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Coming Events for Taupo VCC 2019 APRIL Wednesday, 10th April

Club Night 7.30 pm.

Monday, 15th April

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

(Please note: Easter 19/20/21/22 and Anzac Day 25th ) Sunday, 28th April

Club Day Lunch Run 10.45 am.

MAY Wednesday, 8th May

Taupo VCC AGM 7.30 pm. Supper to follow

Sunday, 19th May

Navigation Run

Monday, 20th May

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

JUNE Saturday, 8th June

Club Night Mid Winter Christmas Pot Luck Dinner 6.00 pm.

Sunday 16th June

Club Run. Brass Monkey

Monday 17th June

Committee Meeting 7.30 pm.

Club Breakfast

First Sunday of each month At Coffee Club, Roberts Street. Special $10 menu for Club Members or order off their Menu. Register by phoning Owen on 07 378 8327. Be seated between 9.00 and 9.30am. May be followed by a run out in the country.

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Printed Mag Now Available!

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Printing Tips

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Chairman’s Report

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Club Captain’s Report

13 Lake Taupo Country Roads Rally - Report & Photos 27 Terrys Tyres Lake Taupo Country Road Rally 2019 Results. 28 Simon Aurisch’ 1934 Chrysler CA Sedan - Part One 38 Art Corner 39 Taupo VCC 2019 Calendar Year. Cover image: 1928 Model A Ford PickUp arrives at the Taupo Rally lunch stop.

CLUB NIGHT The second Wednesday of the month at the clubrooms - Hickling Park, AC Baths Ave, Taupo.

CLUB DAY Third Sunday of the Month. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles and materials presented in this magazine are those of the authors and/or reference sources, and do not necessarily reflect the views held by the Taupo Vintage Car Club or The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. Our intention is to stimulate discussion and enthusiasm among the VCC membership and the wider community. All photos, product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners.

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Taupo Vintage Car Club Officers Taupo Vintage Car Club, PO Box 907, Taupo 3351

PATRON Graham Mock HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Bob Pettigrew • Graham Mock • Joe Ridley CHAIRMAN Neil Chave 07 3765262 chairman@taupovcc.org SECRETARY (Vacant) secretary@taupovcc.org ACTING SECRETARY Eric Foley 07 378 7006 secretary@taupovcc.org TREASURER Maureen Ransley 07 3776360 treasurer@taupovcc.org CLUB CAPTAIN Tony Mannington 07 3771598 captain@taupovcc.org MAGAZINE EDITOR Dean Packwood editor@taupovcc.org COMMITTEE

Eric Foley Brent Davidson Kelvin Trim Owen Duncan Chris Smith

Non COMMITTEE POSITIONS ARCHIVISTS June & Graham Mock BEADED WHEELS SCRIBE Neil Chave CLUBROOM HIRE Eric Foley LIBRARIAN Trish Jefferies RAFFLES Pam Mannington RALLY SPONSOR Terrys Tyres. SPARE PARTS Bruce Jefferies CLUBROOMS CUSTODIAN Owen Duncan VIC CERTIFIERS Bruce Jefferies Norman Pointon Lester Strawbridge Brent Davidson

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Printed Mag Now Available! Printed copies of our monthly magazine, Taupo Torque, are now available from Copy Solutions in Taupo! We email the magazine to Copy Solutions each month, so if you would like a copy, you can visit Copy Solutions in Taupo and purchase one of the following 3 options:

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Printing Tips Although you can print this magazine to A4 (either actual size or scaled to A4), this magazine has been set up in A5 format. This allows you to print 2 pages up on an A4 or even a booklet if your printer supports it. If you open the magazine file in Acrobat Reader, and select file>print, under Page Size and Handling (see image below), you can print multiple pages per sheet. Click File>Print>Multiple>Pages per sheet> 2 If your printer supports printing both sides of the paper, you can also print a ‘Booklet’. Which allows you to print, then staple and fold up into an A5 magazine.

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Chairman’s Report

Neil Chave Chairman’s Report – April 2019 In March we held our first ‘club social evening’ with the annual summer BBQ. It was great to see so many of our members come along to an excellent BBQ on such a pleasant late summers evening. We also had planned to hold our annual Blind Run for the local Taupo based vision impaired folk, but unfortunately, this group was not able to get a reasonable number along so regretfully we cancelled the run and afternoon tea on the basis that when they could get better support, we could run the event then. Probably the biggest club event in March was the Annual Rally, and this was one of the largest the club has run for many years. The numbers registered were significantly bolstered by the inclusion of entrants on the North Island Club Captain’s Tour so in all we had more than 50 cars involved in the rally. At this stage, I want to thank our dedicated club members that served on the Rally organising committee who ran what I believe was the perfect rally. The organisation and management was excellent, and we are grateful to them for their support and expertise. The rally was a great success, and this year it was run in almost perfect weather. The Saturday night dinner function went very well, and all were happy with the venue and fare. On the Sunday morning, the clubrooms were open along with our parts department, and I want to congratulate our Parts Coordinator Bruce Jefferies for the outstanding presentation and management of our parts stock. For those that have never taken a look in the parts garage –it’s well worth the visit – many thanks Bruce! With only 15 entrants for the rally from our own Taupo club, we will need to look very carefully ahead at future rallies as to their viability. In a club with around 80 members, we would hope that in future years we can attract more of you to support what is essentially our ‘flagship’ event of the year where we host visitors from other clubs. APRIL 2019

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In March there is a National Executive meeting to be held in Wellington where the current issues the national VCC are dealing with. I will in the next month’s newsletter provide an update on key matters of concern to us. One of the items that I will be following up on is ‘on-line’ members applications where I am of the view the VCC hasn’t caught up with where technology is today. It is important that we make it easier for people to join. Looking ahead to May – yes it’s AGM time again, and we will be seeking new blood for many of the positions for the committee. The current team has now been around for a while, so we look forward to all members making themselves available for the management and operation of the club. We think it’s time that more of our membership stepped up to the plate and offered their time for these roles & responsibilities. Nomination forms are available from the club secretary. Neil Chave and navigator Rod Campbell leave the start of the Taupo VCC Rally in Neil’s 1963 Rover 110.

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Club Captain’s Report

Tony Mannington Club Captain’s Report – April 2019 I am writing some of this report may be a month early as Pam, and I will be away for the month of April, attending the National Model A Rally in Te Anau, so I am trying to cover two months in one. Our Model A is currently waiting for us in Nelson after attending a Model T Rally in Nelson at the end of February. Looking forward to catching up with “Dora” on the 3rd of April when we fly back down and make our way south. We are now coming up to the end of another Club Year with our AGM set down for the 8th of May. Committee members over many years have contributed a huge amount of effort to keep the Taupo VCC club “afloat” and now it is time that you as Club Members can offer your support to our Club and be a committee member. As Club Captain, I have set the Club program for the last 3 years, do you think it’s time for a change. Club nights and Club days have been well supported over the last year with more than 50 people turning up to some of our Club activities, it certainly puts a smile on our faces. Some of our present committee members may be wishing to stand down, and we need your support. Please consider coming onto our committee. Our Treasurer informs us that the Club is in an excellent financial position, possibly making a small profit out of our Rally. With a big commitment from our Rally committee and non-committee members our 2019 Rally was a very successful weekends event. Over 50 cars lined up on our APRIL 2019

