Custom Holden Rodeo - Grounded Rodeo

Doing It Aussie Style

Ernie Macias
Dec 1, 2007
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Photo 2/9   |   Owner: James PalamaraRide: Holden RodeoHometown: Sydney, AustraliaClub: Ground Level Minitrucks
While most minitruckers use the motto "low and slow," this is not the case for James, the owner of this blue and flashy Holden Rodeo. One might say his motto is "low and fast as Hell." When we asked James what he had learned from his build, he replied, "How to build reliable and fast motors." We wondered, why did he say motors? Why didn't he say, "I learned how to build a fast motor?" Well, as it turned out, he later told us the worst part of his build was "blowing up motors." So, like most minitruckers, apparently James' build wasn't all fluffy bunnies and good times.
Another thing that is uncommon with James is why he became a minitrucker in the first place. Everybody always has a cute story about their brother or some crazy uncle who brought them into the scene. But, James strictly said he was hanging out with the wrong crowd. He assured us that he meant it in the nicest way. After all, is it always a good thing to spend all of his hard-earned money on cars, when he could have invested it in stocks and bonds or real estate? Of course, we're just kidding. Because, like James, we'd rather blow our money on trucks, as well.
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The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 19-inch Twisted Vistas
Wheels (Rear): 20-inch Twisted Vistas
Tires (Front): 235/35R19
Tires (Rear): 235/30R20
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: 6-inch airbags
Rear suspension: 4-inch shockwaves
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front):Firestone (Rear): Shockwaves
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindles
Frame mods: Notched with a parallel four-link
Frame material: Chromoly
Gas tank: Aluminum
Brakes: (Front)330mm, (Rear) 230mm
Performed by: Owner James Palamara
City/state: Sydney, Australia
Paint
Brand and colors: Ford Blue with custom pearl
Airbrushing: Pearl white flames
Misc.: White ghost flames
Performed by: Friends
City/state: Sydney, Australia
Interior
Seats: Standard re-trim
Material: Leather
Dash: Painted
Center console: Later-model Rodeo
Headliner: Rewrapped
Gauges: Auto Meter
Engine/Performance
Displacement: 2.6L
Model/year: '89
Number of cylinders: Four
Internals: Staino Valves
Ported/Polished: Yes
Deburred: Yes
Camshaft: Mild
Supercharger/turbo: T66 Turbonetics
Boost: 30 pounds
Transmission: Trimatic
Intake: Custom-made
Header/exhaust: Custom
Ignition: Moristech
Driveshaft: Billet
Rear-end type: Rebuilt the stock one with custom axles
Inner fenders: Custom-built
Special Thanks By Owner:
To my brother Daniel, Moristech, Pro Flo Performance, and On Track Electrical.

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