1978 Pontiac Firebird

Description & Details

This example is one of the Gold editions and was previously converted to RHD when it came to Australia many years ago. The current owner has had the dream of seeing it back on the road with gleaming Gold colour for some years and now it’s time for the Griffs team to bring that dream to reality after being a stalled project. The Pontiac arrived at Griffs mostly disasembled and with many boxes of parts.

The right hand drive conversion has seen better days and has recieved some love with the addition of right hand drive power rack and pinion from Retro Rack. A complete new firewall has been fabricated and fitted by the Griffs team. The remainder of the RHD conversion has received an upgrade also including the dash.

The 403CI engine has been rebuilt many years ago and has now had a freshen up and Fitech EFI system added. The factory automatic transmission has been thrown over the shoulder and a freshly custom built TH700R4 transmission has been fitted in its place.

Bodywork and paint has been completed and we are now well into the reassembly.

Keep watching as the project takes shape………….


1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Sport Coupe

Description & Details

The 59′ had previously undergone some restoration work in the home country USA and was later imported to Australia by its current owner. Having already had a healthy 383 stroker, 700R4 automatic transmission and other goodies implanted along with a nice standard interior, upgraded suspension and braking package it has all the bones for a cool ride.

The journey so far has engaged the Griffs team to completely disassemble the vehicle to its bare shell which was fitted to one of our rotisseries. The complete body and all panels have been garnet blasted where possible and the remaining paint stripped manually. This uncovered some previous older repairs that need to be addressed and also some rust repairs required.

To date the team has repaired rusted sections in both left hand and right hand A-pillars, complete floor section requiring the use of some parts from the owner’s collection of donor parts, new rear floor repair sections as well as fabricating new sections as required. We have also replaced those huge rear quarter panels, repaired wheel house sections, outer sill panels, trunk floor area and various smaller repairs around the body.

With the metalwork complete the next step will see the bodywork completed, final colour still to be confirmed. The chassis has also undergone some modifications mainly with strengthening. The chassis will be powdercoated prior to final assembly.

From there it is to be fully reassembled and ready to hit the road!

Keep watching for more progress………..


1954 F100 Pick Up

Description & Details

1954 F100 pick up delivered to Griffs for a revival and transplant of a healthy new 5.0 Coyote crate engine coupled to a Tremec T56 six speed manual through to an all new Ford 9″ rear end.

Front suspension system is a complete IFS (independent front suspension) kit from Rodtech with power rack and pinion steering, 14″ Wilwood drilled and slotted rotors and 4 piston calipers to suit. Rear suspension will be parallel 4 bar with coil over shocks and Wilwood 12.19″ disc brake system to match the front.

Rolling matter is taken care of by Coys C33 solids in satin black, 18 x 8 front and 18 x 9.5 rears with Pirelli rubber.

The original chassis has been broken down to bare frame rails and boxing plates have been tacked in position and set up on our chassis fixture. The front suspension is sitting in place as is the rear tub, RH running board and RH front fender. Wheels and tyres are in place to set the final ride height, the rear of the chassis will have some mods to allow for the lower stance and suspension travel.

As the new steering is RHD (right hand drive) we also need to carry out a RHD conversion to the original metal dash and firewall.

Keep your eyes on this one, sure to be a crowd pleaser……………….



1937 Ford Pickup

Description & Details

This will be the Griffs Shop truck………

Factory 1935-40 Ford chassis which will be boxed, HG Holden disc brake front suspension running P76 rotors with HQ Holden calipers and shortened commodore rack and pinion steering.

Rear end is a shortened Ford 9″ running 3.7:1 Detroit centre with billet axles and Ford rear drum brakes. Engine is a 283 SBC coupled to a T5 5 speed gearbox with hydraulic throwout bearing clutch operation.

The body will be modified of course and the 37 cab has already has been channelled 3.5″, front sheetmetal will be 1935 Ford pickup and tub will be factory design narrowed to suit the rear end.

Keep watching as we find time to work on it………..

1962 Studebaker Champ

Description & Details

Designed at a time when Studebaker’s truck line hadn’t seen major upgrading in over 10 years, the company, which had endured years of declining sales, was forced to use a number of existing components, but the result was impressive.

The chassis and cargo box of the Champ were basically the same as what had been used for Studebaker’s ½ and ¾-ton trucks since 1949, but the cab section was very different.

An entirely new cab was out of the question because of cost considerations, but the new Lark compact car’s body proved to be just the right size and shape to suit the purpose. The engineering staff took a four-door sedan, cut it in half behind the front doors and modified the front half slightly to fit the truck chassis. The only new sheetmetal stamping that was required was the back wall of the new cab. Minor modifications for mounting of the cab to the 1949-vintage truck frame were also made.

The Lark’s front end sheetmetal was retained as well, but funds were allocated to give the Champ a new horizontal-bar grille that delivered a “tougher” look.

From the start of production, those desiring V8 power could choose between Studebaker’s 259- and 289 in³ engines with either a two- or four-barrel carburettor. Both engines remained largely unchanged during the Champ’s production run.

The LHD to RHD (right hand drive) conversion has been completed, we have used some parts from a donor Australian delivered RHD Champ which has worked out great.

The project has now seen the install of a complete IFS (Independant front suspension) system with power rack and pinion steering and disc brake upgrade. This has allowed the stance of the Champ to take on a whole new look. In keeping with the theme we have also upgraded the rear suspension to a Ford 8″ assembly.

The old 4 speed truck box has been thrown over the left shoulder to be replaced by a new T5 manual transmission complete with hydraulic clutch. We have adapted the T5 to the factory bellhousing and it was specially ordered with the front shift position to suit the factory champ floorpan and bench seat.

No doubt by far the most impressive upgrade has to be the addition of a factory 1957 Studebaker Hawk Supercharger kit to the engine, we were lucky enough to be put into contact with the right people to find these rare parts!

The interior has been completely retrimmed in red/cream to match the exterior colours. We have also fabricated a custom hard tonneau cover from aluminium to cover up the cargo.

As usual we will complete the Engineering (VASS) certificate as required and fully register the Champ.

Stay tuned to see what happens next………..

1933 Ford Three Window Coupe – ‘Chicken Coupe’

Description & Details

Original all steel Ford three window coupe, never chopped or modified. It was a barn find from New York where it had been sitting for 25 years.

The plans are for it to be powered by a 331 Hemi engine (minus the blower), Tremec TKO600 5 speed manual transmission and Ford 9 inch rear end with 3.7 gears.

The finish product will a traditional 50’s 60’s hotrod with no billet or bling.

Front suspension will be running a Superbell 4″ drop axle, So Cal Speedshop hairpins, Pete and Jakes shocks,factory spindles modified and fitted with XF rotors, VS calipers

Ford 9″ rear end is sitting in its position waiting for the rear suspension.

Keep watching for more pictures as the project takes shape.

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