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#1 Pop's-SS

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 05:28 PM

G'day All

 

Most of you will know that GMH made an 8 minute commercial for the LX Hatchback early in 1976 and some of you might know that Gil Tucker and Judy McBurney starred in that story-like add

 

Well back in 2009 when we got off the Spirit of Tasmania back in Port Melbourne on our way home from our Torana Tassie Tour, I had arranged to meet up with Gil Tucker and he was more than happy to sign my Hatch Hutch

 

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Even back then I wanted to try and find Judy McBurney to get her signature also on my Hatch Hutch

 

As I am not getting any younger,  :cry:   this year I made a final effort to find her and  :party:

After a short 6 hour drive to the NSW Central Coast we met up and she signed my Hatch Hutch  :spoton:

 

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My wife and I along with a young fella we have staying with us were made to feel most comfortable and Judy was so gracious to invite us to stay the night  :clappin:

 

At an age that I know but will not reveal ( never reveal a ladies age ), she still has a great figure and still softly spoken

 

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On our way to Judy's, we called into Goulburn to fuel up and get some other stuff and just happened to park alongside this little beauty  :spoton:

 

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Great weekend but a bit tiring for this ol' fella

 

RegardSS ... Barry



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Posted 09 May 2016 - 06:08 PM

Great story and photos Barry. In the photo with judy whereabouts exactly is your left hand, everybody looks very happy!



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Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:08 PM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:28 PM

This is the ad:

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:38 PM

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What would a hatch hutch be worth that is still in the packet it came in with the car when new?

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:50 PM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:56 PM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:14 PM

Think there was one on there recently for 1500 but realistically I'd say 500 to 750 depending on condition. But who knows with 5K steering wheels for sale

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:27 PM

Museum type stuff that Hatch Hutch now Barry, and to see the two people from the Hatchback Ad from back in the day, did she recall her time in the Ad.



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 12:37 PM

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Looks like the Goulburn Council knew you were coming Barry. They set up a parking bay specially for you. :stirpot:



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 01:27 PM

Museum type stuff that Hatch Hutch now Barry, and to see the two people from the Hatchback Ad from back in the day, did she recall her time in the Ad.

 

Vaguely mate as that was the only add she did for GMH although she did say that she knew Peter Brock and that he had taken her for a "fast" lap of a race circuit

 

 

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What would a hatch hutch be worth that is still in the packet it came in with the car when new?

 

 

Brett is probably right on target for that with a guestamate of 500-750 and for me, more like the top side of that

 

We picked up a NOS one from Charlie McCarron who is no slouch on cheap prices for $350

That was for the missus' Hatch and was the reverse colour of mine ie it had blue top/sides with red door

 

It may be advisable to do what we did and that is to take it out now, but do not unwrap it, leave it out in the sun and after warming up, "carefully" & "slowly" unwrap it then put it on a Hatch and wash with warm soapy water

 

This is if it has been sitting in the bag for years like Charlie's one was

 

 

Great story and photos Barry. In the photo with judy whereabouts exactly is your left hand, everybody looks very happy!

 

Treat a lady like a lady should be treated, arm was around her and hand on her waist and yes, we were all very happy as she enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed hers

 

The only thing I didn't enjoy about the weekend was the outer Sydney traffic and that bloody Pennant Hills Road traffic

Central Coast was also a bit on the busy side

 

 

Think there was one on there recently for 1500 but realistically I'd say 500 to 750 depending on condition. But who knows with 5K steering wheels for sale

 

I offered him $300 for the steering wheel but  :wtf:  He knocked me back and I even gave him a bit of advice to lower the price by $4,300  :lol:

 

 

RegardSS .... Barry



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:11 PM

Judy-McBurney-3.jpg

 

Looks like the Goulburn Council knew you were coming Barry. They set up a parking bay specially for you. :stirpot:

Classic....a bit cheeky...but a classic regardless.



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 10:35 PM

barry 

you never stop being amazing

so very happy for your contributions

and your amazing collection

good onya!

i have a genuine one myself that i have attatched and slept in once

looks really weird on a a9x hatch

but i would not part with it or the car itself

thanks for sharing as always

cheers

dave mc


Edited by a9x868, 10 May 2016 - 10:40 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:16 AM

I have the Program Change Request paperwork for the TAIL-TENT for HJ-WB van. It is dated 26/6/75, initial request 28/5/75 and effective ASAP. It says:

 

Description of change: "Add accessory to product program of hutch to fit over raised tailgate of panel van."

 

Reason For Change: "Increase product range - similar to unit to be available on LX Hatchback."

 

Vendor quote: 100 units, $27.80, 250 units $26.63, 500 units, $25.86.

 

So whilst the tail-tent would have been available before LX release it appears the LX hatch-hutch was designed and approved way before the Holden van one. 



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 06:21 PM

The Hatch Hutch was a US derived idea from around 1973/ 1974. 

 

The were used on Chevy Nova's, GTO's and Apollo's.

Here are a couple of pics..

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 10:12 PM

Them Yanks ones don't look as Cool as a SS Hatch one :P



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Posted 17 May 2016 - 06:29 AM

thanks for posting the video it answered my question about my nosecone cheers to all



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:26 AM

I found a photo of the Tail Tent .

 

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And a modern take on the idea.

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:37 PM

Just saw on internet Judy passed away on 1st December from cancer, so some more Torana nostalgia gone






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