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#61 Posted : Thursday, 22 February 2018 1:51:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: HK1837 Go to Quoted Post
Not 100% sure on WB (can't see why it'd change though) but in HJ to HZ Ambulance pack had whatever engine was standard with the car or whatever you optioned, however to get a 308 in a cab-chassis you could ONLY get it in an Ambulance pack, complete with M41 transmission.

I have only ever seen one HJ Ambulance pack cab chassis, but it was stripped. It was white but never looked at other options at the time other than it was L31 M41. I've owned two HZ BO6 cab-chassis. A white with 67V trim, bucket seat, 4.2 column trimatic with U17 dash, air but no steer. And an Ultra Blue 63V trim, L31 column M41 with U17 dash, no air or steer. I have also 1st hand knowledge of a Panama Green HZ BO6 tonner, it was bench seat, 4.2L, 4spd M20. Can't recall if it had air or steer but I don't think it did. Dr Terry still has his HZ bench seat L31 M41 BO6 cab chassis too.

In HJ/HX all BO6 added to a cab-chassis or Holden van was:

Component options:
K96 (55A alternator with built in regulator)(not with C60 (A/C)).

Feature changes:
Premier Grille, sheet metal, front bumper (plus the different body in white for the cab-chassis for the different cowl).
Premier door trims.
Complete front floor mat.
Utility bumperettes (to be added to Ambulance body).
Belmont hub caps.
Windscreen to be placed into position and not fused.

The only difference mentioned for HZ are:
Clarification that bumperettes supplied only with cab-chassis.
Windscreen not fused no longer mentioned.
Chromed hub caps (probably as there was no longer a Belmont in HZ, it finished with HX).

I have a felling though that HJ and HX Ambulance packs were pretty much made just for the Ambulance industry. The financial justification for it in late 1974 was based upon 90 orders per year. This is probably why HJ and HX BO6 don't seem to exist much, yet just me alone have seen dozens of HZ's let alone owned two. And I know people who bought them new, they must have built lots as they bought them out of plant stock and readily available to the public. This is probably reflected in the windscreen not fused being removed for HZ.




Remember the return of the Holden ute...1987/8 ,were they the VN ??...Commonly called the commodore ute.Well there was the Ambo slide in back pack special made with the extended wheel base....We used to comment on how popular that they would be once they hit the second hand yards....Well I never saw one so they were or weren't...not sure where they all went.
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#62 Posted : Thursday, 22 February 2018 2:36:06 PM(UTC)
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Released in 1990 I believe. I have seen a couple for sale over the years, still with ambo backs on them (set up for camping) and long wheel base ones that I presume had the ambo body removed
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#63 Posted : Thursday, 22 February 2018 3:00:37 PM(UTC)
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VG was the return of the ute. These are the utes that are in some way a Commodore as some had Commodore badging, although there is no VG Commodore! I don't recall ever seeing a stretch VG. Plenty of VS and maybe a VR but I don't think I ever saw a VG or VP. Plenty around still though.
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#64 Posted : Friday, 23 February 2018 6:12:39 AM(UTC)
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You're right HK, the ones I recall seeing for sale are all vs generally. I did find a picture of a VP one with google though!
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#65 Posted : Friday, 23 February 2018 6:29:02 AM(UTC)
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Didn’t they cut and shut those utes in Glen Innes? Sure it was a panel beaters that also built a few cars that were featured in Street Machine over the years. As for what series were the first, I can’t remember.
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#66 Posted : Friday, 23 February 2018 4:52:08 PM(UTC)
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Jakab was the mob who did them. I've probably seen a dozen of them in private hands since - mostly VR/VS. 3 or 4 still had the ambo pod on the back.
They were a common sight at swap meets about 10 years back - tow a car trailer or horse float behind one, and you could carry almost as much as an 8T flatbed truck.
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