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Ben Forster’s T coupe project

The story of Ben “Flathead” Forster’s T Coupe project is now available in the October edition of Cruzin Magazine.
The project was based on the build up of a T coupe to painted and drivable stage in just one weekend, last June. Naturally a lot of planning and shopping was done prior to the weekend, including setting up the channeled flooring and tacking together the outline of a chassis. The work was done predominantly by a swarm of Ben’s Crankster club co-members and a few extra rodding mates. The weekend was successful and the coupe was driven from the shed as the sun went down on Sunday.
The work and design was carried out to ASRF TAC guidelines so that few changes would have to be made to get it road licensed later.
Lately, as the project nears completion, different carbie manifolds have been manufactured to help with the required vision from the drivers seat.
The project should be finished withinin the next few weeks.
Checkout Cruzin Magazine at your newsagents and the July edition of the Klaxon from the menu on the left for the whole story.

Stick Shift Magazine #1 now available in Magazine Rack

Stick Shift MagazineHi There. Finally after a lot of creepy geeky editing and conversions, we have finally got Stick Shift Magazine No1 in the Magazine Rack and available to read. Others will follow soon. If any parts look a bit wonky, it is due to the conversion process, not Craig Clement’s original rendition. Enjoy the retro experience.
Eric Warren

Visitors Guest Book added

hot-rodders-guest-book.jpgThrough the mysterious results of trial and error I have managed to add a guest book to this Cyber Hot rodder web site. You can go there too, even if you are not so cyber, just a regular everyday Joe or hot rodder or merely have an interest in this great hobby.
To get there and leave your smart intellectual comment, an opinion, shopping list, dry cleaning reminder,or just your name, check the link on the left that says “Guest Book” or click here. When finished hit the “back” arrow to return.
You can also go there to leave your details if you want to get reminders when new KLAXONs are available, or if you have changed your email address. REMEMBER, other visitors will also be able to read the comments and details left.
I am looking forward to checking your spelling.
Be in good health,
Eric Warren

Bonneville Speed Week in the August Klaxon.

 aug_2009_klaxon_cover.pngBonneville Speed Week has just finished.  Jim Ireland cruised about 1900 miles in his 33 Plymouth coupe to the salt flats of Bonneville to lend a hand and take in the action.  This month’s Klaxon has a few pictures and a snippet or two of Jims’ few days on and off the salt.  I hope you enjoy it.
The AUGUST 2009 KLAXON is available now from the Klaxon Magazine Rack options to the left.   Enjoy.
About two weeks ago I emailed out the first “WESTERN LINK” newsletter.  It’s purpose is to be a relatively short  text to advise all Western Australian rodders of the latest news, coming events and classifieds. It will be published once or twice a month depending upon what content is available. It is for anyone who wants it, regardless of your hot rodding affiliations.   I have had some great feedback about the first one.
  If you did not receive it first hand or you know of anyone who should get it, send your email or get them to send theirs  to  
Likewise, if you are having an event that you want to publicised, send the details to the same email address. Same for buys & sells etc.
If you didn’t receive a reminder email that the August Klaxon was available, send your email address to  
In less than two weeks we have the Western Australian State Title Hot Rod Show atthe  Burswood Dome on August 29-30,   followed closely by the Father’s Day Hot Rod show on 6th September at St Patrick’s School in Fremantle. Heaps to do as we drag ourselves out of winter and head towards the summer hot rod season.
Catch you next time.
Eric Warren.

Latest Klaxon Available Now!

Boy o boy……  I’m a fairly creative person, well I like to think so. I am happy to start with a range of raw materials then create something from them while honing skills and learning new ones along the way.  There is creative enjoyment along the way and the big prize at the end for a job well done.I’ve tried a lot of different projects. Building hot rods and a house are the biggies, but this website stuff is all smoke, black magic and mystery.  It is like welding wood!  I have finally got an old blog (Web Log(waffle)) blended  with this new site and almost working.This site is for the conveyance of published or unpublished literary masterpieces to the teaming masses of hot rodding enthusiasts.With this new web site, you can select and view  all of the Klaxon editions from Jan 2006 to present. You can even save them  or print them out for some leisurely  reading later on.MORE BIG NEWS… Craig Clements has offered to put his excellent seven editions of “Stick Shift” on this site too. They will becoming soon. Keep tuned..Go and click on a the menu at the left and read the latest July Klaxon….  and the other 42 editions currenly available…. more of those to come too later on!If any one else wants to have their hotrod mags, newsletters or literary  pieces hosted on this site, simply email me….Cheers,  Eric

Back again and with 10,000kms on the finished hod rod!

