A Holden EJ Wagon Project Like No Other

At the end of last month, I showed you a Dodge Dart, built on a BMW E34 chassis, with classic Nissan Hakosuka-inspired styling. Only in Indonesia might you see such a creation, and there are plenty more custom automotive oddities to share with you from this region.

Although not quite as extreme as the Dart – yet – the work-in-progress project I’ve got for you today is well on its way to becoming something very cool.


The car is owned by my friend Ricky, who you might remember organized the photoshoot with the Dart in Jakarta. Although there’s a long way to go with the one-of-a-kind early-’60s GM Holden Special Station Sedan (EJ) project, it’s running and driving and has a ton of presence on the road – the perfect time to take a quick first look.


While the Australian-built EJ largely resembles its original form – albeit now in a patina-rich state – there’s a lot more to it than first meets the eye. Ricky supplied me with some photos of the wagon when it was undergoing its major chassis and suspension work at Alstein Automotive Design, who were also responsible for the Dodge build. In fact, it was Alstein Automotive Design that came up with the concept for this Holden in the first place.


Another big change has happened under the hood, where the original 138ci (2.26L) inline-six engine has given way to a Toyota 3.0L 2JZ-GE. Despite being a naturally aspirated variant, the 2J almost triples the output of the EJ’s factory fitted engine, and that’s before you factor in any modifications. There’s a K&N filter and custom exhaust already in play, but I can’t help but think how amazing this would be with six open-trumpet throttle bodies… Or maybe a turbo will be added – we’ll just need to wait and see.

In the image directly above, you’ll notice some extra length added to the front fenders and hood. The modification was needed in order to fit the Toyota engine, but the stretch here actually makes the wagon look more balanced than the original.


Alstein’s initial goal for the project was to get it up and running with its chassis upgrades, coilover suspension, and Toyota engine. Next on the list is to finalize the exterior bodywork, which as you can see is now being enhanced with custom steel fender flares. Having the wheels – a set of SSR/Watanabe RS8s – and tires already bolted up has resulted in clean fitment.


When it comes to the interior, let’s just say that it’s far from a priority. It will interesting to see how things turn out in here.


Despite how the wagon looks right now, it really does drive and handle well. Ricky tells me that there’s still a lot of fine tuning to do too.


The project will take some time to finish, but Ricky’s not in any rush. He’s currently using his Toyota-powered Holden as a daily driver, and you can be sure it gets plenty of attention wherever it goes. That said, I’ll definitely be back to revisit it again once the final form is revealed.

Rick Muda
Instagram: ardskellig

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So happy to see a Holden in Speedhunters, especially since it's abit of an oddity!


This EJ wagon somehow reminds me of Ecto-1, from Ghostbusters movie.
When the EJ is completed, the revving, screaming 2 JZ and screeching of tyres will effectively scare pontianak ghosts miles away.

Insufficient space of engine bay is a common problem when transplanting a 2jz engine. Some resorted cutting-in the firewall.
While the Indon masters tackled the engine bay problem by extending it.


the newly extended look just makes it *chef's kiss*


A huge shoutout to Alstein Automotive Design for putting this piece of machinery together.


Are there lots of Holdens in Indonesia?


There's actually a few, but very rare yes!


Actually not that rare, we have plenty of kingswood (HQ), belmont and especially torana (LH) here, because Torana was used by a major taxi company. You also can find plenty of Gemini in Indonesia


actually, now that I think about it. I've seen a few Torana and Belmont. But I hardly see any Stationwagon.


Wow, I never knew that and I'm a Holden guy!


Yeah AFAIK, holdens also used by government officials and some gas oil companies in the 60s to the early 80s


ITBs the way to go


Never saw Holden before. Wasn't it the same as GM for right hand drive Market like England Japan etc? Otherwise it looks cool


It was actually for the Australian Market


There's a couple guys local to me in the UK who import a whole bunch of vehicles (mostly cool pick ups, Mk1/2 Hilux, Sunny's etc) from this part of the world, and they nearly always have an NA 2J slotted in. Are they particularly abundant in Indonesia?


this particular Wagon is Rare, There's only 2 that I know of on going on the road.


He should leave the exterior as is. Especially if he's dailying it. It looks rad right now, and there's nothing more freeing than accepting a less than perfect exterior on your project. Easier to simply enjoy in my opinion.


rust and patina is great until it gets too rusty D: