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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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34 Tuesday June 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi MY PRIDE AND JOY SELWYN TIMES A powerful Chevelle A long held passion for American muscle cars was the reason behind Malcolm Ryder purchasing a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle in 2010. Malcolm originally heard about the car from a friend in the United States, where it was advertised for sale. “The American economy had crashed so the owner who was a builder may have been short of funds,” explains Malcolm. After some negotiation, the car was on its way to New Zealand. The Chevelle had been geared up for street racing and only raced once however, it meant that some parts had to be removed before the vehicle was shipped. “The front wheels almost came off the ground and it was drinking fuel. The first time I drove it to Oamaru to show my family I had to fuel up by the time I reached Ashburton with it taking five tanks of petrol, there and back,” explains Malcolm. “You could smell the fuel, it was running so rich.” With the car geared up to deliver as much fuel and power as possible for street racing, some changes were needed. The vehicle was tuned down which improved fuel consumption. On a trip south, the car only needs filling up when Malcolm gets to the south side of Timaru. Malcolm also replaced the suspension and spent a good $25,000 improving the car, with pretty much everything under the hood and floor brand new, resulting in a value that is now considerably more, especially given that few Chevelles come up for sale these days. He says the mechanical side of the Chevelle is very sound. It has plenty of power, having been worked on by mechanics who specialise in American muscle cars with the result that it is a very nice runner, though Malcolm confesses to having been through some tyres. Chevelles had a 396 Chevrolet big block motor, which is in fact a 402 cubic inch Jones Road Auto 7,000cc 7 litre motor put in. It also has a Holley 800carburettor. Malcolm has kept the Chevelle as original as possible with the only aftermark a stereo and Mag wheels alternating between the statutory Mags and Foose Legends, which his children think look cool. “Car enthusiasts who see the 396 plate on the rear diff and cut off valves below the manifold comment on this,” says Malcolm who loves the power and drag capacity of the car. Unfortunately, Malcolm had a life threatening Jet Ski accident five years ago and while he made a remarkable recovery, has had little time to travel far in his Chevelle so it has only done 1,500 kilometres on New Zealand roads and he must now part with it. He says there are some hidden goodies that make the engine really powerful and the car fun to drive, especially the ability to open up the pipes and power off other high performance vehicles. “I stop at service stations and people come up and ask if they can take a photo of the car,” says Malcolm. ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 27 2017 35 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS A passion for old and new Owning an antique or classic car is an interest sharedby Simon at Rolleston Diesel & Petrols. Lately, he has been enjoying working on a number of older vehicles in their workshop. Simon grew up with the cars of 1970s and has worked on lots of old vehicles over the years, collecting equipment made for classic and antique motors from tuning gear to full running tools. “I’ve always had a passion for older carsand tinkering on my own,” says Simon. Simon will complete a full assessment of the condition of your classic or vintage vehicle, collaborating with you on the mechanical condition, handling and performanceyou want for your vehicle while keeping within your budget. He can identify the important work to be completed firstand sort out the rest of the restoration at a later stage. “We’ve had cars come in on the back of a trailer because the vehicle wasn’t running well and after the work’s done, the owners call us to say how amazing the difference is,” says Simon who confesses to achieving tremendous satisfaction from this work. One of his customers has so much faith in Rolleston Diesel & Petrols that he has enlisted them to carry out the regular maintenance and other major work on his fleet of vintage and classic cars. With so much demand for their services, Simon is now looking for a fully qualified technician who holds a warrant AVI, to join his team. The work is guaranteed to be diverse and interesting. Rolleston Diesel & Petrols is a multiskilled repair and service centre, covering personal or business vehicles from cars to Utes, 4WDs, vans, light commercial trucks (up to 12 tons), jet skis, Simon has worked on numerous older vehicles. boats, motorbikes, ride-on lawnmowers, motorhomes, buses, and horse floats. They will sort out any issuesand have your vehicle running smoothly so it will not let you down over winter. “We repair almost anything with a motor in it and have the latest technology to scan and diagnose vehicle problems,” advises Simon who promises a quality service with no surprises when you pick up your vehicle. Their reliability and Motor Trade Association membership, explains why they have so many loyal customers. To contact Rolleston Diesel & Petrols phone 03 347 7110, email: simon@ or call into 839 Jones Road (the Izone side of Rolleston). You can also check them out on Facebook. They are open: 7am-5.30pm, Monday- Friday, or Saturdays from 8am-12noon for warrants only. Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. Enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & TV while you wait. • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston • Rolleston Diesel & Petrols is based at 839 Jones Road. Simon gets tremendous satisfaction from restoring an older vehicle. 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES