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The Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch of

The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand PO BOX 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159

February 2018


___________________________________________________________________________ Club Night: Last Thursday of the month (except December) at Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00 pm Social get together Branch meeting starts at 7.30 PM 1

THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF NZ Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Postal Address: PO Box 2168, Kopeopeo, Whakatane 3159 Branch Officers: 2017/2018 Honorary Branch Member

Lorolei Pollard

Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer Club Captain

Les Costar position to be filled Gail Costar Joy Growden Barry Keene

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Steve Growden Lytle Hall Lorraine Stock Alan Stock Peter Hadley

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Margaret McKerras

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Beaded Wheels Reporter Almoner Name Badge Sales Parts Shed Supervisors:

Peter Donovan Lorolei Pollard Peter Donovan Phil Leaming Steve Growden Keith Watson

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Keith Watson Les Costar Keith & Margaret Watson Margaret Watson Lorraine Stock

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Margaret McKerras Les Costar

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Archivist VIC Collators: Saleable Items: Supper Supervisor Raffles Community Liaison: Whakatane: Kawerau:

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Club Regalia For Sale: Contact: Keith and Margaret Watson (these will be available at Club Nights) EBOP Cloth Jacket Badges $7.50 EBOP Cloth Jacket Patches $10.00 EBOP Car Window Stickers $1.00 EBOP Car Bumper Badges $20.00 EBOP Lapel Badges $6.00 EBOP VCC Windscreen Stickers $2.00 EBOP Cloth Caps $15.00 Rally Number Holders s/s $15.00 NZVCC Winged Lapel Badges $7.50 VCC Cloth Winged Badges $13.00 EBOP Name Badges $15.00 (to be ordered) Please wear your name badge to VCC functions.

Club Night: At:

Last Thursday of the month (except December) Whakatane Athletic Clubrooms, Short Street, Whakatane 7.00pm Social Get-together Branch Meeting starting at 7.30pm 2


From your Chairman: I am writing this because I have run out of paint primer for the back of the house, so I thought I would do something useful, like write the Chairman’s Report. It is two months since we had our last meeting and magazine, but we have had a few events. The Whakatane Christmas Parade was a bit low key for the Branch with only 4 cars with 8 Members as well as kids and grandkids participating representing the Vintage Car Club, with 2 other cars transporting dignitaries. The Kawerau Christmas Parade was different we had 8 cars, 15 Members, 3 kids and a monkey. The crowd loved the cars and we all had a great time. Some of us went to the cafe for lunch at Lake Rotoma. Cars lined up for the start of the Parade

Karen Spackman and Charlie the monkey, that is Mark in the background and Kids in the dickey seat of Rex Savage’s Model A

The Classic Car Breakfast at Julian’s was a great occasion for our Branch, we had 10 vehicles there, but the usual classic cars and hot rods were very scarce, maybe the wet weather put them off, but not so our hardy enthusiasts. At the Rotorua Car Show, our Branch had 11 cars on show. It was a much bigger show than recent years and a great variety of cars on show. It was great to catch up with our Members and Members of other Branches that I hadn’t seen for a while. On a recent run to Tauranga with Steve and Joy in their Rover, the alternator on the MGBGT stopped charging unbeknown to me (as the charging light didn’t come on). On the way home, halfway down the Matata straight the car started to miss and eventually stopped, the battery was dead flat. What 4

now, no tow rope. Steve came up with a bright idea, with jumper leads he connected the two cars together for 10 minutes and off we went. Luckily we got as far as Aunty’s Fish and Chips at Matata, when once again the MG stopped. Not to worry, Steve and Joy said we will buy our fish and chips and take them home and put the battery on the charger, so while the girls bought the food, Steve once again connected the two batteries together for 10 minutes. But the charge didn’t quite get us to Steve and Joy’s house, stopping just inside their driveway, so we enjoyed a short tow behind Steve’s ute up to the house. While the battery was on charge we all enjoyed our fish and chips and a beer and wine, thanks to the hospitality of Steve and Joy. We had enough charge to get home and I have now fitted a modern alternator. Anniversary Weekend, Saturday, Gail and I with Joy and Steve joined the Hall and Emeny families, friends and relatives at the unveiling of Lou’s headstone. It was quite a moving ceremony, with Lou’s grandchildren removing the veil. We then went to Lytle and Marlene’s residence where we had a few drinks and a very nice lunch while reminiscing Lou and his FC Holden and his 1930 Chev from years past. Also on Saturday, 3 of our Club cars attended the Matata Fair/Market Day, they report it was a nonevent, but thanks to them for making an effort on the Branch’s behalf. On Sunday it was ‘Farming Like Grandad’. It was great to see 20 Members at the event with 8 cars, 2 trucks and many tractors and machinery, with a few Members who came along, just to enjoy all things old. It was nice to see you all, whether you came to compete or display or just view the displays and have an icecream. I hope you all enjoyed the day.

