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					The Chrysler Collector                                            January / February 2008




                   THE
                    CHRYSLER                             Number 174

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                                                         January / February 2008
                         THE CHRYSLER RESTORERS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC.
The Chrysler Collector                                                           January / February 2008




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The Chrysler Collector                                                                              January / February 2008

                              CLUB DIRECTORY
                   The Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia,
                                                  South Australia Inc.
                            Established in 1980, catering for the following vehicles:
        Dodge * Plymouth * De Soto * Chrysler * Imperial * Maxwell * Fargo * Graham Brothers * Valiant
                                                    Postal Address
                                             PO Box 667, Plympton SA 5038
                                                     Meetings
Meetings are held at the Combined Car Clubs (Triple C) Club rooms, Glandore Community Centre, Clark Avenue,
Glandore at 7:45 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, except January. Entry to club rooms is through the
car park. Visitors and guests are welcome. Please bring supper to share.
                                                   Subscriptions
              City single $25.00 - City family $30.00 - Country single $17.50 - Country family $20.00
            Fee is for a calendar year. Membership ceases if not renewed by 31 March of following year.
                                                        Club Officers
President:                    Chris Howes, 4 Peter Place, Campbelltown 5074                                       ah 8165 3971
Vice President:               Graham McRae, 26 Fisk Avenue, Glengowrie 5044                                       ah 8295 2615
Secretary:                    Ross Fleming, 1 Good Street, Fulham 5024                                               8356 9391
Asst. Secretary:              Judy Hart, 55 Hallett Avenue, Tranmere 5073                                            8337 7887
Treasurer:                    Alan Driver, 6 Hastings Road, Brighton SA 5048                                      ah 8298 1194
Editor:                       Richard Tapp, 17 Simpson Parade, Goodwood 5034                                      ah 8271 6961
Librarian:                    Stephen Tyler, 4 Munster Street, Windsor Gardens 5087                               ah 8261 7971
Assistant Librarian:          Steve Lovell, 21 Roycroft Avenue, Salisbury East 5109                               ah 8258 5264
Technical Liaison:            Les Kennedy, 5 Shelley Drive, Paralowie 5108                                           8258 9594
Public Relations:             Lorraine Beythien, 6 Manley Cct, West Lakes Shore 5020            0409 096 070         8449 8905
Run Coordinator:              Brenton Hamilton, 23 Jacqueline Avenue, Woodcroft 5162                                 8387 0419
Records:                      Judy Hart, 55 Hallett Avenue, Tranmere 5073                                            8337 7887
Historic Vehicle              Dave Aylett, 5 Larkdale Crescent, O’Halloran Hill 5158                              ah 8381 9665
 Registrars:                  Gaye Aylett, 5 Larkdale Crescent, O’Halloran Hill 5158                              ah 8381 9665
Committee:                    Ashley Farrow, 230 Lady Gowrie Drive, Largs North 5016                              ah 8341 6661
-                             Trevor Browne, 31 Serpentine Road, O’Halloran Hill 5158                             ah 8381 1501
-                             Bob Bermingham, 7 Hermitage Court, Burton 5110                                         8280 9904
-                             Sandy Martin, 14 Tyson Street, Ashford 5035                                            8297 8476
-                             Lindsay Gibb, 22 Lorraine Avenue, Para Vista 5093                                      8263 5416
-                             Garry Williams, 11A Wisdom Street, Seaton 5023                                         8353 0027
-                             Rhonda Williams, 11A Wisdom Street, Seaton 5023                                        8353 0027
Federation Rep:               Allan Kempster, RSD12, Reeves Plains 5502                                           ah 8527 4023
Combined Car Clubs Rep: Ken Barnes, 21 East Avenue, Millswood 5034                                                   8293 7923
Historic      South:          Dave Aylett, 5 Larkdale Crescent, O’Halloran Hill 5158                              ah 8381 9665
Vehicle       South:          Ron Turner, 7 Hunt Crescent, Christies Beach 5165                                      8382 3982
 Assessors: Central:          Ross Bryant, 12 Alma Street, Panorama 5041                                             8277 8220
              North:          Wayne Bartlett, 4 Lana St, Pooraka 5095                                             0408 829 605
              North:          Kevin Williams, 19 Wyndham Crescent, Surrey Downs 5126                              ah 8251 3240
              North:          Les Kennedy, 5 Shelley Drive, Paralowie 5108                                           8258 9594
Public Officer:               Barry Maslin, 13 Walthamstowe Road, Old Noarlunga 5168                                 8386 2931
Catering Coordinator:         Judy Hart, 55 Hallett Avenue, Tranmere 5073                                            8337 7887
Club Tools held at:           Chris Howes, 4 Peter Place, Campbelltown 5074                                       ah 8165 3971
Note that most committee members have e-mail access. You will find their e-mail addresses on the contacts page of the website,
where they can be protected from harvesting by spam robots. Addresses listed in the web version of magazine can not be protected.

                                            The Chrysler Collector
Next Issue: Please submit material for the next issue no later than Friday 29 February 2008. Corrections/amendments until
Sunday 2 March 2008. Contributions can be e-mailed to editor@chrysler-restorers-sa.org.au or posted to 17 Simpson Parade,
Goodwood SA 5034 or brought to club meetings. E-mailed digital photos should preferably be at least 1200x900, photos
should be scanned at 200 dpi; line-art at 600 dpi. Copyright: All material published in The Chrysler Collector is the
copyright of the author of the article or the photographer. Their permission should be sought before reproduction.
Website: The Chrysler Collector can be downloaded in colour from: http://www.chrysler-restorers-sa.org.au

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The Chrysler Collector                                                             January / February 2008

                                     COMING EVENTS
                                   14-16 March 2008                    Members who have never attended this
CLUB MEETINGS                      Chryslers on the Murray -           rally will be surprised by what Pt Pirie
13 February 2008                                                       has to offer.
                                   Wodonga, Vic
Annual General Meeting                                                 The Pirie club always makes visitors
                                   21-24 March 2008                    most welcome. Display Day is always
20 February 2008
                                   Bushman’s Rally - Broken Hill       interesting with a variety of cars, motor
Committee Meeting                                                      cycles and commercial vehicles on
12 March 2008                      SWAP MEETS                          display.
Club Meeting                       22-23 February 2008                 Runs are always to places of interest
                                                                       and night entertainment is excellent,
                                   Southern Swap - Ballarat
CLUB RUNS / EVENTS                 2 March 2008
                                                                       Don’t miss out - they would all love to
                                                                       see you.
3 February 2008
                                   Campbelltown                        Bushman’s Rally
Registration Day
                                   16 March 2008                       21-24 Mar 08
10 February 2008
                                   Clare                               Broken Hill is Australia’s longest lived
Barossa Valley Estate
                                   3-4 May 2008                        mining city. It’s massive ore body has
16 March 2008                                                          proved it to be the world’s largest
                                   Naracoorte                          silver-lead-zinc mineral deposit.
Myponga, now Mannum
                                   25 May 2008                         If you have ever thought about going to
INVITATION/OTHER                   Kapunda                             Broken Hill and never got around to it,
CLUBS’ EVENTS                      8 June 2008
                                                                       here is a good opportunity by attending
                                                                       the Bushman’s Rally.
17 February 2008                   Kadina                              You could even consider going a day or
All American Day - Novar
                                   27 July 2008                        two earlier or staying a day or two
Gardens                                                                longer.
                                   Angle Park
1-2 March 2008                                                         The Rally has well organised daily
                                   24 August 2008                      events including a display day and
Power of the Past - Mt Barker
                                   Willunga                            nightly entertainment.
6-9 March 2008
                                   21 September 2008                   Broken Hill is a “must see” and you
R& S National Rally - Mt                                               will have a wonderful time.
                                   Gawler
Alexander Shire, Vic                                                                     Brenton Hamilton
                                   15-16 November 2008
8-10 March 2008
                                   Bendigo
PADARC Rally Pt Pirie
                                                                        Entry Forms etc
9 March 2008                       FEATURED EVENTS                      Club events co-ordinator has
All Chrysler Day - Lockleys        PADARC Rally                         contact details and / or entry
                                   8-10 Mar 08                          forms for other club’s events.


                                        New Members
Michael & Yvonne Bartsch 1962 Valiant S series          Mt Barker
Para Hills                                              Donald & Sheila Feast       1961 Valiant R series
Robert & Ellen Hayward     1957 Chrysler Royal          Pt MacDonnell
Woodville West                                          Rick & Elaine Price       1977 Chrysler Charger
Colin Male &                                            Ceduna
Margaret Hoare            1971 Dodge AT4-114            Max & Karen Mitchell            1936 Plymouth P2
Mt Compass                                              Aberfoyle Park
Brian & Lynne Frith         1956 De Soto Plaza

                                          Cover Photo
Gil Purdie’s 1922 Dodge roadster, photographed at the 2004 Ray Miels Memorial President’s Breakfast Run.
Photograph Richard Tapp

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The Chrysler Collector                                                                    January / February 2008

                                         COMING EVENTS
                                Barossa Valley Estate Winery
Sunday 10 February 2008                 We will have a guided tour of the      you would like afternoon tea and we
Meet at CCC Clubrooms at                winery, wine tasting and afternoon     will canvas you all at the Breakfast
Glandore for a 9.00 am start. We        tea of coffee, tea and muffins for a   run.
will be passing Carisbrook Park at      cost of $5.                                                      Judy Hart
about 9.45 am so you can join in        As we will not be having a meeting                               8337 7887
with us there if you prefer. BYO        before this run could you consider
lunch, chairs and table.                whether you will be attending and if

                           Mannum Museum (changed venue)
Sunday 16 March 2008                    Basket Range, Lobethal, Mt Torrens     “Old Days and Old Times
Touring to Mannum to visit the Old      to Mannum.                             Museum”. Entry $5 per person
Days and Old Ways Museum                Lunch in Mannum either a BYO           entry. There is plenty of parking.
                                        picnic at Mary Anne Reserve on the     Then drive home at your leisure
Meet in the car park of Tower                                                  through Palmer and Birdwood.
Hotel, Magill Road, Magill at 9.30      edge of the River Murray or there
am for a 10.00 am start.                are many food outlets in the town.                        Trevor Beythien
                                        After lunch at 1.00 pm, drive to the                       (08) 84498905
Tour through Norton Summit,

                            2008 Gawler Ranges Trip Update
5-20 July 2008                          couple of nights!                      desperate, it's only about 16 km.
A group of members is in the            One night we will have no toilet or    Most of the roads were in
process of organising a trip through    showers, so bring your shovel. The     reasonable condition so driving
the Gawler Ranges in our Historic       next night there is a toilet and       shouldn't be a problem. All other
Vehicles.                               possibly a shower. The next night a    information as previously.
Dec 2007 update:                        toilet only, although you could        Expressions of interest to:
                                        probably go from the camp site into
 A recce has been done. You will        Minnipa and ask at the Hotel if you                             Judy Hart
need to be prepared to rough it for a   could have a shower if you are                                 8337 7887.

                                         Recognise anyone?
The     Beythien’s
were        going
through their old
photos and came
across this one.
The colour has
faded, so that there
is only red left - a
sort of psychodelic
sepia.
It was taken in
Darwin in the mid
60s and includes a
well known club
member.        The
question is - who is
it?


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The Chrysler Collector                                                                  January / February 2008

                                   FROM THE COMMITTEE
                                         President’s Message
             Happy New Year to          involved, considering it has been    before Christmas, it will be on
             you all and welcome        a few years since we last            the priority list of things to do, as
             to the first of our        participated, it would only seem     soon as the new committee is
             2008 magazines. It         right and fair to pitch in.          established. I see this as a
             seems no time at all                                            wonderful opportunity to put our
             since     we    were       As far as our own events             club in the spotlight; therefore
gathered at the club rooms              calendar is concerned, we have       can I ask that you all get behind
wishing each other a Merry              only programmed to March at          the idea and put forward
Christmas; I hope your                  this point, so we would welcome      suggestions as to how best we
Christmas was joyful and that           your input to help with the          could make this work to
you are all ready for another year      planning of further outings for      maximize our exposure. We
of Chrysler activities.                 the year.                            already have an enviable record
                                        Restoration and new arrivals         within the Historic Vehicle
A special thanks to Maxine Bean                                              movement; lets capitalize on it.
who organized another                   have been a feature amongst
wonderfully successful                  some of our members since the        As this will be my final report,
Christmas outing, not forgetting        last magazine; David Crichton is     having been in the chair for two
of course the able assistance           progressing well with his 1934       years now, I would like you all
from husband Malcolm and the            Airflow; or perhaps that should      to know that it has been an
Purdies – Alison you did a              be Rick Frith is making good         absolute pleasure (yes there have
splendid job with the kids games.       progress with the body repairs       been some ups and downs) to
Whilst handing out applause I           whilst keeping Coopers shares        share this position with a
would also like to pass on a huge       afloat. Our award winning Editor     wonderful group of likeminded
thank you to all those committee        has joined the Royal brigade         people; in particular can I single
people who helped to run our            with the purchase of a fine          out my lovely wife Cath who
club these past 12 months. No           example of an AP3 Chrysler           keeps it all in perspective. To the
doubt we will be looking to fill        Royal; seems to be quite a nest      new committee I wish you well.
these positions at our                  of Royals gathering in our midst
forthcoming AGM, so if you feel         at the moment. Will they ever be     Safe and happy motoring.
the urge, please step forward.          as sought after as Customlines
                                        and 57 Chevs I wonder.                                     Chris Howes
We have already been
approached to put on an event           Late last year, we received an
this year for the Motorfest             invitation to mount a Club
activities in September, Graham         display in the National Motor
McRae recently attended the first       Museum at Birdwood, sometime
of their meetings and has               within the next 12 months. As
indicated our willingness to be         we did not have time for the
                                        committee to discuss the matter

                                            From the Editor
CONTRIBUTORS                                                   WEBSITE STATISTICS
This issue comes to you courtesy of Brenton Hamilton, Judy
Hart, Trevor Beythien, Chris Howes, Ross Fleming, Wayne                     December    November      December
Bartlett, Dave & Gaye Aylett, Norma Hamilton, Noel Cowie,                     2007        2007          2006
Allan Martin, John Courtney and Ross Bryant.
                                                               Visits        1,124        1,236         2,762
Our thanks to last issue’s magazine despatch team, being
Cathy Woods, Judy Hart and Chris Howes.                        Pages         1,870        2,005         4,097
                                            Richard Tapp
                                                               Megabytes     2,024        1,816         2,762

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The Chrysler Collector                                                                January / February 2008

                                  FROM THE COMMITTEE
                                       Secretary’s Jottings
             Well, the time has        The end of the year went off         held in the year 2010, the venue
             flown once again,         with a bang with a great Xmas        being the Riverland. Lets hope
             and here we are into      Picnic, complete with Father         there will be a bit more water
             January of the new        Xmas ands the Ferel Fire Truck       in the Murrey River by this time.
             year (2008), and into     especially imported to carry the     Take a tour around your suburb
             the hot weather, and      old fella to the Park. Thanks to     and check out the brown lawns
lack of rain!                          the Bean and Purdie families and     in the gardens, shows the
We went up the river to Purnong        their band of helpers.               drought is starting to bite now! I
some weeks before Christmas for        The Xmas meeting then followed       will keep this short and put the
a bit of water skiing, and smartly     some days later, complete with a     rest in the secretary’s report for
went in two 4WDs and a snap            great supper per Judy and her        the AGM in February next
strap which was needed to              helpers. Thank you Judy!             month.
launch the boat and retrieve it. I     Some other club members,             Enjoy the rest of the before the
have never seen the river so           namely the Beythiens, have also      Club Year start again for 2008.
clean, clean enough to see to the      been working diligently setting
bottom. Needless to say we had a                                                                      Ross F
                                       the groundwork for the next
good day. It is a pity the petrol is   National Chrysler Rally to be
so pricey!

                                   Vale — Dennis Hatchard
As this magazine went to print I       cover. He was the source of          he was affable and generous. His
was informed of the passing of         many bits and pieces salvaged        passing comes as a shock and I
former club member and identity        from scrap which ultimately          personally will miss him greatly
Dennis Hatchard, who passed            went into the restoration of         as I am sure will many others.
away suddenly on January 18.           members vehicles, as well as         To his wife Ronnie and all the
                                       being the recipient of those bits
Many of our members would                                                   members of his family, we offer
know Dennis through his                left over.                           our deepest sympathy; his
business DENRON Metals at              Dennis was a gentle giant who        presence will be sorely missed.
Thebarton and as a long time           loved to help club members in
                                                                                                Chris Howes
advertiser on our magazine             the quest for parts and materials;

                                           Club Calendars
There are a handful of 2008 calendars still available. Each month opens to A3 size, with A4 picture and
A4 calendar. $10 including postage within Australia. Cars from 20s through to 70s. Chris 8165 3971 ah.




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The Chrysler Collector                                                                                January / February 2008

                                                  CLUB NOTES
                                     Member Profile - Gil Purdie
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND                  being involved with MR BEAN AT THE           WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE
YOUR VEHICLE(S)                             KERNERWEK LOWNDER which                      HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TIME IN
                                            earned Malcolm Bean the Disaster             THE CLUB?
GIL PURDIE, Wife CHRIS, Daughter
ALISON. Occupation, MASTER                  award.                                       Receiving the Alan Toull Memorial
PLUMBER (Specialising in Bathroom                                                        Award last year.
                                            DO YOU ENJOY GOING ON CLUB
Renovations)                                                                             Knowing and learning from Ray Miles,
                                            RUNS AND ATTENDING
1922 Dodge Brothers Roadster. 1929                                                       Keith Lucas, Murray Bryant and
                                            MEETINGS?
Dodge Victory 6. 1925 Maxwell (with                                                      Malcolm DuBois plus current club
                                            Yes. I try to participate in an interstate   members.
1959, 313 V8 Chrysler Royal Running         run each year if possible. I also enjoy
Gear), 1933 Dodge Fire Truck (1/2 Share     Club meetings and Sunday Runs.               IF YOU ENJOY CLUB RUNS,
with Denis Thompson)                                                                     WOULD YOU HAVE ANY
                                            I like to attend events such as The
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT                  Norwood Christmas Pageant as I feel it       SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FUTURE.
THE RESTORERS CLUB?                         helps to promote our Club and Hobby to       Yes we do. I am always happy to assist if
                                            others.                                      needed.
Denis Thompson a "mate" of about 15
years rang me and said he had bought a      WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN THE                 FOR THE LADIES.
Vintage Car ? and did I want to go for a    CLUB?                                        WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS
run. The run turned out to be the CRC
                                            To be different. To assist those who run     WHEN YOUR MAN SAID, I WANT
Pub Lunch at Stockwell June 1993?
                                            our club and events. Self Employment         AN OLD CAR TO PLAY WITH AND
DID YOU KNOW ANYONE IN THE                  does not allow me to commit to major         PUT IT WHERE THE BBQ AND
CLUB?                                       club events.                                 PERGOLA SHOULD BE.
Denis Thompson.                                                                          That has never been a problem as we all
                                            DO YOU HAVE A STORY THAT
                                                                                         love the cars as they arrived one by one.
WHAT YEAR DID YOU JOIN THE                  NEEDS TO BE TOLD ABOUT A
                                            CLUB MEMBER? (DONT LET THE                   First Gil extended the carport, then a
CLUB:                                                                                    double garage facing the side street.
1994. Denis approached the committee        TRUTH HOLD YOU BACK)
                                            Over the past 15 years there are so many     Then he bought the house next door for
regarding allowing a person to join the
                                            great stories and memories I would not       another "driveway and garage"
Club with a "HOT ROD". (Many still
regret that decision.)                      know where to start.                         The best one was Alison and Gil returned
                                                                                         from a Breakfast Run and said "we have
WHAT CAME FIRST THE CLUB OR                 DO YOU THINK YOU WILL EVER                   to sell the caravan we need the space and
THE CAR?                                    FIND THAT ELUSIVE PART AT A
                                                                                         money"
                                            SWAP MEET? SO YOU WILL NEVER
I joined the club the night I got the
                                            HAVE TO GO AGAIN.                            HAS HIS EFFORT BEEN WORTH
Maxwell on the road.
                                            I love swap meets. A great social event      IT?
DID IT NEED RESTORING OR WAS                plus the chance to find parts?? and          Gil has always been involved with motor
IT ALREADY DONE?                            possibly a bargain. Interstate swap meets    sport, but vintage cars and especially the
1925 Maxwell had been built as a Rod in     are events for catching up with interstate   Chrysler Restorers has given a great
the 1960's Then approx 20 years on          owners of similar vehicles plus ideas and    relaxed outlook on life and special
blocks. STILL RESTORING /                   parts. I would still go even if I didn't     friends.
IMPROVING.                                  need anything.
                                                                                                               Wayne Bartlett
1929 Dodge Victory Six Restored and on
the road, but not finished. ON GOING                                Gil Purdie (left) with Denis Thompson
RESTORATION.
1922 Dodge Brothers Roadster.
RESTORED
1933 Dodge Feral Fire Truck. FERAL
RESTORATION
DID ANY MEMBERS HAVE ANY
INPUT WITH YOUR RESTORATION?
Yes many club members and this
assistance still goes on with maintenance
and improvements of vehicles.
DO YOU HAVE A STORY THAT MAY
HAVE WON YOU A DISASTER
AWARD?
I did receive a fuel can due to my many
disasters of running out of petrol, one


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The Chrysler Collector                                                                    January / February 2008

                                            CLUB NOTES
                                       Historic Registration
The club’s financial year ended        not drive the affected vehicles             required. Log books may only
on 31 December 2007 and                until you have made alternative             be renewed twice after being
renewals are due from 1 January        arrangements.                               issued - they have a 3 year
2008.                                  Membership renewal notices are              life.
The constitution provides that         included with this January/             to Dave & Gaye Aylett at 5
members who have not renewed           February issue of the Chrysler          Larkdale Crescent, O’Halloran
their membership by 31 March           Collector.                              Hill 5158. They will post the
will cease to be a financial                                                   updated logbooks and endorsed
member of the club.                    OPTIONAL                                registration papers back to you
                                                                               promptly. Make sure that you put
If you have Conditionally              LOGBOOK UPDATE                          sufficient postage on your
Registered Historic Vehicles
(Historic Registration), unless you    PROCEDURE #1                            envelope for the number of
have joined another club and they      You may come to the club                logbooks that you are sending in.
have issued a log book, your           Registration Day on 3 February          Do NOT post the plastic logbook
vehicle’s registration will cease to   2008 and pay your membership            cover.
be effective after 31 March,           fees and have your log books            NOTE: Please only post your
irrespective of the date on your       updated. See details elsewhere in       membership renewal to the
windscreen sticker.                    the magazine.                           Ayletts if you are ALSO sending
This is because you will be in                                                 logbooks.
breach of the condition of             OPTIONAL
registration that requires you to be   LOGBOOK UPDATE                          OPTIONAL
a financial member of the club
                                       PROCEDURE #2                            LOGBOOK UPDATE
that issued your log book.
The club is required to (and will)
                                       If you are paying your                  PROCEDURE #3
                                       membership renewal by cheque or         You may also renew your
notify Transport SA where the
                                       postal order AND you have               membership by posting only the
holder of a log book does not
                                       logbooks to be updated, then you        renewal and payment to the club’s
renew their club membership.
                                       MAY CHOOSE TO send ALL of               post office box or by making
If you have a conditionally            the following:                          payment to the Treasurer at a club
registered vehicle with a log book                                             meeting. You should then bring
                                       • Club membership renewal
issued by CRCASA and will not                                                  your logbooks to the MARCH
                                           form;
be renewing your membership,                                                   meeting (not February — which is
you should arrange with Dave           • Payment (cheque or money
                                                                               the AGM) and queue up at that
Aylett to cancel all log books             order);
                                                                               meeting.
issued to you by this club as soon     • An appropriate sized stamped
as possible and certainly before                                                            Dave & Gaye Aylett
                                           self addressed envelope;
31 March.                                                                                           8381 9665
                                       • Current registration papers;
If you don’t renew your
                                       • Logbooks; AND
membership with this club or if
you arrange for your log books to      • $1 (2 x 50¢ stamps) for each
be cancelled, obviously you must           replacement log book

                                                             website, between biennial printing.
Restoration Services Directory
                                                             If you become aware of a supplier who should be
This is printed every two years, in conjunction with         added to the directory, removed from the directory or
the Register of Members and Register of Member’s             whose details need to be updated, let me know.
Vehicles.                                                    Otherwise the usefulness of the directory will
However, the information needs to be updated                 steadily deteriorate.
constantly, as information becomes available. The            The updated version on the website is January
updated register will be available from the club             2006.

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The Chrysler Collector                                        January / February 2008

                                      PAST EVENTS
                               2007 Chrysler National Rally
We left home on Thursday 27
Sept and travelled to Tailem Bend
where we stayed in a motel and
dined with Keith and Heather
from Wallaroo and Peggy and
Ross Fleming at the local hotel.
We were at the shell garage early
on Friday to meet the group at
8:30 am and 8 cars left to travel
together.
Friday was a windy day but we
arrived at Tooleybuc mid
afternoon with no problems. A
bakery stop at Ouyen saw us all
enjoying the delights provided and
was well worth the visit.
Narrandera was our stop on
Saturday night and during the day
we met up with 3 cars from
Broken Hill.
We set off early Sunday morning
through Junee, Cootamundra and
Harden and arrived in Canberra
mid afternoon after a couple of
our group had “detours”. Ross
Fleming got lost on Canberra’s
outskirts and hired a taxi to lead
him to the Black Mountain
Caravan Park.
We enjoyed the runs planned,
although it was again very windy
on the day we went to Braidwood.
The quiz evening was a great
success. Some of the SA group
won meat trays at the football club
where the quiz was held and we
had a great get together the next
night to share the spoils. Most of
us did different things on our free
days and we went to Blundell’s
Cottage, Floriade, New Parliament
House and I looked in several
quilt shops.
On the display day we were
assembled early and there was lots
for me to see and do nearby. I
went to a display in Old
Parliament House called “Scarred
and Strengthened” which told

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                                      PAST EVENTS
                          2007 Chrysler National Rally (ctd)
stories of Australians in the Great
Depression.
I found it very interesting as I’d
been told by my mother how hard
things were and how my family
coped. I also saw a production
called “The P.M. and the
Swaggie” which was a dialogue
between Joe Lyons and a swaggie
set in the 1930s.
In the afternoon several of us
walked to the Albert Hall to see a
wonderful embroidery exhibition
by the Canberra Embroiderers
Guild.
We enjoyed the presentation
dinner and were pleased that 3 of
the S.A. vehicles won awards. The
table centre pieces at the dinner
were quite spectacular and one
couple at each table had the
chance to buy one. They were
such a success that people were
ordering extras.
We enjoyed the week in Canberra
although getting around in an old
car when you are not sure of your
way wasn’t always easy. I lived
here in 1961-62 when there was
only one set of traffic lights — so
things have changed.
We left on Sunday 7 Oct and
stayed at Cowra where we visited
the Japanese Garden and
cemetery; both were very
interesting.
We then drove to Griffith, Ouyen
and home on Wednesday 10 Oct.
We covered 2,087 miles at an
average of 19.9 mpg, had no
problems with our car and enjoyed
our trip.
               Norma Hamilton.