Hi, it’s been a while since the last report but I have been busy.The Willys is completed and has driven 11,000 kms in the last eight months and it is good.It is much better than good. The LPG conversion is a triumph and the independant front end  is an improvement.It is a pleasure to drive and I can still afford to drive its 350 Chev around for the same cost as the 2.3litre Volvo. The daily choice of car in the morning  is very easy.As Editor of West Coast Street Rod Club’s Klaxon Magazine, I have been able to contribute more time and data to each edition.The time not being spent in the shed and actually attending events has given me the opportunity to cover more  events in the Klaxon.More news on the Klaxon later as it spreads to rodders beyond the WCSRC membership.That’s it for now.  Eric.

Australian Holden Bodied 1939 Willys Coupe1939 Willys custom tail lights and bumpereric-warren-willys-in-2008-resized.JPG

My 1939 Willys Coupe In Finland!

My 1939 Willys Coupe in Finland!  Well actually in a 1981 Fin Hot Rod Magazine called “V8 Magazine”.






v8-magazine-cover-resized.JPGThe photos were taken in 1981 at the Mildura Nationals in Victoria, Australia.   The coupe had a 283 with triple carbs,

Powerglide gearbox and 10 bolt Chev diff at the time. Over the years the motor and box were updated to a 350/350 combo.  During its current rebuild, a 9 inch diff has been fitted with disc brakes.  The triple carbs have been replaced with a single carby for an LP Gas conversion. The manifold is now a single plane Weiand and a new cam has been fitted.


AB’s 50th Birthday Party.

AB Jnr and Allan wellsIt’s not everyday that someone turns 50 years old. I fact, it’s only one day each if you are lucky enough to make it.woody-barton.JPG

Last weekend hot rodder AB jnr (Alan Barton) had his 50th birthday party. AB Snr had his over 20 years ago. I wasn’t invited to that one.eric-and-gibby.JPGThe party had a “red” theme most likely to match the colour of his hot rod.  That meant that everyone who got the email was to wear something in red and most attendees did.  Yours truly had nothing red at home so had to hire some red clothing from a fancy shop as did partner Denise.  On arrival at the party, one guest thought I was a “Singing Telegram” about to spew out a beautiful rendition of “Happy Birthday to you”.  Fotunately, I was not, just one of about 80 attendees at the party. If need be, I can sing, ask the neighbour’s dog.The evening was typical of a large group of hot rodders and modellers who have known each other for up to 40 years, getting to talk about our favourite topics and the good ol’ days.  There was ample good food, about 5,000 large cakes (approx) and minimal speeches. A good combo and great night.jr-and-chock.JPGAB is a long-time hot rodder from Perth, Western Australia. His infamous “Rain Maker” red 29 A roadster was owner built and dom-murray-archie.JPGfinished in 1983 and still driven regularly.  AB has held most major positions in hot rodding in the state and in  West Coast Street Rod Club. He is currently Editor of “Rod Tork”, a news letter for the Western Australian members of the ASRF.(Australian Street Rodding Federation)

Another Exciting Weekend in the Life of a Hot Rodder

               It’s not every weekend that one finds the time and opportunity to just be a bloke and pursue his hot rod interests.p1030778.JPGp1030802.JPGI must admit, my 21 year old daughter who grew up in such an environment, rolled her eyes back when I explained what a good weekend I had planned.  Well, she did ask.Friday night after work I squeezed in about 5 hours of engine reassembling on the 350 Chev, in preparation to put it back into the coupe for the last time, for a long time, I hope. The motor was getting new bearings and rings and the heads were being prepared to run with LP Gas. I also fitted a new low rev-hi torque camshaft to help out with the  high cogs in the new 9″diff.  That was Friday night and part of Saturday, before going to a shed warming party at Big Al’s to celebrate his new shed and surrounds being completed at his new house.p1030781.JPGNext hot rod activity, was the official low key opening of a new Äuto One” auto parts store. The business is being started by some  fellow members and old friends from the West Coast Street Rod Club that I have known  for a squillion years.  Naturally the opening was well advertised to local hotrodders and a show n shine was held in front of the store.  Naturally I took a few happy snaps for the Events photo gallery.p1030789.JPGp1030808.JPGThe guys and gals had hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks available. Later in the afternoon there was a monster raffle with free tickets and plenty of prizes to around. All in all a great day to catch up with the guys.Engine building, garage warming, checking out hot rods and bench racing…all in one weekend.  Why did she roll her eyes for?p1030792.JPGCheck out the Cyberhotrodder photo gallery here.Eric warren