Above - Doug Wheeler

Opposite – Steve McCann in his landrover I guess you could say, some of us have had a busy two months. Les


From your Club Captain: Since my last report my vintage car activities have been limited to the Whakatane Christmas Parade when I acted as chauffer to Anne Tolley and her husband in an Alvis belonging to Walter McFarlane. There were a number of Club cars in the parade and thanks go to those who participated. Next on the calendar is our East Coast Rally followed by the Gisborne Three Rivers Rally. As part of my report I have listed a heap of items that John Kyle has donated to the Club. John used to own the Taneatua garage about 30 years ago and has had a big cleanout from which we have benefitted. These items will be at my place for the next couple of weeks so if you want any of it contact me and come round to take what you want. Barry Keene 3088204, 027 364 2886,

Stuff from John Kyle from when he owned Taneatua Motors - 5 x one gallon oil tins (Caltex, Mobil, Europa) some with oil - Quart Castrol oil tin - Adjustable heavy wheel puller in original tin - Wolf valve seat electric grinding equipment in original carrier - Electric valve seat grinder - Gear box shafts x2 - Door pillar indicator - two distributors for Volvo Penta 4 cylinder - about 100 assorted red tail light lenses - about 100 assorted clear side light lenses - about 100 assorted indicator light lenses - about 100 assorted light bulbs - tin of switches, horn buttons and lighters - many curved lenses: 4", 5", 6", 7.5", 8.5" - 12 x 4" to 8" lenses in their holders - many flat lenses: 5", 8", 8.5" - pair Lucas 6.5" flat lenses in their holders - pair new 9.25" chrome headlight rims - Headlight covers plastic and rectangular; 6.5" x 4", and two 3" x 4.5" - other sundry bits including about 50 books

Books from John Kyle Haynes Manuals - Datsun 160B & 180B 1972 on Saloon, Estate, SSS 6

- Ford Transit 1965 to 1978 - land Rover 1958 to 1978 - Mini 1959 to 1975 - Hillman all types - Hillman Minx workshop manual 1946 to 1949

Other Manuals - Valiant VG - VH hemi - BLMC, all 1100cc - 1300cc, 1967 to 1974, MK11 and MK 111 - Velox & Cresta, 1952 to 1972 - Peugeot 504, 1968 to 1973 - Land Rover Series 11 and 11A from 1958 - Zephyr MK111

Owners Manuals and Handbooks - Sunbeam Talbot 90 MK11 - Sunbeam Talbot - Alpine, Sports Coupe & 90 MK11A - Morris Minor Series "MM" 3rd and 5th Editions - Velox 1951 to 1953 - Vauxhall Victor 1958 to 1964 - Hillman Hunter and Minx 1966 to 1979

Parts Lists and Catalogues - Land Rover all models printed 1981 - Ford Y, C, CX, 7W, 7Y, 1932 - 1938 - Ford Motor Company Body and Chassis parts list 1928 - 1938 - Zephyr 4 & 6, Zodiac 1962 on - Skoda 1971 -72 - MG (Paul Walbran Motors) printed 2003 - American Models, - 1952 information on engine, transmission, suspension etc 1953 " 1954 "

Workshop, Repair and Service Manuals - Anglia, Prefect, Escort, Squire, Thames vans 1953 to 1961 - Ford Transit 1978 to 1985 - Bedford Models S & R - Bedford Model CA - Bedford Model TA, 1953 - Vauxhall Model E, 1952? - Vauxhall J, 14hp - Vanguard 1949 to 1952 - Triumph 2000 - Leyland 0350 diesel - Motor Repair Manuals: all makes in NZ & Australian, 1962 - 1964 7

all British Makes about 1953 (about 1000 pages) all American Makes about 1950 (about 1000 pages) - Service Procedures all makes, 1959 - 1976 - Motor Tune Up and Mechanical Specs all makes, 5 books; 1972, 1980-81, 1983-93, 1991-92, 1995-96

