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1  General / General Board / Re: Happy Birthday FC Holden on: May 09, 2019, 11:05:42 PM
Great article, Terry. Thanks for sharing it.

2  General / General Board / Re: Happy Birthday FC Holden on: May 06, 2019, 09:30:40 AM
Happy 61st Birthday to the FC Holden
3  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: My FC Wagon on: April 20, 2019, 09:12:23 PM
These books were designed to be leafed through by people at the spare parts counter. The PDF version of it is actually a little harder to work with than the printed original, in my opinion.

There are 3 different types of numbers in it, and once you get the hang of it, you'll be looking things up like a boss. Or, like the guy at the counter, anyway!

Part number: generally 7 digits, but nuts and bolts etc can be 5 or 6 digit numbers. Most FE/FC specific parts have a part number that looks like 740XXXX. If parts have a left or right version, the left will be an odd number and the right will be one less (and even, obviously).

Group Number: generally a number with 3 decimal places, between 0.000 and 15.534 (at least in the one I'm looking at, they may go higher in later versions. That's not important.) The Group Number describes the general area or component of the car that a part belongs to, eg Group 0 is Engine, Group 1 is Oiling/Cooling. There's a "thumb index" on the inside front cover (arrows which point to a black square printed on the first page of that Group. Completely useless in the PDF, but if you bend the physical book, you can see where the black square is.) Fortunately the PDF has a bookmark index that achieves much the same thing.

Illustration Reference Number: a number from 1 upwards, that relates to a reference on an associated illustration. This tells you the "proper name" for the part (what GM-H called it), and the Group Number where it can be found.

If you know the proper name of the part, there's an alphabetical index at the front of the book that will take you straight to the Group Number. I rarely use this.

If you know the part number and want to check what model it belongs to and/or its purpose, that's easy. Look up the index at the back and find the number, and it will tell you what Group it belongs to. If you don't find it, check the immediately preceding index of replacement part numbers, then look that up instead. (Replacement part numbers are for things that were superseded by a later model's version of the same thing.)

Find the Group, then scan through it looking for the part number / replacement part number. When you find it, you'll see what model / body, any special details and how many are required.

If on the other hand you know what the part is but not the number or the proper name, you identify the appropriate section. Then, using the exploded diagrams and pictures, find the numbered part in question. Under / next to the image will be the legend linking the Illustration Ref Number to the Group Number where it can be found.

So imagine someone was asserting that wagons have bumperettes like utes do. f I wanted to find the part numbers for the various bumper corners:
1. If I know GM-H call them "BAR - End" (as opposed to "BAR - Centre"), I can look that up in the alphabetical index, which takes me to Group 7.831
2. Otherwise, I find the Body section, and the illustration of EXTERIOR BODY PARTS, and identify the part on the picture. On the Front View, it's either 30 (back), or 50 (front). Either refers to "BAR - End" and Group 7.831
3. I go to Group 7.831 which is "BAR - Bumper face", and in there I'll find END - Front LH and END - Front RH, suit FE,FC part numbers 7408745 and 7408744 respectively.
4. I'll also find END - Rear LH and END - Rear RH, and here a note that there are parts that suit all EXCEPT 2104 (van) and 2106 (ute) models. Further down are the rear bumperettes for utes and vans, all explicitly numbered and described.

I hope that's some help. Once you'd done it a few times, it gets easier.

4  For Sale and Wanted / Cars For Sale / Re: FE Windowless Panelvan for sale on: March 30, 2019, 03:08:59 PM

5  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: Art's FC Sedan Build 2.0 on: March 29, 2019, 08:45:43 PM
What an amazing thread. I dips me lid to anyone who takes the Holden Hippocratic Oath and brings a car like that back from near-death.

Great work. Keep it up.

6  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: Rocker cover nuts on: March 06, 2019, 08:37:45 PM
Just went to google up a pic of them for Vern, and found you can buy repro ones. I did not know that.


7  General / General Board / Re: Fe Fc sun shade - one size fits all? on: March 05, 2019, 08:17:45 PM
There's only one size (FE-FC don't have the high roof that FB-EK vans have), but there are a couple of versions just the same.

