I thought I might share the history behind my Torrie and how I have arrived at the point where I am finally in the position to be able to bring her back to her former glory.
My 1st memory of this car was when it pulled into my parents driveway and seeing the awesome purple metallic paint, the shiny chrome Dragway Splats with the tires sticking out of the guards and hearing the beautiful exhaust note and induction noise of the triple Weber’s as my dads mate gave the the throttle a blip.
I think I was about 8 years old.
Fast forward 14 years and I’m looking at the same car in his storage unit after he had recently stopped using it as their daily driver.
She was in pretty rough condition and the paint on the roof, bonnet and boot had crows feet down to the metal.
He showed me the original motor with the original carbies sitting on an engine stand in the corner and explained he had built a “hotter” 202 with Triple 45mm Weber’s after losing a drag race to a mate with a hot Hemi.
Not that he was competitive.....
After a couple of beers, some negotiating and then even more beers, he reluctantly agreed to sell it to me for what was pretty close to the original price when they were new.
So there I was with a 3rd owner XU1, having personally known both previous owners, looking down the barrel of my 1st Resto.
Unfortunately back in the day there were no smart phones with the cameras we have today, so I don’t have any photos of the Resto.
The scanned pic below was the end result just before I headed off on my 1st trip to QLD on a working holiday. 6004B0F1-6051-4232-828B-35C7547B6654.jpeg 175.92K 10 downloads 6004B0F1-6051-4232-828B-35C7547B6654.jpeg 175.92K 10 downloads 6004B0F1-6051-4232-828B-35C7547B6654.jpeg 175.92K 10 downloads
Apologies for the distorted perspective.