Sundry - Model identification; Morris, MG, Riley, Wolseley, Van den Plas - Mobil Service Station Handbook, 1964 - Labour Repair and Time Guide all Makes, 1967 – 1978. 1988 - WIX Car Oil and Air Filters 8th Edition, 1950 - 1970 - Manual for Electronic Ignition test unit - NGK Spark Plugs 1993 - 1994 Barry Keene

Notes From your Secretary: Rally Entry Forms: Let me know if you would like an Entry Form for: Taupo Branch ‘Lake Taupo Rally’ Sunday 10th March – Entries close 24th February Waikato Branch hosting the ‘North Island Easter Rally’ 30th March – 1st April Entries close 16th February Welcome to new Member Peter Willmott Peter has a variety of motorcycles and cars Cook Straight Ferry Crossings for VCC Members: Bluebridge Ferry Discount Code ANTIQUE CAR 10% discount off all available fares between now and 30 June 2018 (excl. 15 Dec – 15 Jan and Easter Weekend). Interislander Discount Code WH5465 for fares each way: Off Peak Adult $47.00 Car $124.00 Peak Fares Adult $52.00 Car $137.00

Insuring your Vehicle through VERO When you insure your vehicle through VERO let them know you are a Member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club And quote number: 300132 Also if you have transferred from another Branch, you will need to contact Vero on 0800 658 411 and advise of your transfer so that commissions go to the Branch you belong to Newsletters and Magazines from other Branches are available for you to read on-line. Go to and click on ‘News from our Branches’ and choose the Branch that you want to view.

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From the Editor’s Desk I cannot believe that Christmas and New Year have been and gone, we are now at the end of January, the day light in the mornings start later and the sun sets earlier already. We are almost 6 weeks past the shortest day and it always seems wrong to me that the hottest days come so much after the shortest day and linger on until some time in March. The photo on the front cover is of Phil Leaming in the Tractor Parade at Farming Life Grandad. This month we have been busy with family events which have seen us not joining in our Club events. One of the things we did was to take a bus ride to Russell as one of our daughters is managing a Lodge up there and it seemed a good idea to catch up before Christmas. We bussed from Tauranga around 7.45 am, changed buses at Auckland (with a small wait in between) and then onto Paihia where we hopped onto the ferry and arrived in Russell around 6.45 pm. We were able to look out at the scenery, snooze when we felt tired and generally sit back and enjoy the ride. In Russell, the owner of the Lodge has a huge mid 70’s Chevrolet convertible which he keeps garaged there. John sat in it and it had Statesman fittings on it and was even painted a Statesman bronze colour. Under the bonnet was a huge engine (like 396) and on closer examination it was a front wheel drive. Perhaps it had been crossed with and Oldsmobile? Next time we go up, we may ride in it. Also spent time around the Lakes with another daughter and family as they are training for the Tarawera 100. We spent one Saturday at Lakes Okataina and Okareka as these traverse the part of the run. We are their support crew and the run is 10th February so I hope the weather is fine but cool. I would like to remind you all that this is your magazine and I really do need input from you. Last month we were unable to attend any of the outings. Than k you Gail for coming to the rescue and emailing lots of photos which I have dotted throughout this issue.. Until next time happy and safe motoring. Margaret