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numbered carpark making our start one of the best yet, with every car leaving in an orderly manner. Thanks to the team for the carpark setup. Everyone enjoyed their run in clear skies out to the morning tea stop at Mangakino. After enjoying their morning tea, was off to Kinloch to tackle some “Straight Line Navigation” and onto our lunch stop, a fundraising effort provided by the Parents of Kids at the Country Kidz Early Child Education Center at Mokai. Our Straight Line Navigation proved challenging for some, and yes as “Chief ” Rally Route Plotter I take full responsibility for any errors that you picked up. Rally results showed that 7 cars got all the silent checks in the correct order. Each Silent check missed, or question answered wrong resulted in losing 10 points from a starting point of 200. The number of points lost out of a maximum of 350 as followed: • Overall winner only lost 20 points, then 1 with 30 points lost, 4 with 40 points lost and,10 with 50 points lost. • In some cases, 5 wrong answers or missed silent checks was not good enough for a prize. • 15 out of 50 answered our tricky question right: “Bonanza”. All in all a good Rally with lots of positive feedback coming to the committee after a great Prizegiving and Dinner evening. With the NI Club Captain tour joining us for our Rally it boosted our numbers with 52 cars taking to the start line. Our March Club Night become a follow up on the discussion on our recent Rally, with lots of positive feedback. Brent then showed us a DVD on early transport around NZ which included a section on early Carrying Companys in the Taupo region when all goods had to be shipped in by truck. Club Day in March is usually not held due to the committee commitment with the Taupo Rally so look forward to our lunch run in April. Looking Forward At the end of March, we have our annual Hospice Morning Tea on the 26th of March at 9.45 am. If you are able to help Please call Neil.

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Wednesday the 10th of April, Club Night. At this stage looking at options. Sunday the 28th of April. Lunch Run. The committee has set the Lunch Run for the 28th of April, so we don’t clash with Easter and Anzac day. We are looking at options, and you will be informed by email when a venue has been decided. Don’t forget to check out the Club program with the Navigation Run in May and our ever popular Mid Winter Christmas Dinner and Brass Monkey Run in June. Looking forward to catching up with everyone after our trip South with some interesting stories. All the best to Brent and Lorraine, Marty and Lyn on your trip to the South Island VCC Easter Rally. Drive Safe. Tony Mannington. Club Captain.

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CLUB DAY-LUNCH RUN SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2019

Meet at the Taupo VCC club rooms at 10.45AM for an 11.00AM Depart to the Timber Museum Putaruru The Timber Museum is located on SH1 just south of Putaruru and has recently had a revamp so come and experience the history of the timber industry in New Zealand. Lunch will be served at 12.30PM at the museum and the cost is $10.00 per person. The lunch includes 2 sandwiches, 1 muffin & 1 savoury plus tea & coffee. Bring something to sit on if it’s fine we can enjoy lunch outside. For those that wish to go through the museum this will be open for our club only on the day and the cost is $12.50 per person or if you have a SuperGold Card the entry will be $10.00 Eftpos is available Your committee member will phone to confirm your attendance, or you can book with Neil Chave: chairman@taupovcc.org

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Lake Taupo Country Roads Rally Report & Photos It all started back in September 2018 setting the groundwork for our 2019 Taupo Rally. • Neil Chave being elected for the role of Rally Director • Heather Duncan, Rally Secretary • Maureen Ransley, Rally Treasurer • Lorraine Chave, Minutes Secretary • Myself and Kelvin Trim taking on the task of setting the Rally Route • Plus other committee members and non-committee members that also put up their hands to help and did a magnificent job helping when required. We were approached by Kaaren Smylie, North Island Club Captain, asking if it would be possible to include our Rally in their Tour. We needed extra cars to boost our numbers, and we agreed that they would be welcome. Kaaren was promising approximately 40 cars, maybe 20 cars from Taupo, we had a Rally on our hands. We ended up with 52 cars. Setting the Rally Route was not going to be an easy task with a number of “expert” Rally entrants amongst the group. We needed to make it a little challenging. Kelvin came up with the plan to head out to Mangakino morning tea and then send back through Kinloch for some Straight line Navigation. Having lunch at Kinloch. Things just didn’t add up, too high mileage, review lunch stop. Unfortunately, due to health issues, Kelvin had to take a step backward, so Danny Jones stepped in to help me do a run around our proposed Rally Route checking mileage and times. Thanks, Danny. With the help of Pam we re-ran the Rally Route several times checking and rechecking and of course lots of retyping Rally sheets, with our lunch stop now confirmed at the Country Kidz Education Centre at Mokai. A fundraiser by the parents providing our lunches. APRIL 2019

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A wide range of vehicles from around the country all lined up for the start of the Taupo Rally.

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Above: 1952 Austin A40 Sports. Below: 1930 Model A Ford.

