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1  General / General Board / Re: Please report any site weirdness on: May 28, 2024, 02:08:40 PM
Well, that's the effect, the "nbot" crawler is the cause.

The forum usually runs to about 20GB/month bandwidth. This month it's pushing 60GB.
2  General / General Board / Please report any site weirdness on: May 27, 2024, 08:44:00 PM
Hi all,

For reasons unclear, some bot has been absolutely hammering this site all month, consuming vast amounts of bandwidth. It's probably some AI model, I suspect.

I have made some changes to try and deny it access. If you encounter any weirdness with your access to the site, please let me know.

(And yes, I appreciate depending on the weirdness, you might not be able to access the site to let me know.)

Apologies in advance if there are any unforeseen impacts, but the current consumption is absolutely unsustainable.

3  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Panic Straps - Part Number? on: April 11, 2024, 07:54:16 PM
Its official name is 15.390 Strap Assembly - Assist Grip.

Part numbers are different for FE and FC, because FE has a variety of colours, whereas FC are all the same.

LH is 7411379-xxx
RH is 7411380-xxx

where xxx represents the trim code for the primary colour, eg 7411379-467 is what my car has on the left side, a Summit Blue panic strap. The trim code may not be the same as on the ID plate, it's likely just the first trim number to have the colour of the panic strap as the main colour.

All FC are 7411379-637 or 7411380-637, because they're all Black.

You know, a picture's worth, well, however many words all that is:

4  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Dip Stick question. not a self analysis. on: January 24, 2024, 08:32:49 PM
I did not see that coming! Although I did not get to the Museum, I only heard very positive comments from those who had.  I wish them all the best for the Auction. Kevin.

Well, it's not too late. They will be open until April 14, with the auction to be held in mid May. You've got nearly three months to give yourselves a treat and get down there. Smiley
5  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: FC Ute Jack on: January 04, 2024, 08:30:56 PM
Thanks Gary - that is gold. I knowexacrly what I am after now. Cheers

It is indeed gold. Well, orange, anyway. Grin
6  Galleries / Unreal Cars - Members' Artwork / Re: AI's version of an FC Panel Van on: December 08, 2023, 10:53:05 PM
I'm an IT professional, and I absolutely loathe so-called AI. If someone starts a GoFundMe to have Sam Altman fired directly into the sun, hit me up.
7  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: Jolls FC Ute Project on: October 25, 2023, 04:03:42 PM
Hi Team

I have gone through the wiring and I definitely don't have any of the optional fittings. I do want to add reversing lights and indicatos for practicality.

It is my understanding that the reverse light switch is the same through to HR. Can anyone tell me if the mounting brackets are the same too or if I need on specific to an FE/FC?



You won't have wiring all the way through to the taillight and park lamps, but the loom in the car should have the wires ready to attach to. You'll need to change the globe holders in the park lamps to twin filament like a Special has, but there's no obvious external alterations required. (Unlike an FE, which has the parkers in the headlamps like an old VW, and so the blinker bodies just aren't there at all on Standards and commercials).

Your ute predates the introduction of orange rear lenses for the indicators, so what wiring there is would be configured for the flashing brake lights. You will need to run more wires through the body and tray if you plan on using the lower part of the taillight for indicators. Rares may have the lenses in clear or orange, or you can use orange globes behind the clear lenses.

If you don't have the FC Workshop Manual, you should get yourself one. (The original Holden one, not the Gregorys type). It will pay for itself many times over. It has wiring diagrams, and much other useful info.

cheers RET
8  General / General Board / Re: Spambots on: October 02, 2023, 08:53:57 PM
We get a couple a day on the FB/EK forum RET, how many do you have to contend with ? I remember at one stage we were up around 30 a day  Angry

It goes in waves - sometimes none for several weeks, and then dozens appear. I've probably deleted twenty or so attempts to register since implementing the approval process, can't speak for how many the other admins have done.

9  General / General Board / Spambots on: September 26, 2023, 08:21:24 PM
Hi all,

With the volume of spam accounts getting created here as compared to the number of real new registrations, we've disabled automatic registration. Anyone wishing to register on the forum will now need to be approved by one of the Admins.

Hopefully this will be less work than deleting the accounts and posts of all the spammers.

