Phil Mizzi’s 1954 Kombi

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About half of the internal panels have been replaced, but most of the external bits remain intact.

About half of the internal panels have been replaced, but most of the external bits remain intact.

SYDNEY bloke Phil Mizzi is a latecomer to the world of Volkswagens, but he has set the online Kombi world alight with his ratty-looking ’54 single cab ute dubbed Grover.

While it looks like a rat, the engineering under the grime is second-to-none and the horsepower quotient is off the charts! The project started life as a rusty stocker, so Phil sent it to the gurus at Das Resto Haus to remove the rust, while carefully retaining the car’s lovely patina.

The underside of the Kombi is a feast of re-engineering.

The underside of the Kombi is a feast of re-engineering.

Then it was off to Paul Sant at Pro Flo Performance to turn the Kombi into a genuine race car. The boys treated Grover to a roll cage, boxed chassis rails, radically modified suspension and plenty of strengthening throughout.

The Harrop-blown and intercooled 2854cc mill makes around 600hp

The Harrop-blown and intercooled 2854cc mill makes around 600hp

With that done, they set about upping the horsepower quotient. Rather than fitting a V8, Phil opted to stick with the VW heritage and had Paul build one serious flat four. Based around an Autocraft block, the motor displaces at whopping (for a four-pot) 2854cc and is woken up by an intercooled Harrop HTV2300 supercharger.

A dry sump system, under-belly oil cooler and a massive radiator for the intercooler means that the Kombi will be able to handle Powercruise-style events, not just quarter mile dashes. It is an amazing build, so feast your eyes on the picks below.

The fire suppression system, fuel tank and more

The fire suppression system, fuel tank and more

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