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1  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: My FE on: February 12, 2018, 07:27:09 PM
Put the brake shoe in the saucepan, cover with water, add the powder, bring to the boil.  Bubble it up for half an hour or so, then rinse well with water and let dry.

I just knew there'd be fire involved somehow...
2  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Engine speed limiter for industrial grey motors on: January 16, 2018, 09:19:53 PM
The grey motor in Dad's blue FC that we drove to the Adelaide Nationals in '99 had a rev-limiter in it. Unlike this one, it was mounted in the front lobe of the crankshaft. When it was triggered, it ejected the harmonic balancer, which reduced the RPM quite dramatically. And permanently.

We all laugh about it now. Wasn't so funny 40 miles out of West Wyalong. At least we were on our way home.
3  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: king pins: worn bushes or pin loose in upright? on: January 03, 2018, 07:28:40 PM
Great story, Rob, thanks for taking the time to document it.

But I have to ask... Is there any vehicle maintenance at your house that doesn't involve messing with the ambient temperature of things? It's like Game of Thrones in your garage: an epic battle between Fire and Ice Grin
4  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Body Identification on: December 08, 2017, 05:11:20 PM
My first FC was a '58 Olinda Green over Adobe Beige Special Sedan. The entire engine bay was beige. (Well, the bits that weren't faded or worn back to primer or permanently sealed in congealed engine fluids!)  Grin
5  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: We're going to Canberra on: December 05, 2017, 08:49:21 AM
Hi SB,

I can't help thinking if you're collecting the car Monday and will be in Canberra Tuesday night, that you might be better off looking at the coast road as the return leg, so you can take a bit more time to enjoy the scenery and whatnot.

Villawood to Canberra via Cowra is 300 miles. https://goo.gl/maps/Q6KA87ELC822

I know you went through Bathurst during the trip to the Orange Nats, but presumably you came through Parkes via Henry Parkes Way, and don't imagine you've been to Cowra or done the Lachlan Valley Way.

cheers
RET
6  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: We're going to Canberra on: December 04, 2017, 09:16:49 AM
Just a vote for Mogo Zoo if you're going to be at Batemans Bay. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy it. Smiley

When we came back via Kings Hwy it was long stretches of roadworks, that was about 18 months ago. Hopefully most of that is resolved now.
7  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 17th FE FC Nationals Canberra 2018 website on: November 21, 2017, 09:25:47 PM
Hi FireKraka,

The event is run by the FE-FC Holden Car Clubs of Australia, for members of the constituent clubs. At its heart, the Nats are a giant combined club run. It is a full four days of events, only one of which is the Show n Shine, which depending on the host and venue, may be open to non-members to participate in some form. For example, when the NSW Club last held the event in Orange, we had a big area of Sir Jack Brabham Park set aside for anyone with an FE/FC who wanted to park and display to do so.

There are other events (such as the Vic Club's FE-FC State Titles, the various All Holden Days etc) that are open to any FE-FC owner.

But realistically, you look at what it costs to get there with your FE/FC, your accommodation, entry and so on. (Not to mention what it costs to build a car in the first place, of course.) Supporting your local FE-FC Club for $40 or $50 / year is chickenfeed.

cheers
RET
8  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 17th FE FC Nationals Canberra 2018 website on: November 20, 2017, 05:56:20 PM
Hi Ken,

Unless I'm missing what you're asking, there's a spot on the top right of the form for the entrant's club to be listed.

Once entries close, the organisers send each club a list of their entrants to verify cars are entered in the right class, and to double-check all entrants are members of clubs.

cheers
RET
9  General / General Board / Re: Access denied to site on: November 20, 2017, 04:51:27 PM
Can you confirm the address you're having problems accessing the forum from?

Is it: http://forum.fefcholden.club

or

http://www.fefcholden.org.au/forum

or something else?

If you're using Tapatalk, well that was broken last week, but is fixed now.

For what it's worth, this is the best address: http://forum.fefcholden.club and I'd recommend you update any bookmarks to use that.
10  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: FC Coil mounting point on: November 18, 2017, 07:30:20 PM
You can't read too much into the workshop and master parts catalogue images, they used to recycle the same images over and over. The exploded view of the engine is exactly the same in every edition I've got, FE, FC, FB, EK, EJ and the 48-HR MPC.

