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1  General / General Board / Re: Registering old number plates on: May 30, 2022, 03:05:37 PM
Definitely worth a try Rob. Nothing to lose!!  Wink
2  General / General Board / Re: Registering old number plates on: May 30, 2022, 11:18:56 AM
Thanks so much for the detailed reply Vern. I think you’ve answered my query. The old plates were last registered to the previous owner not my friend. So it’s not looking too hopeful. However, if it was me, I’d be walking in to Services NSW  playing dumb and not disclosing knowledge of the whereabouts of the original plates. Perhaps he could ask for special consideration. Anyway, thanks again to you and Rob. I’ll post if he has any success.
Cheers, Ken
3  General / General Board / Re: Registering old number plates on: May 30, 2022, 07:59:48 AM
Thanks for the reply Rob. Much appreciated. Here’s our dilemma though. When we open the NSW Services app on the mobile phone and tap “registrations” then tap “check plate” the number is still linked to the VW. Albeit as showing having lapsed in 2010. We then went to myPlates.com to order new plates and chose the same number, but it comes up as “This combination is unavailable”. With this in mind do you still suggest going in to a local Services NSW office to apply? As you say, he could play dumb and not tell them he has the originals. Could it be that because these plates were never handed back in 2010 they are deemed “unavailable”?
Cheers, Ken
4  General / General Board / Registering old number plates on: May 29, 2022, 06:36:39 PM
Hi everyone. Am posting for a friend who has a very original 1967 VW beetle survivor. Not sure if anyone can help with this but I’ll give it a go. Registration lapsed in 2010 and the car was covered and stored along with its original NSW number plates. In 2018 the old plates were removed and kept by the then owner and the car was re registered and assigned new number plates. Today using the NSW SERVICES app, we did a plate check and found that the original rego number is still linked to the veedub, although noted as having expired in 2010. Question: is there any way he can apply to Services NSW to have the car registered with its original plates? He is reluctant to show his hand in case they demand the plates back. Better to have them as a keepsake than not at all. Thanks for any ideas.
Cheers, Ken
5  General / General Board / Re: FE-FC Holden Car Club of NSW 40th Birthday on: October 09, 2021, 08:36:46 AM
Before joining the club in 2002 I thought I knew a fair bit about early Holdens and the venerable grey motor. How wrong I was. This forum has been such a tremendous help in gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to keep my FE (and FJ) well maintained and on the road. Well done to RET, the committee and everyone involved. Long may it continue.  Cheesy
6  General / General Board / Re: Two Post Hoist Advice on: September 20, 2021, 03:03:07 PM
Thank you  Smiley
7  General / General Board / Re: Two Post Hoist Advice on: September 16, 2021, 12:40:18 PM
Thanks Trevor. I wasn't aware that you could do a cut-out with concrete. That is definitely worth investigating. Several companies appear to have "extension kits" that support the posts but I do like the idea of locally thickening. I'll talk to my concrete man about that possibility. My slab is around 110mm.

Well done scoring all that gear Vern. I got fed up trying to buy a decent drill press so I went to Manheim's Auctions at Moorebank and picked up an ex Defence Dept drill. It's a "Parken" brand, made in Australia, fitted with a beautiful Jacobs Chuck and runs superbly. I'm guessing it's around 30-40 years old and it is so solid that I needed the engine hoist to get it up onto the bench!! Drills 9/16" through mild steel and doesn't even raise a sweat!!

Thanks, Ken  Smiley
8  General / General Board / Re: Two Post Hoist Advice on: September 15, 2021, 06:41:40 PM
Thanks Vern. Hadn’t considered the volts. I already have 3 phase power to my shed for the compressor. Is that 415V? I rang two companies yesterday and left messages saying I was interested in purchasing a hoist and to please call me back. Neither did!!  Angry
Trevor…thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I’ve decided on the 4T clear floor version for the reasons you cited. I’ll have the height but the concrete slab is not the recommended thickness of 150mm @ 32 MPa rating. One company offers reinforcing plates to compensate for a thinner slab and they look the goods although I’d need to be absolutely sure they’re a sound engineering solution. The thought of the FE or my FJ crashing to the ground is the stuff that keeps me awake at night. As you’ll glean from my comments at the beginning, a major issue for me is to buy from a reputable company with good customer service and support. Particularly as I live in rural NSW where help isn’t always readily at hand. There are around four or five companies selling hoists. All Chinese made but they will meet my needs. I’m guessing they’re all of a similar quality anyway so customer support, servicing, warranty and spare parts are what I’m mostly concerned about. The search continues  Wink Wink
Cheers, Ken
9  General / General Board / Two Post Hoist Advice on: September 14, 2021, 10:40:29 AM
Hello all. I am thinking of purchasing a two post hoist but not sure which company to go with. Any advice on brands, installation, after sales service and reliability would be appreciated.
Cheers, Ken  Huh
10  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Moulding Clips on: September 04, 2021, 05:53:30 PM
Hi Doug. These were available a few years back.
Cheers, Ken

