal 400 SBC, turbo 350 driveline and slide around on the bench seat forever onward :p
     
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    Astranomical Ecotec just kicked in yo

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    Good find, looks like it'll come up rather nice. Is this one going through Jenny Craig? :p
     
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    rch-13z Former Photoshop Whore

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    cool as, got a real soft spot for these...

    Dad had a white one with kidney beans and the rear window thingy...

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    Also did a charcoal one which is now my desktop lol

    Good luck with it mate, an Aussie classic will never go out of fashion
     
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    What would you remove man :p?, these things didn't come from the factory with any spare bits that did nothing, they don't have body deadner or any of that rubbish :) (they are much lighter than the VQ while have twice as thick sheet metal and a full chasis)
     
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    padrickz88 Rick =]

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    wow, the potential of this thing is amazing.... paint it, hubcaps, white walls and an 8 would be fantastic :)

    keep the stock engine and trans just incase :D
     
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    swap engines with the vq :p

    nice pickup morton, you gonna rip out all the features? spose you cant with this one can you...
     
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    jealous mate good project for sure. I love to have an older car like that as a project
     
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    Astranomical Ecotec just kicked in yo

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    I dunno, but surely Morton will figure out something :whistling
     
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    Morton For external use only

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    Cheers guys :) It's not going on gas (lol), if anything I'll just keep the 202 for a while, 'till I rebuild a suitable SBC. The restore bug is already here :) once I get it RWc, the interior retrim begins!

    No jenny craig though. There's no weight to lose really! I'm going to try and keep it as original as possible. It doesn't need to handle well or go through hills. It just needs to be a HQ, and I'll love it.


    Yeah, the 202 will stay for a short while. But only for as long as it takes me to decide on, and build an appropriate engine. The jury is still out on what engine goes in there!


    Hahaha man that picture is AWESOME. Best shoop ever. Love the work on the wheels :p

    You're not wrong about them never going out of fashion :) HQs were the best damn looking car from that era, hands down.


    hahaha yeah, it starts so nicely :) Just started it then, and it was running before I even finished turning the key :p


    Ahhh... yeah, I always thought I'd regret this if I didn't buy it. So I HAD to get it. I always wanted a HQ in this colour - I couldn't say no when I saw it for sale! It's like a dream come true :) ALWAYS wanted one.




    Thanks for the comments guys, I'm SO THRILLED about this car! ^_^

    I found out the colour: Taormina Aqua Metallic. It's beautiful. Gonna be hard to paint it though :p I hate painting metallics! lol
     

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