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19 Tradelink Road
Hillcrest, QLD, 4118

+61 7 3800 9127

At Ol' School Garage, we not only understand your passion for custom and classic cars, we share it. Rest assured, entrusting Ol' School Garage to undertake your custom build or restoration you are in good hands.

1970 Dodge Pheonix Restoration



440 ci big block


- 440 ci big block upgrade
- Engine rebuilt by Ol' School Garage
- Front disc brake upgrade
- New period correct interior
- Custom headers
- Custom exhaust system
- Rebuilt suspension & brakes


Ol' School Garage inherited this unfinished project and committed to finish the job for the somewhat disillusioned owner.

When we took over the project it was basically a painted shell and a collection of parts including a pretty rough old 440 big block. Our first task was to assemble the car to determine what we had and what was missing. And there proved to be quite a bit missing. This model unfortunately was missing some of the hard to find parts.

Once we knew what we were dealing with, we developed a build sheet in conjunction with the owner. The build sheet is Ol' School Garage's own system for transparency in estimating and keeping a track on the project cost.

The owner opted for a nice cruise car so we set out to reupholster the interior to black to match the body colour and include modern conveniences such as CD player with upgraded speakers, a B&M ratchet shifter and new retractable seat belts throughout. The dash pad has lovely stitching throughout and the dash has the instruments restored.

Craig 'Jackie' Jonhston built the 440 ci big block engine in-house in place of the small block that was in the car originally. It features an Edelbrock carby, intake manifold and exhaust manifolds fabricated in-house. An alloy radiator and a thermo-fan setup was fabricated and installed.  A transmission cooler was also fitted to ensure a safe summer ride in traffic.

To summarise, we were to complete the project including a complete rebuild the big block engine, replace the existing small block with the new big block, rewire the entire car, coordinate a new interior with our trimmer, finish all the mechanical work and repair some sections of the paint that had failed for unknown reasons.

It is never an easy picking up a job that has been started by someone else. However, we are happy to report that the project has been completed.