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Projects '58 FC Holden Safari

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by JohnnyGretsch, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. JohnnyGretsch
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  2. big57daddy
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    Looks like a cool build.
    How much are you going to chop it?

    cheers, Ray
     
  3. JohnnyGretsch
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    I'm looking to lower the lid around 2-3 inches. Nothing too wild.
     
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  4. dodgeball
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    Holden did build a 2 door sporty wagon in 1958. Well,they're only sporty years later, once people them lowered and a nice set of rims of course. I have a mate with an FC panel wagon, 2 doors, back seat that folds out of the floor, sliding side glass for back seat passengers. It's a cool thing.
     
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  5. JohnnyGretsch
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    Yeah, FE-FC panel vans look great with a little work, and my idea for the back seat is similar to your mates. I know a couple of FB-EK "Nomads" have been built, but I prefer the FC front and rear, I've never been a fan of the '57 Chevy-esqe styling of the later models.
     

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    Your models looks back dated. It looks like a 55 model year here in the states. Rough but kool, I must like it because im a wagon guy.
     
  7. JohnnyGretsch
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    Oh yeah, Holden were terrible for that. Our '55 model looked like something from the 40's, the 57-59s looked like US 1955 models with 1940s interiors. Holden didn't really catch up design-wise until the mid 60s.
     
  8. Bird man
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    Looks part Chevy & part IH.
     
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  9. JohnnyGretsch
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    Did a quick doodle at work of what I'm aiming for.
     

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    A wedge chop, or just a quirk of the drawing?
     
  11. JohnnyGretsch
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    Just a quirk. I'm not the best illustrator, but I think I can generally get across what I picture in my head.
     
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  12. Peanut 1959
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    Just making sure. And I think your concept is awesome!
     
  13. Clevername
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    I think you should lose the bumper horns and replace the turn indicators with simple round ones -help accentuate that nice grill.

    Kelvin
     
  14. JohnnyGretsch
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    Something like this? This is the previous FE model.
     

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  16. It'll be interesting to see where this thread goes..
     
  17. JohnnyGretsch
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    Alrighty, update time!
    We tested the Y-block on our homebuilt test stand and it runs like a fine watch. It probably needs a little bit of TLC since it was used in a truck but I'm pretty happy with it as it is. Bodywork wise I don't think I'm far off chopping it now. I bought a pair of rough sedan rear doors to use instead of the unique wagon rear doors (spares for the good car). Gathered up a fair few NOS parts, and a few nice interior pieces. I wish I had some photos, but I'm on a new phone. I do however have a picture of my soon-to-be daily. Things are gonna get really busy soon, haha.
     

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  18. Nice work, looks like its going to be a fun project! Good luck
     
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  20. JohnnyGretsch
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    Looks like this is turning into a tale of two Holdens wagons! One wild custom and one mild. A couple of days ago I dragged my Dad's old FC Special home. This one was parked up in 1987 after a run-in with a power-pole. It's the car my late grandmother taught me to drive in. Dad wants this one to be the car he would have had in the 80's, a nice, warmed up little mild custom wagon.
     

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    Thanks to the wizards over on the photoshop thread, I now have some idea of what I want this thing to look like. I'm also kind of playing with the idea of using a later FB/EK Dash, steering wheel and column so it doesn't look so pre-war in the cabin.
     

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  22. LKR
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    good to see a bit of aussie tin on here!
     
  23. I agree. Keen to see how this shapes up.
     

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