The most common is the one designed for Special models, with a stainless strip across the front. There is also a plain version for commercials that doesn't have this.

And of course there are all manner of weird and wonderful aftermarket jobs with mesh and whatnot.
8  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: indicators not flashing on: February 23, 2019, 08:24:31 PM
It must be one with three legs not two.

Go into REPCO and ask them for a Jake The Peg Flasher. What could possibly go wrong?
9  General / General Board / Re: Interstate Car Transport on: February 23, 2019, 08:20:15 PM
I might just take you up on that Rob  Smiley

I probably would too. I've seen Rob's handiwork, I reckon the car would arrive at Melbourne in better mechanical shape than when it left Townsville.

Cheesy Cheesy

10  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Door handle scratch plates on: February 23, 2019, 08:16:16 PM
The tool available from Supercheap (and elsewhere) is exactly the right thing for the job. Whether you buy one or make your own - but why would you? - either way a layer of tape on the tips is highly recommended to avoid damaging the door trim.

Lots of other cars use exactly the same mechanism. My wife had a Mitsubishi Sigma before we got married, and over time nearly all the window crank knobs (or indeed the entire handle) snapped, and were replaced with FE-FC winders.
11  General / General Board / Re: where is eveyone on: February 15, 2019, 01:34:34 PM
I get more requests to join the FE-FC Enthusiasts page on Facebook in a week than I get here in a month. And once I filter out the spammers (here), you could say itís more like a week there equates to a quarter here.

And thereís a concomitant amount of daily traffic as a result.

Price of progress, I guess. Just as EBay sucked the life out of swap meets, so too has Facebook drained community websites (and newspapers for that matter) of engagement. If youíre a commercial or non-profit enterprise you donít have a social media presence, you may as well not exist.
12  For Sale and Wanted / Reproduction Parts / Re: Adjustable Boot Spring Posts on: February 08, 2019, 11:11:26 AM
Sure, Iíll PM you banking details etc.
13  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Paint mixing codes on: January 13, 2019, 11:38:49 PM
John Rap from the NSW Club recently restored a wagon that is Cape Ivory, and provided this photo from the paint tin.
14  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: FC boot spring on: September 27, 2018, 08:00:16 PM
thanks john Facebooked Richard yesterday, slack arse hasn't replied yet.

Just prioritising my correspondence, smartarse.
15  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: FC boot spring on: September 22, 2018, 07:40:17 PM
I saw a comment on Facebook a while back that a window crank spring from a HQ-HZ was a suitable replacement. Haven't tried it myself, but would be very interested to know if it's true, and if so, you'd have to imagine they'd be reasonably easy to obtain.
16  Technical Board / Modification Help / Re: Sound Systems on: September 10, 2018, 08:47:31 PM
The mellifluous tones of the ABC through valve powered amplification to a single speaker should be enough for any man. Let us speak no more of this 60 amp fuse witchcraft.
17  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: What year? on: August 19, 2018, 11:10:57 PM
6267 is a fairly low number, it would definitely be 1958, and fairly early on. All wagons and panel vans were manufactured in Adelaide (no-one else had a big enough press for the roof until very late '59), so there's only one sequence number for all vans Australia-wide. There's a small number of Melbourne-made FC wagons from November 1959 onwards. If there are any Melbourne vans it would be a very tiny number.
18  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FE SPECIAL on: August 03, 2018, 07:34:14 PM
... whereas if it were mine...

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
19  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FE SPECIAL on: August 03, 2018, 07:11:30 PM
As a fellow 'Granite Grey' over 'Castle Grey' FE sedan owner, my vote is for a 'Granite Grey' flash👍

I'm looking at your signature block, and am thinking your car should be red over white, with a black flash on one side and a myrtle one on the other Cheesy
20  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FE SPECIAL on: August 02, 2018, 02:22:06 PM
One of the NSW Club members has an FE the same colours as yours, with a Detroit flash kit done in red (triple-tone). In case you haven't seen it, it looks like this:

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