One Tonner Patton’s pride

Parkes couple Scott and Julie Patton are deservedly proud of their 1981 WB One Tonner.
Parkes couple Scott and Julie Patton are deservedly proud of their 1981 WB One Tonner.

Continuing the series by Jeff McClurg on the members of the Central West Car Club and their fantastic machines...

Scott and Julie Patton from Parkes have been members of the Central West Car Club since 2011.

Scott has always had a keen interest in HZ Holdens having owned a couple of GTS sedans.

He’d been looking for a HZ One Tonner for a while with not much success when he came across this WB for sale. 

The WB model was produced by Holden from 1980 to 1984 being the successor to the HZ.

With the newly released Commodore already on the market, the WB range didn’t feature a sedan or wagon – only the ute, panelvan, Statesman and the cab-chassis one tonner were produced.

Scott bought his 1981 WB about three years ago as an unfinished project, which can always be a bit of a gamble – not knowing how good a job has been done on the project so far, but thankfully aside from being a mess of parts, his wasn’t in too bad a shape.

“It had sat in a shed for about 10 years before I got it”, Scott said.

“The engine had been reconditioned but I had to re-do most of the other mechanicals. It’ an originally complianced 253 V8 with a 4 speed manual box and optional GTS dash.”

Scott did all the work himself including building a new tray, and he’s deservedly proud of the end result.

He renewed the interior and tidied the one tonner up from top to bottom.

“It’s not a show car” but suffice to say it probably won’t be doing runs to the tip either!

Scott put plenty of work into polishing up the wheels which are 14”x 7” up front and 14”x 8” out back.

The plan now is to get some kilometres under those wheels.

After only just finishing the one tonner and taking up the new conditional registration for modified vehicles, Scott and Julie have already had the WB out on a couple of club runs.

If you’d like to find out more about the CWCC you can look it up on their Facebook page or at www.centralwestcarclub.com.

Why not come along and meet some members at their regular monthly meetings at the Parkes Leagues Club on the first Wednesday of each month.

Central West Car Club’s 13th Annual Charity Show ‘n’ Shine and Market Day

Parkes Tyrepower & Mechanical in association with Parkes Antique Motor Club and Shannons is presenting the Central West Car Club’s 13th Annual Charity Show'n Shine and Market Day on Saturday, October 14 at Pioneer Oval.

The Car Show is run to raise money for the Parkes Branch of Can Assist.