Photos: Display day photos by
Noel Cowie, Run photos by Chris
Howes


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                                   John Courtney’s Dodge
Photos from the 2007 Christmas picnic, showing Santa arriving in the Feral Fire Engine, Santa’s Chauffeur, and
Santa and helpers distributing presents to children - children who had obviously been good, all year long!!
Photos: Allan Martin




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                         John Courtney’s Dodge (ctd)




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                                        John Courtney’s Dodge
This is not a restoration story. My      Courtney’s 1948 Vauxhall when             that time. I often used to ride in the
1965 Dodge Phoenix is original, not      “Johnno”, as I used to call him, died     back, with my dog, and thought that
restored. Rather it is the story of      in 1962. To me, it wasn’t a very          was something real special.
how and why I bought it.                 inspiring car and it was traded in on
                                                                                   He then graduated to a series of
                                         a brand new 1964 Vauxhall Victor,
It may also give some understanding                                                Austin A40s, both utes and sedans.
                                         with no wireless or heater as
to MY impression of the cars in use                                                By this time, I was starting to take
                                         standard equipment. I remember
in Murray Bridge and the used car                                                  quite an interest in cars and used to
                                         helping dad fit an after market
market in the late 1960s and early                                                 help “Pup” (Granpa Nitschke) when
                                         heater.
1970s. In many respects it is similar                                              working on the A40s, which was
to the logic used to determine your      I don’t remember many problems            frequently. It was about this time
football team, etc. In other words,      with this car, but it was not very        that I developed a strong dislike for
logic does not necessarily come into     inspiring either. Performance and         pommy rubbish. Everything seemed
it. Its sort of the way you were         brakes were fairly unnoticeable,          difficult and awkward to work on,
“brought up”. That means that I          which was probably a good thing, in       especially the electrics (Why do
don’t really care if you agree with      hindsight, as it is the car in which I    Poms drink warm beer? Because
me or not!! If you don’t, you are        learned to drive.                         Lucas make their fridges!).
obviously wrong.
                                         After I got my licence, I used to         By then, a good mate, John Parkyn,
My father was not very                   drive the Vauxhall around a bit, but      was about to get his licence, and
mechanically minded. When I was          was so worried about what would           started to get involved with Ford
very young, we did not have a car.       happen if I pranged it, that I was        Prefects and Anglias. More Pommy
Dad had an early Chev truck, then I      reluctant to use it too much, even        rubbish.
think a Morris or Bedford truck, but     though Dad seemed unconcerned.
                                                                                   John’s father, Clarrie, was a dyed in
in reality these probably belonged to    The closest I came to trouble in that
                                                                                   the wool Ford fan, and a mechanic
Granpa’s “Courtney’s Cool Drinks”        car was getting it hopelessly bogged
                                                                                   as well. He had a single spinner
company. The Chev truck is               and having to make up all sorts of
                                                                                   Ford ute, with a canopy, when I first
believed to be the one that Mal          excuses as to its whereabouts until I
                                                                                   met him, then later, a barge model
Fountain has recently restored.          could extricate it, with the help of a
                                                                                   (1960) Fairlane. The Fairlane was
                                         mate’s father, then clean it up, all of
Dad attempted to teach Mum to                                                      the first car in which I was a
                                         which took some time.
drive in this truck, but on the first                                              passenger that exceeded 100 mph. I
lap around the block, coming down        My first memories of Granpa               was or course very impressed.
the hill in Florence Street, past the    Nitschke’s cars were of a 1926 Chev
                                                                                   John & I went to school together,
Catholic School, the steering wheel      Tourer that had been converted into
                                                                                   and we spent a lot of time together
came of in Mum's hands! That was         a ute by the removal of the back
                                                                                   at weekends as well. Clarrie was
the end of Mum’s driving lessons         seat, back doors welded up, and the
                                                                                   always working on mechanical
for many, many years.                    rear cut out to form a tailgate. Thus
                                                                                   things that were of interest to me, as
                                         it was in reality more of a proper ute
These trucks had long gone before                                                  well as having an interest in boats
                                         in concept, rather than the
my time. Dad inherited Granpa                                                      and all things outdoors, which were
                                         buckboards that were common at
                                                                                   my interests as well. I soon became
                                         Getting ready for the Christmas           a firm Ford fan myself but anything
                                         Pageant. Note the old Chev truck in       less than a V8 was rubbish.
                                         the background
                                                                                   Looking back on that era, there are a
                                                                                   number of issues that must be
                                                                                   pointed out. Because of the
                                                                                   inferiority, in those times, of oils,
                                                                                   metal technology and quality,
                                                                                   engines really did not last long by
                                                                                   today’s standards. Never mind the
                                                                                   “good old days”. Most cars were
                                                                                   pretty ordinary, both body-wise and
                                                                                   mechanically, although big under-
                                                                                   stressed engines usually lasted OK.

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                                 John Courtney’s Dodge (ctd)
Any small engined car seemed to
forever require rings/bearings/
valves.
Yes, there were exceptions, of
course, but they were usually
“exotics or flash imported cars” and
I did not see much of them in
Murray Bridge. The only really
exotic car that I remember was a
drop head Jaguar owned by the
family doctor, who really by then
lived in Adelaide anyway. The only
other “exotics” that I remember
were of American origin, Buick,
Desoto Firesweep, etc. These were                                                 The old Chev cool drink delivery truck.
not that far removed, mechanically,                                               Previously owned by Hugie Kuchel, now back
from what we were used to, but                                                    on the road at the hands of Mal Fountain
because of the larger engines and
                                        in the Vauxhall Victor, and by 1970,         But of course there was one snag.
impressive bodywork, were exotic
                                        had a job. This of course meant that         Dad. He was concerned about a
to me. Therefore there were four
                                        I wanted a car! In reality, of course,       young, inexperienced driver like
classes of car in my eyes, Fords,
                                        I had wanted one for years, had              myself having a “big V8”. So he
Dodges, Holden rubbish and
                                        dreamed about it constantly, read all        found a nice Mk 1 Zephyr for me.
Pommy rubbish.                          the books and magazines and knew             $85 it cost, but I hated it. It was at
It is only relatively recently that I   exactly what I wanted. An overhead           least a Ford, was in fairly good
have come to realise that there were    valve Ford Customline. This is               condition all round, and went quite
other cars of worth, but as I said, I   where the Dodge connection comes             well, BUT IT WAS NOT A
rarely saw them in Murray Bridge,       in. The father of a lad I had gone to        CUSTOMLINE!
certainly not long enough to gauge      school with had a 1965 Dodge
                                                                                     It would occasionally foul a plug,
their performance or reliability.       Phoenix, and to say I was mightily
                                                                                     but otherwise performance in a
Even Mum’s uncle’s MG Magnette          impressed would be an
                                                                                     straight line was impressive for a
was close enough to be labelled         understatement, especially the
                                                                                     standard car. I remember seeing 80
pommy rubbish, even though I            stories he told me or the
                                                                                     MPH on the speedo topping
never rode in it or knew of its         performance of this car (one surely
                                                                                     Buderick’s Hill after coming off the
reliability. “Pup” borrowed a           wouldn’t lie to a teenage car
                                                                                     bridge, being chased by a mate in a
Sunbeam Talbot once, to take us on      enthusiast, would one?). But in
                                                                                     warmed Mk 2 Zodiac. He didn’t
holidays to Victor Harbor. I            1970, the price of a 1965 Dodge
                                                                                     catch me, but I didn’t loose him
remember being quite impressed          Phoenix was around $2800. Even a
                                                                                     either. While I would not vouch for
with it (compared to his A40), but at   1963 Phoenix, which really
                                                                                     the accuracy of the speedo, it was
the end of the day, it could still be   appealed to me, was around $2500.
                                        Absolutely out of the question for           still a pretty good effort, I thought.
labelled as pommy rubbish.
                                        me. But a Customline, being a few            But the Mk 1 had one modification
Another reason for these views is       years earlier, could be had for              that eventually was my undoing
the standard of maintenance ALL         around $300 to $400.                         (with my inexperience having no
vehicles received. While there were
                                                                                     small part as well!!). It had
some excellent mechanics around,        Parents of another mate from school
                                                                                     previously been used to tow a
there were also some pretty poor        had a Chrysler Royal. Dark green,
                                                                                     caravan and had beefed up rear
ones, by that I mean that they were     with green tinted glass, it was a
                                                                                     springs. This combined with the soft
quite able to adequately maintain a     pretty impressive car, but Chrysler
                                                                                     front end produced two alarming
big lumbering American derived          Royals really didn’t appeal to me.
                                                                                     characteristics. The first was the
vehicle, but anything else was a bit    Chev were still six cylinder till after
                                                                                     ability to become bogged at the drop
challenging, or more to the point,      1959, so apart from being a GM
                                                                                     of a hat. Aided by the very low first
they didn’t want to know.               product, a V8 Chev was, like the
                                                                                     gear, I perfected the vehicle bogging
                                        Phoenix, too dear. So a Customline
Anyway, as I said, I got my licence                                                  process that I had begun in Dad’s
                                        it was.

