There’s something happening in Australia that is gonna change the way hot rodding goes from here forward. Once considered an American hobby, the love affair with vintage iron – particularly of the patina-and-primered variety – were strictly a Yankee thing. But, as our Aussie brethren enjoy the same freedoms and passion for flatties, smoothies, and lakesters, it’s becoming evident that hot rodding is an international affair.
Martin Croston is a member of The Vultures, a custom car club based out of Melbourne, Australia, is one of these Down Under Hot Rodders who is taking what once was a localized hobby and making it his own. Like all of us laboring to rebuild, build-from-scratch, or restore the car of our dreams, the long process of building Martin’s treasured hot rod was a tumultuous one, which was as meaningful and personal as the car itself.
Built from a 1929 Dodge five-window body, the custom ‘rod employs a big-cube-for-the-time 331 Cadillac mill sporting a pair of angled stacks and rolling on some plain steelies with tall white walls. In this particular Fuel Tank TV video, Martin walks us through what it took to assemble this one-of-none machine, what the process takes both physically and emotionally, and how the best friendships are built over an engine bay; all of which we have to wholeheartedly agree.