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HG PANEL VAN HG00013A

As mentioned previously on www.oldholden.com I have a 5/70 HG Van which is body number 1A. I believe it to be the Van in the HG Panel Van Sales Brochure.
I am still searching for the original engine #161H322145. It was removed from my Van in May 1980 while it was registered as KST093 (VicRoads). My Van was first registered in September 1970. My engine was fitted to a HR Van first registered on 1/6/1967 on 13/08/1980 with the rego number JTR 325 and chassis number HR37533AM. Around October or November it may have been fitted to another HR? with the rego number KSO 269 as the AOMC Rego card shows it replaced engine number 161H403440. Does anyone remember either of those Victorian Rego Numbers? The last known rego number was NAE 716 which expired on 4th October 1998. NAE 716 is around late 1994?
I am also searching for any pics or video of the HK HT HG Production Line or any Promotional pics from that time particularly about Utes and Vans. I haven't found any ads on you tube about Vans but there are some about Monaros, Premiers and Kingswoods etc but nothing about commercial Holdens.
There is a Van in the background of a Green LJ Torana in the LJ Torana Brochure. It has HOLDEN Stencilled on the windowless section of the Van. My Van had a HOLDEN Spare Parts Logo on one door when I picked it up. The door is damaged but the stencil is intact and can be copied for future use.
A mate of mine showed a pic of my Van to the Parts Manager at Bathurst Holden nearly 20 years ago and he remembered it from when he worked at GMH in the 70's. He said they used it to ferry parts to Lang Lang among other duties. I have no idea how long GMH kept my Van for.
Any information anyone can supply would be greatly appreciated.
And have a great Christmas everyone. Please play good in the traffic?
Thank you.
Ron

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I forgot to mention that there are 2 stencils on the Front Suspension Crossmember. Can anyone shed any light on either of the stencils? I only remember part numbers on them? I can only assume that due to the production date of May 1970 being the Restricted Volume Production Run of the HG Range, the 'X' may have something to do with that? I really have no idea.
Any clues would be appreciated
Thanks again.
Ron

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1948 48 215

Mines 8/70 so nothing special...would be interested in seeing some pics of yours being one of the first. Also any notable differences carried over from the T..

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good work isn't cheap...cheap work isn't good

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Here are some pics of my Van. Unfortunately the original paint has long gone and at the time of the pics it was still driveable. It has had the sub frames off and repaired to a safe and usable condition. The doors and guards have been done too. This Van will not be fully restored however, it will be rebuilt with all new front suspension and steering parts as well as all new rear suspension parts. New master cylinder, wheel cylinders and shoes as well as rebuilt calipers and new pads. Upholstery will be good usable with used prem door trims and bucket seats. It will have a coat of Sudan Beige applied. Not sure about the inside yet? It should be Antique Gold but I don't have any AG interior and until I do it will have the prem buckets and door trims. The motor is a 186 with trimatic behind it. It is a good runner but the box is an unknown as I haven't driven it anywhere apart from in and out of the shed several times. It should be 161, 3 speed manual and drums all round. It had discs when I got it nearly 20 years ago. I bought it before the FX FJ Nationals in Shepparton which I think was around the year 2000? I picked it up several months after the Nats. A mate who was with the previous owner when he picked it up back in the early 90's picked it up for me at Quambatook in Victoria and took it to Barham during the Nats and we went down several months later to bring it home.
My Ute is original and unrestored and I like it just how it is. Owned for more than 20 years too.
I have been away in Sydney and the Blue Mountains to catch up with my kids and grandkids. Lots of smoke particularly around Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls where my daugter is. My son is in Dundas Valley.
My heart goes out to everyone affected by fires. And a big thank you to all the firies and all the people behind the scenes keeping them fed and watered.
Here in Blackbutt we have been very lucky so far. I fitted a soaker hose system over my roof from the garden tap on the tanks outside my back door. Turn it on and it sprays water on the roof which runs back into the gutters and back to the tanks. It is only used for gardens, washing the cars and through 2 filters before using it for cooking and tea and coffee.
Cheers,
Ron

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1948 48 215

look like great cars...I like your idea about the van - get it running sweet...looking at the pics I'd be inclined to not paint it and leave as is?

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Andrew

Hi Andrew. It was repainted several years ago by a mate in Sydney to make it respectable, however, it was left outside after the blow over? Hence all the added rust and lifting paint! I didn't have anywhere to put it and was not in a position to bring it up to Qld. I am not a panel beater nor a painter but a friend of mine is doing the panel and paint in exchange for an EJ Ute I picked up for free in Central Qld. I will do any necessary mechanical work on the EJ. It runs sweet and mechanically it only needs all brakes and clutch cylinders sleeved and new shoes along with a couple of missing drums replaced soon. The king pins are shot too and it needs new rear spring bushes and pads. The body is stuffed in the cargo floor area with one spring pushed up to the cargo floor! I have driven it up and down the driveway and found the keys in the ashtray! One owner, matching numbers and matching key to all locks!
Cheers,
Ron

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1948 48 215

about the paint if it's already been done once...the ute looks like a bit of work! great to see these old work horses being brought back to life...

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Andrew

When is a car too far gone? That ute looks bad. Good to see someone bringing something like this back from the dead.

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