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Above: 1928 DE SOTO K Roadster. Below: 1929 Model A Ford

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Stage 1 was set to travel from Start at the Clubrooms traveling to Mangakino for the morning tea stop. I believe stage 1 was a winner, except for the usual few taking wrong turns. Stage 2 from morning tea stop to lunch stop with a section of Straight line Navigation thrown in caused a few challenges for some, but the results show that 7 got full points for Straight line Navigation. We know it wasn’t perfect and as Rally Plotter I take full responsibility. We will try harder next time. Stage 3 was a run back to the Clubrooms, looking at the different scenic sights around Taupo. The weather on the Friday didn’t look too promising with lots of rain, but we knew that the Farmers and Gardeners desperately need the rain. Our bonus for the day, the weather stayed fine and clear, great motoring weather.

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Above: Owen Duncan’ arrives at the “Country Kidz’ Early Child Education Center in his 1946 Chev 610 Pick-Up. Below: 1928 Model A Ford Pick-Up.

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Above: 1969 Morris Mini. Below: Shane and Graham drive up in Graham’s 1924 Durant.

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Above: 1954 Studebaker Commander.

A great lunch provided by the “Country Kidz’ Early Child Education Center, Mokai.

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Our evening Prize Giving/Dinner started off with a few quiet beers while we reflected on the days Rally, getting some wonderful feedback from our Rally participants. They all enjoyed their day. With the marking finished and the results handed to me in a sealed envelope, our night was set to begin.

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Thanks to Neil and his team that got many of our prizes donated by local businesses around Taupo. Without the generosity of our sponsors, it would be hard to give a great selection of prizes. To all the prizes winners, congratulations on your efforts. Especially to Peter and Rosalie Donovan, EBOP VCC who won the overall Rally. Overall Taupo to Bill and Marilyn Dawson, Taupo VCC. Bill and Marilyn received their prize on Saturday night and at Club night on Wednesday Bill was still smiling. Keep smiling, Bill. As Club Captain of the Taupo VCC, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone that helped in some way to make this 2019 Rally a successful weekend. I was blown away when Pam and I turned up early on Saturday morning to help set up and found that some of you got there earlier and had everything under control. Thanks “Team Taupo�

Above: Taupo Rally 2019 - Overall Taupo Winners - Marilyn and Bill Dawson with VCC National President Diane Quarry (pictured right) APRIL 2019

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Above: Taupo Rally 2019 - Overall Winners - Peter and Rosalie Donovan with VCC National President Diane Quarry (pictured right)

A NOTE OF APPRECIATION: The Taupo Country Roads Rally

Rosalie and I would like to express appreciation for an enjoyable experience. We drove on a number of significantly scenic roads lined with forest greenery sometimes and overlooking the farmland countryside at others. All road surfaces were very good and some of those winding kilometres made for enjoyable vintage driving. For our part, we explored areas new to us such as Lake Whakamaru and the settlement of Mangakino which proved to be much more extensive than we had visualised. Morning tea break was appreciated and the lunch arrangements excellent. From our point of view, the whole day, including the evening event appeared thoroughly and carefully planned, and we wish to express our appreciation to all those involved. Hoping to be back again next year, Rosalie and Peter Donovan (EBOPVCC)

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Terrys Tyres Lake Taupo Country Road Rally 2019 Results. First Entry: Don & Ngaire Wade Longest Distance Travelled: Keith & Linda Nunn - Gore Points Hard Luck:

Ken & Faye Douglas

Waikato

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Vintage:

1. Bill & Marilyn Dawson

Taupo

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2. John & Deirdre Blackmore

Wellington

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3. David & Val Stafford

Bay of Plenty

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1. Gavin Welch & Sophie Zhao 2. Bill & Janet Rendle 3. Geoff & Marlene Blackbourn

Auckland 175 Central Hawkes 170 Bay Taranaki 120

Post War:

1. Dave & Esther Williams 2. Brian & Viv Guest 3. Frank & Julie Ward

Manawatu Warkworth Bay of Plenty

170 160 150

Post 1960:

1. Peter & Rosalie Donovan 2. Marty Sutherland & Brent Davidson 3. Chris Smith & Greg Nattrass

Eastern BOP Taupo Taupo

180 160 155

Post 1980:

1. Murray & Barbara Stanley 2. Bruce Jefferies & Joe Ridley 3. Colin & Mary Anderson

Taupo Taupo Bay of Plenty

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Ladies Prize:

Elaine Taylor

Taupo

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Overall Winner: Peter & Rosalie Donovan Taupo Best Overall: Bill & Marilyn Dawson

Caltex Prize: Three lucky draws of $50 petrol vouchers each. Marking was out of 200 points with a deduction of 10 points for each incorrect answer and 10 points for each traffic offence. (This year, failure to indicate, at two different places) APRIL 2019

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Simon Aurisch’ 1934 Chrysler CA Sedan - Part One

Restoration by Simon Aurisch and Trevor Gordon

As some of you may know, for the past 3mths I have been in New Zealand on an extended holiday break, based out of Taupo (central North Island) where three of my brothers live. I also use Taupo my 2nd home base, when time permits. Some background – I have been fiddling around with this restoration on and off for many many years, always losing momentum because work interrupts and bring progress to grinding halt. This car has been in the family since I was 12, I cut my teeth on valve grinds, fuel tank repairs, suspension works at this early stage. This very slow progress was really getting me down, so in my wisdom (or otherwise!) I decided enough is enough – let’s get it done and to a timetable of completion by the end of 2015.

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I will rely upon quite a few suppliers to get this project completed as I will outline below. To get things underway, the body, rolling chassis and 15 boxes of parts + engine and gearbox where taken to the workshop of Trevor Gordon in Kati Kati which is located north west of Tauranga on the Bay of Plenty. The story so far is a follows: The body and chassis have been in storage since 1985. The chassis had deteriorated somewhat with some minor surface rust breaking through the old black chassis paint. The body, guards, doors and bonnet were removed from the chassis and put to one side. The rolling chassis has been stripped of the front suspension and the rear springs/diff. The chassis was then returned to Taupo for re-grit blasting and POR15 paint treatment. Many other brackets, suspension parts and engine bay panels were also included in this delivery. Three weeks later I was called to the painters’ yard to see all my parts like shiny new. The chassis has been returned to Kati Kati and reunited with the diff and leaf springs. The leaf springs had to be re-set to the correct curvature due to an error made many years ago when the springs were separated and reassembled. I was fortunate to find a catalogue on eBay a few years ago by a supplier “Temme Springs”. This booklet has a lot of leaf spring data for cars & trucks 1924-1938. Part of the detail onlined the ‘free arch’ from centre line of shackle eyes to the top surface of the top spring. This enabled me to have a local supplier ‘Archer Springs in Rotorua to re-set the leaf springs correctly. This catalogue also identifies the size of the rubber bushings that are typically found at the front of the rear spring assembly. Panel work was the next task by Trevor with minor panel rust and some guard damage due to storage. Next task was to remove the old primer from the body. We chose to use a fine blast media of ‘E’ class – very fine. We engaged a mobile blaster contractor to come to the workshop and we took all parts into a nearby paddock and commenced a careful grit blast of the body, guards, doors, valances & rear luggage rack. This process revealed years of fine rust trails beneath the old primer. The bonnet was chemical dipped to ensure the flat panels are not affected by the light blast process. The curved body panels were quite safe for the soft blast technique that this contractor specializes in doing. The blast process took 4-5hrs to get all panels top and underside to new condition, quickly followed by 2hrs of 504 Primer to protect the steel for panel prep/ minor filling and paint. The body parts go to the painter within the next 3-4 weeks. APRIL 2019

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The head light bowls had to be separated from the inner support plate to ensure the chrome plating is 100% successful, as if the rivets are left in place (6 per headlight), rust can migrate into these places and damage the end result. De-riveting the headlight bowl from the inner mounting plate was so easy. At first I was very apprehensive but when carefully instructed by Trevor, the process was straight forward. I’m happy to share this technique with anyone who cares to ask. We plan to refasten each headlight bowl to the inner mounting plates by using rivet bolts that we got from ‘The Filling Station’ ex USA supplier. This supplier provides remanufactured parts to Chev and Ford restorers. These rivet bolts are 3/16”, have a smooth S/S dome and have a fine thread to secure the bowl to the inner plate. I intend to also use these rivet bolts for the bonnet handles and bonnet catches. $8 for a bag of 12 rivet bolts. Chroming was the next challenge. After extensive enquires to chrome platers in Auckland, Gisbourne, Wanganui, Hamilton, Rotorua – we chose Progressive Polish-

