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Old 19-06-2008, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up [FEATURED RIDE] 1976 LX Torana Hatch FRYZEM - dedicated burnout car


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Our very first Torana and a tough one at that. James has owned this hatch for over 10 years, it started out as his daily driver (first car) and escalated over the years into a dedicated burnout car. James and his wife Helen have steered this A9X mocked LX hatch through many a burnout comp and taken home many a trophy.

The little LX started out with a 253 powereplant, backed up by a Supra 5 speed (m21’s just can’t handle a good burnout). It wasn’t until late 2006 that the 253 and manual box were swapped out for the current VR 5L and 2 speed powerglide combo which has proved to be a very tough and reliable setup.


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FRYZEM - no need for any explanation on those plates is there?



“We use to tow a trailer full of spares behind it to every event…”



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Twin 575cfm Demon carbs sit atop a Cain manifold producing ~300hp at the tyres. James has proven that there isn’t a need for 1000’s of hp to churn out plumes of smoke in a burnout comp. A tough reliable setup like FRYZEM, is what allows both James & Helen to enter the same burnout comps, sometimes a change of tyres is the only time the car gets to cool down once the burnouts begin.



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“This was my very first car and has gone through 3 different rebuilds over the years. I drove it everyday for 7 years before turning it into a dedicated burnout car. We use to tow a trailer full of spares behind it to every event, smash tyres and drive it home. Now it goes on the trailer.”



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James & Helen recently revamped the interior of FRYZEM, adding new door cards, carpets, wheel and seats along with a completely new trim for the hatch area.



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The firewall has been smoothed, brake booster and heaterbox removed and to top it all off a fibreglass bonnet has been fitted.


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What’s Next?

“We’re currently building a car for Helen, another Torana (4 door LC) which we’re hoping to have finished by Springnats 08, it will be used as a show car for now and maybe for a few burnouts in the future. Apart from that the LX is running nicely and we’ll keep on smashing tyres.”


Quick Specs

James & Helen North switched on
1976 Holden LX Torana Hatch
Colour : Orange
Occupation : Auto Electrician
Age : 26


ENGINE

Make : VR 5.0L
Carbie : Twin Demon 575cfm
Heads : Ported & Polished
Ignition : Bosch HEI
Exhaust :none - extractors only
Cooling : 3 core copper with stock water pump
Crankshaft : standard
Inlet Manifold : Cain Tunnel Ram
TRANSMISSION
Gearbox : 2 Speed Powerglide
Converter : TCE 5000 Stally
Diff : Full spool 9” 3.55


SUSPENSION & BRAKES

Springs : Kings Springs & Monroe shocks up front (lowered 2″), Adjustable Coil overs on the back with adjustable upper arms.
Brakes : Front - HQ discs. Rear - drums.


BODY KIT

Kit Style : Hornet A9X

INTERIOR

Seats : Autotechnica Leather
Wheel : Black Autotechnica Leather
Trim : Silver & Black trim
Custom : 5 Point harnesses

RUBBER & RIMS
Tyres : Rear - Drag Radials 255/50/16. Front - BF Goodrich 225/50/16
Wheels : B45 Simmons


AWARDS

Springnats ‘07 - Helen took out 1st place , female burnouts
Easternats ‘07 - 6th place in burnout comp.
Gazzanats ‘07 - 1st place burnout comp (James) and Helen won top female & top qualifier (iron maiden award)
Dragtag 10k Burnout Challenge ‘07 - James came 8th overall
Albury Autofest - Helen top womens burnout, 2n in the Motorkhana and Top female Competitor
Summernats 21 - 6th overall in the burnout comp
Gazzanats Calder ‘08 - 3rd burnout comp (James), Helen 8th overall burnouts
Easternats ‘08 - 2nd James, 9th Helen
Sandown 400 - Promoters choice


THANKS

My wife Helen, Eastern Customs (03) 9739 5558, Penrite Lubricants & Sonax, RMS Graeme & Merryn, Speedworks & Russel Macintosh, Ignition Torque (03) 9720 6308, Dennis ‘Rat Industries’ 0416 083 129, Hornet Fibreglass (03) 59643761, Switched On Auto Electrics 0407 311 946
Just wanted to add a big thanks to both James & Helen, they have been support modifiedcarforums.com for a very long time - big thanks guys we appreciate all the support you have shown us over the last 2+ years.
If you’re looking at setting up a reliable burnout car, ask him here, i’m sure he’ll be able to steer you in the right direction.


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Video of FRYZEM (compilation)
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Old 19-06-2008, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice car James!

But AJ, why does the video get linked to hypo75?

P.s. No Offence, but by fixing the aspect ratio in the video's they will appear better
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Old 19-06-2008, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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all fixed up now
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Old 19-06-2008, 03:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome, in this world of blown this and that its great to see a tunnelrammed holden still delivering the goods.

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Old 19-06-2008, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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nice very nice torrie
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Old 19-06-2008, 06:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great looking Torana James and Helen ,

N/A and sounds as tuff as - very cool - and even cooler that Helen is not frightened of giving it some either.

Well done
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Old 19-06-2008, 08:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yep, very nice car indeed.
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Great looking Torana James and Helen ,

N/A and sounds as tuff as - very cool - and even cooler that Helen is not frightened of giving it some either.

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Yeah she isn't afraid of it at all - it's good to see, should be more women involved in all forms of motorsport.
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All i can say mate is great work, love it
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