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                                    John Courtney’s Dodge (ctd)
Vauxhall, culminating in hopelessly         Customline.                            Dad hit the brakes, but unfortunately
bogging the Zephyr in the driveway                                                 was not used to power brakes. The
                                            By now Dad had pretty well given
of our Mannum Road home. The                                                       Customline had excellent brakes
                                            up on trying to keep me out of a V8.
second characteristic was often                                                    (although, being drums, faded badly
                                            Perhaps he thought I had learned my
pronounced oversteer. This resulted                                                if used more than once!), so this had
                                            lesson, if so he was quite right! I
in an upside down Zephyr on                                                        the effect of locking all wheels, and
                                            found just what I wanted in Victor
Maurice Road, out past where the                                                   a similar performance to that
                                            Harbor. A 1957 Ford Customline,
Gaol now stands. The Zephyr taught                                                 described previously resulted. Dad
                                            white and red (that always faded to
me many valuable lessons, the                                                      never drove the car again!
                                            pink within a couple of weeks of a
greatest being the value of seat
                                            polish) with a black flash down the    About this time, I bought a 1956 Mk
belts, but also that I could not drive
                                            side. It had extremely tidy grey       II Zephyr to flog around paddocks.
nearly as well as I thought I could. It
                                            interior, hardly any rust, and was     It cost me $20, but had no gearbox. I
was then about to teach me panel
                                            very good mechanically. It cost me     bought another gearbox from the
beating!
                                            $300.                                  Victor Harbor wreckers for $5.
The Zephyr eventually looked                                                       When I got it home I discovered that
                                            Dad had driven me over to Victor to
respectable again, thanks to some                                                  it was out of a MK I, so had the
                                            pick up the Customline and
assistance from a panel beating mate                                               wrong spigot shaft. The bloke at the
                                            followed me home. As soon as we
of my grandfathers and a lot of work                                               wreckers said “No problem, I’ll give
                                            arrived home of course he wanted a
on my part, as money was pretty                                                    you the correct shaft”.
                                            drive. So of we went, Dad driving
tight. What money I did have, I was
                                            with Mum in the passenger seat, me     When I arrive, he grabbed a 10 lb.
certainly reluctant to spend on the
                                            and my grandparents in the back.       sledge hammer and smashed hell
bloody Zephyr.
                                            Unfortunately, I don’t think Dad had   out of a MK II box, until the shaft
It also changed colour from black to        driven an automatic car before. At     just fell out through the broken
grey and white. The colour scheme           the first intersection 100 yds. down   castings. He picked it up off the
was dependant on what paints had            the road, he attempted to change       ground and handed it to me. I could
been dumped by a crash repair shop.         gear as if in a manual.                not believe my eyes. I assume the
I got all the tins that I could find in a                                          gearbox was already stuffed, it
                                            This resulted in him actually
rubbish dump with a bit of paint left                                              certainly was then! With the
                                            selecting reverse, thus bringing the
in them and mixed any that looked                                                  gearbox fixed, the fun began.
                                            Customline to a screaming halt with
remotely similar together. This gave
                                            all occupants plastered against the    Bruce Cronin had an FE Holden and
me a fair amount of sort of mid
                                            front windscreen. It probably looked   we both used to spend Saturday
grey, but not enough to paint the
                                            pretty comical, but not to the         afternoons screaming around a bit of
whole car, which was needed
                                            occupants, who were all yelling and    a track at his father’s place on
because I managed to damage every
                                            screaming in unison. Dad eventually    Rocky Gully Road, actually in the
panel in the rollover.
                                            got underway again, to continue for    bottom of Rocky Gully Creek, in a
Mixing the contents of most of the          some time without incident.            sort of quarry where sand has been
other tins produced a sort of creamy                                               dug out. We were often joined by
                                            In fact he had nearly returned home
white, enough for the roof. Thus the                                               various other lads in all sorts of
                                            after quite some distance, but as he
Zephyr became grey with a white                                                    vehicles. I remember a 750 Renault.
                                            approached the Mannum Road
roof. Quite presentable, but I was                                                 Despite having the doors removed
                                            railway crossing, a train arrived.
more determined than ever to get a                                                 to lighten it, it was still gutless, but
                                                                                   boy it handled.
                                                                                   Sometimes some of the lads would
                                                                                   have a bit of a flog in their good
                                                                                   cars, but Bruce and I felt much
                                                                                   happier in our old bombs – it did not
                                                                                   matter what happened to them!!
                                                                                   Although we really could not get up
                                                                                   much speed, they “fell over”
                                                                                   My Customline, taken about 1971. If you
                                                                                   look carefully, you may notice that I had
                                                                                   fitted 1960 Dodge Phoenix Tail lights.

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frequently, fortunately with no
damage to the occupants. Think
about this for a minute. Both of
these cars were about 15 years old
(about as old as a 1991 Commodore
or Falcon would be now) yet they
were so rusty that they could not be
put on the road.
The doors of the Zephyr had little
left of them and Bruce had
eventually to stop driving the              The XA Fairmont, not long after I bought it.
Holden because the bench seat had           Still has the Polyglass tyres at this stage
fallen so far through the floor that
                                           automatic though, as the twin plate             not. It is interesting to note that I did
he could no longer see over the
                                           clutch was heavy and severe and the             eventually commit heresy and
dashboard. They don’t make them
                                           gearbox a bit ordinary. I could never           bought a new Holden Commodore
like they used to. And thank God for
                                           do a really smooth change. But I                in 1979. It handled beautifully, was
that!                                      c o u l d l i v e w i t h t h a t , t he        very quiet and comfortable, but had
The Customline proved to be                performance was great.                          poor fuel consumption, poor
everything that I had thought it                                                           reliability and a rusty roof. I traded
                                           But I had, for some time, developed
would be. It was reliable,                                                                 it in with only about 60,000 km on
                                           a liking for older cars. I would
comfortable, safe, fast and looked                                                         the clock. It had proven that I had
                                           dearly have liked to keep the
good. It broke an axle shortly after I                                                     been right all along. Holdens were
                                           Customline, but just could not
got it, but I always put that down to                                                      rubbish.
                                           afford to. I had thoughts of building
Dad’s previously mentioned gear
                                           a hot rod and was always on the                 Jumping quite a few years, work
shifting trick. I fitted a set of Aunger
                                           lookout for suitable old cars.                  had been progressing quite well on
Mags with Goodyear Polyglass tyres
                                                                                           the DA, but ground to a holt when I
and it handled very well.                  Just before I got the Fairmont, I
                                                                                           was transferred to Adelaide for
                                           managed to purchase a 1929 DA
However, after about 18 months, I                                                          work. I decided that I needed an old
                                           Dodge from Parilla and towed it
had accumulated a bit of cash and                                                          car to drive until I could get started
                                           home behind the Customline. The
started thinking about buying a                                                            on the DA again. I bought the 1929
                                           DA changed my ideas entirely.
NEW car. It had to be a Ford of                                                            Essex. It was an old restoration, but
                                           Being a Budd (imported) bodied car,
course and a V8. In November 1972                                                          was quite presentable and reliable.
                                           rather than a Richards (local) bodied
I took delivery of brand new XA                                                            After about 5 years of ownership, I
                                           car, it was fitted out much better
Fairmont, GS pack, 351 four speed.                                                         realised that it really could do with a
                                           than anything I had seen before,
I fitted it with the Aunger Mags                                                           bit of work. However, I decided that
                                           with very ornate door handles and
from the Customline, which still had                                                       if I put the time in on the DA that
                                           lovely cloth seats. I immediately
the Polyglass tyres on them. These                                                         the Essex really required, I would be
                                           decided that this car was too
tyres that had performed so well on                                                        far better off. So I reluctantly sold it.
                                           impressive to turn into a rod, and
the Customline proved to be terrible
                                           resolved to restore it instead.                 This meant, however, that I again
on the Fairmont.                                                                           needed an old car to drive, while
                                           Of course I still have not got it on
I replaced them with Goodyear                                                              working on the DA. Another
                                           the road, but I AM working on it.
radials (Polyglass were bias belted)                                                       Customline would have been great,
                                           Shortly after, I bought a 1936 De
and the improvement was dramatic.                                                          but there was nothing available that
                                           Soto, also to restore, and that is not
I also replaced the shock absorbers                                                        I could afford. I started looking
                                           on the road either. It is interesting to
with sports Monroe units and                                                               around for a Dodge Phoenix. Funny,
                                           note that when I bought it, the De
received another dramatic                                                                  isn’t it. Years ago I could not afford
                                           Soto was not as old as my 1965
improvement in handling (on                                                                a Dodge Phoenix, so bought a
                                           Dodge Phoenix is now, which is
bitumen anyway. It was always a                                                            Customline. Now it was the other
                                           NOT restored either but IS on the
handful on dirt!). The Fairmont was                                                        way around!
                                           road!
a great car, performed really well
                                                                                           I started looking for a Dodge
and was reasonably economical. I           Thus I had solidified in my mind
                                                                                           Phoenix in earnest. Just like years
wished that I had bought an                what was a good car and what was

