Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne
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Member's cars under restoration
Kevin Murray's Mk 2 Zephyr Rat Rod
Kevin Murray's - MK 2 Zephyr
This car has changed hands a few time where I
sold it to Andrew McLean but then was
fortunate enough to buy it back again. It is a
great starting point for the modified Zephyr I
have been wanting to build. The body had no rust
in it and only a small amount on the inner sills.
Andrew and his son Bailey put in mountains of
hard work cleaning up the body shell where they
stripped the front end so they could put it on the
jig and start cleaning under her. The results are
remarkable as can be seen in the other photos.
Many thanks to Andrew and Bailey.
I decided to replace the inner sill's and
take the jacking points off.
It took about 2 weeks using the wire grinding
wheel on the under side after I finished work
each night to get it looking like new again.
Bailey wanted me to teach him how to spray so I
gave him a shot with the Etch primer.
Next step was to Sika the seams and spraying the
Now to start the top half of her.
Bailey Maclean's MK2 Zephyr
Bailey and I are working on this MK2 for his 16th
birthday in 3 yrs.
We brought her from Swan Hill Vic
It is an matching number engine/body and will be
stock modified with
disc front end, extractors and triple SU
Bailey has chosen a Classic Original Green Zephyr
colour for it after looking at an original sales
brochure for the MK2's
It has been great spending time with Bailey
working on my MK2 and his one.
So far Bailey's is up to the same stage as mine.
It took a few hours each night for 3 weeks with
the wire wheel to get all the Swan Hill dirt off of her.
I re-placed the inner sill's and 2 of the supports
under the driver and passenger floor pan.
The floor pan was Etch primed and Sound
The Engine was fully re-built and painted but
now he wants the car green we might have to re-
Michael Twisk - Mk 3 Zephyr
This car was bought from Geoff Smith,
a Ford dealer in Alexandra in the late
60's. The original owner had traded it
in. I believe he was a farmer in the
area. My father drove it until he died in
1979, in which time it was the family
car for mum, dad and the 3 boys. We
lived in Healesville in those days and for
years the Mk 3 made the annual trips to
Merimbula for holidays. The local
mechanic, Bluey, after he disposed of
his garage in town, used to service the
car in his back yard shed. It went well; I
was once driven through the main
street at 70 m.p.h. Bluey was an
interesting chap, he would knock off
work early on a Friday for his weekly
bath. His love was Cortina's, and would
always remove the rubber accelerator
pedals from the cars he owned,
preferring the feel of the metal.
Dad was a member of the "Yarra Junction
Rifle Club", hence the 7.62 bullet mark in
our car roof, a ricochet, as one of the
members sighted in their gun. The sill
was damaged when my oldest brother
was learning to drive; he drove into a
rock gutter at Merimbula wharf. Years
later, the same brother's wife drove the
car as a second family car, running the
kids around. Seatbelts were fitted and the
car was left out in the weather, but other
significant damage happened around that
time, when a car collided into the driver?s
side door, and the valance sustained a
decent knock when collecting a wombat.
The car was originally "Panama Yellow"
colour, with a white roof. It underwent a
spray job at Alexandra, remaining the
same colour. I took
over the Mk 3 and it became my daily drive
in 1989. Victor Pace sold me a replacement
driver?s side door, my door went on a car
holding spare parts, and a radio was
installed. The seats were re-upholstered
with $800.00 won on a "mystery bet"
My first trade was an automotive machinist
(engine reconditioning), So most of the
day to day repairs were done in the garage
at home, the diff
was re-built, cylinder head, gear box and
steering box bearings, and synchro rings
were replaced. Meanwhile, I built a
mezzanine in the garage
to house some of the parts. The glass from
the doors is under the bed and the 3rd.
bedroom has both seats and windscreens.
The full restoration started September
2008. I started a night TAFE course in
hobby panel beating, this was a
prerequisite for the basic panel
beating course I went on to do. In March
2009 when the car was bead blasted I
could get a feel for the amount of work
required and the
amount of time it would take, so I decided
to employ the TAFE teacher, as he had a
mobile restoration business. This has been
an amazing journey in itself. With the car
having been towed to his home across
town, then straight back again, as his wife
put out an intervention order.
