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« on: November 25, 2013, 06:14:13 PM »
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Hi All
Considering the thought of installing taxi rail curious if there are any around still
cheers  Roachy
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2013, 09:04:45 PM »
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hi All wondering are taxi bars interchangeable between other models e.g. FB.EK or would require modification to suit our old girls. I guess there can't be to many tucked away these day's. Anyone decided not to fit their taxi bar and would consider sale. I would be interested.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 05:16:12 PM »
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Yes FB EK does fit, although it does sit at a different angle. They were not real popular in the day because in an accident the kids would get thrown forward into the rail. Ah the times before seat belts.....
They were a standard fitting in taxis (217 models) because they were an assistance for older folks getting out of the vehicle.
They do turn up now and then.

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 07:49:23 AM »
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I had 2 until a few years ago then I gave one to a mate with a EK . I still have one but don't wish to part with it as it was standard issue with the dickie seat conversion because the passenger would find it nearly impossible to get in or out without it . But if you are serious I know someone who could make one in stainless as the chrome would be original and a little tired . Cheers . Haydn
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2013, 09:40:59 AM »
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Thankyou for replies interesting thought of reproducing, I would consider if was able to manufacture taxi bar exactly to original.
I think Mild Steel then sent to shop for chroming best option, believe stainless would not have the same look.
Taxi bar would be installed as a show piece only as we don't have rear seat passengers.
thankyou for your thoughts I would definitely consider reproducing Hayden if you were ok & happy to help if we could produce a quality product possibly we could knock up a run off for another club member at the same time if interested thanks again Roachy 0411292662
   
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 04:56:05 PM »
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Roachy here will be keeping a look out for a taxi-bar in any condition for possible re-chrome or even as a temptate that I would need before considering bending one up as per original.
cheers looking forward to cruising on a club run in the New Year.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 09:50:03 PM »
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I can probably get you all the measurements you will need off mine and anyone with a mandrel bender can bend it for you , the end plates I can send you patterns then its only a matter of finding end plugs .These a plumber may have as I think I have seen similar on kitchen sinks where taps have been taken out . Haydn
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 12:53:03 PM »
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Ok , dragged it out of the rafters and like I thought its a little rusty but i'm taking it down the road to a friend who works in stainless [ a mixed metal specialist ] to get an idea of what they would cost reproduced in stainless . I don't know about the rest of the forum but am always shocked at the price of chroming . Haydn





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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 01:52:37 PM »
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Haydn,
Yes, the cost of chrome is always a more than I expect too. Stainless could be viable.
Look fwd to hearing the quote. Bracket shape & angle looks to be the only awkward part.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2013, 06:27:31 PM »
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Around 100 dollars give or take depending on the end plugs . I thought that was reasonable considering the cost if produced in mild steel and then chromed . I could use my old one as a pattern to reproduce in stainless and then get a quote on re-chrome just to compare . Do you think anyone else on the forum would be interested in one . Haydn
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2013, 09:15:07 PM »
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Haydn,
I would be. In either stainless or black/chromed. End plugs may even be available at the hardware.
I guess once an accurate jig is made up around your sample, you have a set up for producing any number.
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 01:57:03 AM »
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Are the screws used to fit these handrails the  same as the door catch screws, anybody know ?
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 07:39:17 AM »
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It appears to be the same screw looking through the parts book (1/4 inch - 20 x 5/8 inch long) Didn't have time to 100% guarantee yet.

This is only for 217 model though, otherwise it was a self tapping type screw.

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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 09:27:23 AM »
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On the one I have in the photo the bolts seem to be 1/4" unc with counter sunk head head and attached to the pillars with an interesting nutsert type fitting



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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 11:46:46 AM »
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Wow great photo's Haydn ,Your a Legend
Yep put me down for the purchase of one definitely.
I would need it manufactured from suitable steel for later chroming as want to match other chromework and have original appearance.
goodluck thanks Roachy
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2013, 01:21:34 PM »
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i would be interested in another taxi rail for my 3rd fc sedan , The other 2 already have them , Prefer if its a ready to put in item but if iv got to chrome it so be it , Put me down for 1 mate , Just let me know wen there done and i will fix u up , Cheers Slim 0420768346
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2013, 04:57:02 PM »
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Those captive nuts are the ones used on the sunvisor. This would have been done by a Holden dealer for sure. I haven't seen that before. Most non 217 cars were simply fitted with self tappers.

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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2013, 06:23:33 PM »
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Yes , you are right about it being done at a holden dealership . Bill Harrisons at Ipswich Rd .,  Moorooka Qld to be specific as the van was driven from Melbourne to Brisbane as a demo car and a friends grandfather bought it there in 1958 and the dealership got the dicky seat , taxi rail , sliding  windows, under dash shelf and the smiths heater fitted all for the new price of a standard FC panel van I think it was a bargain. Anyway will go back to my guy and get him started on a few taxi rails in stainless and will also ask about in mild steel for anyone who wants to get them chromed . Cheers Haydn
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2013, 10:14:02 PM »
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Hi, I would be interested in a Taxi rail as well, would prefer one that could be chrome plated. What area of the country are these possibly to be made? can they be posted? Would use self tappers to fit, as I dont carry rear seat passengers either. Thanks, Glenn
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2013, 08:20:21 PM »
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The originals had the pillar pressed with captive nuts, I think nutsirts would be stronger than self tappers.
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