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Zephyr & Zodiac Owners Club Melbourne

It's not the destination that's important, it's the journey - enjoy it with us

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 

Sound Deadener.

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-

paint it.

 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.

Steve Antunovich

Hi Peter

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


Doug Mckenzie


Graham Pulley's Mk1 Sedan

Darren Heil's Mk3 Zephyr

Hi Peter,

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.

Cheers Darren.

  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 


Mike Tomlinson



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