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News: The FE-FC Holden Car Club of NSW are proud to host the 19th FE-FC Holden Nationals. Check out the announcement video for more.
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1  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: AirBnB Cottage in Broken Hill on: March 22, 2023, 11:40:03 PM
Seems no takers, so I've cancelled. If you're interested, get in touch, I'll give you the owner's email.
2  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / AirBnB Cottage in Broken Hill on: March 20, 2023, 11:42:13 PM
Hi everyone,

I have a booking I'm about to cancel for this really nice cottage: https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/marlee-cottage.en-gb.html

Before I do, I just thought I'd mention it here in case anyone might be interested in it. It's walking distance from the location of the dinners, and would suit a family of four or two couples.

Let me know quick if you would be interested. My booking is not through booking.com, it's direct with the owner.

PM me.
3  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Registration Instructions and other Updates on: March 20, 2023, 08:21:34 AM
Hi everyone, the following went out via email to all entrants today - check your junk folder if you did not receive it.


After such a long wait, the Nationals are almost here! We are only a few weeks away from the event, and we are so looking forward to hosting you in Broken Hill. Our shipments of merchandise are arriving, the programme is getting printed, the trophies have been made. It's happening, people.

Some things you should be aware of to help you make your plans:

1. Registration

Registration and collection of goodie bags and other material will occur at the Broken Hill Civic Centre, from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on Friday April 7. The Civic Centre is also the location where all of our official dinners will be held, so you'll get to know it well. It is located at 31 Chloride Street, in the centre of town.

2. Camp Chairs

The site of the show 'n' shine has some public seating, but not huge amounts. The same goes for the destination point for the cruise on Sunday. So if you can fit some camp or fold-up chairs in the car, you'd be well advised to bring them.

3. Saturday Night Fancy Dress

There isn't any. You are most welcome to frock up and get your Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on, or perhaps your post-apocalyptic Mad Max leathers, but it's not obligatory.

4. Silverton and the Mad Max Museum

We originally planned to have going to the Mad Max Museum an optional event on Monday, and that is what was promoted in the Nats Brochure and Itinerary. Unfortunately, the Museum no longer opens on Monday, so plans have had to change. The proprietors have confirmed they will be open every other day of the long weekend, so if you are keen to visit the Museum and the famous Silverton Hotel, our advice is to go there on Thursday before the Nats properly commences, or otherwise get out there when they open at 10.00am on Good Friday, check out the attractions, and get back to Broken Hill before 3.30pm to complete your registration. If you are staying on Monday you will find there are lots of other attractions in Broken Hill itself to visit, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Experience, or the Pro Hart Gallery and Museum, amongst others.

If you have any questions, please reply to this email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

See you in the Outback.. in a couple of weeks!!

Holden Together,

Richard Thomas
19th FE-FC Holden Nationals, Broken Hill
4  General / General Board / Re: Posting photos on: February 16, 2023, 11:53:12 PM
Hi Wasim,

This thread might be useful: https://forum.fefcholden.club/index.php?topic=5613.0

But honestly, the easiest way is to download the Tapatalk app on your phone and use that to upload pics.
5  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 19th Nationals - Entry Form NOW AVAILABLE on: January 24, 2023, 07:38:33 PM

Entries close Jan 31, so you have one week left to get your entry in for the 19th FE-FC Holden Nationals.

All the details available in the link at the top of this thread.
6  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 19th FE-FC Holden Nationals, Broken Hill, Easter 2023 on: January 13, 2023, 09:44:43 PM
There will definitely be several groups travelling from Sydney on different schedules. As we settle on plans, we'll advertise them both here and via emails to club members.
7  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Amp gauge wiring on: January 12, 2023, 09:17:17 PM
Here's the wiring diagram I used:

(That's right, no wires at all.)
I've got a regular Wilsonia gauge in my FE. I'm rather fond of the car, so I didn't connect the ammeter. Like Rob said, there's a lot of current carried on that wire. All you need is for where it passes through the firewall to wear through the insulation, or discover the hard way it's been getting caught in one of the pedal return springs, or just come loose off the connection, and you'll have a very nasty situation.

