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  • ChrisW, in reply to merc,

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    This one had a few paint jobs in its time, much pride there.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to ChrisW,

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    It's funny we put pinlines on surfboards too, and we often name them both. Wave vehicles, road vehicles, this one is Bluey.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to ChrisW,

    Turning old cars into works of art.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to merc,

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    Just for you, my old Holden. I really did have a lot of cars.I never wrote any of them off, glad to say, oh except my mark 4 Cortina. (Only owned it 4 hours. No wonder I forget about it. Brilliant accident on State 1 at Kinleith Forest. Corkscrewed it into the bank). This Holden was around 1988.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    I'll post my HT (1972? last of the 5/8th gauge steel models) for you later. Bought off my cuz, who handpainted it white (the Great White Whale) using a reversed vac cleaner, reducing it to orange peel goodness, the police used to pull me over in it often stating...this car was used in a bank robbery, yeah right. I've had a few cars, mostly VW's (beetles, golfs), hung out with car freaks, V8 boys and girls. Surfer's cars are a genre, but I prefer to have a sleeper (under the radar).
    The V8 crew are very tribal, Plymouth's, and Ramblers were my mates thing, especially ex-ambassador cars. L15's feature too for some reason, so far ahead of their time and German officers liked them because they were fast.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to merc,

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    because they were fast.

    I think we all relate to that somehow. I went from big to tiny. Toyota Cynos. I'm now at no.2. Although I haven't got rid of no. 1 because it is good for other use. No. 1 is a sports model and it is faster. Both are economical. This is no.1 . bit of a rally car on the dirt roads.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    In the immortal words of Reg Presley...

    This Holden was around 1988.

    I want to spend my life
    with a grille like you...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7881 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

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    This is what a VW (1302S, not mine, hers) and Falcon SW were meant to do. Sorry it’s out of focus I was amped (Hotwater 2-3ft and offshore – yew), and Sophie you know that young woman there in my jumper, c.1981.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

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    The Great White Whale's wheel, note the cassette deck. Of course you go out and photograph your beloved, my friend (Mr. Paste) took this shot. 3 on the tree, 2nd would stick but I knew what to do. Not flash but where I used to take my cars, this one was purpose built, indestructible and I could sleep on the bench seat. I have a full photo of it, but I am in it and no one wants that.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Just for you, my old Holden.

    That looks like the first Holden with electric wipers. Prior to that they still had those dreadful vacuum jobs that ran off suction from the intake manifold. When you took your foot off the gas pedal not only did the car slow down, the wipers did too, regardless of the weather.

    Most British and American cars had electric wipers for around a decade before Holden. Those Australians, they'll happily eat sawdust provided they can have tomato sauce with it.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Nothing does gravel like a Holden but, especially the White Whale, she’d just gracefully loll round the corners if you set her right. We had Falcon utes, similar, that 2nd gear was the go all gear. Those cars were designed for us, Ozzies first but well, you know.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to merc,

    and Sophie you know that young woman there in my jumper, c.1981.

    Oh . Give me the initials. ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    A.P. I miss that jumper ;-(

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to merc,

    Nothing does gravel like a Holden but

    Pie & sauce mate.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Prior to that they still had those dreadful vacuum jobs that ran off suction from the intake manifold. When you took your foot off the gas pedal not only did the car slow down, the wipers did too, regardless of the weather.

    The other way around I think - the wipers sped up when one eased off the gas.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    That's choice. I deviated from the family when I bought a Holden, so did my bro, see back then you were either a Falcon or a Holden family, could depend on what type of farmer you were or townie. I worked on the Ford account for a bit both cars had their merits but they were made for us, that's pretty special I reckon. As for utes, XA Falcon was the best (another bro's), mind my mates 5.0 litre V8 kept going for 3 engines and crikey it was great to drive.
    Love utes and we had the best of them. My bro also had a Sundowner (bronze)...Dad had a Falcon XB, it was red, nickname, The Red Baron, learned to drive in that thing.

    They don't make ads like this anymore.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to James Butler,

    The other way around I think – the wipers sped up when one eased off the gas.

    You’re right, some did, though not my FC ute. Of course it was a heap when I bought it, but I still feel guilty about driving it into the ground.

    Here’s the original model for the Holden ad, from the era when Holdens were scaled-down Chevys, and Australians were scaled-down Americans.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to merc,

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    but I am in it and no one wants that.

    Yes. My legs are in my chev here, but that is ok just. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Man you’re harsh Joe. This was good in the day. Ute based on thread, just.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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    That looks like the first Holden with electric wipers.

    Possibly. It was in excellent nick and it was cheap as chips. Here's a side look. what later became my next Holden is behind it. I lived beside the White Heron private suites. Not so private from our balcony though. Looked straight into theirs.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to James Butler,

    The other way around I think – the wipers sped up when one eased off the gas.

    Correction on my part James, you're absolutely right. It seems the hose is popping off the inlet manifold of my memory. That'd explain those recollections of crawling through a Queensland downpour just so I could see through the windscreen, cos when you put your foot down the wipers slowed to a crawl.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Now VW wipers were simply irrelevant, I had a '63, then a '66 beetle, I just hardened up and realised things like wipers and lights for were for the unadventurous, 6 volt system and all, I only drove off the road once in a torrential downpour on the Coro road, into a field, 100 yards further along and I would have cliffed it. Lights and wipers pah.
    Mind you my current VW turns the lights and wipers on automagically, D chose this car for me.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    see back then you were either a Falcon or a Holden family, could depend on what type of farmer you were or townie.

    Both my immediate uncles owned HQ Kingswoods many years ago. One of them even boasted that his Kingswood "ran on cabbage juice".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5414 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Hehe, alot of Fords got bought if there was a good butter fat yield in the Waikato.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Thomas Johnson,

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    Did someone mention Holdens? This is the family car, bought new by my parents in 1971. HG Holden Kingswood, 186 with 3-speed column change. Still on the road regularly.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

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