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                                  John Courtney’s Dodge (ctd)
before, my preference was for a           the back seat. As well, my wife           to hate Mallory twin            point
1963 but I could not find one that        Vicki had to return home to Murray        distributors. So have I.
was any good. Then a mate, Gil            Bridge by a different route, so was
                                                                                    I was soon on my way, but needed
Purdie, informed me that his old          unable to provide any backup.
                                                                                    to go through Christies Beach to sort
1965 Phoenix, that he had sold
                                          Never the less, I cautiously              out the registration. I wondered if I
about 20 months before, was on the
                                          continued on and had almost got to        would get there before they shut, but
market again. I knew the history of
                                          Glen Osmond, when the car just            I did, so the registration was soon
this car, and decided that it would fit
                                          stopped. I remembered that Gil had        sorted out with the assistance of Ron
the bill admirably.
                                          had a similar problem some time           Turner from the Chrysler Restorers
After inspection, and a short drive, I    ago that had been very difficult to       Club. So on to Murray Bridge I
concluded that it was little changed      find, but had been eventually traced      graunched, through Clarendon,
from Gil’s period of ownership, that      to a faulty ballast resistor.             Strathalbyn, etc. Lots of hills, try
is, it still went very well, and was      Unfortunately I had insufficient          not to brake!. It was dark well
quite presentable considering its 40      tools to really prove what was going      before I got home (gee, I wonder if
years of use. A successful purchase       on, so had to call the RAA.               the lights work?), but fortunately I
was negotiated. I now owned the car                                                 made it without further problems. I
                                          The RAA repairman was unable to
that had been so beyond my reach                                                    was mentally buggered though. It
                                          prove too much either, so after
all those years ago.                                                                had taken me all day to pick up the
                                          considerable delay (2 hours), the
                                                                                    Phoenix from Adelaide!!
I had hoped that I would now be           Phoenix was loaded onto a tilt tray
able to drive on in reliable bliss,       (“Jeeze mate, its big, I hope its         With the Phoenix safely back in my
particularly on the longer club runs.     gonna fit”) to be taken to an auto        workshop, the first job was to fix the
That hope was shattered at the first      electrician to fix the “crook coil”,      brakes. I soon discovered the extent
corner after I took delivery! The         which I was pretty sure I did not         of the damage on removing the rear
first time I touched the brakes, I        have anyway. Unloading from the           brake drums. There were a few
discovered that there were none!!         tilt tray at the auto electricians        mangled bits, but not too bad all
                                          caused further deterioration of the       considered. The brake drum had
They had been fine a week before,
                                          brakes. I did not know it at the time,    been scored, but came up OK after a
but the previous owner had
                                          but the main problem with the             skim on a brake lathe. The rear
informed me that the master
                                          brakes was not that they needed           brakes had already had stainless
cylinder had seized up immediately
                                          bleeding, but that they had been          steel sleeves fitted, so with a few
after my test drive. He had been
                                          excessively “backed off” when the         new bits (adjusters and brackets) it
unable to put the car away until he
                                          master cylinder seized. When I            all went together satisfactorily. I put
had backed off the brakes. He had
                                          braked hard reversing off the tilt        stainless sleeves in the front brakes
replaced the master cylinder with a
                                          tray, the automatic adjusters             as well, so I figured that should take
new one, but I assumed that it had
                                          attempted to do just that, but instead    care of all the brakes for the
not been bled properly.                   the whole mechanism fell to bits.         foreseeable future.
I discovered that if I pumped up the      The brakes lost even more
                                                                                    I tidied up a few other bits and
brakes, I could at least get some         effectiveness, but now produced
                                                                                    pieces, like arm rests on the doors.
braking, so decided that with             horrible graunching noises when the
                                                                                    Nothing too serious though, it was
sufficient caution, I would make it       brakes were applied. At least I now
                                                                                    basically pretty good. However, I
through Adelaide OK. It was all a         had an audible warning not to use
                                                                                    was not really happy with the
bit worrying though. The Phoenix is       the brakes any more than I had to!!
                                                                                    engine. I was still not convinced that
a very big car and seemed more so
                                          Fortunately, the Auto Electrician         the RAA bloke had got to the
because I was unfamiliar with the
                                          was very familiar with 318 Chrysler       bottom of the distributor problem,
car. It was not helped by being
                                          V8s, took one look at the Mallory         and had a bit of a clean up in that
automatic, with little retardation
                                          twin point distributor (when he           area, but could not find anything
when one backed off the throttle.         finally got around to looking at my       really conclusive.
The whole situation was made              “job”, that is) and said “the coil will
                                                                                    The engine had a fair flat spot as
worse by having little in the way of      be OK, the problem will be with that
                                                                                    well, mainly due to the carburettor, I
tools with me, as the car was             mongrel distributor”. It was. He had
                                                                                    felt. However it had recently been
supplied with lots of spares that took    considerable experience with drag
                                                                                    reconditioned, so should have been
up most of the room in the boot and       racing and speedway and had learnt
                                                                                    spot on. I started to suspect that

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                                  John Courtney’s Dodge (ctd)
although Gil believed he had fixed        conclusively to myself that the            manuals”.
the problem with the engine cutting       points were the problem, and feeling
                                                                                     In 2004 I attended the Broken Hill
out, by replacing the ballast resistor,   that it was due to poor construction
                                                                                     swap meet, where I bought a
there may still be problems that the      and materials in the distributor, I
                                                                                     genuine Dodge Phoenix workshop
bloke I bought the care from had          was determined to get an original
                                                                                     manual. This went into great detail
been unable to fix. Soon after, this      distributor, even though my RAA
                                                                                     on the setting up of the accelerator
problem appeared again, and I again       “friend” in Adelaide had said the
                                                                                     pump. I immediately realised that a
had to call out the RAA.                  way to go was a later model 318
                                                                                     small clip was missing from the
                                          electronic setup.
We got it going, but I was not                                                       “reconditioned” carby!. This was
convinced that we had really              I eventually found one in reasonable       quickly constructed from a piece of
identified the problem. I started to      condition, although I had to do some       wire, not quite original, but good
carry more and more bits and pieces       work on the auto advance to get rid        enough “for the time being”. I was
so that when the engine stopped, I        of some wear. Happy that it was            then able to set up the carby as
could conclusively prove where the        now OK, I fitted it, set the timing        described in the manual and it made
problem lay. By then I had also           and am pleased that it has given no        a world of difference. I now had a
replaced the fuel pump and coil,          further trouble. It also ran and idled     car that went and stopped as it
although I was pretty sure that they      much smoother. Although I may              should.
were not the problem. I was               have lost a bit of “top end”
                                                                                     Although I have done a few other
determined to methodically prove          performance, that is something that I
                                                                                     minor things to tidy the Phoenix up,
what the problem was.                     have not and am not likely to notice.
                                                                                     as well as replacing the battery and
This was not helped by the problem        I still had a bit of a flat spot, though   putting a new core in the radiator, it
magically appearing and                   and was convinced that it was a            has really required little to be done
disappearing at the most                  carby problem, even though, as I           to it since then. I could tidy up a few
inopportune times. Sometimes it           said, it had recently been                 more things, but then I would really
would go for months without a             reconditioned. The accelerator pump        be “restoring” and that was not my
hiccup. I had eventually proven that      seemed to be delivering too much           intention. It remains a fast, reliable,
there was no problem with the fuel        fuel. It worked opposite to others         comfortable classic that reminds me
or ignition up to the distributor. I      that I had worked on, in that, under       of my formative years and the cars
then discovered that the real             acceleration, it delivered a “pump         that were special to me then. What
problem was the points in the             stroke” of fuel under the control of a     more could I ask?
distributor. First one then the other     spring, rather than controlled
would go open circuit. This meant         directly by a linkage. I could not see                         John Courtney
that there was still spark, but at the    how I could improve this, despite
wrong time. Having proven                 consulting a number of “tune-up




 My 1965 Dodge Phoenix, 2007

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                                         RESTORATION STORY
                                Ross Bryant’s 1929 Senior Six
This article is part 2 of a series of                     gallon tins waiting for a start.
                                      OF CHASSIS BLACK    Firstly a good coat of red oxide
short stories about the restoration
of my 1929 Dodge Senior Six AND SOME RESET                then a couple of coats of chassis
Sport Sedan. I hope you will bear                         black and we were ready to go.
with me, especially as I tend to
                                      SPRINGS             I then had to find all the bits and
                                         Well, so much for the search for
repeat myself every now and then,                                                pieces that go with the chassis. The
                                         those elusive parts. My study year
for the whole restoration was                                                    springs came first and I took them
                                         had long since gone and the family
spread out over twenty years. I                                                  all down to Industrial Springs.
                                         despaired of just seeing boxes of
have chosen the events and                                                       There an elderly gentleman in
                                         parts and real pressure was being
incidents that I feel would be of                                                charge, much to my surprise, took
                                         put on me to finish the Dodge.          out his reference books, found 1929
most interest to you all.
                                         So out came the chassis. It was still   Senior Six Sedan and reset them to
                                         covered with grease and other stuff     the correct “tension”.
THE DOOR AGAINST                         so off it went to the sandblaster and
                                                                                 Unfortunately the shackle pins and
THE WALL STORY                           within a couple of weeks it was
                                                                                 the shackle hangers were badly
I was overjoyed at this offer but        back home sitting on four, four
                                                                                 worn so I welded up everything
better was to come because he said
to me, “Are you the fellow from
South Australia who rang wanting a
rear door?” and I tentatively said
“yes”. He said, “Well, there it is
over there leaning against the shed
wall.” He said, “It’s been there for
years waiting for you to come and
pick it up.” I really couldn’t say
anything. I paid another twenty five
dollars, opened the boot of the
yellow Valiant, took out all my
personal luggage and put that on
the roof rack and then carefully
placed the precious, but a little
rusty, left hand rear door, in the
boot. I was not going to risk it
being stolen or lost. No way!
Now when I talk about a door, I
really mean a metal skin tacked
over a wooden frame. When the
time came to rebuild the door you
can see by the photo just what was
required. To any of you who have
re-wooded a vintage car you will
know what I mean when I say, that
there is not one right angle to use as
a starting point, anywhere on the
door frame or body frame. It was
one of the most frustrating parts of
the whole restoration but eventually
I was able to complete all the
wooden sections and screw them
together, no glue by the way.

