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P.O. Box 26, Wendouree,
Ballarat, Victoria
Australia, 3355
Ph: (03) 5339 3673  Fax:(03) 5339 9900

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Newsletter March 1999

(Important note: The prices shown on on archived newsletters are no longer current! Please see the current newsletter or contact us.)

Old Tin has just received the final shipment of bodies and parts from the ‘98 USA Buying Trip, organised by a quick visit in January to move and load them. Not a very pleasant trip as it was snowing and below zero to start, and then rained all the time we were in LA to load the containers. Anyway they arrived home safely and many have gone to their new home already. There are some very good bodies not yet sold, however if you are interested don’t hold back because they won’t last long. Find a full listing attached.

USA Trip 1999

My next trip is being planned now and if you have any specific requests please call and advise by Mid May at the latest. Although my contacts have advised they have located some bodies, the condition and price are not known and I can only expect the prices to be going up as the stuff gets harder to find. Unfortunately, one day this stuff will run out.

This trip will include some new territory being visited to check out what’s around and their pricing structures. Transport costs will have to rise as I travel further from LA but that was bound to happen.

A special feature of this trip is to buy up some speed equipment for the old four banger and I already have standing orders for high compression heads, twin manifolds and other oddball bits and pieces. If you want anything in this range please let me know so I can include in my searches.


My videos have been selling like hotcakes and at one stage I was 24 orders behind. Feedback has been good with majority buyers very happy with the product. Some useful comments were received to help improve my next effort and this was most welcome.

I will be closing orders soon, so if you haven’t got your copy yet, hurry up. Remember only $20 for 3 hours full of entertaining action.

Hot Rod and Kustom Ties

If you have a special occasion coming up and need to wear the old necktie, I have a couple of options which make the task more bearable. The Hot Rod and Kustom ties are a statement of where your heart lies and yet still look formal enough to impress those you need to. Look for expanded range in time for Fathers Day and Christmas ‘99.

Price is $35 postage paid (plastic is fantastic for payment)

1929 Roadster Pickup Drive away Hot Rod for $17,500

If you haven’t yet seen my ads in Australian Street Rodding, I have been busy building these budget Pickups and sending them all around Australia. They have proved a huge interest to the newcomer in Hot Rodding as well as the tradesman as a workable alternative to the belly-button utes and trays available. If you would like more info on these give me a call and I will send out more information. For starters they are steel body, glass guards, 202 6cyl engine, trimatic auto, Holden front and rear, Engineered and Rego’d in Victoria ready for fun.

Super Southern Swap Meet Ballarat Victoria

Over a perfect 4 days late February, Old Tin filled 6 sites with quality A Model bodies and parts for the estimated 50,000 buyers who walked through the gates. Good sales eventuated with many items discounted for the Swap, sold on the first day. Follow-up business has been steady with a large influx of A Model enthusiasts discovered who did not know I existed. My fault ???

If you do nothing else for the year try and make it to Ballarat for this huge event. I don’t think you will be disappointed (especially those guys who bought the steel roadsters for around $2000 and the guy who drove home the 28 Tourer for $4000. No, it wasn’t me) Next years dates to be advised later but normally the last weekend in Feb.

Rod Runs

I had the pleasure to attend a number of Rod Runs since my last Newsletter and they just seem to get better all the time. Numbers continue to increase with value for money becoming the norm and therefore attracting more rodders each year. Bright was another great opener for the season, followed by Ballarat (my favourite for obvious reasons), Port Fairy (great for beachgoers) and then the big daddy of them all the Geelong Street Rod Nationals at Easter (more later). Attending these events not only provides an incentive to keep going with current projects but gets you in touch with latest trends, new products, new dealers and most importantly new people who all have this passion for having fun with old cars. It’s like heaven on earth.

Speed Trials Lake Gairdner South Australia

Well, I’ve finally done it. This year with the help of my brother Les, we took my little T Bucket over to Lake Gairdner. After 4 years of half hearted attempts we finally were unloading the car on the S A L T and boy did it feel good. Although not looking as professional as some teams, Old Tin Racing prepared for what was to be history in the making.

On Wednesday the 17th of March, I fired the old ‘A’ Model powered rig and headed down that black stripe for 3 long bloody miles to become the first and therefore fastest Vintage Four powered car to ever run on Australia’s Salt Lake Racing course. My dream was realised and although a bit disappointed with the speed, it finally happened. With a bit more preparation time and some Secrets of Speed advice look out for a much improved showing next year.

By the way the speed was an incredible 105 .......................kmh (64.379mph)

Bring on the competition and let’s show these boys some fun racing.

ASRF 14th Street Rod Nationals

I left on the Tuesday to set up my Trade Stand at the Showgrounds and found a buzz already happening in Geelong with a large number of interstate entrants already camped and ready for fun. By Thursday the place was on fire with barely a spare camp spot available and over 1000 cars on site. Action was now everywhere in the grounds and partying in full swing until late in the morning.

Friday was entrants only and the Trade sites were the place to visit. I opened the doors at 8am and the next time I relaxed was after 7.30pm. Over 200 visitors dropped in to my stand with many having just a quick look and saying G’day and others chasing special parts for their projects or future rides. I have to thank all visitors to my site who helped me enjoy the time I was "working" and also for their patience when I was busy. If you have any feedback for me I would be happy to receive it, good or bad. This will only help me improve my displays and make it better for you and me in the long run.


Old Tin has finally caught up with the times and will be hitting the Worldwide Web very shortly. We will include a new revised Catalogue, Pickup information, Stock Listings (including photos) and other items of interest and special offers. Look for our site at www.oldtin.com.au


Old Tin will be winding down its traveling over the winter months with customers orders to be finished and my buying trip to be completed by July. Next planned outing will be Mildura Goanna Run but I will have another Newsletter out by them. Until, then have fun and get into that next project.

David Waight

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