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#129667 Plates In Strange Places - Plates Left Behind

Posted by Keats on 31 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

This one dates back a few years...

My car (parked on the street) got hit one night - busted headlight, cracked bumper, $1000 worth of damage. No hint as to the culprit, except for a smudge of yellow paint, same as used on taxis...


A couple of weeks later, I hear an almighty bang out the front. Race out to see a set of taxi tail-lights disappearing around the corner. My neighbour's Camry has been punted up the bot, and pushed several metres by a turd who's then done a runner:


So, I race up to the corner, figuring that the car won't have gone far with that sort of damage. I didn't find the car - but I did find:



Picked it up, took it back to the scene, and lobbed it over the fence into my back-yard. Called the po-lice, got a disinterested constable, who perked up enormously when I mentioned that the taxi in question had left behind the entire front bumper and number plate...

As we're commiserating with the owner of the now ex-Camry (it has ceased to be) and awaiting the arrival of the plods, three young bucks appear from around the corner. They walk down the street, taking a keen interest in proceedings. Each one is talking on a mobile 'phone. They walk past, down about 30 metres, then turn around and walk past again.

Just out for a quick stroll at 10:30 pm, are we, chaps? I walk up to one, and politely say "I've got the bumper". The heads of the other two shoot up, and the talking on the mobiles gets more frantic.

Happily, the cops arrive just at this point - the three guys quickly retire to a safe distance, I get the bumper and hand it over to the rozzers and point the guys out.

All got nicely sorted out - neighbour got paid, taxi driver got done for failing to exchange details, and I got revenge for my damaged car...

#164499 My Collection - Displays

Posted by hoarder1 on 05 December 2017 - 05:33 PM

Added a few more plates on a permanent wall last week.  I've started putting up my truck plates in this section.  I feel that they may be a bit too bunched up, and in the next section of wall I will only put 7 Australian plates instead of 8 per column on these ply sheets.  I'll add a few more plates this week, but need to be patient and wait until I install the stair stringers coming down from the right of the picture so I'm not covering any plates displayed.  There will be another 1500mm height of plates above these ones in the picture, so I'll will be able to fit my Federal Interstate run, some USA truck plates and a bit of other truck paraphernalia - signs, truck door, grille etc.  Still haven't connected power to shed yet, so can't cover all the walls.  Put a couple of internal stud walls up in another corner for a toilet/bathroom last weekend, so am getting there slowly.  It's easy to be impatient, but I am enjoying the process, so no need to rush.  I will put a timber cover strip of some sort along the bottom of the white painted ply sheets to cover where they meet the corrugated iron below.  The 1500mm above (yet to be installed) will go to the roof, and my long term plan would be to install a 'ceiling' (line the roof) of this section and put some plates up there too.  As they will be above our heads, the logical option will be to display my 'Aircraft' theme plates up there. 


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#142905 NT - Bombing of Darwin Commemorative Plates

Posted by Matty_769 on 17 May 2016 - 08:09 PM

Here's a nicely designed plate released at http://www.territory...u/number-plates


75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin Commemorative Number Plates

As part of The Territory Remembers program and in partnership with the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory (AANT), the Northern Territory Government is proud to release 999 sets of specially designed and manufactured commemorative vehicle number plates.

The Territory Remembers program aims to increase awareness of the Northern Territory’s involvement in WWII, and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the defence of Northern Australia.

The plates are on sale for $150 and available to purchase from 14 May 2016 to 27 February 2017.

All proceeds will be donated to Legacy NT to care for families of incapacitated and deceased veterans in the Northern Territory.

To order, visit or call AANT on 08 8925 5901.

For more information see the Commemorative Number Plate Fact Sheet.









Some photos from the launch at the Freds Pass Rural Show.









Media release on 14/5/16 http://newsroom.nt.g...iaRelease/20736


Gary Higgins
Minister for Arts and Museums

Bombing of Darwin licence plates launched

14 May 2016


From today Territorians can buy specially commissioned and limited edition licence plates to mark 75 years since the Bombing of Darwin, as part of The Territory Remembers (TTR) program.