Rust was found in the usual spots, right
hand side of the boot and bottom of the
front guards. Sills and dog legs have now
been replaced, bottom of the guards fixed,
low spots lead filled, and the boot gutter
replaced to name a few.
Now, after 18 months, it's almost ready
for paint. The front bumper has gone to
the chromers, Nunawading Master
Electroplaters, to see the
finished job, before committing to all the
With thanks to Ian and Liz Carey for their
help, information, spare panels and parts, I
have now got to this stage.
The car will be again painted "Panama
Yellow" and a standard build, apart from
the motor, where twin S.U. carbies (when
found) will be fitted, headers and a Wade
113 grind com.
Hope things run smoothly, but the next update
might take a while.
Steve Antunovich's Mk3 Zephyr
I originally bought the car from a guy near
Spearwood south of Fremantle, Western
Australia, in the mid 1980?s. Apart from no
motor, or gearbox, or headlights and surrounding
metal, (don?t know why the hell you would cut
around the headlight area and take the whole lot
out?). The car was fairly complete. As my
brother Dave and I originally had Zephyrs we still
had plenty of parts. Dad had owned Mk111
Zephyrs when we were kids. Had been bred into
us. My brother and I were members of the Perth
Zephyr Club during the early 80?s. Back then I
had a Red Mk111 with a white vinyl roof and my
brother drove a white Zodiac Mk111.
I stripped the car and had it sandblasted and etch
primed. Then we started under the bonnet with
fitting a 250 xflow and toploader. My mate was
working at a panel beaters, so we practised what
he learnt there on the Zephyr. We did the usual
rusty corners and doors etc with steel plates (and
rivets cause we didn?t have or couldn?t afford a
Mig welder, this was back in about 1986.) He was
painting his SS HQ in Chrome Yellow and there
was some paint left over so we did under the
bonnet first. I wasn?t sure if I liked the colour or
not but it grew on me. We got as far as the under
bonnet area painted, the motor and gearbox in.
Then work took me to Kalgoorlie in 1987 about
700km?s out of Fremantle, so the Zephyr sat in a
mates shed in Freo for a while until I had a shed
of my own, (which happened to be the old lady
who lived next door?s shed. Which was starting
to fall down but it was better than what I had in
my yard which was nothing.) When I got it to
Kalgoorlie I soon had a mate?s mate paint it for
me. Which is still what it currently is painted in. I
put the glass back in it and there it sat until I sold
it in 1989. At that stage I was busy racing
motorcycles and work was taking up most of my
time. I didn?t think that I would finish it so I sold
it to some bloke who seemed really keen to finish
it. It went back to Perth. Unfortunately he didn?t
work on it and sold it to another guy who with
the help of his brother got it back together and
then registered it. They had it for a while then
sold it to a young fella that used it as his daily
drive, to and from Agricultural College. Which
was approximately one hour out of Perth.
In 1992 the young fella decided to sell it. I found
it advertised in the Sunday Times (Perth paper),
after talking with him I knew it was my old
Zephyr and struck a deal with him then and
there. I flew to Perth and drove it back some six
hours away. We now reside in Tassie and I?m
not parting with her again, I learnt my lesson last
I?ve since done the brakes ? reconditioned the
callipers etc. Fitted a dual circuit master cylinder
from an XB Falcon. Made and fitted a bracket
around the steering box. New bushes in the
steering etc, and as the family has grown I have
fitted seatbelts to the rear. I am now running a
302 Windsor, fitted shockies to the rear and very
shortly the 20 year old back yard paint job is
about to get a freshen up. Which I will take pic?s
of as we go. It will be interesting to see how our
dodgy panel work with rivets went. Nothing like
being in your twenties and broke trying to get a
car on the road.
Just a few pics of my mk2 ute nearly
finished now after mucking about for 14
years. Bought it out of a shed at Benella,
painted roughly but in bits. When I got it
home i thought a quick wash and start
putting it together, 6 month job at
When I washed it dirt came off easily, so did
paint to reveal cans and cans of bog, but not
much rust. Decision made to rebuild from
scratch. Still retains zephyr engine mild
internal mods, 3 spd box and standard diff.
