If  any member has photos of restoration projects PLEASE email them in so we can showcase the skills and the projects our club members have achieved.
A few photos and some words about the the project can be sent to the website admin e-mail and the webmaster will do the rest
Social Events
Our club is a social club. We organise a rally each month on a weekend and we also have a mid week run once  a month on a Wednesday
We are always looking for new members to come along and join us. So if you have a veteran, vintage or classic car we would love you to come along and join us
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Bay to Birdwood Rally - Golden Oldies 3 week adventure
This year our Golden Oldies rally saw us heading out on a 3 week round trip to Adelaide to participate in the Bay to Birdwood Rally. We had 14 cars start out.  2 hours into the trip one of our members was T-Boned and had his Mustang written off. No one was hurt thank goodness. So they headed back to Newcastle with their car on a tray truck, swapped over to their modern and joined us the next day. The following day an FJ failed and it was sent home on a tray truck and our members drove him in a hire car, picked up their old Mercedes and joined us a day later. Seeing a theme here anyone?? Over the next three weeks two more cars were to fail and be sent home on a tray with one set of members not completing the rally. Our travels us to us to Ballarat; Sovereign Hill; Horsham; the Grampians; Glenelg; Adelaide Hills, The Barossa valley, Adelaide itself, Edinburgh; The Clare Valley; Renmark; Mildura; Swan Hill; Albury; Goulburn then home. It was an epic journey.   We saw some amazing sights and had some fun times.   Unfortunately this trip was plagued by broken down cars day after day, which put a damper on things.    Our thanks have to go to terry Smith who tirelessly worked on each car as it failed. Without him this trip would have been a nightmare and Vickie Smith who never complained once about all the work her husband was undertaking. Two great people indeed they are.
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NON EASTER RALLY - Winners are Grinners!
This year the normal Easter rally was held in May instead of over the April Easter long weekend to coincide with the host Club (The Albury-Wodonga Antique Car Club) having their 50th Anniversary. 15 of our Club cars participated from both the Upper and Newcastle branch and I think it is fair to say we all had jolly good time. We all arrived at Albury in a gaggle on Thursday; some of us left on Wednesday and took two days to drive to Albury and a few left Thursday and drove though in one hit. Thursday night saw us all head to the local Club for a Smorgasbord feed. From Friday for the events - The car runs were organised into different speed categories for the Veteran: Vintage and Classic cars, according to how fast they could go. The first day (Friday) saw some rain, which unfortunately didnt bode well for a walking tour through Beechworth. But luckily enough that was the only rain for the entire 5 days (6 for those who left Wednesday) so we were very lucky indeed. The countryside was a beautiful wonderland of the changing autumn foliage on the trees and during our driving we encountered many very beautiful country towns, rural scenery and amazing bushland settings. It was rumoured that one of our members who may or may not drive a Holden Ute was seen on the side of the road topping up his petrol in the rain so he could make it to Beechworth.   It was also rumored that another one of our members who may or may not drive a White Holden with a black stripe limped into the service station at Beechworth and filled his 72 Litre tank with 71 litres of fuel. Could it be something to do with Men, Holdens and perhaps faulty fuel gauges? Or is it that some men just like to live on the edge and push the limits and see how far they can drive on a tank of fuel? Day two saw us all head off on yet another adventure into the countryside ending with a truly fabulous lunch at the Corowa RSL. On Saturday night some of our members attended dinner at the Entertainment Centre where they were entertained by local Belly Dancers, Rock n Roll Dancers and a trivia quiz of sorts. There was also some dressing up for the evening. Sunday bought the Annual Car display and Mal Mason Shield judging. With the winners announced at the Sunday night presentation dinner. The theme of the night was come for your car era and our members certainly put on a good show.

And for the 2nd year in a row our club has won the coveted shield!

Winners are grinners folks!!!!!

Well done to us!!!!!

Next year the Easter Rally is being held in Narrabri

The Easter Rally is always a great event and the Club members who attend have a fabulous time year after year.   I encourage our newer members to come along next year.   You wont need to take time off work (for our members who still work) as the Rally will return to its normal timeframe and occur over the Easter long weekend. Lets see if we can make a hat trick and get 3 in a row for the Shield!!!

Forms for this event can be obtained from Brian and Dale Schasser.If you have an email address registered with The NDVCCC Club the form will also be sent to your Email Inbox - so keep an eye out for it.
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Chichester Dam Rally

Steam Fest - Maitland 2017
  An annual feature of Steamfest, held in Maitland Park on Sunday 9 April 2017, the Show N Shine is a spectacular display of motoring history.  Steamfest was established in 1986 following the closure of the last coal operated steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983, Steamfest pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation. Before hit and miss engines, steam power was the only way to get machinery moving. At the portable steam engine display you will see vintage portables running pumps, saws, chaff cutters, generators and more in action. Here you will see everyday tasks completed with the aid of steam, including live, steam powered sheep shearing, a steam powered radio, and you can even buy a fresh hot cob of corn cooked by steam power. As usual our club took part in the Show N Shine. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the festivities of the day. This was the BEST Steam fest yet. So many exhibits and steam vehicles to see. Bigger than ever - Steam fest never fails to impress. A great day out. Our thanks to all the organisers and our club looks forward to next year.

 
Mid Week Run - Mortels Sheepskin Factory at Thornton
Frank Mortel (master shoe craftsman) and wife Rita emigrated from the Netherlands in 1956 bringing with them the trade of shoe crafting, a trade that was passed down through the Mortel family for over 150 years. Mortels Shoes commenced in Sydney that year and in 1958 they commenced making ugg boots to add to their range of quality footwear. As such Mortels is one of the oldest, continuously running and most experienced ugg boot manufacturers in the world
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Hawesnest Motorfest Run
This years Motorfest was a huge turnout.  There were some showers, some sun and lots of cars to view.
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Restoration Projects
Our club has some very skilled people. Many hours have been put into restoration projects. One ongoing current restoration is a 1924 Garford Fire Engine being restored by John Donaldson .  As this restoration progresses ongoing updates will be posted.
1924 Garford Fire Engine

The fire engine was acquired in Oct 2012 from a deceased estate

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Little is known about the history of this fire engine since it was decommissioned from the fire service at Canowindra in June 1960. In the 50 odd years of private use it had lost its wooden wheel s – being replaced with land cruiser rims, the top had been cut out of the rear compartment and all the rear compartment doors were missing.The vehicle had finally been park up as it had a major engine failure. A cam follower had come loose, resulting in two bent valves, broken valve guides, damaged block and a hole broken out through the crankcase and the cast iron sump shattered as the various loose parts where thrown around by the crankshaft. Quite a mess and the magneto had also vacated the scene at some time.Other than that, the fire engine was fairly complete, although a lot of brackets and anything not bolted down had also been pilfered over the years.
After some enquiries through the Fire museum I gathered the following information

Went into service May 1924 at Eastwood (Sydney)

Then stationed at Narrabri

Then Windsor (Sydney)

Then Coonamble

Then Canowindra and finally decommissioned from the fire service June 1960

Had the solid rubber tired converted to Pneumatic in 1945, although these wheels were also long gone.The original headlights had also been replaced with sealed beam lights at some time during its active service and the switches on the dash had been replaced with domestic light switches.These mods where common to all the 1924 Garford fire engines during their service and are as you will see them at the various museums.It is my intention to restore the Fire truck back to as near to original as possibleThis picture shows the fire engine as it was originally commissioned in May 1924 with its original solid rubber tyres and bucket type headlamps
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Engine  July 2015 The first job was to sort the engine as replacement parts are not available. The truck runs a 4 cylinder Buda engine. Buda was a American company who only made industrial engines for trucks and Marine use, so they are very scarce and near impossible to source any parts or information.I managed to source another engine that had been sitting in the weather with the cracked cylinder head removed. The head and barrels were beyond use but the crankcase unbolts from the cylinders and between the two engines there were enough serviceable parts to make one good engine
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The engine was fully overhauled and assembled with the best parts from both engines. A Magneto was sourced from a mate in Victoria and a few parts had to be manufactured in the lathe. The engine is now complete and ready to run. 
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Gearbox and clutch  August 2015 The gearbox was in fair condition although the shift leaver was seized in its housing and the forward reverse gears where fairly worn. The duel plate clutch plates were broken and needed replacing. As luck would have it the spare engine came with a gearbox attached. Once again there where good parts in the spare box to overhaul the original box and the clutch plates were in good condition
Rear axle  November 2016

The rear axle was stripped and was found to be in good condition with the exception of the pinion shaft and seal retainer that had fencing wire wound around it that had cut the housing out. This was repaired and all the original leather seals were replaced with modern lip seals.

