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Having an old sheer joy: Arief’s Holden Premier
Iman Machmud

Arief Muhammad already owns other cars previously, but still has to get enough courage and strength to forego an attractive old muscle car that is on display online several years ago. As much as one’s budget might be constrained, it is still not enough reason to stop and look at certain car classifieds that seem to attract the eyes. So Arief ignores all the modern cars and keeps searching for a classic for the next couple months but fate drives him back to the glorious Holden classified and this time round he is unable to overcome the temptation and burning desire inside him and so he makes that fateful phone call. Since the car has been on advertisement for a long time, there is a possibility that the owner never bothered to remove the advert after making the sale. Lucky enough for Arief, the car was still on sale and, in addition, the price has even dropped. Arief is very excited and does not waste a time to get this beautiful 72’s Holden Premier; he collect it the next morning after the deal.

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His taste for cars shows his passion for the Holden model. The wall of his social timeline speaks it all. The Holden Premier, that he has decided to buy has at some point been designed to emulate the Australian muscle’s mascot that have sexy hips, inline straight power, and some more. However, Arief recognizes that what he has is not a rare model like Camaros, so he would like to restore and upgrade it since he found it in pretty harsh condition. He makes some modification on the car to make it back to the original old model by repaint it and replacing some unnecessary things from the previous owner. He shows respect for the 1970’s Holden models that are composed of primary colors. He also uses a Moon Eyes that he has ordered from US giving it the feel of old school. The use of Cragar SS with 15×7 at front and 15×8 at rear gives the car a sensational look for people who demand it. Several months ago, he drove this car along one of the highway in Jakarta-Indonesia, but suddenly cop stopped him down because he forgot to put back his license plate in front. Beyond a doubt, that police released him with special requisite to helps him find a car like this. Like I said above, some people really demanding on this car. Back to the topic, he gives the BF Goodrich tires with 255/60/15 to accompany Cragars.

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With the above-mentioned modifications, he has successfully manipulated his Holden, from raw until ready to be utilized for an opportunity of a perfect road if one presents itself as well as ride comfortably in his urban surrounding. Furthermore, using well-calculated restorations; he has successfully created a sports daily purpose car and an impressively simple driver’s car.  Shoot and driving in the car with him was an intriguing experience and driving around the neighborhood from our photo session made us appreciate the car and the hard work of Arief. I fully understand the man; he loves driving, and it gives him the motivation, drive, and passion for creating such a marvelous car like this Holden Premier.

The rolling diaries car: Bey’s Mercedes Benz W114 on Rial Mesh Type A
Iman Machmud

A scarce innovation, every business or even culture depends on it. From huge industries, companies, magazines, websites, pretty much everything thrives on a great innovation. We’re constantly wanting the newest and latest innovation, or something unusual that will comes out coincided with several boring stuffs. Simply said, innovation is generally a good thing as it means moving forward. The Indonesian car scene certainly thrives on progression, innovation and publications. We are striving to bring the features on what’s new or on something interesting. When it comes to the classic culture, there is lots of innovation going on. As classic US style becomes significantly popular, Mr. Bey with his infallible Mercedes Benz W114 is working hard to innovate its own take on the art of classic-sedan customization and standing on top.

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Basically this feature occurred when our brothers Alwafi Auzan, Daniel Bramantyo, and Arief from @properinch invited to the annual Cargasm meet up in Bandung-Indonesia. For those haven’t seen Cargasm coverage, you can click here to begin. We have seen several classic cars in that great meetup, ranging from an old school Mini Cooper, Datsun, and also this beauty Benz that seized our attention. After we finished all duties to captured a car’s heaven in Cargasm meetup, we decided to calling Bey and asked him to be featured as well.

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Basically the classic Mercedes Benz W114 is an interesting platform to work with. Its style lends itself to a diverse selection of potential directions. Mercedes Benz attributed much of the classy design inspiration for the W114 to the 70’s finest people who demanding a luxury on their lifestyle. The new generation, mid-range Fintail replace- ment surfaced in 1968, but was more than a re-shell. Mercedes don’t do thing by halves, so in came an all-new chassis type with styling like the ‘65 250/280 plus new semi trailing rear suspension and revised engines and more, including coupe versions. These cars may have been extremely expensive when new at 1970’s, but as a cultured classic are now as cheap as chips. Cheap isn’t a reason for Bey to not driving a Mercedes Benz, he consistently drive several line of Mercedes Benz cars since he was young. Owning a classic W114 this day makes Bey stands among other friends and competitors.

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Bey from ASALVO autoclub became quite familiar with the concept of hard work during the build process of his 1975 Mercedes Benz W114. With a helps from FA Autoworks-Bandung, this garage said that Bey’s W114 was in good shape, but still requiring considerable attention before it could be deemed roadworthy. Due to the fancy plans for the vehicle, Bey asked Franky, the owner of FA  Autoworks  to repaint her lady with Orange color from Sikkens. Needless to say, actually his plan did not fit the definition of what one would call a ‘factory restoration’ in term of paint, but definitely this classy Benz easily recognized as timeless roadstar with this looks.

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Despite the clean, factory appearance of the Benz, the exterior of this classic W114 has been modified extensively as well. The front and rear lightsis converted to one from a American W114 model for an updated look. An almost brand new all body lists, seals, and chrome bumpers is also present, adding strength to the overall looks of her. With those exterior combination, the car looks really great, far from the truth that this platform is suitable to be collected by the old fashioned people.

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In the interior side, Bey contrived to let them in original condition. Seemed Bey wants to shown up his fancy side only on the exterior, nothing in interior then. When it comes to FA Autoworks, the interior side is far from perfect condition, with torn leather, dirty untidy panels, and the interior in  a bit disarray, it was time for a complete restoration inside the cabin. The dash was removed and wrapped with black leather as the instrument panel cable was also repaired. Details ranging from the steering wheel to the switches were polished,painted, and re-wrapped to achieve a comfort and classic looks. Like magic, an old ratty interior soon became one that emanated with craftsmanship and Bey was able to focus on the fitment and wheels option for his lady.

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Determining the best wheel offset to produce a certain look is not important for this kind of car, however, sometimes Bey put more efforts to find the best looks of an old school wheels rather than addressing on choosing the big negative offset. In order to attain his desired wheel, a Rial Mesh Type A wheels with 16×8″ size all around chosen to filled all guards. Unlike another popular modern chassis, aftermarket suspension solutions are not plentiful for the W114. A combination of custom suspension are employed to provide the stance.

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Lastly said, Bey would like to express thanks to FA Autoworks, Cargasm friends, and ASALVO autoclub for all their workmanship and support throughout the years. In essence, the result is much better than his expectation. Bey built this W114 with the intentions to change the negative stigma about an old fashioned people that sometimes follows the W114 and to change everyone’s opinion of this car. We feel Bey succeeded, and we love that people are taking notice to his car and it’s getting the attention it deserves.