A COUPLE OF COATS
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                                         RESTORATION STORY
                            Ross Bryant’s 1929 Senior Six (ctd)
                                                                                 bits and pieces for a complete
                                                                                 engine rebuild. The engine was
                                                                                 with Jeff for a few weeks so I had
                                                                                 time to properly look at the
                                                                                 gearbox. I took a gamble after a
                                                                                 good inspection to simply drain and
                                                                                 flush it well. I was lucky as the
                                                                                 gearbox is still in the car. There are
                                                                                 no annoying noises or whines and
                                                                                 the gearshift lever has a lovely soft
                                                                                 touch when changing gears.
                                 Peter and Tony camping with Dad at Mintaburra
                                                                                 This was also the time to install the
                                                                                 tail shaft about which I was most
ready to be machined in my trusty        from lock to lock. I checked with       concerned because it was of the ball
Hercus lathe. This was a very long       the original one and found that one     and trunnion type. If you have had
job but I can assure you when            took two and a half turns, just my      anything to do with these you will
finished and hanging on the chassis      luck, so if anyone wants a steering     know that when they wear they will
was a marked improvement than            box for a Senior, see me, but I can     rattle and vibrate. Knowing that the
before. It looked even better when       tell you, you will have to be           poor old Senior had been used to
the wheels were on.                      Samson to steer it.                     pull a variety of farm machinery in
The shock absorbers came next.                                                   it’s early days, I found after the
These only required new seals and        THE ENGINE AND                          whole restoration was finished that
so far have not leaked any oil.          ALL THOSE OTHER                         something big was needed. At a
                                                                                 later date, I removed the original
THE STEERING BOX                         BITS                                    and put in a rebuilt later model one.
                                         Well so much for the chassis, it        This made a real difference
SAGA                                     seems that next on the list was the     especially on the freeways. No
My main problem, chassis wise,           engine. Now money was a bit             vibration, no noise and a magic
was the steering box. After pulling      scarce so I decided to do a rough       improvement.
it apart, I found the end tapered        rebuild. This meant just a new set      I was now ready to assemble the
bearing was shattered. I did what I      of rings and a homemade                 engine so after putting a bit of
could to repair it but it was a real     crankshaft regrind. I spend a lot of    pressure on Jeff James, especially
botchy job and I knew it would           time on all of this before I realised   as I now had some money in my
have a limited life. I just had to       that the right thing was to do it       hand, I got that call “Ross you can
look for another box urgently. For       properly. Along with all of this, I     now come and pick up your
years I kept looking at swap meets       received a promotion, which greatly     engine.”
but as there are very few Senior         reduced the pressure of the money
Sixes around, any chances of                                                     For the next few weeks I worked
                                         shortage.
finding one was small. However,                                                  long hours assembling all those
the Ballarat Swap Meet produced          So with great anticipation I set off    precious parts. The pistons were
the goods (or so I thought). Nearly      to Jeff James with an assortment of     installed after checking the ring
ready to go home I found a steering
box on the back of a truck with the
owner about to go home. I was so
pleased with my find that he said
take it and have fun.
I took it home, pulled it down and
found it to be in first class order. I
cleaned it thoroughly, put new
steering box grease in it then
installed it in the car. On turning
the steering wheel I noticed that it
only took one and a half turns to go     Engine assembly underway

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                                        RESTORATION STORY
                           Ross Bryant’s 1929 Senior Six (ctd)
gaps then came the crankshaft and                                                          Body restoration underway
soon I was able to turn the engine
over by hand. Jeff’s clearances
were just spot on. It was with a
sense of nervousness that I bolted
on the head and tightened up the
bolts on the sump. A good coat of
grey engine paint and soon the
engine was swinging in the air
above the chassis awaiting
installation.
Phew! What a relief but there was
still a lot more to come.

THE BODY WORKS
The body was now next in line for
restoration. Boy what a worry. As I
said before, there was not a right
angle to be found but in the end that
                                        confidence gained and soon all that      inches at the bottom. To correct this
didn’t make much difference it was
                                        was left was the left hand rear door,    I had to fill the dovetails up with
just a matter of first inspecting the
                                        which had travelled all the way          new wood (and some plastic wood).
metal skins, which covered the
                                        from Bega.                               Then using guesswork again I recut
wooden frame. I had to make up
                                        From then on there was much              the bottom and top dovetails. I then
special tools to do this as I did not
                                        guesswork in getting the right           assembled the whole frame and to
want to distort the steel panels in
                                        angles especially when making the        my great relief the door fitted
any way especially those of the
                                        dovetail joints. However, when I         perfectly. More luck than skill here.
doors and rear tub. Many a
sleepless night came and went           finally locked the frames of the         From then on I plodded away doing
without much progress. I had            body and doors up I was able to fit      a little each night until I reached the
success in the end and gradually the    the door. My first try was not a         stage where everything fitted.
body began to take shape. I must        success. The door, though flush at       Doors opened and closed and the
admit that tackling it bit by bit my    the top, was out by about two            raw body began to look like a
                                                                                 Senior Six.
                                                                                 The body was now ready to go to
                                                                                 the paint shop, which just happened
                                                                                 to be some six steps to the other
                                                                                 side of my shed. I had made a
                                                                                 trolley on which to keep it mobile,
                                                                                 as lighting in the shed was not
                                                                                 good.
                                                                                 First coat was Dulux Etch Primer.
                                                                                 Just a thin coat over all prepared
                                                                                 surfaces. Then came several coats
                                                                                 of primer surfacer and much
                                                                                 rubbing down in between. Then the
                                                                                 final coats of Mercedes Dark Red.
                                                                                 Once again a good rub down
                                                                                 between the coats of paint and we
                                                                                 called it a day. Boy I was really
                                                                                 glad to see the final coat as the
                                                                                 whole paint process took many
                                                    Body restoration continues   weeks as I was at the mercy of the

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                                         RESTORATION STORY
                            Ross Bryant’s 1929 Senior Six (ctd)
weather all the time. Crash Supplies     vinyl, we found the original cloth      most of the stuff had not seen the
insisted that I only paint between       material underneath, complete with      light of day for many years.
temperatures of 18 and 25 degrees,       the original stitching patterns. As I   I ordered a new wiring loom from
as they would not otherwise              said before Carman and George           Vintage Wiring and soon installed
guarantee the paint. Well, so much       were great to work with but they        it. It was a great thrill to see all the
for the paint job. I was very pleased    were always up to some trickery.        lights light up especially the highly
with the finished job but from then      They were always hinting at what a      ornate dash.
on I had to be careful not to scratch    great rod the old Dodge would
what I had so painstakingly done as                                              I had some trouble with the radiator
                                         make and one day I came in to find      but the Frith boys came up with one
now it was upholstery time.              the original wheels removed and         that fitted. Don’t know where they
                                         fifteen-inch fats fitted all round. I   got if from but I was really pleased
TWO NEW FOUND                            had to wait three weeks before the      with their gift. When the radiator
FRIENDS AND NEW                          ‘real’ wheels were found and put        was in, along with its surround, I
                                         back where they belonged. I must        was able to bolt the bonnet in place
UPHOLSTERY                               admit it was really a sad moment        and that, along with freshly painted
A telephone call to the Carofano         when the upholstery was finished        mudguards, certainly whipped up
Brothers, Carman and George and a        and I no longer had their company       my enthusiasm. Things began to
time was set to make the interior        in the afternoons. The finished job     move along at a great rate.
look like new again. “A couple of        was great and it was a proud
                                         moment when we wheeled it out of        The starter motor and generator, in
weeks” said Carman. They were
                                         the shop, ready for it’s trip home.     spite of being covered in dust and
great guys to work with as I
                                                                                 grime for years, was checked out at
planned to make up the new door
                                                                                 the local auto electrician and went
panels and seat frames myself,           THE FINAL                               in to their appropriate places.
leaving the upholstery work to
Carman.                                  TOUCHES                                 The carburettor only needed a good
                                         Soon the Dodge was back home in         clean. I set all the adjustments
By the way, the couple of weeks          the workshop ready for the final        according to an early Dodge
came and went. I don’t know how          touches on the “assembly line”. All     manual and the settings proved
long it all took in the end, but three   the chrome parts and other very         correct from the word go.
months was closer than two weeks.        needy bits so carefully stored in the
We did have some luck with the                                                   It didn’t take me long now to
                                         rafters of the shed came down and
door panels and seats. I thought that                                            virtually finish the Dodge and
                                         were prepared to be fitted in place.
the material used originally was                                                 prepare it for its first trial run.
                                         This was a real discovery trip, as
vinyl but when we removed the                                                    There were little bits and pieces to

 The whole family celebrates!




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                                        RESTORATION STORY
                           Ross Bryant’s 1929 Senior Six (ctd)
be finished here and there but          speed, let out the clutch and see       farming.
everyone was keen to see if our         what happens.
time, effort and money was the          I can tell you I was extremely          JUST A FEW VITAL
success we were looking for.            nervous but be that as it may, we
                                        started our run. We went about a
                                                                                STATISTICS
THE BIG DAY —                           hundred metres, built up some
                                                                                It will cruise comfortably at fifty
                                                                                miles per hour all day. Will go
THE FIRST TEST                          speed, switched on the ignition (or
                                                                                higher but I am very conscious that
                                        Murray did), let out the clutch and
                                                                                I am driving a two-tonne motorcar
RUN — SUCCESS AT                        without a real murmur the big
                                                                                that needs to stop quickly some
                                        Senior fired up for the very first
LAST                                    time in some thirty years.
                                                                                times. Since restoration the car has
When the big day came for its first                                             covered some 6,000 miles, done
test run. I gave Murray a ring and      We were on our way at last. We          many weddings, travelled to
he was down at my place within the      took her down to South Road,            Canberra and back without a
hour. We had planned to pick a day      drove her until she came up to          murmur, been on many Club runs
without rain (so what’s new) with       temperature then drove her home.        (not so many lately). Has won a
the idea of Murray giving me a tow      We put her in the garage and let her    number of trophies including Best
around the block to build up oil        cool down for a longer run the next     on Show at the Club’s 20th
pressure first. We did this for about   day. I can assure you all I was a       anniversary Display Day.
a half hour then stopped at the top     bundle of nerves by the time it was
                                                                                All this at twenty-one miles per
of the hill in front of my home.        all over. From then on daily runs
                                                                                gallon!
Then using the slope of the hill we     freed up everything and soon the
                                        old/new Dodge was ready to                                    Ross Bryant
took off down the hill in top gear
with my left foot firmly planted on     participate in the Club runs or any
the clutch. The plan was to get up      other activity we could find, but not     The Senior 6 in all its glory!




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                                         MARKET PLACE
                                            Club Clothing
                                       Water Resistant Polar Fleece Lined      Lorraine Beythien on 8449 8905 for
CLUB CLOTHING                          Jacket Navy with Red Lining, Royal      enquiries or an order form. We are
A range of clothing with our club      with Red Lining, Navy with Navy         able to order any number at any time.
emblem is now available.               Lining - $64
Men’s Polo Shirts in Navy or Royal     Chambray Shirts Men’s or Ladies’
with Red Trim in Sizes Small to 3XL    Long Sleeve $41, Men’s or Ladies’
- $35 and 4XL to 5XL now available     Short Sleeves $41, Ladies ¾ Sleeves
at $39                                 $42.
Ladies’ Polo Shirts in Navy or         Sew On Badges $16
Royal with Red Trim in Sizes 8 to 20   Caps Navy with Red Trim or Royal
- $35                                  with Red Trim to match the Polo
Children’s sizes are also available    Shirts $14
Vests – Reversible Polar Fleece        All prices include our emblem
Lined in Navy with Red Lining or       embroidered on the article
Navy with Navy Trim – Sizes Small      If you would like to order any of the
to 3XL -$55                            items at any time please contact


                                        Club Name Badges
                                          At the November                      PLAIN with pin              $5.50
             CHRYSLER RESTORERS           meeting two styles of                PLAIN with dual pin and clip$6.00
                                          badges were shown to                 PLAIN with magnet           $8.00
                                          the members. The                     CLEAR GLAZE ACRYLIC
               Walter Percy               general consensus of                 with pin                    $7.50
                                          opinion showed that a                CLEAR GLAZE ACRYLIC
                                          majority of people                   with dual pin and clip      $8.00
During the last few months preferred the badge with Clear                      CLEAR GLAZE ACRYLIC
members have asked about Glaze Acrylic and the rest liked the                  with magnet                $10.00
upgraded name badges. These Plain. There was also a discussion                  If you are interested in purchasing
badges are to be available for about the different pin types.                  a new name badge please contact
purchase by individual club I have had a discussion with the                   Lorraine Beythien with the details
members.                       manufactures and it is possible to              of your badge, or you may send the
At the last Committee meeting it       purchase both types of badges with      order form below to Lorraine c/-
was decided that we have a white       various pin requirements.               Chrysler Restorers Club, PO Box
background on the badges with          Listed below are the styles and         667, Plympton 5038.
black printing and our Chrysler        prices that are available.                             Lorraine Beythien
motif incorporated.

          CHRYSLER RESTORERS - ORDER FORM FOR NAME BADGES
STYLE OF BADGE [Plain or Clear Glaze - circle one]      PIN TYPE [Pin or Dual pin and clip or Magnet - circle one]
PHONE (a/h) ………………………………                      (day time if different) …………………………………….
FULL NAME (print clearly)……………………………………………….                                                      Price…………...
2nd badge name……………………………………………………….......…                                                       Price…………...
3rd badge name……………………………………………………….......…                                                       Price…………...
4th badge name……………………………………………………….......…                                                       Price…………...
5th badge name……………………………………………………….......…                                                       Price…………...
                                                                                                Total $…………...


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                                               MARKET PLACE
                                               part no. 2596938, 1970, well used       lights. Roger Day ah 03 458 2261
NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS                          condition, small number of pages        (see pic of project, shown for interest
All vehicles offered for sale should quote     missing from book.                      not for sale!)
their registration number or engine
number if not registered.                    • Chrysler model identification guide,    Australian built 'D49/4' 1954 Dodge
                                               up to 1976 CL, also has Dodge,          Kingsway Coronet parts: Bumper bar
                                               Centura, Hillman and Mitsubishi,        jack in working condition, original
FOR SALE                                       cover not perfect, pages good.          rear shock absorbers fitted to these car
96A Whippet tourer, POA, 8276 8664                                                     from the factory - "Monroe" or
                                             • Chrysler 1976 service bulletins,
1936 Dodge, stored under cover and in          book 210 mm high by 137 mm wide,        "Oriflow" brand - dated between 1954
the family all its life, was driven into       part no. 4068270, good condition        and 1960 - this is written on top of the
position 2 years ago, all original Ruth                                                shock absorber. New or used (suitable
                                             • Chrysler 1977 service bulletins,        for reconditioning). Some original part
McAuley 02 4959 2131 (near Walgett
                                               same size as above, part no.            nos are : A1462818, A1465952,
NSW)
                                               4068271, good condition                 A1726606 or A11467119; battery tray
1937 Nash Ambassador 6, older
                                             • Chrysler 1978 service bulletins,        in good condition. Laurence 0409 703
restoration, drives well, overdrive
                                               same size as above, good condition      386
gives up to 21½ mpg. Reluctant sale.
                                               but some loose pages at front           Rubber boot seal for 1955 Plymouth
$15,000 Bill Watson 8264 6355
                                             • Factory Hillman HE series 1970          P25 Belvedere (Aust body) (see pic),
S series Valiant, push button auto,
                                               Hunter, Royal, Hustler and Safari       and also a petrol filler pipe rubber
with gas and mags, needs restoration,
                                               service manual, part no. 3542393,       grummet (pipe size 59 mm, body size
mainly paintwork, Trevor Anderson
                                               covers worn, appears complete           hole 72 mm, outside diameter can be
8244 7021
                                             Submit offers in writing for individual   92-95 mm.)
1963 Chrysler Royal AP3 [UKB-391],
                                             items to PO Box 667, Plympton 5038        1956 Dodge Kingsway rear door
complete car, defected, looking for
                                             to be received before the AGM on 13       handle (external), driver’s side.
good home, Mark Bennet 8177 1381
                                             Feb 2008. Questions to Steve Tyler        8356 9397
1963 AP5 Valiant, push button auto,          8261 7971.
green, original condition, all standard,                                               Cheap 6 Volt electric fuel pump (eg
                                             Chrysler wristwatch, given to             Morris 8 SU pump) for a local
price offer over $4,000 taken, club
                                             employee for long service, Mrs Davies     community project where a team of
member G Spear 8346 8993 ah
                                             8326 1984                                 volunteers are rebuilding an
Slant 6 era parts and HR Holden parts,                                                 International truck. Mike Osborne 08
Graham 0419 294 052                          WANTED                                    8837 3158
Valiant AP6 [UNP_611] in excellent           Dodge 4 or Dodge 6, Bill Harvey PO        Powerflite transmission for Chrysler
original condition, 130,418 genuine          Box 1389, NT 0851 [042 563 067 -          Royal AP1, Bob Hayward 0407 601
miles, family owned, carefully               digit missing …]                          803
maintained, always garaged, reg until
                                             2 sets of wooden wheels, 4 wheels and     2 tone green seats from standard VC
Mar 2008, offers to Dennis 08 8353
                                             2 front axles, for restoration of an      sedan to enable repairs to original
2748 (see pic)
                                             outback buggy. Late 20s to mid 30s,       seats, Wayne Bartlett 0408 829 605
1973 Valiant VJ 265 Regal, auto,             can be rough. Peter Foster 8443 8638
white, 81k miles, in good condition,                                                   Ryco E½ oil filter Ron van Rhoda
                                             1934 Chrysler Airflow, Colin              838 5424
aged owner no longer driving, Allan
                                             02 6760 7855                              Chrysler wagon, preferably with gas,
0407 569 187 (Ararat Vic)
                                             1948 Plymouth parts: good                 not looking for show vehicle. Megan
VH Charger, 245, one owner,
                                             (repairable) petrol tank with sender,     0404 084 776
immaculate for age, Mick Flower
                                             chrome for the front grill ( top bar)     Small / medium fridge freezer in good
0439 332 205 (Berwick, Vic)
                                             and drivers side front guard along with   condition. Graham or Jenette
Surplus books (duplicates) from club         a surround for the p/s head light,
collection for sale by “silent auction”:                                               8264 2261.
                                             bonnet catch/latch, pair of windscreen
• Factory VG Valiant service manual,         wiper arms and blades, oil bath air
                                                        filter unit and set of head




                                                                 Cross section of
                                                                 1955 Plymouth
                                                                 boot seal




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                                                               Goode Restorations
                                                                    34 New Road, Clare 5453
                                                                          Ph 8842 3731
                                                                Specialising in rewooding vintage
                                                                            car bodies.
                                                                 Restorers of vintage and classic
                                                                         motor vehicles.




            Motor Radiators                                  Carofano Motor Trimmers
     15-19 Halifax Street, Adelaide     8231 6256             59-61 Chapel Street, Norwood 5067
     55 Oaklands Road, Somerton Park    8294 8333             Ph/fax 8362 7400 mob 018 819 454
                                                               Custom interiors and restorations,
      Repairs, cleanouts, recores, full range of             vintage and prestige cars, hot rods and
       cooling system parts and accessories,                   general repairs, kitchen chairs and
      plastic tank and aluminium radiators, 2                               lounges.
      year radiator warranty,, free pickup and
       delivery service available. Established
                   over 50 years.




                     John Biddle’s                              M & J Prosser Nominees Pty Ltd
         Antique Motor Spares                                              trading as

             33 Fourth Street, Wingfield                          Woodside Auto
                     Ph 8268 5540
                 Buy, sell, exchange.                             Body Repairs
        Large range of parts for all types of                16 Evans Street, Woodside North 5244
        vintage and classic vehicle. Books.                  Ph 8389 7359 fax 8389 7965 ah 8389 7336
          Tyres 4.50 x 21 and 5.00 x 19
                                                              Automotive body repairs and painting
        Hundreds of head gaskets in stock.                   including restoration work. Guaranteed
        Goode range of parts for Dodge, de                           quality workmanship.
          Soto, Chrysler and Plymouth



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  Alliance Insurance Company limited ABN 11 006 471 709 Australian Financial Services Licence No 235011.
 You can get a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) by phoning 1300 139 006, from any of our offices or online.
    You should consider the Product Disclosure Statement in deciding to buy or hold this insurance product.




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