You may have been used to seeing him drive around in the “Little Grey Mouse”. Now he is seen regularly in his latest restoration project – a beautiful example of a 1962 EJ Holden Station Wagon, and a glossy red one to boot.
After many years, she’s finally finished!
I originally bought the EJ Station Wagon from my cousin back in 2011. He had picked it up in Adelaide, where he had seen it alone and rusting away under a tree in someone’s backyard. His intention was to restore it, but like a lot of restoration dreams, he was never able to find the time. Sound familiar? Three years on I persuaded him to sell it – to me! I must admit I hesitated in buying it for quite some time, and so too he hesitated in selling it – to me!
To cut a long story short there was many a time I wished I hadn’t bought it! Does that sound familiar too?
The weather had taken its toll. Faded paint, rusted floor, rusted everything! So much needed doing to it. There were times during the restoration I just had to walk away and leave it for another day. I was however, determined that it wasn’t going to beat me!
Being of mature age myself, I remembered well the cars of yesteryear and loved them all. I had already restored a 1968 Mini as it brought back fond memories of my very first car which was a 1965 Mini. I had bought it from Nick Tromp Motors on Mortlock Terrace, Port Lincoln. Many Lincoln Auto Club members will remember that company well I’m sure.
I also had owned my fair share of Holdens and desperately wanted to restore a station wagon in particular. My main aim was to keep it completely original. By the comments received, I believe I have achieved that goal.
Of course it would not have been possible without the services and support of many businesses, some local, some not so local. Namely:
- Lincoln Exhaust & Mechanical – for the front end and suspension.
- Beaurepaires, Port Lincoln – tyres and fitting.
- Winner Products, Main Terrace, Richmond – upholstery
- Rare Spares, South Road, Richmond – rubber kits for doors and windows.
- O’Brien Auto Shades, Mooringe Ave, Plympton – metal venetian blinds
- Riverland Rod & Resto, Graham Taylor, Nixon Rd, Monash SA – stainless steel trim, re-rolled and polished.
The first public outing was a year ago at Cummins, and I must say it looked a million dollars. Still does I reckon.
Would I restore another? Probably not! Lots of work and lots of money! But given that, I am extremely proud of how my EJ turned out.
Contributed by Allen (and Marion) Cox.