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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by DJ Majah, Aug 24, 2004.
BWAHahahahahahahahahahahahah.... School Holidays are so much fun.
Is 6 years a new record?
yet an interesting thread that I'd never read before. Devil's post was relevant and asked for something that would further contribute to the thread. I remember fondly watching VL's getting built at Dandenong in the mid 80's and going back there to HSPO in 2000 working on the VU Ute project.
School holidays? LOL. Read the post man he said he toured a factory in the 80's So i'd say he is well past schooling age And reaper i also found it pretty interesting to have a read through.
I worked at the Dandenong plant from 1975 to 1988 as a MIG welder ,Lead wiper and Panel finisher. They built the LX - LH Toranas The UC sunbird and the Commodore from VB through to VL but i don't recall the Gemini ever being built there . There were HZ series ute shells that were shipped down from Pagewood that were put on the production line then fitted out .
RB Geminis were never put together (they came in CKD) at Acacia Ridge..it was shut then
as was pagewood . There was only Dandy and Elizabeth left when the change to the R series
took place (when T car stopped) and as the planning was in place to close Dandy VAP
so Elizabeth in SA assembled RBs...
Smitty - did you ever get a chance to look over the info I sent your way a while back?
Our old VC SL came from Acacia Ridge, the old guy who owned it worked there and it was his company car that he took at retirement, we bought it about 15 odd years ago, after he moved to Melbourne. The service book is stamped as being serviced at 'G.M.H. Service Garage Acacia Ridge'.
so is this response lol
I guess this is a bit old to reply, but so what. I used to work at a grocery warehouse in Acacia Ridge, on Fox Rd. We were told that it used to be the Holden factory. It's a massive building, it also housed another warehouse area up one end and a steel works at the other. Marks on the floor show there was some large equipment there at one stage, and there is a tunnel under the building that was apparently where the trains could be loaded/unloaded from above that was later covered over. Looks like it matches the diagram in the brochure. There were also toilets/showers above the factory floor, one of which didn't have stairs anymore. A few night shift workers swear they saw ghosts around there. Well I believed the story (about it being the Holden plant), so that would mean the building is still there. I believe the administration building was Woolworths offices at that stage from memory.
Fox Road, Acacia Ridge, Queensland, Australia - Google Maps
quality dig, top thread.
This is one thread dig that was worth digging for, thanks
I have really enjoyed this thread. I wonder what other quality threads there are hidden in the cyber-basement of Just Commodores.
Very interesting, Well dug.
We need more threads like this and less about V6 exhaust threads!
I could be wrong, but dandenong plant stayed open producing corollas/novas until about 1996 when the holden/toyota joint venture ended and part of the site is still used today bu holden for making and storing car parts.
I don't know about the Toyota thing (sounds about right though). HSPO was based out of there for quite a while.
My father in law was plant manager at Acacia Ridge from open to close of plant. He misses it. He is now 88
And again this thread breathes another day. It is good reading though.
.. and I used to travel up from GMH FB to do stock checks on the CKD boxes coming from Isuzu with Geminis in 'em
(as I had to approve for the payment their invoices)
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