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 on: Yesterday at 10:53:33 PM 
Started by FC427 - Last post by FC427
Hi seem to have lost one of my FE arm rests chrome trim  any one help me out please Thanks Mark

 on: October 21, 2018, 08:09:57 AM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by my8thholden
Gents ..Thanks for the tips here on brakes ..I have done all the usual things to old brakes on my resto that have not been touched for years ,and put it all back together ,I most likely will strike some initial problems till they function correctly ,I note from what you have outlined  that its not just a one off lot of adjustments ,its an on going methodical approach to keep it that way..these tips may well be the answer and save time to what I may ponder over when it happens ..Vern .

 on: October 19, 2018, 08:51:05 PM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by ardiesse

If it's any comfort to you, my black car suffered from "Morning Sickness" most days I was over in Perth.  And then once we got to Kalgoorlie, it rained and didn't let up until the Murray River.  It only takes about half an hour of driving through steady rain to make the brakes go on holidays completely.  You can't win.


 on: October 19, 2018, 03:14:01 AM 
Started by HoldenFE - Last post by HoldenFE
Hi everyone,

As some of you may know, a few of the guys from the Men's Shed in Berwick are helping Phil restore his FB Holden due to him recovering from a stroke. Phil is also a member of the FE FC Car Club.

I am in a bit of a trouble at the moment due to stupid me slipping down some stairs on Wednesday and cracking a rib or two.
I have recently started to install the roof lining but am not in a positon to glue it down and the guys helpng me are not comfortable in doing it.

I am hoping that someone in the car club may be able to help finishing off the roof lining? I have fitted the new lining into position with bulldog cllps but trying to stretch it is beyond me at the moment.
The car is located in Narre Warren Sth.

Any help would be truly appreciated.



 on: October 18, 2018, 07:25:02 AM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by Harv
The "locking up when cold" issue was well known to GMH engineers, and referred to as "morning sickness". Rob did an excellent write-up over here on how to rectify with lining chamfering:


I've copied the guts of Robs explanation below:
The technical name for this problem is "Holden Morning Sickness". It affects approximately one million early Holdens.

It's largely humidity-related, and is made much worse by the presence of brake lining dust. The linings absorb humidity, and the coefficient of friction increases. The primary (i.e.leading) shoes have articulating links, which gives them "self-servo" action - the braking force on the shoe acts to apply the brake harder. It's a positive feedback thing, and like all positive feedback things it can go out of control: the affected brake locks under light application, and may not release until you reverse the car.

If you are keen, take your front drums off. Sandpaper the linings until they're de-glazed. Brush all the dust out of your brakes and put the drum back on. This will give you a few days' respite. The best preventative though is to drive your car every day.

Out-of-round drums are much more likely to provoke grabbing, as are weak brake shoe retracting springs. Sometimes chamfering the lining at the top of the primary shoe, next to the wheel cylinder, can help (but you need to make a shallow chamfer about 1/2" long the full width of the lining).

But the only practical approach is to learn to live with the problem. When I drive my cars, I don't use the brakes until I get the car out onto the street going downhill. When I've got up to about 20-30 mph, I apply the brakes - very gently at first, and then more firmly as the pedal effort normalises, until the brakes begin to warm up. After the first application, everything's fine. As long as I'm going faster than 20 mph, the brakes don't grab badly, and certainly don't lock up. Walking or running speed is suicidal.

In dry weather, the problem doesn't show up. But now that it's getting to the cool-and-damp season in Sydney, my cars have morning sickness.

(with thanks to Rob - I learnt some great stuff in that post).


 on: October 17, 2018, 07:28:28 AM 
Started by fcwrangler - Last post by Not Happy Jan
Vern, you can pick up one at any car parts store. They can order it in , Rare spares and even on Ebay.!!

 on: October 16, 2018, 10:31:23 PM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by JohnBM
Thanks people , & Seb , yeah well , the bloke seems to know his stuff , & rattled off much the same as you mentioned Seb , Iíll wing it  & see how it goes . Will not use the car for 2/3 days & it looks like itís raining Thursday . The car has a mind of its own Iím sure 🍺🐌

 on: October 16, 2018, 09:58:14 PM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by fastjbav6
Hi John,
I've had many years of experience on the Huck braking system.
Firstly check the brakes have not been adjusted slightly on the 'tight side' as I have experienced.
I've always used a smear of never seize grease on the pivot points of the brake shoe and where the side of brake shoe contacts the backing plate.
Careful you don't get any lubricant on the linings of the brake shoes.
Providing the wheel cylinders are not sticking or the metal wheel cylinder dust caps are not full of gunk, I would do the following;

1. I normally adjust the brake shoes evenly on each side of the wheel cylinder with the brake drum off then slip the brake drum on making sure it still can be freely rotated by hand.
2. I then fit wheel and tension wheel nuts correctly with wheel brace so not to distort mounting face.
3. If you over tension wheel nuts the brake drum will distort causing wheel to lock.
4. I adjust one brake shoe until it locks the brake drum then back it off until you hear the brake shoe touching the brake drum as you rotate wheel.
5. Repeat this on the other brake shoe.
6. I would also pump the brake pedal to 'centralise' the brake shoes and repeat steps 4 & 5 again to make sure there is just enough brake shoe drag to freely rotate wheel.
7. I then repeat this on each wheel.
 May I also note that the brake shoe return springs have not lost their tension.
 Hope this helps.

Kind Regards
Sebastiano Rafala
Mob: 0419 813 086
FE-FC Holden Car Club of WA
Mem # 8

 on: October 16, 2018, 09:26:24 PM 
Started by JohnBM - Last post by Gary C
Iím not sure if Iíve posted this before , (old age ) but has anyone , with an FE  had reoccurring problems with the front brakes locking up when the car has NOT been used for several days and in particular , in cold , damp , weather conditions . I have had to go up & down my drive touching the brake pedal very gently for 5/ 10 mins before it rights itself . Itís been to so called experts several times to no availe. Iíve just picked it up from a repair place with 30 years exp  who assure me they have sorted it  . Was just interested to know if it was an inherent problem with the car , or an isolated thing with mine . Cheers🍺🐌

My fc does the same with lack of use , you need to drive it more. The shop would have probably replaced brake fluid and freed up wheel cylinders.
Something that can be done at home easily.

 on: October 16, 2018, 09:14:10 PM 
Started by fcwrangler - Last post by my8thholden
Hi Jim ..The engine in mine is a EK block ,very smokey , A friend of mine when learning I picked up a FC to restore ,he rang me and said I have a few Holden parts for you come and get em ,( sadly he has not been in best of health )..There was a '58 engine with L series number ..he said that was a good motor till I pranged the car  ..so I pulled it down ,it has been bored 3.1/16'' plus .030 ..std mains and big ends ..all miked up within tolerances and plasti gauge. new piston rings ,new gaskets ,new brass welch plugs ,full head service ,weight balance of rods and pistons,honed the bore ,runs nicely on test rig , 135psi in each cylinder .so head has been machined...gear box seems ok .whilst I could drive a bit on our acres..but I will pull it down and put a kit in it ..don't know about the clutch ,where would you buy a clutch kit ? ..Vern

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