Goodfellas 2007 Yanchep Hot Rod Run

p1030763.JPGp1030765.JPGstp80110.JPGstp80112.JPGstp80148.JPGSunday morning. I feel good and the weather is looking fantastic. I am pumped up to have a great day out with hot rods. The cameras are packed and and the street hack is fueled up.. It is right now that  I wish the hot rod was finished.It is about 30 minutes drive to the starting point, a large car park at a shopping centre.  I planned to get there early to take some photos as the rods came in and before the crowds gathered.  I was early and too late at the same time. Clever huh! There was probably 60 rods and a couple of dozen streetmachines there already.The event is in its third or fourth year and has become extremely popular.  It is at a good time of year after the winter lull. The destination is great for parking-up and has attractions to see and food and drink available at the licenced inn. It only costs five bucks to enter, which gives express discounted entry into Yanchep National Park and a shot at the lucky entrant prizes.  Why wouldn’t it be popular. They also run p1030757.JPGa raffle with many great prizes.stp80157.JPGThey try to register all entrants before leaving the car park for the 50 minute cruise. This is where my day hit a low spot. With my five bucks hanging out of my paw, I engaged the registrars  to enter the event. “What car have you got?” they enquired. In a muffled voice I replied “street hack”. “Not the VOLVO, no way” was the stp80123.JPGembarrassing retort.  Damn, that was the second time in an hour that I really wanted to be back in the coupe. I grabbed my fiver back and tried to disappear into the bright sunlight.  It’s no wonder I have not attended many events since I stripped down the Willys.The cruise in my Swedish love machine was slow and steady. (because the traffic was congested!). Once at the destination, I parked in a secluded spot and got busy again with the camera.  The lawns in front of the inn were an explosion of colour. I took photos of all the rods and a few of the other vehicles.  Have a look here at the Cyber hot rodders Events Gallery for the photographs.My friend and I anap1030738.JPGlyzed the crowd and the dining facilities and decided that an early lunch would be better than a mid afternoon meal, so we ordered and ate early, which gave us plenty of time to socialize, take more photos, see the koalas, take a walk and have coffee at the specialty chocolate shop. OK, so we weakened and bought two sample chocolates. It could have been much worse without a the diet guilt hovering.All in all a great day out even without the Willys coupe.This week I will be ordering the parts require for the coupe’s motor rebuild, then back into the shed again.Seeya Cyber Hot Rodders,Hot rod Eric of Volvo fame.


Last night and today, pulling out the motor,  have progressed better than I could have planned.The only change to plan was that I pulled the gearbox out with the motor, instead of leaving it in the chassis. I have raised the front engine mounts in the hot rod to keep the correct motor angle, after lowering the front p1030724.JPGsuspension about 6 inches.  The gasser look has gone. “Been there done that”, as they say.  The motor raising has made the bell housing bolts all but impossible to access, so the box  T/H 350 came out too. This was very easy to organise as I spend more time on designing functionality into the chassis rather than showy stuff when building a street driven rod. One day I will get a spare gear box yoke. It will save the normal red lake left under the car after such an operation.p1030725.JPGp1030726.JPGNext the motor and gearbox were separated and the motor placed on the engine stand ready for stripping down.  On went the compressor, out came the rattle gun, sockets and a few spanners and the motor was stripped to a bare block in less than two hours, which included having a rewarding beer or two. A lot can happen in a short time in a hot rod’s life.  From a driving rod to a stripped down motor in less than 3 hours, when it is meant to be going back together!. What a metamorphosis. Needless to say, it will take longer to get back together after messing with gasket sealing and plastigauge etc. p1030727.JPGThe motor has only done about 35,000 kms since last rebuilt, so it came apart very cleanly and with no siezed bits.  If only I had remembered to empty the sump before spinning the motorupside down on the stand, it would have been a lot cleaner too. I had the red lake and now I have the black lake too. Well, I haven’t done this for a while!!Seeya Cybers,Eric

Need more hot rod in my life.