Just admire its looks, and treat the ammeter as purely decorative, is my advice.

8  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 19th Nationals - Entry Form NOW AVAILABLE on: December 30, 2022, 03:45:54 PM
32 Entries received already, and almost all of them paid. We appreciate that it's right on Christmas, so this is an excellent start, and we really appreciate your support.

If it's more than a couple of days since you submitted your entry and you haven't received a receipt from FEFCNATS noting your entrant number, please double-check that your direct deposit has gone through successfully.

Credit card transactions are taking about 48 hours to hit our bank account.
9  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / 19th Nationals - Entry Form NOW AVAILABLE on: December 19, 2022, 12:04:50 AM
Hi everyone,

The FE-FC Holden Car Club of NSW is very pleased to inform enthusiasts everywhere that the entry form for the upcoming Nationals is now available. We look forward to receiving your entries.

All the details can be found on the official site.

See you in the outback!
10  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 19th FE-FC Holden Nationals, Broken Hill, Easter 2023 on: November 13, 2022, 11:43:18 PM
Everyone who responded to our Expression of Interest Survey should have received an email with information about the event today. We had nearly 80 respondents, which is fantastic.

For anyone who didn't participate in the survey, the details are as follows:


Thank you for responding to our survey of expressions of interest in the upcoming Nationals.

We have had a great response, with prospective entrants from all over Australia. After a long five years between Nationals, we are looking forward to getting back into this great event. If you haven't organised your accommodation yet, I suggest you don't delay, and get that sorted out!

There have been some enquiries lately about the entry form. We have been waiting for confirmation of a major sponsorship deal, which we are very pleased to report has now occurred. The level of sponsorship was a significant factor in the final entry fee, which is why the form has not been made available yet. We hope to have it published and available for you before the end of November, which allows two months to return it before entries close January 31, 2023. Its availability will be publicised on the official website, the FE-FC Holden Forum, the Nats Facebook page, and of course via a direct email to everyone who responded to the survey, like yourself.

The Terms and Conditions relating to the event are available on the official website. If you have not previously attended an FE-FC Holden Nationals, I suggest you take a few moments to avail yourself of how the event is normally conducted. It probably goes without saying, but only FE and FC Holdens are eligible to be entered in the event. Participation in the event is automatically extended to members of the following clubs:

* FE-FC Holden Car Club of NSW
* FE-FC Holden Car Club of SA
* FE-FC Holden Car Club of Vic
* FE-FC Holden Car Club of Qld
* FE-FC Holden Car Club of WA
* Canberra Classic Holden Club (formerly FE-HR HOC ACT)
* Classic Holden Club of Tasmania

If you are not a financial member of one of these clubs, you will need to join one, or ensure your club has an official invitation. The following clubs have standing invitations:

* Mid North Coast FE-FC Holden Club (NSW)
* Holdens of Age (Vic)
* Lions Pride (Vic)
* Southern Sydney Early Holden Car Club (NSW)
* Holden Collectors Car Club of Victoria
* The Early Holden Car Club of Wangaratta (Vic)
* Shoalhaven Historic Vehicle Club (NSW)

If you are a member of a club not listed above, please have your club secretary drop an email to this address nats@fefcholden.org.au seeking for your club's FE and FC owning members to be able to participate.

See you next April in the Silver City!

Holden Together,

Richard Thomas
19th FE-FC Holden Nationals - Broken Hill
11  For Sale and Wanted / Parts For Sale / Re: Roof gutter strips on: November 02, 2022, 08:29:29 PM
Al, my car has the boot lining. I'll try and get a photo of it for you.

(I didn't realise it was deleted pre-FC, thanks for that info, Ken. I knew Faecal didn't have them, but just assumed they were lost along the way.)

