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General Discussion / Re: Finally got Her Home
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:38:16 PM »
More Pics of the Both 29 Plys

General Discussion / Re: Finally got Her Home
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:37:43 PM »
 More Pics of the Both 29 Plys

General Discussion / Re: Finally got Her Home
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:36:04 PM »
Thanks Guys Thanks for all your kind words and support!!!!

Tony it does make it more special - Jasper my son has been spraying INOX ( on everything and helping me with setting it up on the car stands - The only problem that I thought all my tools were mine - but he has informed me that they are his and I can borrow them if I need them when he is at school - LOL.  He has his own face mask, earmuffs and safety glasses that a mate of mine gave him.

Have found a little bonus on the girl a Holden Badge on the body left side of Vehicle – as well as the Clum switch at the bottom of the steering column– Medallion on dash is missing but Engine Number is U7575 my other one that is still in Queensland Engine Number is U5207 – 2368 engines apart.

SD Glenn will certainly look you up for parts and thanks in advance!!

GaryS – The one here is a Tourer and the one up north is the roadster with the ute back – will try and get the dimensions for you of the timber layout – do you have a pic of the hearse back – Have a few ideas about doing a ute back we should start a new thread?

All the Best


General Discussion / Finally got Her Home
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:28:28 PM »
Hi All

Finally got the Ply 29U home from Central Victoria on a stinking hot Sunday.  The last pic is of my 8 year old son with his grandad's grave in the background- as I grew up in central and my grandfather (farmer and boilermaker) and father (Farmer and Fitter/Turner) gave me the love of fixing things and cars - It was my sons idea to go and show them the latest project - he said "they really loved it dad" - hope you blokes don’t think this is morbid but I thought it was a lovely gesture on his behalf!!!!

Hope all is well


PS Sorry Tony i didn’t get the chance to drop through as it was bloody hot and the young bloke was about buggered - my apologises once again
PSS the young bloke has a love of cars as well to the Australians can you guess the classic car on his shirt

General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: January 10, 2012, 11:26:27 PM »

Do you have any photos as it looks now?

Did you remove the shaft completely from the car - front and rear and did you try new bolts?

When you tried to install the new ones would they still take up with one missing of the discs missing?

Sorry a bit hard when you cant touch and feel it and I am 8000 miles away




Have a link have a look at this site it has some heaters.

Hope this helps



Do you have a heater to install and just need piping?

Be sfae on ya travels.


General Discussion / Re: Gentlemen, I've got a problem
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:36:39 PM »

It sound like the vibration is coming from the tail shaft as it is out of balance, as the discs over the years have bedded down (did u but them back in the way they came out – aligning the original holes and same bolts, as well as placement on the rear plate?).

The noise from the gear box when in gear is the strain from the tail shaft being loaded up and sending the vibration down the main shaft of the gear box thus putting that strain through the whole gear box.

It should be a relatively easy fix – If you can answer the above questions we can get down to a fix– If I may suggest I wouldn’t drive her at the moment as you are liable to have something go in the box as it sounds she under a bit of stress.

Hope this makes sense and is of help



General Discussion / Re: 1934 dodge
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:22:29 PM »
The story of the utility truck or coupé utility– the ute – began in 1932, when a letter was received by Ford Australia’s plant at Geelong, Victoria. It was written by a farmer’s wife who’d had enough of riding to church in the farm truck and arriving in saturated clothing;

‘Why don’t you build people like us a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday, and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays?’ her letter asked.

Bank managers at the time would lend money to farmers to buy  a farm truck, but not a passenger car, hence the plea from one very fed up woman!

It arrived on the desk of managing director Hubert French who, instead of dictating a polite dismissal, passed the letter on to sales manager Scott Inglis.

1934 ute brochure.jpg (18314 bytes)He in turn showed it to plant superintendent Slim Westman, and the two of them took it to Ford Australia’s design department, which in 1932 consisted of one man…

Lewis Thornet Bandt was 22 years old and had already been singled out for bigger things with Ford.

Interviewed shortly before his death in 1987, Bandt recalled the moment when Westman and Inglis came to him with the letter.

The brochure for the first utility"

The whole thing had already started to germinate," said Bandt.

"Westman quite rightly reckoned that if we cut down a car and put a tray on the back, the whole thing would tear in half once there was weight in the back.

"I told him I would design it with a frame that came from the very back pillar, through to the central pillars, near the doors. I would arrange for another pillar to further strengthen that weak point where the cabin and tray joined. I said to Westman `Boss, them pigs are going to have a luxury ride around the city of Geelong!’ "

Bandt began by sketching the coupé utility on a 10 metre blackboard, depicting a front view as well as side and rear elevations. When they were seen by Westman some weeks later, he told Bandt to build two prototypes.