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ers and Electroplating in Auckland due to the feedback from local hot rodding workshops who could only give positive words for their work. The bumpers, grille surround, front windows, hand break, spare wheel rod, headlights, horn covers and horn brackets. Chrome plating is like gold plating – hugely expensive these days. I hope I never have to do this task again due to the enormous cost involved. One was to burn cash in a hurry. Hubcaps were sent to Dave Pattern in Martinborough 0272477956, near Wellington NZ. Dave receives the hub caps, removes the old skins, does general dent repairs, blasts and paints the hub cap base and presses new S/S skins with Chrysler wording, paints the Chrysler text black or red for $180NZD each. Instrument gauges have been sent to Christchurch for repairs and are now back ready to install. New kingpins and bushes have been re-made including 2x lower yoke front suspension pins that had to be made slightly oversize to ‘take-up’ wear in the yoke thread – the achilles heel of the 34 CA/CB model. This was done by a local CNC machinist in Taupo. Wood graining of the interior window surround frames was handed over to a very talented chap in Wellington – Ray Mercer in Breaker Bay. His hand painting wood grain finishes are nothing less than spectacular – from samples and owners who have used his services before. This is a real art and Ray is a perfectionist. Ray researches the woodgrain finishes that were used in the 1930’s with a contact in the USA. The front windscreen was the next BIG challenge. The car had a fixed screen installed 40yrs ago by prior owner and I wanted to reinstate the wind out system that was originally fitted. I had no top hinges but Trevor located a pair in his worldly collection of treasures. I had APRIL 2019

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the window sill wind-out gearbox winder and again Trevor has come to the rescue with the ‘connector’ that secures the wind out foil to screen frame. After some frustration about who was out there in industry that could supply suitable frame material (AL) and correct formers, we located 1 chap in Napier and one chap local to Kati Kati by some chance of fate – by the name of Deuce Adams. He is a hot rod fibreglass body supplier but also as a side task manufactures/supplies over 100 windscreen frames each year to the restoration/hot rod market. He showed be a sample of what is made from a Clients template and in 3 days the frame is complete, bolt joints at L/H and R/H corners and polished. It is up to the Client to supply glass and seals. Seals are being soured from Steelerubber in USA. Redfox Frames in Victoria does a similar job. Rubber parts are being sourced from Andy Bernbaum and Steelerubber and some chrome welting (to trim the running boards) from The Filling Station, all ex USA. Wire loom is care of an Australian supplier with added indicators and extra tail light cables. The exhaust manifold is being remanufactured from pipe fittings. I have a spare exhaust manifold but these are troublesome so have decided to fabricate a discrete header (see photo below). This work is being done by Trevor’s son Josh – a skilled young tradesman. We will stress relieve and HPC coat the manifold after we surface plate the exhaust flanges and open out the flange holes for expansion. The engine was fully rebuilt 2014 with a full flow filter system fitted. Front and rear Engine mounts have been re-rubbered by my