11  General / General Board / Re: Canvas Water Bag on: August 29, 2021, 05:20:03 PM
Saw this at 2013 All Holden Day. Might give you a few ideas.
Cheers, Ken

12  General / General Board / Cars For Sale Back Then on: June 06, 2021, 10:31:58 AM
Sitting rugged up at home and down with a head cold, I thought I’d search for the ad on this forum for the two-previous-owners FE Special that I purchased in in 2006 for $7500. Having found the ad, I was surprised to see how many cars were for sale back then when compared with today and the reasonable prices (by today’s standards). The “Cars for Sale” section on this forum is a fairly lonely place these days. Here’s a breakdown for one page covering the period April 4th - July 9th 2006:

Utes: 3 FE
Vans: 1 FE (windowless) 1 FC
Wagons: 5 FC
Special Sedans: 1 FE Cheesy & 5 FC
Standard Sedans: 1 FC
Unspecified Sedans: 4 FC

Crikey.....how times have changed.
Cheers, Ken

13  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Interchangeability of FE to EJ motor parts on: May 31, 2021, 05:47:46 PM
Hi Rodger. When I bought my FE in 2006 it still had its original motor. I removed the generator for a rebuild and there it was....a long rust stain where the block was cracked and had been leaking water. Same area as yours. These were early days when I was fairly trusting so when I was told the crack could be welded up, I paid to have it done. Got the block back, had it bored and the engine rebuilt only to find two new cracks after the primer was applied to the block prior to engine enamel going on....one above the original crack and one below. Luckily I was able to get hold of an FE block L326...earlier than the original L372... but I grabbed it without hesitation. I was very disappointed to lose the original motor but after reading the posts here, I don’t feel quite so unlucky. Seems if they’re going to crack, that’s the spot. I wonder why??
Cheers, Ken  Smiley
14  General / General Board / Re: Holden Sale Numbers - History on: May 28, 2021, 05:26:19 PM
Thanks Rod. You’ve started an interesting discussion. I note in the sales figures there were no standard station sedans sold.
Cheers, Ken
15  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: 132 Pistons on: February 27, 2021, 11:17:57 AM
PM sent. Cheers, Ken  Smiley
16  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Grey Gearbox on: February 04, 2021, 07:35:22 PM
Thanks Rob.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
17  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Grey Gearbox on: February 03, 2021, 07:41:30 AM
Thanks Glenn. A plausible explanation for it possibly being engine oil. I hope you’re right. If it’s gear box oil it should have had that distinctive smell and more worryingly, where did it leak from?   Huh
18  Galleries / Members' FEs and FCs / Re: Christopher's FC Special Sedan on: February 02, 2021, 06:41:23 PM
Thanks for the picture Chis. Nice car and welcome to the forum. You’ll find lots of help and good advice here.
Cheers, Ken  Smiley
19  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Grey Gearbox on: January 31, 2021, 04:01:57 PM
Thanks Rip and Rob  Wink
20  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Grey Gearbox on: January 30, 2021, 07:26:34 PM
Thanks so much for the reply Rob. Unfortunately I only have a 0-1 micrometer but using verniers on the yoke I’m consistently getting 1.375”. Measuring the inside of the bush is a little more problematic as I had to make do with a telescopic gauge which I then measure with my verniers. I’m getting around 20 - 22 thou more. My main concern is that a worn bush may put more pressure on the functioning of the seal thus causing oil to leak from the back of the extension housing.....again  Cry. It’s interesting to note that the parts catalogue gives cut-off serial numbers for the deletion of the bushing during the FJ series. Mine is a March 56 build still with original engine, #261443, and the box number begins with #262... so I’m pretty sure it’s the original box as well.

Re the ball question. If you look at the photo of the bell housing, the welch plug(?) at the bottom of the picture has a small hole with the ball blocking it off. Just confused as to its purpose.
Cheers, Ken.
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