With the excitement of last week’s state title hot rod show still circulating in the short term cells and the subconscious guilt that I have not worked hard on the coupe for some weeks and the conscious urge to drive the coupe again, next Saturday is ear marked for pulling the small block Chev out of the Willys coupe. p1030723.JPGDont forget to have a look at Cyberhotrodders Events Gallery for photos from the show. Click here!Yanking the motor out has been on the to-do list for some months. After sitting around for several years, the rear main seal has decided to leak significantly. It is also a good time to replace all of the main and big end bearings and piston rings,  not to mention putting in the new cam I bought two years that has the promise of better low end torque to assist the new 9″ diff ‘s tall gears.  Also, now that the coupe is going to run purely on LPG, I will get the head recond and new exhaust valves and seats fitted that will be more suited for this fuel type.Having the motor waiting for this rebuild has also stalled refitting the front panels to the car. An inportant rebuild milestone.With summer approaching, the temperatures will again be ideal for squirting the last coats of laquer on the front panels. The coupe will then be on the downhill run to the finishing line.I have also planned to go on a popular rod run next Sunday to Yanchep National Park, which is located an hour or so north of Perth.  Rod runs have been a rarity for me since the coupe has been off the road. Besides getting me out of the house, it will  inspire me further to power onwards with the coupe’s rebuild.  I am also going there to take a heap of photos for the Cyberhotrodders Events  Gallery, so check that out next week.Catch you soon,Eric.

WAHRP 2007 Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular

Today is ap1030714.JPG great dMark Allen’s Willysay in my hot rod calendar. I packed up two cameras and set off our state tiltle hot rod show.The West Australian Hot Rod Promoters held their annual hot rod and street machine car show on October 27th and 28th at the Burswood Dome, in Perth, Western Australia.

Because it is the state title hot rod show,  it brings out the best of the best, but also everything from unfinished rat rods to the real diamonds.  It is promoted this way so that the the paying spectators can get a good idea of the scope available in the sport. From Budget to big buckaroonies. It is judged according to the Australian Street Rod Federation rules that are well documented and have been used for the last 30 years. Not all car are judged of course, just the jewels.

The display comprised of street rods, customs, post 48 classics, trikes, mini-rods, junior dragsters,VWs and more.stp80035.JPGThe ASRF had their stand set up promoting the sport. The display featured the 70th anniversary of 1937 Fords and Chevs with several rods and restorations on display.  See them in the gallery. I estimate that there was probably 175 vehicles on display overall.A live band was knocking out some good rock a billy tunes while I was there. There was also plenty of quality trade stands for those requiring some hot rod apparel, books and magazines, Car care products and of course the nice shiny bits to put on the projects.stp80022.JPGWillys were again scarce. Mark Allen’s 41 coupe and an unfinished ’39 sedan were the only ones there.  39s are rare, I know, I have had my coupe for many years. I have just repainted mine an uncommon colour (for a hot rod – ivory)that I thought would be unique for quite a while. This 39 sedan was the same colour!!! Whether or not it remains that colour is to be seen, as it was painted that colour some years ago when it was a restorer job.  A unique feature on it were the custom made front inner fender guards that suggests that it will be running cycle guards on the front.p1030690.JPGAs with every event of this size, I met up with rodders I have known for 34 years. That is one of the good things about spending times at these shows. Two of these guys were debuting new rods, having had already had superb rods in show years ago.Fred Nilan’s 32 coupeHave a look at the Gallery in the Events Album, for  photos of all of the hot rods and some of the other class vehicles. Being a hot rodder blog I didn’t take countless photos the street machines and other types of vehicles, although they did make a great impression at the show.If you are going to an event, take some good photos, ideally  640 x 480 in size and send them in with some basic details and we will set up an album for them. This will  add some interstate and international flavour to our cyber site.Send pictures and some info of your own ride. We will put them in a readers rides album.Cheers for now,Eric Warren.

Father’s Day Hot Rod Show

    On the first Sunday of  September, West Coast Street Rod Club, based in Perth, Western Australia, holds it’s annual Father’s Day Hot Rod show at St. Patrick’s School in Fremantle./Being right at the end of a southern Cyberville  winter, the weather for this outdoor one day show is often threateningian-swinbournes-32-tourer-jim-candidos-dodge-pu.JPG if not a bit wet.mick-roberts-32-coupe.JPG  clive-tichners-hiboy-and-peter-hunters-full-fendered-32s.JPG

This year is was another perfect spring day that brought out about 75 hot rods for a stretch in the sunlight.On the day, the show has a very simple format. No entry forms, no tissy displays, no costs no roof.   It is a run what you brung affair with rodder’s category choice and people’s choice trophies presented later in the afternoon. Just turn up at the right time and the organisers will rope off your hot rod from the viewing public.