All proceeds from the sale of the commemorative number plates will be donated to Legacy NT.


If all plates 999 of plates are sold, the project will generate approximately $125,000.


‘It is important to remember what we have been through as Territorians, to know where we are going, and what we are capable of’ said Minister for Arts and Museums Gary Higgins MLA.


‘The same values of determination and courage evident 75 years ago, are alive today in our servicemen and women; we should support this cause, and stand by them’.


Jack Hamilton, President Legacy NT said “Legacy NT greatly appreciates the donation of the proceeds of this venture to go to the provision of support to the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans located in the Territory. We thank the Department of Arts and Museums and the Territory Remembers Steering Committee for nominating Legacy NT as the endorsed




The Northern Territory Government is investing $2.25 million towards The Territory Remembers program. Byron Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc.) said of the plates,AANT is proud to be involved with the bombing of Darwin commemoration, it allows us the opportunity to assist with raising money for such a worthwhile cause as Legacy.


Some of our members were in the Northern Territory when the strikes took place and it gives us great pleasure to be able to give back to those men and women who defended or assisted with the protection of the Territory.


We hope Territorians support Legacy and purchase a number plate - we’d love to see them driving on Territory roads.”


To order a set of commemorative vehicle number plates, visit your local AANT office. For more information visit  http://www.territory...bers.nt.gov.au/">www.territoryremembers.nt.gov.au or the TTR Facebook page https://www.facebook...itoryRemembers/


Media Contact


Sean Conway     0400 165 743



#136234 Vic - The Education State Slogan

Posted by Matty_769 on 27 October 2015 - 03:44 PM

Yesterday i walked about every car park on each side of Sydney Road between Moreland and Barkley Square (3kms) and did not find one.


After work today...  I loitered about Coburg and Glenroy and spotted 3 ....all in the 1GA4** series and all with the older Southern Cross image.


Here's the only one of the three suitable for photographing today..... Yes. that is sticky tape :angry:  All 4 of these were re-registered older cars.



#171922 NPCC - 2018 National Convention - Tumut - 8 > 10 June

Posted by VIC-369 on 16 June 2018 - 09:00 PM

Plateshed is a bit quiet this week.  I will show you a few displays but I won't have time to do all of them and I didn't take pics of them all, sorry.
buf's display on the theme of "318". 
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RAE84 from NSW did this nice display of Victorian plates for the State section
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Cherryl #1087 from QLD won the Ladies Display trophy with this neat cut out lady and Hawaii themed plates.  Some character stood next to it.  :laughter:
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Sam K #1057 from NSW won the Best North American trophy with this innovative work.  Well done.
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Here's my humble Display of the evolution of Victorian Government Plates.  :plates:
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#171530 Plateshed - Farewell from Moz

Posted by moz on 02 June 2018 - 02:14 PM

Howdy shed heads :cowboy:


After 15 years at the helm of this wonderful community, the time has come for me to take a step back as Admin of plateshed.com.


I started this back in September of 2003, not knowing where it would go, or if it would even take off, but it's one of the few original forums that is still active and still survives from the early days of the internet.


My priorities have taken a slight detour over the last 5 years or so, aside from changes in my personal life, some of you are aware of my passion for photography, and I have since started a new photography tour business, which allows me to travel to wonderful destinations around the world, doing something I love.


It makes it very difficult to address admin problems on plateshed, or to participate when I'm in a third world country with no internet for days. I think we encountered a problem earlier this year that I couldn't address until my return. I'm also very time poor when I am at home, with heaps on my plate.


The collective information that has amassed on this website makes it the Wiki of number plates. Seriously. It's too good to let it sit in the depths of the web without promotion, and definitely too important to let fade away without new contributions and contributors. Rather than let this website die a slow death, I've decided it's best to put it in the hands of someone who is active in the plate scene and shows the passion that I once had. Someone that can bring plateshed into 2018 and beyond, and give it the attention that I cannot.


