Wayne Gregory has had 5 hot rods since 1992, some hotter than others. The semi-retired plumber from Yamba started with an Aussie bodied '34 Fordor, then a 'glass '28 tourer - significantly it was the last one out of the Deuce Customs mould - Leo Falzon's being the first. A '28 Tudor body was then put onto the tourer chassis, and Wayne swapped the motor for a 438 hp Superformance 383. The Tudor ran 12.4 at the drags, on street tyres, so it could be fairly described as a hot rod.

Wayne's son Adam largely built Wayne's next rod; a high dollar Deuce Customs '32 3 window, replete with a ZZ502 ci\502 hp, lots of polished stainless steel and great attention to detail, down to having all the bolt heads lining up. It got about 4 mpg.

Noelene, wife of Wayne and mother of Adam, took this superb shot at a local beach.

An '86 Corvette TPI 350 was blueprinted by John White Racing Engines; it started first time, and runs like a watch.

The front axle is a nifty Super Bell forged aluminium unit; the shocks are from Rod City.

There is lot of space on the small floor, as the shifter is conveniently located in the column.

The side markers are subtle, unlike the flames, which is exactly the effect the owner wanted to achieve.

The Jacaranda blossoms in the background can't compete with the Rick Pacey flames.

Bobbed guards and Buick brake lights; hard to beat. The guards were also widened 12mm, to keep the tyres within the guards, without rubbing on the body.

Wayne stands to attention beside his latest creation -which just may be a keeper.

Green must be seen - even the lush Northern Rivers background isn't as vibrant as the Ford 'Envy' green.

Wayne added the indicator (turn signal) bulbs to the repro '34 commercial headlamps.

The rear guards were bobbed, but appear stock because a section above the trailing edge was removed, then the trailing edge moved up.

The David Bartholomew grille bars stand out in this angle. Front wheels are 17" x 7" Boyd Coddington's - backs are the same, only 17" x 8".

"Room for 2 more out the back" - which is what the old tram drivers used to say in 1932, and owners of cars with a rumble seat.

Number 5 is this 5 window, having been registered a few weeks before the photos were taken. This car is a departure from the last, with the emphasis on comfort and driveability.

A Deuce Customs body was used again, but this time Wayne used a Rod City rolling chassis, optioned with a Super Bell forged aluminium axle, stainless hairpin front end, and  stainless 4-bar rear on coil-overs.

Wayne then added '34 commercial headlamps, and Davis Bartholomew grille bars to the 'glass grille shell. A Walker radiator and 16" electric fan cools the '86 'Vette 350 that was expertly assembled by Marty White. Custom made stainless steel headers and exhaust system will give a long life, beside the seaside, at picturesque Yamba.

Inside, the steering column is from an EA Falcon, with 4 on-the-tree shifter for the T700-R transmission. The column also has controls for the 'screen washer and indicators, as was the case in the Falcon donor. A Lokar hand brake lever is used.

A Holden Jackaroo rear bench was narrowed to fit the tiny 5-window interior, then all the trim was fitted by Sid Jamieson from Tevan, near Ballina. Mark Donovan Auto Electrics fitted the Ford Laser a\c compressor and condenser, completing the picture in the 'driving comfort' area.

Out the back, a Ford 9" diff fitted with 3.55:1 gears works well with the overdrive trans; the diff has EL Falcon discs, which work well with the Commodore front discs. The rears are a great match with a 9" as they include the hand brake shoes within the disc 'hat'.

Yamba Smash Repairs painted the car in a Ford colour, 'Envy', and Rick Pacey capped the whole process with an excellent flame job, as he does.

Wayne finished this project 22 months after kick-off, and as it is on full registration, has air conditioning, fuel injection and overdrive, you may see he and Noelene at an event near you.

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