383ci of stroked GM muscle! Issue: 324 Section: Feature Cars 1 April 2005 Words by Michael Knowling, Pix by Julian Edgar Frank Peronace is a builder by trade so it makes sense that he owns a Ute. But, as you’ve probably already guessed, it’s f-a-r from your average Holden Rodeo or WB Ute on its last legs. Not by a long shot. When Frank decided he’d treat himself to a new ute he walked into a Sydney Holden dealer and put down 40 large for a brand new VYII SS 6 speed. All of a sudden, driving to work took on a whole new meaning! But, just like your mamma used to tell you, there’s always somebody faster or better. Frank realised this first hand when he pulled alongside another LS1 monster at the lights and got left behind. This was the trigger that saw Frank pursue a string of go-fast mods. Unfortunately, his first round of mods – at a company that shall remain nameless – wasn’t a very positive experience. The company pocketed a sizeable pile of money but failed to deliver any real performance gain. But all that changed when Frank idled up out the front of Sam’s Performance in Padstow, NSW. You’re now looking at a 383ci LS1 stroker with a healthy 500hp (373kW) at the flywheel!