Rare Spares Feature Car Story: Jarcon Moore’s 1975 HJ Panel Van

Rare Spares have been a supporter of the classic car modification and restoration scene for over four decades and are proud to witness the sheer number of enthusiasts who share in our passion. Rare Spares’ recent 40 Year Daily Driver Facebook Promotion has proven the place that classic cars still have on our roads. We recently spoke to promotion winner Jarcon Moore, who gave us the rundown on his beloved 1975 HJ Holden Panel Van.

When the Western Australian spotted a pale blue HJ Panel Van on the road on his way to TAFE a year and a half ago, it was love at first sight. A long-time lover of Holden’s and Panel Vans, Jarcon approached the owner, successfully negotiated a deal to take the popular Australian classic off his hands and has been using it as his daily driver since ever since.

 

I’m the third owner of the car; the second owner had it for 38 years. It was originally purchased by a demolition company from Melville Motors and was white in colour, before being repainted the pale blue it is today”, Jarcon says.

 

Commenting on the positives and negatives of using a 42 year old car as his daily driver, Jarcon notes the lack of air-conditioning and power steering. However, these things don’t really worry him and he’s quick to point out the Panel Vans ability when helping any family and friends who need to move things and the ease of general maintenance. Jarcon hasn’t encountered too many issues with the HJ and mentioned his favourite moment with the car was when he got his P’s and was finally able to drive it on his own.

 

“I don’t really have to worry a lot about the car, just some general maintenance here and there. I haven't had many issues as of yet other than a lot of rust, and on one day it decided to shut down twice, I’m still not sure of the cause.”

 

Jarcon hasn’t made any modifications other than converting it back to a column shift, and as far as what the future holds for the 42 year old HJ?

 

“I plan to restore it, put in a 308 as well as a four speed transmission and possibly turn it into  a Sandman look-a-like”.

 

As a reward for winning the Rare Spares 40 Year Daily Driver Facebook Promotion, Jarcon has earnt himself a $500 Rare Spares Voucher and a signed Rare Spares cap. We look forward to hearing how Jarcon’s restoration goes!

 

Do you still use a classic car as your daily driver? Or maybe you have a 1970’s Holden parked in your garage? Head on over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments below.

 

Wooden Wonders – The world of wood panelled cars

As automotive enthusiasts, there are a million and one things we love about cars. From exhilarating performance to their racing pedigree and history, there is a broad spectrum of things that appeal to us, but all of this is nothing without style. There have been a number of body styles over the years, some quirky and some more practical, but one of the most unique to appear in the automotive spectrum would be those with wood panels or “Woodies”. These vehicles were the example of outstanding craftsmanship and design flair and here we will take a brief look at the origins of the style and some of the cars that defined the movement.

In the early days of engineless transport, wood was used in the construction of many horse drawn carts and carriages. These sound design elements naturally transferred across too many early motor vehicles, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that cars with wood become the desirable choice. It was Ford in 1929 with the Model A that claimed the title of the first mass produced Woodie, with more than half of the vehicles exterior being crafted with timber. Although the use of this material was a relatively common place at the time, advancements in steel stamping slowly pushed wood to be used more for styling than structure.

The 1946-48 Chrysler Town and Country was one of the vehicles that adopted wooden styling and hit the nail on the head in terms of design. The station wagon was the first Woodie with an all-steel roof and featured wooden double doors (also called “Barrel Back” doors) and came in a four door sedan layout. The popular Chrysler Town and Country two door convertible was also offered and at the time was the most luxurious car on the market!

The Packard Super Eight was produced pre-WWII and was one of the most luxurious of the time. The vehicle featured a 160HP straight eight engine, not to mention wooden doors and rear quarter panels. However, the Woodie movement was not without its ugly ducklings and this generally came in the form of “faux” wood made with vinyl trim which began plaguing cars from the 1970’s all the way to the 1990’s. Thankfully this trend never really caught on in Australia.

When it comes to cars of a bygone era, its clear to see how outstanding design and creativity can stand the test of time. Although beautiful, we are pretty happy that manufactures steered away from termite-bait on wheels to more practical and durable materials.

What do you think of these wooden wonders? Timeless beauties, or better left to rot? Head over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments!

Rare Spares Reaches 10,000 Facebook Likes!

29. January 2014 09:23 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Rare Spares have reached a milestone this year with over 10,000 likes and strong engagement. Posting restoration projects, Summernats updates, photos and promotions, updates from John Bowe and more, Rare Spares have established a strong following with informative and engaging content.

The page has more than doubled the number of followers in the last year, with just under 5,000 followers in February 2013.

 For promotion updates and industry news visit https://www.facebook.com/rarespares. We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to share your restoration projects or a picture of your daily drive on our page.

 

Rare Spares Launch New Television Commercials

Rare Spares have launched two new television commercials which will be aired on 7Mate throughout the remainder of the year, so keep an eye out!

The commercials are designed to relate to car enthusiasts and feature old, rusty vehicles being restored back to new from tail to bonnet, with a voice over communicating Rare Spares key messages around their new slogan ‘more than just a part in your project’.

Officially endorsed by Holden and Ford, Rare Spares have two partner programs, ‘Holden Restoration Parts’ and ‘Ford Restoration Parts’. These logos feature prominently in the advertisements, which use a classic Holden and Ford as restoration projects.

The first features an old Holden Monaro being restored to new – Click below To View

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcholden.aspx

The second features an old XA Ford Coupe being restored to its former glory – Click below to View 

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcford.aspx

 

RARE SPARES….. More than just a part in you project.

8,500 Likes and Counting!

16. October 2013 13:43 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

It is an exciting day for Rare Spares as we have now reached 8,500 Facebook likes! We’re getting closer and closer to reaching our goal of 10,000 likes by the end of the year!

Rare Spares has been actively posting and sharing a variety of content such as images of classic cars, profiles of our store managers, product updates and footage from the Touring Car Masters & V8 Ute events that Rare Spares are proud to sponsor.. It’s not just the big motorsport events we like to share, we also like to post about car shows and events like the 2013 Aussie Classic Car Show. Also, monthly you can read updates written by  John Bowe, Rare Spares’ ambassador and racing icon, on our wall.

 

We want to hear from you, so we have begun posting ‘Repair It, Share It,’ where we ask our followers to send us images of their restoration projects to share on our wall. We also want to engage with motorsport enthusiasts out there, so we have been posting ‘A Rare Moment in Time’ where we discuss with followers, a historic moment in motorsport history. 

Recently, the Rare Spares Facebook page was following the story behind David Ryan’s restoration project. Known as the ‘De Ja Vu, Back to the Future or Returning to My Roots’ Blog, David Ryan provided Rare Spares followers with weekly updates on the full restoration of his race car for the La Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico which is happening later this month!

Whether it is an update from a Rare Spares store, an invite to an exclusive event, a news piece or a great image, we always aim to provide exciting content for our Rare Spares followers. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out and LIKE our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/rarespares