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1  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 17, 2023, 07:33:47 AM
Thanks Vern. Thatís great 😃
2  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 14, 2023, 08:02:30 AM
Iíll second that RET. Thanks Rob. Thatís so helpful. Appreciate the time you put in to give that advice.
Iím away for a few weeks but will get onto it when Iím home again. Will update this post when I solve it.
Cheers, Ken  Smiley Grin
3  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 13, 2023, 06:39:33 PM
Hello again everyone. Well the plot thickens and the hits just keep on coming.
Took the FE in for a rego check today. Passed with the usual flying colours!
Longish drive though.... 1.5 hours. Some of it in heavy traffic. Gear stick getting stiffer as I use it in the stop/start conditions. Now noticing that when coasting in 2nd gear and suddenly touching the accelerator (not hard) that I am getting a loud clunking sound & a decent thud coming up through the steering column. Does not appear to do it when in top gear.
Any suggestions please??? Cheers, Ken  Huh
4  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 11, 2023, 03:24:10 PM
Many thanks Vern. Thatís great. Am an ex fitter/machinist so I can fabricate metal okay. Would really appreciate the design details when you have time. No hurry as Iím away for 3 weeks. While Iím at it I might also reco the steering wheel. It has some decent cracks in it.
Cheers and thanks again.  Smiley
5  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 10, 2023, 04:51:52 PM
Thanks Rob  Smiley Smiley
6  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 10, 2023, 01:20:02 PM
I've done a little more observation Rob. The honeypot is definitely rubbing on the left hand side of the collar when moving the lever down to engage 1st gear or reverse. On the indicator side there's plenty of clearance. So if I am understanding you correctly, this will involve removing the wheel in order to "move the indicator switch out of the way" Huh  Huh
7  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 09, 2023, 05:48:04 PM
Thanks again Rob. Iím going to try your first suggestion of disconnecting the linkages and lubricating. The squeaking sound appears to be when I am actually pulling the gear stick down to engage first or up for reverse rather than when pulling it straight back. It sounds like the part I think youíre calling the honeypot rubs against the collar that houses the indicator lever. And today it was okay  Huh Huh Baffling.
Cheers, Ken
8  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 05, 2023, 06:42:40 PM
Thanks for the detailed reply Rob. Iíll try disconnecting the linkages and using WD 40 as you suggested. The gear lever is only stiff and squeaks when pulling it back towards the wheel. Looking at the FE workshop manual on p.207, figure 7-14, there is a bearing listed as part number 40 (support-gearshift control lever bearing). Could this also be a possible culprit?
Cheers, Ken
9  Technical Board / General Technical / Stiffness in Gear Lever on: July 04, 2023, 07:25:08 PM
Hello everyone. Gear lever in the FE is getting stiff when pulling it back towards the steering wheel to engage 1st and reverse. It has also developed a squeaking sound when performing this operation. No problem going up and down into second and top gear. Iíve looked at the workshop manual but am not much wiser. My first impression after reading it is that the wheel has to be removed to get at the bearing? Is there any simple way to lubricate in order to free up?
Cheers, Ken
10  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Interior door handle on: January 22, 2023, 05:32:52 PM
Thanks so much. Iíll take you up on the offer re the spring. PM sent.
Cheers, Ken
11  Technical Board / General Technical / Interior door handle on: January 21, 2023, 06:11:36 PM
Hi everyone. While opening the driverís door to exit the FE I heard a ďtwangĒ from inside the door. I now find that the interior handle does not spring back into the horizontal position but instead remains in the vertical open position. Before I begin removing handles and door trim it would be nice to know what I might be looking for.
Cheers, Ken  Smiley
12  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Rear Springs on: November 18, 2022, 01:51:58 PM
Thanks Vern. Iíll definitely put it up on the hoist and check all that. I had the leaf springs on my FJ sedan reset years ago by Ram Springs in Thomastown, VIC but it appears heís no longer in business.  Sad
13  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Rear Springs on: November 16, 2022, 11:23:39 AM
Hello all. Noticed lately that the FE is sagging a little at the rear on the left hand side. One of the few things I left alone when rebuilding the mechanicals included the front and rear springs. I know leaf springs can be reset but I would appreciate any thoughts or advice as to the best way forward. Is reset the best option? Should I bite the bullet and replace both front and rear? It has helper springs. Does this complicate things? And can anyone suggest a good shop to undertake the work? Iíd prefer not to tackle this myself if I can avoid it. Iím in the Hunter Valley NSW but happy to travel if I have to. Thanks in advance.
14  For Sale and Wanted / Cars For Sale / Re: Holden FC sedan 1957 - has been taken back to bare metal on: October 30, 2022, 07:05:31 PM
Hello Alan. Good luck with the sale. You might like to check the date of manufacture. FC was not released until May 1958.
Cheers, Ken  Smiley
15  General / General Board / Bendigo Swap Cancelled on: October 26, 2022, 09:52:06 AM
Just letting people know Bendigo 2022 has been cancelled Embarrassed
Cheers, Ken
16  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
17  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 youíve answered my query. The old plates were last registered to the previous owner not my friend. So itís not looking too hopeful. However, if it was me, Iíd 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. Iíll post if he has any success.
Cheers, Ken
18  General / General Board / Re: Registering old number plates on: May 30, 2022, 07:59:48 AM
Thanks for the reply Rob. Much appreciated. Hereís our dilemma though. When we open the NSW Services app on the mobile phone and tap ďregistrationsĒ then tap ďcheck plateĒ 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 ďThis combination is unavailableĒ. 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 ďunavailableĒ?
Cheers, Ken
19  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 Iíll 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
20  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
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