If you get the chance to visit the Birdwood Museum in S.A. they now have a large part of the GMH assmbly line set up high on the walls with parts of Commodores mounted on the travelling arms in various stages of assembly. It is well worth a look and the truck section is getting bigger from the last visit we had.
Tom Kruse truck is still a huge draw card along with a video of him at work in the desert.
a lot of people don't realise Holden's itself goes back to the horse and buggy days when they were buggy and coach builders. As coach builders they used to build bodies on any chassis the customer wanted/ provided until a tie up with General Motors had Holdens working exclusively for them. General Motors purchased Holdens and with the decline of the body building trade (at least as far as cars were concerned) and government made GMH out of it producing a car designed in the USA as ' Australia's first car'
If it was 'Australia's first car' what were the Australian six (a car from the 1920's) and others off Ford and other assembly lines at the time. They were all based on designs produced in the US (Even the 48-215 was based on a chev) and updated for local conditions or came in configurations not available in the USA
Hiding in the shed covered in grease and muck - want a coffee?
In the horse n buggy days it was Holden & frost who got together and it became GMH after that. The book, 'The History of Holden' gives a detailed report into the foundations of the company then after that 'She's A Beauty' tends to fill in any gaps from the first book.
Holden also built several of Melbourne's prolific W-class trains, IIRC in Adelaide, and they were railed to Melbourne.
The original M&MTB workshop was in Holden St, Fitzroy. I would have to check: had it been taken over from Holden? It was superseded by Preston Workshops, a larger purpose-built facility further out.
In a later era, Ansair built the frames for the postwar W7-class trams.
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