The FE was the first grey with the coil mounted on the sideplate - 48s and FJs had it located on the firewall. It was mounted between 4 & 5, and on early FEs it was not uncommon for them to break - the original bracket wasn't strong enough. My September 56 FE is like this, and the original owner re-mounted the coil on the firewall like an FJ, and I've left it there. It's the original engine, and the sideplate is also the original one, with the top of the bracket snapped off.

So they were first beefed up a bit, and later the bracket moved to between 3 and 4. This was done in August 1958, at engine number L491233. So all FEs should have the bracket between 4 and 5, and the majority of FCs have it between 3 and 4. All FB, EK, EJ have it between 3 & 4, obviously.

cheers
RET
11  General / General Board / Re: TAPATALK not currently working on: November 18, 2017, 06:38:10 PM
Tapatalk couldn't organise a chook raffle at the Steggles Christmas Party. Anyway, it's been reverted to the older version and is working again.
12  General / General Board / TAPATALK not currently working on: November 12, 2017, 06:13:46 PM
Hi everyone,

I was notified that the forum's Tapatalk functionality (for mobile devices) would be disabled unless we upgraded to the latest version of its plugin. I've duly done that, and now it appears quite broken.

I've logged a call with Tapatalk and hope to have it resolved as quickly as they can, but in the meantime you'll have to use the standard web version. Apologies for any inconvenience.

RET
13  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: FE paint colour on: October 29, 2017, 11:50:56 AM
Thanks for the replies I'll be in contact thanks Richard. just wondering in the pic below is this FE Sarasota white/turquoise?



Darren,

That car's ID plate says it's Sarasota White, but it was resprayed by an earlier owner, and it's not the right colour.

Like I said, talk to Colin at the next club meeting, or PM me if you want his number.
14  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: FE paint colour on: October 27, 2017, 07:53:48 PM
Yes, Sarasota White is actually quite green. Have a chat to Colin in our club - PM me if you need his number.
15  For Sale and Wanted / Reproduction Parts / Re: Adjustable Boot Spring Posts on: October 08, 2017, 04:37:35 PM
I do have a small number of these pins currently available. $48/set, PM me to arrange.
16  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: BOOT LID on: October 08, 2017, 04:29:19 PM
A boot lid that holds with only one spring fitted is one that has a spring that won't last long.

The adjustable boot pins just require the original fixed pin be removed. Generally this can be levered out with no drilling required. Their main benefit (apart from being your only option if the original pin is broken) is that they don't require the special tool shown in the workshop manual to fit, and you're more likely to finish the job with the same number of fingers you started with.

As far as springs are concerned, they're not unobtanium. The 3/4" ones are a lot stronger than the earlier 1/2" ones. If the saddles in the boot hinges of your car are designed for the earlier ones, you can relieve a little slot in the spring where it folds over so it will fit on the saddle, or flatten the saddle a bit. A properly fitted spring is never going to jump out of the saddle anyway.

Hope that helps,
RET
17  For Sale and Wanted / Parts For Sale / Re: Grand Final tickets on: September 25, 2017, 07:59:55 PM
Well, I was in the members' ballot for two, but since my team got beat, looks like that's the end of that. Sad
Still, probably saved me a fortune in tickets and travel...
18  For Sale and Wanted / Parts For Sale / Re: Grand Final tickets on: September 24, 2017, 04:05:48 PM
Not that I have any to sell, but which one? AFL or NRL?
19  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Date of manufacture of FC Holden on: July 22, 2017, 09:53:00 PM
Hi John,

Welcome aboard. Looking forward to seeing this FC of yours!

The chassis number by itself will only tell you the year the car was made, but if you post up the details of your vehicle (the chassis and body numbers, and engine number if it's the original), our resident expert Ken will be able to give you the closest possible estimate.

cheers
RET
20  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: FE brakes on: July 20, 2017, 08:44:34 PM
As always, Rob, I never fail to be impressed with the detail and thought that goes into your Tech topic posts.

And I think I can say with confidence that I can't recall another post in the 20 years this forum has been going where the solution to almost every issue seems to be to set fire to it. Grin
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