12  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Weight of FE FC Body Shell on: November 02, 2022, 08:22:59 PM
You are so lucky I have a sedan in pieces.

Front guard, complete with headlight, surround and indicator housing: 12 kg.
Front subframe: 34 kg.  Clay's right on the money.

And no, I'm not going to put the body shell on the scales, but somewhere between 250 and 300 kg would not be wide of the mark.


The amount of metal that was missing from that body shell of yours, I reckon it would have weighed 150 kg tops! Grin Grin Grin
13  For Sale and Wanted / Parts For Sale / Re: Roof gutter strips on: October 19, 2022, 07:48:51 AM
They were standard equipment on FE Special Sedans and Special Station Sedans.

There were a number of items like this that were deleted from the FC, such as the boot liner, the bonnet badge, the long name strips on the boot etc, all replaced with cheaper alternatives. Similarly the interior of an FC is less ornate. This was to keep the retail price of the FC the same as the FE it replaced.

cheers RET
14  General / General Board / Re: Advice please on: September 08, 2022, 09:01:15 PM
Once upon a time, if you put discs, or an auto, or a red motor, you were forced to put your car on full rego, which makes having a hobby/occasional use non-original car an expensive proposition. Fortunately in the last few years NSW have introduced the Classic Vehicle Scheme, which means that - for the price of wearing the sort of number plates you see on graders and street sweepers - you can use your modified car 60 times a year for a fraction of what full rego costs. It's about $100/yr, no green slip required, but you do need to remain a financial member of your club, and they may have rules about participation.

All that said, modifying a car almost certainly requires obtaining an engineer's certificate, which in turn means meeting any requirements that engineer may have, as well as the base regulations set out on the RMS website, sometimes known as "VSI06 Light Vehicle Modifications". That includes things like heater/demister, seatbelts, collapsible steering column, and more. Expenses can add up quickly.

So I would agree with some of the other correspondents here - unless you are lucky enough to find a modified, currently registered (in NSW) car that is close enough to what you want - you might be better off sticking with something original. Steering that wanders, or brakes that don't stop you properly are both problems that can be fixed without spending a fortune.

15  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / 19th FE-FC Holden Nationals, Broken Hill, Easter 2023 on: June 04, 2022, 04:29:05 PM
Hi everyone,

Planning is well underway to get the Nationals back up and running, I think we can all agree it has been way too long between events.

To that end, we would like to invite prospective attendees to assist us in our planning, to ensure we can get quotes from venues, caterers and the like that will accurately reflect the size of the event.

If you intend to be part of Broken Hill 2023, please visit https://fefcholden.club/nats2023/Register and provide your info. This will also ensure you are on the mailing list for any announcements about the event.

Thanks for your time, and we look forward to seeing you in the outback next Easter.
16  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: Surferboy & Cathys .. NOT another Nats Diary on: April 26, 2022, 07:12:44 PM
I love the giant Cornishware with the matching Cornishware Holden Cheesy
17  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: How long is a piece of string ? on: November 23, 2021, 07:05:50 PM
We are planning to hold the event in Broken Hill in 2023, as announced late last year. We cannot know the future, but we do expect a post-Covid normal will have well and truly settled by then.
18  General / General Board / Re: Commemorative Badge on: November 22, 2021, 06:27:18 PM
Okay, that's probably long enough to allow for postage, and I've seen a few images posted on Facebook already anyhow.

Here is the commemorative Grille Badge:

And here it is next to Christmas Card:

The inside of the card:

..and finally the back:

19  General / General Board / Re: Commemorative Badge on: November 16, 2021, 10:56:22 PM
Well, I heard that a member up on the far north coast received his yesterday, so probably not quite that long.  Grin
20  General / General Board / Re: Commemorative Badge on: November 16, 2021, 08:45:17 PM
Hi all, I'll post a photo once Australia Post has had sufficient time to get them out to all our club members.

Don't want to spoil the surprise for those yet to receive it.
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