Apologies in advance to new participants who will be mildly inconvenienced.
10  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 13, 2023, 09:11:10 PM
You are a national treasure, Rob. No doubt about it.
11  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Replacing dash knob surrounds on: June 18, 2023, 01:02:06 AM
Yes, there is some variety in how each knob is attached. Some are attached to cables, some have grub screws and so on.

The best answer is to check the Workshop Manual, which explains each one in depth. I can't recommend enough having a copy of this book if you own an FE or FC.

12  General / General Board / Re: JP-481 has resurfaced. No, really. on: May 17, 2023, 12:41:35 PM
Any thoughts on what you saw?
13  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FC PMG Van Resto Project on: May 04, 2023, 07:59:43 PM
Yes, definitely originally oil bath.

14  General / General Board / Re: SU carbs to pick up in Echuca on: May 03, 2023, 09:09:51 PM
Check your PMs, Clay.

Edit: never mind, I just realised how old this request was. I imagine you've got it sorted by now.
15  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Replacing the Original Radio Speaker on: May 03, 2023, 08:04:31 PM
In my modified FE back in the day I put a pair of 4" speakers side by side in behind the radio grille. You get the stereo content even if not exactly the stereo effect. (Not that there was any stereo in the original radio..)

Mount them on a piece of masonite, and tack a piece of thin black material over the front to obscure them if they're modern speakers that look garish through the grille.

16  Galleries / Project Cars - FEs and FCs Under Construction / Re: FC PMG Van Resto Project on: May 03, 2023, 07:56:03 PM
Paper element air cleaner came in around September 1959, so would depend on when your car was manufactured. But as always, The Good Book (the parts manual that is) has the definitive word.

If the chassis number on the inner guard is original, then if it's higher than the number shown below for the relevant suffix letter:


.. then your car had* a paper element air cleaner.

*Probably. The oil-bath was still sort of an option for applications in "very dusty environments". I'm not aware that it had an RPO code, but the details from your ID plate would be useful info.

The exact colour of the dash-top has been posted here before. It's Cinder Grey with a flattening agent added. See this thread: https://forum.fefcholden.club/index.php?topic=27325.0

17  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: Show-n-Shine on: April 20, 2023, 01:26:06 PM
The official Facebook page for the 19th Nats can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/FE.FC.Holden.Nationals.2023

Lots of photos and videos available to peruse.
18  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: FC Paint styles on: April 16, 2023, 02:50:12 PM
Hi Newby,

Welcome aboard!

The answers to some of your questions can be found in our Tech Info area, where you'll see there's a ID plate decoder that you might find useful.

Long story short though, yes, the details on the ID plate should be sufficient to identify the layout of the colour scheme, along with the chrome and stainless trim (or the holes where it was). If your car has holes on top of the rear quarters near the back window, then it would have had the chrome extensions for the late 1959 style. If it has holes in the "C" pillar where the roof meets the body, then it would have had the short piece of stainless separating the colours for a mid-59 style.

The ID plate will have a TRIM code that describes the colour combination (eg in your case it's probably 311-xxx, meaning India Ivory over Fountain Blue. The xxx is the interior trim colour). Then it will have PAINT, and possibly TOP and INSERT, which will help you to know what exact colour went where. The page linked above has all the details.

Also, there's no direct correlation between the ID number and the chassis number, so need to worry about that. The chassis number is what gets used on your registration papers. The ID plate on the firewall is just details for when the vehicle was under warranty, being serviced, or repaired etc. It's not a VIN in the modern sense, it just helped the service department correctly identify specifics about colours, trim, factory fitted options, etc.

The chassis number is the sequence in the factory where it was assembled. The ID plate identifies the sequence of the specific body style in the plant where it was manufactured. (Some vehicles - like mine - were manufactured in one factory and assembled in another.)

You'll find there are lots of knowledgeable people on this forum happy to help you, so if the answer to your question can't be found in the archives of this forum, feel free to ask as many questions as you want.

19  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: Show-n-Shine on: April 16, 2023, 02:30:36 PM
Found this pic of HUBERT from the cruise...

Photo by Sharyn Jordan, via FE-FC HCC NSW Facebook page
20  General / FE-FC Holden Nationals / Re: Show-n-Shine on: April 13, 2023, 06:53:37 PM
There is also this video on YouTube by someone not affiliated to the event.


Watch this one quick before it gets a takedown notice for the music...
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