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    Early TX Nana Gem

    Well I sold the Irmscher and got this Early model ..
    Its a early 1975 TX .

    While most other "Holden" Geminis were actually built here from a collection of Isuzu / Opel and Holden parts , This little baby actually came on a boat from Japan and got badged as a Holden.

    The first few months of complianced Gemini's were imported from Japan to fill Holdens supply of stock while they made there own , it has many differences compared to the later TX Geminis Built in 1975 by Holden . well something like that anyway.

    Before i got it


    Home



    It has a G161z , Early H/D Type 4 speed with a 32/36 Webber and Extractors .


    Fair bit of rust under the RH door is kinda scary , think i found some expanding foam in there after a small poke


    Found a key for the boot , was squashed shut , Using a screwdriver i managed to pop that without damaging it anymore


    Its taken a hit in the rear Beaver Panel rear bumper is okish , but also dented here




    .....

    Engine came not running with a small head gasket problem :lol:


    Floors are very good


    Drivers Sill panel needs to be replaced


    Removed the Drivers fender , it was siliconed on .I found some f/glass repairs in a few spots .


    Lower Drivers Sill


    Pedders and kings dont look very old


    Bootpan f/glass repairs



    Rear seat is out and fuel tank also.The filler neck was damaged and the old fuel had to be drained anyway , dam it stank ..


    Grille is out and stored away.


    Can be fixed , but still sadface





    This is how it sits now - with no springs in it LOL .. I fit some Swift rims i had here to it , not sure if ill stick with them.




    Early on i Fit my "Fashion Pack" Factory interior i found , fits well with the old school theme.





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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    Nice work. I love that plaid interior.

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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    Cheers they are a hard to find item nowadays .

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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    nice find, love the early cars 8)
    question: are most engine parts still readily available in oz? or no?
    -Matt

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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    Still Plenty of these 4 door sedans floating around but most are not in good condition. Ones like this are usually scrapped as people cant be bothered fixing $400 cars. Good Early model panels and bonnets/bumper are getting harder to find and reproduction parts dont really exist . Engine kits and suspension gear is still being made . But Mainly its a s/hand market .
    Its funny, Opel only made Kadetts for 2 or 3 years and they still make new panels and bonnets . Australia made Geminis for 10 years and Sold enormous amounts of them yet dont make repro parts.

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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    Man, are there any old cars down in Oz that aren't stricken with cancer? I feel sorry for you guys down there. :lol:

    Either way, :tu: , love the car. I wish we got Geminis here in the US, closest thing is an early I-Mark but dayum they are rare!

    Keep the build thread going!

    Bart

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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    Fashion Pack Restoration begun . 1st stage removal , and as expected not faded

    I carefully removed them from the back with a stanley blade - scraper and unpicked the staples.




    I now have all the skins off and the look mint inside .







    I attackd the seats next , i had to remove all the clips holding the vinyl on and then it simply comes off ..


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    Re: Early TX Nana Gem

    love that interior! shame about the rust in it so far, but that is fixable! I too have found expanding foam in sill panels on cars i have previously owned!
    you going to keep it red?

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