1934 ute restored.jpg (29293 bytes)On a wheelbase of 112 inches, with a rear tray that was 5ft 5ins long and had a payload of 1200 pounds, they were the first vehicles to also offer a comfortable all-weather cabin.

On first sight of the prototypes, Scott Inglis authorised a startup production run of 500 vehicles. Westman asked for – and got - £10,000 for tooling, and the first coupé utilities rolled off the Geelong assembly line in 1934.

Born out of a woman’s frustration with car designs of the day, the enclosed cab utility was initially regarded as a luxury. But the `ute’ was quickly accepted as a necessity of bush life, and won recognition around the world as the ideal farmer’s or tradesman’s vehicle.

Lewis Thornet Bandt remained with Ford Australia until his retirement in 1976, after 48 years with the company. His  career included designing long-range fuel tanks for Spitfire and Thunderbolt fighter planes in WW2, design innovations for the UK-sourced Ford Zephyr, the 1967 Australian Ford Fairlane, and the never-approved Falcon convertible, of which six were built outside Ford in 1962.

Eleven years into his retirement, Bandt died on March 18, 1987, in an accident near Geelong between a sand truck and the vintage Ford ute that Bandt had rebuilt for himself (rego number UT 001, pictured last). This talented Australian is survived by the legacy of his design, which wins new friends around the world every day.

General Discussion / Re: 1934 dodge
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:20:21 PM »

This what the first ute looked like

General Discussion / Re: 1934 dodge
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:13:21 PM »

Ford Australia was the first company to produce a coupe utility.This was the result of a 1932 letter from the wife of a farmer in Victoria, Australia asking for “a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays”.Ford designer Lew Bandt developed a suitable solution and the first coupe utility model was released in 1934 (In Geelong Victoria - This where I live).  Bandt went on to manage Ford’s Advanced Design Department, being responsible for the body engineering of the XP, XT, XW and XA series Ford Falcon utilities. General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden also produced a Chevrolet coupe utility in 1934 but the body style did not appear on the American market until the release of the 1957 Ford Ranchero.

Both the coupé utility and the similar open topped roadster utility continued in production but the improving economy of the mid to late 1930s and the desire for improved comfort saw coupe utility sales climb at the expense of the roadster utility until, by 1939, the latter was all but a fading memory.

By the 1980s in North America, the coupé utility began to fall out of favor again with the demise of the Ranchero after 1979, the Volkswagen Caddy, Dodge Rampage/Plymouth Scamp and of the Chevrolet El Camino by 1987.

Subaru offered the Brat in the early 1980s, and the Baja from 2003-2006. General Motors considered bringing a rebadged Holden Ute to the United States in the form of the Pontiac G8 ST in 2009, but the global recession (and GM's ultimate bankruptcy) caused them to cancel it.

The pickup truck, on the other hand, started its life a little earlier and is defined by its separate, removable, well-type 'pickup bed'. This pickup bed does not contact the cabin part of the vehicle, while the ute bed is an integral part of the whole body. Both the coupé utility and closed cab pickup designs migrated to light truck chassis & these are correctly known respectively as Utility trucks & Pickup trucks. Eventually the pickup design found a natural home on the smaller truck chassis while the ute became entrenched as a passenger car derivative, although exceptions do apply.

Hope this helps


General Discussion / Re: Where Did I Get Here?
« on: December 29, 2011, 06:35:40 PM »

I reckon I will wait till I get her home - any suggestions?


General Discussion / Re: 1934 dodge
« on: December 28, 2011, 07:10:34 PM »

Will keep my eyes peeled for parts - anything specific you are looking for ? - I suppose you will not know to you see her



General Discussion / Re: Just driven 30U on its longest trip so far !
« on: December 28, 2011, 07:08:36 PM »

Did you take her to Sale?


General Discussion / Where Did I Get Here?
« on: December 27, 2011, 07:15:53 PM »
Hi All

Found this girl 29U Ply tourer on ebay she is located in Bendigo Victoria about 2.5 hours from where I live -  she had been in storage for 40 years and he just rolled it out and wanted to sell it - the good thing is she has come from a dry climate - dont have any numbers yet will have them on pickup - also I know the medallion on dash is missing (bummer!) - The bloke I bought it of said he thinks it came from Adeliade but lost a lot of information back in the Ash Wednesday fires (1983).

Anyway another 29U project


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