Alternator and decent lights fitted, complete
rewire (just finished). Hate to say it but
commodore strut inserts in front and Au
shocks on rear. Usual front end bushing etc,
booster fitted to std brakes ( behind seat),
with bleeders put to top as they should have
been in first place
Clutch ,gearbox reco - Interior all redone -
New screen - Electric wipers. Paint is bionic
(ba xr6) and can?t remember name of white
(ford econovan) not cut and polished as yet.
Wheels are from wrecker , don?t know if I
will keep them or not
Had a drive of a mates ute at Great Western
recently so enthused to get finished at
last. Wonder if any one can help me with an
interior rear view mirror for 1960 ute (2
screws ? rectangular shape base). I think that
is the only part I am missing
Graham Pulley's Mk1 Sedan
Darren Heil's Mk3 Zephyr
Here are a couple of photos of my Mk3.
When I brought it home on the trailer it had a 250
crossflow auto with original body and interior.
Since then I have given it a heart lung transplant
with a 289 V8 Windsor and a C4 auto. I have
installed a B&M floor shifter and buckets out of a
XY. With help from Adrian Dillon I have ventilated
discs on the front with a GT twin master cylinder
and drums on the rear connected to a 8 inch Ford
The new colour is Pearl Surf Blue a Chrysler PT
Cruiser. The door pillars, engine bay, boot and
bonnet are in colour with the rest in polyester and
high fill. The car body will be painted this
All the wiring has been done with a the battery
installed in the boot, what is left to do finish the
paint work, upholster, put in the glass, purchase
some nice rims and cruise with the club.
I hope it is on the road in January 2011, will send
you a pic when finished.
Martin Newbury's Mk3
The last photo of the car is pretty much as it
looks now. All the lights are installed and
working and I have started to paint and
reassemble the dash. I have also given it
a cut and polish.The next big job is the
interior. I have a good front seat frame but it
needs completely recovering. The back seat
has the usual sun damage at the top (you can
ee it in one of the photos) but will also need
a complete recover. The interior will cost a
bit of money so it will have to wait for a
Mike Tomlinson's Mk2
I purchased the Mk2 Zephyr towards the end
of 2008, as I was in the process of building a
Mk2 Ute to take to the Melbourne Zephyr
Club?s 30th Anniversary. But I realised I
wasn?t going to get it finished in time. I had
to find a set of wheels to drive to Geelong.
I bought the car from a family in Lara. It had
been in the same family since new. When I
first saw it, it looked familiar, as I had some
photo?s of the car I had taken at Ford in
Broadmeadows 2000 to celebrate 75 years
of Ford in Australia, ?the homecoming?. The
car looked exactly the same, and even had
the rally sticker still in the window.
The Zephyr was given a tidy up before
Easter 2009, a fresh coat of paint. As rust
repairs had been done on the car already, it
really only needed a rub down and respray.
The factory colour is champagne pink, but
it is a wee bit brighter now and the roof is
darker again which suits the car. A newer
engine was installed as the original was
getting tired and noisy, and front end and
brake repairs done so she is more reliable
now on the road.
The history of my Zephyr is ? Built in
Geelong in 1959 and sold new at Eclipse
Motors in Ballarat for 1014 pounds. It had
been in the same family until I bought it.
Grandad bought her new as a family car and
did a lot of holiday towing with the family
caravan. In the early 70?s when it was time
to upgrade, the Zephyr was handed down to
his son as it was worthless as a trade in.
After the son had finished with the car, she
sat on blocks back at the farm until the
grandson wanted to restore her to her former
glory, as he had memories as a boy sitting in
the back seat of the Zephyr going on caravan
holidays around Victoria. This was in 1997
and once back on the road it has done
limited miles and the restoration work
ground to a halt as things changed. So back
into the shed the car went, until I bought her.
The bonnet emblems were added by the son
when he was driving the car in the 70?s
apparently. Grandad wasn?t too happy when
he saw them, but they give the car some