After that the choice of activity is yours. dave-whiteheads-56-ford-victoria-custom.JPG

Fremantle is a lively port side city. There are dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You can checkout the hot rods, take photos, talk hot rod stuff, catch up with old friends, go home or spend the day in the busy Fremantle tourist precinct. Go to a movie, markets, museums, shop, drink, eat, watch the buskers etc.  Being Father’s day it is a good way to show off your rod hassle free and enjoy a great time with the family.mark-franks-holden-6-cyl-t-bucket.JPG

Being the first event on the hot rodding calendar after each winter, it often brings out a few new cars and this year was exception.This year there was another strong showing of trade dispays that showed their wares of hot rodding parts, clothing, badges, and hot rod building services.  Trevor Breeze showed up with a stand featuring about four cars and a chassis and a sound system and music for the whole precinct.Armadale Auto Parts had plenty of shiny hot rod bits on display. It is better than shopping for 39-sedan-built-in-the-80s.JPGIan and Sharon from Real Steel had mostly clothing and badges on display this year.All in all it was a great day promoting hot rodding to the masses. Showing them top dollar cars and also showing them that hot rodding is affordable by having several high quality budget built cars on display too.circa-1956-aussie-fj-holden-ute.JPG1946-47-aussie-ford-ute.JPG,To view the full range of the rods and customs there on the day, go and check out the Cyber Hot Rodders gallery at this cyber link.CheersRodder

My 1939 Coupe.

 I have owned the same hot rod since 1973. It is a 1939 Willys coupe with an Australian dicky seat body. I bought it with my first pay packet.  For a princely sum of $30 I was the proud owner of a rust bucket that no-one else wanted.  My mate Frank the Plank, who was building a ’33 Ford roadster, towed it a whole half mile to the hot rod club shed, where I was to fix it up and rod it over the next  seven years.My 1939 Willys Coupe.  Australian Body. Photo taken in 1982My 1939 Willys coupe  in 1982.Why wouldn’t any one want a Willys Coupe located so close?  Back then, if you knew where they were, you could get a much better condition vehicle to start a hot rod project with. These  whereabouts of these treasures were kept secret from newcomers like myself.  The other reason why no one wanted it, was because it wasn’t a Ford.  The only hot rods in the early seventies were pre-1940 Fords.After persisting with the Willys I have become a martyr of the non-Ford cause for over three  decades and regularly push the cause in the my club’s “Klaxon” magazine.Of course, non Fords are common place these days and Willys are keenly sought after.When first rebuilt the Willys had a 283 CID Chev engine with a Powerglide auto gearbox and 1961 Chev differential.The motor was stock except for triple carbies sitting on an Edelbrock manifold.  Suspension was standard with a mid 1930’s Dodge front axle that gave the “gasser: drag racing look. The front brakes were discs from an  HQ model Holden, an Australian General Motors product. This gave the same wheel bolt pattern as the  Chev drum brakes on the rear. The interior was fitted out with a full set of Smiths gauges and home made shifter. The steering box was from a Ford Transit van, used in a push-pull fashion on the pitman arm. This was a popular local setup back then. The front axle and idea for the steering box came from a local hot rodding icon, Neville “Lars” Anderson, who had and still has the same ’34 Ford 5 window coupe. (below).Nev Andersons coupe c.2007My Willys is nearing the finish of a complete rebuild and should see sunlight again in a few months time.  See below.rear-qtr-test-run-modified1.JPGside-view-test-run-modified1.JPGThis time the coupe will will have a 350 CID Chev with Turbo 350 auto and a Ford disc brake 9 inch diff. The rod is set up for constant long distance use with 2.75 diff gears and running an LPGas conversion. The gasser stance has gone in favour of an early Holden independant front suspension that has lowered thje front end significantly, to suit the 70’s style rod appearance that I am working for. Steering now is Holden Commodore rack and pinion.Keep tuned for more stories on the coupes rebuild in later blogs.Eric.