Stovebolt Chevrolets Last month when we went to the Tauranga branch film evening I borrowed a Chevrolet Pickup book to read and I thought I would attempt to prĂŠcis its engine information which I found quite interesting. It is absolutely slanted towards things Chevrolet as one might expect but the Ford and Dodge word does get an occasional mention It seems that early Chev pickups or trucks on various wheelbases closely resembled to their cars e.g. a 490 was a half ton truck and a 1 tonner from was from an FA series car and was called a model T yes a model T Chevrolet. Unlike Ford who built their trucks ready to go Chevrolet supplied a chassis and forward sheet metal for the buyer to build a body of their choice (did the Poms call that a scuttle?) It seems that early models had low geared worm drive rear axles. A model D appeared from a Superior model car and there were LP, LO and LM models before LQ in 1929 with the six cylinder engine. Four speed gearboxes and four wheel brakes appeared around this time. GMC or General Motors Truck and Coach evolved with a merger of Rapid and Reliance both truck builders who were taken into the GM fold when Billy Durant had some influence in these things The US Army bought 5000 GMCs for use as ambulances in WW1. Their models 15 and 16 were big side valve fours until the late 1920s when they were fitted with 200 cu in Pontiac side valve sixes Enter the Chevrolet Stovebolt 6 Engine in 1929. Presumably nicknamed because the sump and the side plate was screwed on with Âź inch stove bolts. And it was fitted to GMs lowest priced car. It was a 3 main bearing 194 cubic inch engine Overhead valve 50 h/p at 2800 rpm with an updraught carburettor which one upped Ford who stuck with his 40 h/p side valve four model until 1932. More h/p came with new manifolding and a downdraft carburettor in1932 with the next change in 1933 when the stroke was increased to 4 inches from 3.75. This increased displacement to 206 cu inch and h/p rose to 65 at 3000 rpm. This was no doubt keeping Henry Ford honest as he introduced his V8 to the market. In 1937 a major redesign took place. A four bearing crankshaft, 4inch bore and back to a 3.75 stroke stretched displacement to 216 cu inch (h/p is not stated in the book but was there a master 85 Chevrolet?). We still had the low pressure dipper oiling system staying the distance until 1953 or 4 with thin walled conrod bearing liners in production around 1948. GMC in the meantime changed from Pontiac and used a bigger side valve 230 cu in engine from Oldsmobile in the early to late 30s with a Pontiac again ( still side valve) engine for 1938-9. This engine according to the book has an Indian Head Crest cast on the side of the block (has anyone seen one of those?). 10

GMC then in around 1940 developed the 235 cu in engine with full oil pressure system presumably sold millions to the army and eventually that improved engine powered Chevrolets from around 1953 or 4 particularly if it had Powerglide transmission. It would also seem that a significantly improved recirculating ball steering box was introduced around 1941or2 I am guessing that the Chevrolets and /or the CKD kits that came to NZ were from Canada possibly through Australia and we had them in such low numbers and they took so long to wear out we probably didn’t know or really care what we actually had to fix. By 1939 Chevrolet had produced 2 million trucks and in 1966 they had made 10 million trucks It is interesting to note that pick ups and trucks are discussed at length but the word Utility is just not used. Little old NZ sure didn’t help those figures much > We would have only got a few hundred but think of all those Bedfords Other interesting information is that by 1963 only 5years after the smallblock V8 had become established, GM were selling one truck for every six cars and the new design Hi-Torque six engine at 261 cu inches (replacing the old stovebolt 235) with seven main bearings and hydraulic lifters, shared pistons rods, bearings and valve gear with the smallblock V8. By contrast in 1918 after WW1 GM were selling one truck to 104 cars. No wonder so many old cars got the chop into a truck? John McKerras




For Sale VCC of NZ Winged Cloth Badges $13.00 each. Contact EBOPVCC on or Keith Watson on

Photos from the Club events. Garry Bryson

Opposite - Gary Bryson on another tractor

Garry & Liz Bryson


John Couch

Opposite - David Bryson

Phil Leaming in his Whippet

Noel Davies in his Ford Falcon


Lytle & Marlene's Triumph and Ben & Marion's Daf at the start of the Whakatane Christmas Parade

Steve & Joy's Plymouth and Les & Gail's Austin at the start of Whakatane Christmas Parade

Lined up at the Shingle Pit ready to head off to Rotorua Car Show

Some of our Branch cars at Rotorua Car Show


Calendar of Events Feb 2018 February Saturday 3rd Saturday 10th Thursday 22nd

East Coast Rally Gisborne Three Rivers Rally Club Night From 7.00pm, meeting starts 7.30pm. All welcome.

March Sat 10th Sun 18th Thursday 29th Friday 30th

Club Run Yet to be finalised Lake Taupo Rally Waikato Vintage Venture Club Night, Athletic Club Rooms, Short St National North Island Easter Rally, Waikato Club

April Thursday 26th

Club Run Yet to be finalsed Club Night

If you don't have a vintage vehicle on the road, come along to club runs in your modern.


Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC February 2018  
Eastern Bay of Plenty VCC February 2018