Brakes (rear only)  December 2016

The truck has mechanical internal brakes on the rear axle only. Two shoes per wheel are operated by the foot pedal and two shoes by the hand brake. These where all stripped and overhauled.
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Front axle and steering  January 2017

The front axle and steering was all stripped and overhauled as required. Not a lot of work was required hare as the vehicle had done very few miles. A lot of this was just stripping and cleaning and of course the tie rod was bent like a banana.
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Wheels and rims  February 2017

The original wheels and rims where missing and sourcing the origan items was not an option as the fire service replaced the original solid rubber wheel in 1945. A set of similar Chrysler heavy duty wheels and old new stock rims from the same era were sourced from Daryl Anderson in the club. Daryl has been very generous with supplying parts for this project and I thank him for this. These wheels had to be machined to fit the original Garford hubs and are close to the original spec but with period Pneumatic tyres in place of the original solid rubber tyres.
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Fire pump – October 2016

The fire pump was stripped and overhauled; the pump was in remarkably good condition internally and required no new parts to be fully serviceable.

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Chassis  February 2017 The chassis was fully stripped and repainted in Monza Red after minor repairs and refurbishment.
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Assembly of Mechanicals  March 2017 The suspension, front axle and rear axle was first fitted to the chassis and then wheels and rim/tyres fitted. Thanks Stewart Swards for the use of his rim expander, this made this difficult job very easy and stopped the newly painted rims from getting scratched and damaged.With the chassis back on its wheels, the engine and gearbox was the next to be fitted.
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Next to be completed. The fire pump is ready to be fitted but the running board brackets have to be fitted first. The steering box and column is in primer ready for its coat of gloss black and then there are the driveshaft and brake linkages to overhaul and then fitted to complete the mechanics of the truck. The radiator will need to be looked at as there is damage to the cores. The body is as it was removed, so there is a lot of work in that direction yet. The rear body had some rot in the woodwork and rust in the lower panels due to the wet hoses etc. that was stored in this compartment. The top of the rear body had been removed with a chainsaw, so some major reconstruction will be needed there as well. Then there are the missing compartment doors, missing battery box etc., etc.
I am still trying to talk my wife Tracey into polishing the brass rails but not making much ground in that direction either.

April 2017

Now added - the fire pump has been overhauled and fitted and now sits happily on the truck for the first time in many years. Steering column and steering box have also been overhauled and fitted.
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May2017
The Radiator has now been repaired and the radiator and radiator surround have both been painted and fitted. Exhaust system has been fabricated an fitted. The wooden steering wheel had to be totally refurbished before being refitted as it was in a very poor condition. Work now progresses with the fire wall and dash
John Donaldson

Previous restoration -
1960 Morris Minor Traveler - Owned by Paula Bullen.
As many of us know Paul Bullen was in the process of restoring a 1960 Morris Minor Traveler (Woody Wagon) which was intended to be a club car for his wife - Paula.   Unfortunately Paul passed suddenly in 2014 and the project was unfinished. After sitting for a year in Paulas shed the restoration is once more in progress - this time by John Donaldson. The restoration is for Paula and is being completed as per Pauls restoration plan- as an original restoration with some modern safety upgrades. The Woody wagon as purchased was in fair condition apart from some panel damage and the wooden frame was rotted beyond saving.
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Paul had completed the majority of the body
and mechanical work and was in the process of fitting the engine and gearbox when he left us. 
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With the restart of the project the mechanical restoration was completed. This mainly involving connecting engine and gearbox components and fitting the braking system. Doors and guards had weld repairs completed and were fitted to the car, ready for painting. 
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By August 2015 the car had been made car driveable and ready for painting. The car was taken to the painters early November and should be back before x-mas 2015.A new wooden frame had been sourced from England as the old frame was rotted beyond repair.  The frame pieces were assembled and 4 coats of varnish applied, completing the building process. When the car returns from the painters the frame will be fitted and then will be ready for the glass and panels to be inserted.
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March 2016. The car body is now back from the painter, though the body panels have yet to be painted.
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Mechanicals are now complete. New wiring loom and electrics are done and fitment of the new interior is underway. Carpets have been laid and seats fitted.
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. May 2016. Finally some of the panels have come back from the painter and the back has been able to be assembled and placed on the car.
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June 2016 As the rest of the panels where returned from the painter (Wayne Thomas Smash Repairs in Warners Bay), they were assembled and fitted. The last panels, the four guards, and bonnet, where returned from the painter in June 2016. After final fit up, the car was finally registered on the 6th July 2016
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