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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: 2022 FE-FC Holden Nationals on: April 26, 2021, 08:41:12 PM
Word is that Broken Hill Tourist Park are not accepting bookings for next year AT ALL, so our advice to entrants and enthusiasts is to not even bother calling them. There are plenty of other options available. <middle finger emoji>

The lovely people at Broken Hill Council have provided this one-stop-shop guide to all the accommodation available in the town. Please download it and get yourself a bed for what will be a fantastic outback weekend.
2  For Sale and Wanted / Reproduction Parts / Re: FE Bonnet Emblems on: April 25, 2021, 01:18:23 PM

I think the NSW Club still has a few of these available to members. I'll make an enquiry of the Merch Officer.
3  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: 2022 FE-FC Holden Nationals on: April 24, 2021, 04:24:32 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen...

Start your engines!

We're a year out from the event, so now's the time to book your accommodation in Broken Hill. All venues are now accepting bookings.

Note that we are not having a particular Nationals HQ location. There is no single accommodation venue big enough to hold all attendees, and there are accommodation options in the town to suit every possible preference and budget. If you received a Nats goodie bag through your club, you'll find a document in there with listing of accommodation options. Otherwise, just google "Broken Hill accommodation", there are caravan parks, AirBnBs, hotels, motels, even farm-stays.

With the recent announcement regarding filming of Mad Max Furiosa in Broken Hill next year, we strongly recommend that you don't delay booking your accommodation.

Note: we have heard that one or two accommodation venues are saying that "they are not taking bookings because of Mad Max". Should you get this response, please PM me, or reply here with the name of the establishment. The Broken Hill Council and Tourist Information Office have already made enquiries about this on our behalf, and would like to know details should anyone get told this.
4  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: 1958 FC Station Sedan Chassis on: March 31, 2021, 08:53:22 PM
You really know your away around that kind of rust.

You don't know the half of it mate. Check out Rob's thread here: http://forum.fefcholden.club/index.php?topic=27433.0
5  General / General Board / Re: GMH - A piece of history saved !!! on: February 20, 2021, 12:18:24 PM

Artlab Australia retrieving the 90-year-old, art deco mosaic from the former GMH factory site at Port Adelaide to save it from further environmental damage.

A bird's eye view of the 90-year-old, art deco mosaic from the former GMH factory site at Port Adelaide while it was being saved from further environmental damage.

6  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FE progress on: February 03, 2021, 08:10:17 PM
While I'm at it, I have been searching the forum trying to find out which tin master cylinder reservoirs were original to an early FE, I have a few tall ones and the squat short ones; what is the story here. Thanks. Al

Short squat ones Cheesy
7  Technical Board / Modification Help / Re: To be or not to be.... Window tint or not.... on: January 07, 2021, 03:43:58 PM
85% ?

What does that actually mean?

I would assume it means that if the ambient temp is 35, and the temperature in the locked car is 50, then the film cuts the 15 difference by 85%, meaning it would only be 37 in the car. But then there's those weasel words "up to"...

Look it's your car, you do what you want, but personally I think the tinting on "Rosie" looks awful, and I have my doubts it makes that much difference, even in Queensland. I have seen tinting on obviously modified cars (which Rosie was not), and it has looked okay. I think it's the tint against the cream roof on Rosie that turns me off.

Bottom line, if you're going to drive your FE in the baking sun, you'd do it with the windows down, cowl vent open, and the quarters turned inside out to give you as much draft as you can get when moving.  Smiley
8  For Sale and Wanted / Reproduction Parts / Re: Adjustable Boot Spring Posts on: January 07, 2021, 10:52:58 AM
Hi guys can some one tell me Sherri can purchase adjustable boot spring posts go my fb
Cheers Rocco

Hi Rocco,

Check your messages here for my banking details and instructions etc.

9  Technical Board / Modification Help / Re: To be or not to be.... Window tint or not.... on: January 06, 2021, 04:34:30 PM
Ask and ye shall receive, Laszlo!

Here's exactly what you asked for: a maroon FE with tinted windows.


10  Galleries / Members' FEs and FCs / Re: Just an update on Linking and Uploading Images on the Forum on: December 19, 2020, 04:07:19 PM
+1 for imgur, I use it all the time. There's an 'embed code for bulletin boards and forums' option that is exactly what you need to copy/paste here to get the image to appear.

You don't have to sign up, but if you do it makes it a lot easier to keep track of all your images, create albums for them etc.

