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More Yass Enthusiasts: Classic Restos Series 46

By Shannons - Published on 12 February 2021

When Fletch comes to town, it doesn't take long for the word to get around. With locals from Yass and surrounding areas converging on Murrumbateman Mechanical & Tyres to display their cars proudly.  

Shane, the owner of Murrumbateman Mechanical & Tyres, has two classics of his own an XP Ford Ute and a 67 Mustang. Both are works in progress that he says he will get around to restoring after he fixes his customers cars. 

Next is Jeff with a 1971 XY Falcon 351GT replica in Vermillion Fire. That looks the goods but as he says "it's a faker, not a shaker'. The result of a full nut & bolt restoration he says ''it's ugly to drive until its warms up, everybody instantly recognises it and understands its history. It's a pretty cool car to own".  

Deidre, the proud owner of a beautifully presented 1937 Coupe, tells how she purchased the car in kit form, from American Motors in Tennessee, USA. The kit comprising a fibreglass shell and chassis took Deidre's husband four years to build. But it was well worth it, finishing in the Top 60 Elite at Summernats.  

Another enthusiast is Mitch, with his 74 Datsun 260Z, which he has modified for both road and track use - keeping the six-cylinder L28 engine that the car was renowned for, with a few other modifications. The Datsun 240Z and its predecessor the 240Z were very popular particularly in the US, and today Mitch believes there is a bit of resurgence in interest for the Datsun Z's.  

Mark has brought along his 1937 Ford Deluxe Ute, that he has restored to look original but with a little more go under the bonnet in the form of a 350 Chev powerplant. Utes are a very Australian thing, and this one is unique.