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contact in Wollongong. The gearbox is ready for reassembly – new bearings and rear seal located. The cluster was removed just to check the needle rollers and shaft. Both were beyond repair with badly pitted rollers and eroded shaft. New needles were located ex Australia and eBay came to the rescue with a brand new layshaft for $75.00. Tail lights are another challenge. I was fortunate to be advised of a small company in NZ that specializes in ‘metal spinning’, this curious exercise uses a style of metal/wood lathe turning a former/mold to the shape of the item the customer want. A metal plate – sheet copper or thin steel is shaped over the mold whilst the mold rotates. I have had 4 tail light bowls made in this way from 1.2mm thick copper polished go enough for chrome plating – each tail light bowl that was formed was $55.00 complete. If you are lucky to see NOS or 2nd hand ’34 desoto/airflow/ CA/CB bowls they will be $50-200 ea with no internal bulb/lens mountings. The Grille infill panel with all the ribs/detail that is mounted into the grill surround panel was stripped and lightly blasted to review a hand full of holes that Trevor will braze up /file off before we powder coat the ribbed frame in preparation to reinstall the S/S trim strips. Chassis numbering was only brought to my attention by Trevor as we prepared the chassis for reinstallation of the diff/leaf springs and front suspension. My chassis was stamped in three locations on the left side, one place overhead the diff, next location was ahead of the leaf spring front shackle and half way along the chassis near the front of the running board. These stampings can only be viewed when the body is off the chassis!! No idea why Chrysler did that. I have seen other CA/CB chassis stamped on the RHS and closer to the front of the chassis so there seems to be no consistent approach in my experience. Glass windows and wind pieces will be replaced with safety glass. Four of the laminated windows are cloudy/damaged so we have traced all glass onto and cut 3mm MDF templates for the Glass company to replicate. Three small Door latch springs could not be found at swap meets so I eventually made contact with NZ Springs Ltd in Lower Hutt NZ. They will remake any spring you want. Years ago spring companies would only talk to you if you wanted a ‘run’ of 250-500 or a 1000 items. Now they realize the market has changed and APRIL 2019

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services are now being offered for one off or a hand full of springs. Steering mod’s were essential as the old steering box was so worn out I would turn the wheel ¾ turn before much happened. Now I have – dear I say it, a (Ford) XW-XD recirculating ball steering box to replace the original unit. The conversion is amazing easy. An adaptor plate is bolted to the existing steering box bracket, with a couple of discrete mod’s to the steering box casing. The existing pitman arm can be reused with minor works to the spline. Now it’s like I have power steering. Don’t tell anyone!! Next Instalment and challenges (Part Two) will deal with painting, upholstery, body assembly and final detailing. Cheers Simon Aurisch The 1934 Chrysler Six was produced on two different wheelbases, 117 inches and 121 inches. Both used the 241.6 cubic inch, six cylinder engine rated at 93 horsepower. The Chrysler Six also offered one of the earliest and best (for its time) independent front coil spring suspensions, and it had a vent window that could be rolled down with the side glass.

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Art Corner

“Brandy� - 1936 Packard Convertible. Original oil on canvas by Don Packwood www.donpackwood.co.nz

Although the work is fictional, the subject (auto and young lady) were at Napier (New Zealand) and became the inspiration for this composition. The Packard One-Twenty (also known as the One Twenty and 120) is an automobile produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, from 1935 to 1937 and from 1939 through the 1941 model years. The One-Twenty model designation was replaced by the Packard 200. The One-Twenty signified the first time that Packard had entered into the highly competitive mid-priced eight-cylinder car market. In its introduction year, the Packard One-Twenty was available in a broad array of body styles including two and four-door sedans, convertible and Club Coupe. The One-Twenty, weighing in at 3,688 lb (1,673 kg), was powered by an all-new Packard aluminum-head, L-head, inline eight producing 110 bhp (82 kW) at 3850 rpm.

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Taupo VCC 2019 Calendar Year. 2019 Wednesday, 10th April �����������������Club Night 7.30 pm. Monday, 15th April �����������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm. Sunday, 28th April �������������������������Club Lunch Run 10.45 am. Wednesday, 8th May ���������������������Taupo VCC AGM. Saturday, 8th June ���������������������������Club Night: Mid Winter Christmas Pot Luck Dinner 6.00 p.m. Sunday, 16th June ���������������������������Club Run. Brass Monkey Monday, 17th June �������������������������Committee Meeting 7.30 pm

Club merchandise available on Club Nights. Baseball Cap - $14.00 Polo Shirt - $33.50 Bucket Hat - $17.00 Fleece Jacket - $59.00 Club Lapel Badges and Car Stickers We have most stock available at the club rooms.

An Austin 747 cc takes a gnarly turn at the Donington Park Race Meeting, May 13, 1933. The on-lookers' calm expressions exemplify the typical nature of this kind of wild driving. APRIL 2019

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