And here's a pro tip which applies to any image links: if you don't want to resize your images (or forget to), you can also force them to appear on the forum at a sane size by editing the code as follows:

[img]your URL here[/img]


[img width=800]your URL here[/img]
11  General / Events, Shows etc / Re: Closure of Heartland Holden in Penrith on: December 12, 2020, 02:05:39 PM

I've sent you some contact details for Steve.

GMH made 191,724 FCs in 20 months. Assuming no ramp-up in production (since all plants already making FEs), roughly 9600/month, or ceteris paribus 3200/month/factory. But all vans and wagons are made in SA until November 1959 which means comparatively more sedans at the other two, and FC-225 most popular body, so with a licked finger in the air and taking away the number you first thought of, I reckon around a month separates them.

Of course, if Ken offers an age difference, I'll defer to him. He's the Guru.

12  General / Events, Shows etc / Re: Closure of Heartland Holden in Penrith on: December 10, 2020, 07:08:21 PM
Comparing the chassis numbers will be more precise, because that tells you the sequence off the line regardless of body-shape.

But their birthdays will be way closer than three months apart. By my back-of-the-envelope calculations, closer to 3 weeks than 3 months separates them.

13  For Sale and Wanted / Cars Wanted / Re: Wanted FC-FE survivor on: November 25, 2020, 07:25:13 PM
Had no idea it was on, was there any cars for sale there.

Well, yes, if you're in the market for a Kia or an MG.  Grin

The club was there to take some photos under the Holden signage before it all disappears.
14  General / General Board / Re: Rear speaker accessory for an FE on: September 30, 2020, 08:38:13 PM
The strengthening ribs in the parcel tray were part of a suite of changes made in late '56, after complaints from customers who had back windows fall out. Real early FEs (like mine, and apparently yours) neither have this ribbing, nor the braces that extend from the top of the wheel arch to the parcel shelf. On Specials, the stainless trim around the back window was also modified.

You will also find the rear wheel arch is only a single skin, whereas later cars have a double-skin here. This was also about reducing flex in the body.

15  For Sale and Wanted / Reproduction Parts / Re: Adjustable Boot Spring Posts on: August 19, 2020, 01:43:32 PM
I have a small number of bootpin kits available.

$68 including postage (they're quite heavy, and pickup at club meetings etc obviously out of the question at the moment)

PM me if you'd like a set.
16  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / 2022 FE-FC Holden Nationals on: July 12, 2020, 04:15:37 PM
Well, we weren't able to make this announcement at Wangaratta as we'd expected we would, but here it is.

It is too early at this stage to book accommodation, but we'll let you know just as soon as that changes.
17  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: club plate frames on: July 04, 2020, 09:07:38 PM
Found a pic that shows the front one quite clearly. (The photo was taken during the trip from Sydney to Hobart, so it's not as clean as it could be.)

For what it's worth PJ was making these long after his involvement in OARC ended, at his place in Berkshire Park.
18  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: club plate frames on: July 04, 2020, 01:50:30 PM
Hi Vern,

I'm not sure who has the best, or even who makes them these days.

The ones on my car were made in about 2003, by Peter Jackson (formerly of The Old Auto Rubber Company). I don't know whether he still makes them or not - tbh I don't know if he's even still vertical, it was a long time ago - but I reckon they are the best I've seen.

They are white, exactly the size of a standard 6 letter black on yellow plate, with the holes in the right places (bottom of front plate, top of back) to fit the plate where it's supposed to be. Opposite the long side with the holes is printed the club name (so it appears above the front plate, below the rear plate).

The actual historical plate is fitted centred to the backing plate. The rear one has short bolts fitted from the back and secured on the visible side with chrome acorn nuts at all four corners.

The front has longer bolts, also fitted from the rear of the plate in the same configuration. The plate is secured by regular nuts, then there is a perspex cover the same size as the backing plate, which is secured with the acorn nuts through holes that match the corners of the historic plate. This is easily removed to clean the plate and frame.

I'm sure we put a pic of them in Sideplate when they were first run and made available. I'll see if I can find that, or take a new pic. I'm sure that's worth these thousand words!

19  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Headlights on: July 01, 2020, 07:48:57 PM
If my memory is correct the FE has the parker light in the headlight?

Yes, that's correct.
20  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: Found Object on: May 23, 2020, 01:48:31 PM
That old door may have stopped giving, but this is the thread that keeps on giving.

Excellent work Rob, both the attention to detail on the Found Object, and the documentation of the process, the techniques and the tools for those that come after you.

You're an asset to this forum.

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