So, please welcome Steven, your new Admin. 


Steven runs the Heritage Number Plate Spotting page on Facebook with over 6,000 members, as well as the numberplates.com.au website.

He also brings years of forum admin experience. He is also active in the number plate scene in NSW.


It took a while, and I had been actively searching and waiting for the right person to come along to hand over the reigns reins to, and I believe I have found this in Steve.


I'll still be here somewhere in the background to help if needed, and as time permits, I hope to join in again on the banter and discussion with the many friends I've made over the years from all over the world.


I'd sincerely like to thank each and everyone of you for allowing me to build and grow this community. I've loved every minute of it and have some absolute wonderful memories.


It's not the end, it's a new beginning. It's what plateshed needs, an injection of new blood, new ideas, and a little TLC...everything that I haven't been able to give it.


Please support Steve in his new role and continue to contribute and help this site get back to it's glory days.


Forever your head shedhead,

Moz xxx

#161924 Aus - Interstate Plate Spotting

Posted by buff181 on 28 September 2017 - 12:48 PM

Challenge Accepted....


Sorry it took me a few days to do, but my Mom is in Hospital and I am looking after my Father.

I thought to make the Challenge a little harder I did it on a Wednesday (27.9.17) mid afternoon and at a midsize Shopping Centre.

I went to Karingal Hub (around the Corner from where my Mother is)

Car Park was only about 60 / 70 % full

Took me about 45 minutes


Question is did I complete the Challenge. 


Hope the First Plate from good old Vic answers the question.















#161455 Joke Of The Day

Posted by Leigh90 on 15 September 2017 - 10:33 PM



#155485 New Zealand Plate Collection

Posted by gorsev8 on 15 April 2017 - 10:45 AM

Here are some more County Plates added to the collection obtained over the last couple of months.
Auckland, Dunedin, Geraldine, Hawera?, Levels County, Oamaru, Rangiora, Southland, Timaru & Westland District.



#148009 ACT - News Snippets

Posted by Matty_769 on 26 September 2016 - 04:19 PM


Why do most Canberra number plates start with Y?
By Sonya Gee | 26 September 2016

Photo: It's estimated that 35,000 new Y number plates are issued each year. (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

Here at Curious Canberra, we get asked about the city's number plates all the time.

For business owner Erin Swinsberg, the question dates back to 2009.

"We moved to Canberra almost seven years ago and one of the first things I noticed was the majority of the ACT number plates start with Y. So I've wondered for quite a long time," she said.

SoundCloud: Listen to the Curious Canberra podcast HERE
The same question has puzzled Jin-Wei Liu. He moved to Canberra in 1993 to join the CSIRO.

"Trying to associate (the letter Y) with Canberra or the ACT or its surroundings - it just doesn't make sense," he said. "Maybe there's a story behind it?"

To tell that story, we meet the man in charge of number plates in the ACT and a collector with thousands of number plates that track the territory's history with the letter Y.

Why the Y?


Photo: Questioner Erin Swinsberg checks new Y number plates at the Dickson Motor Vehicle Registry. (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

To start our search, Erin and I visited the Motor Vehicle Registry in Dickson, where new Y number plates are issued every day. There we met Brett Swale, the manager of Road User Services for Access Canberra.

The reason we have Y number plates dates back to a decision made by the now defunct Australian Transport Advisory Council. Back in its day, it was made up of Commonwealth and State Ministers.

"The Australian Transport Council… met in 1948 to allocate alpha-numeric number plates to all states and territories," Brett explained.

Larger states were given a range of letters. New South Wales was allocated AAA-000 to FZZ-999.

The ACT was given a single letter, which explains why number plates starting with the letter Y are so easy to spot.

For Erin, this answer wasn't completely satisfying.

"It still leaves the question of why they decided to start with the letter Y, not a different letter?"

She'd heard that it might have something to do with the shape of the Parliamentary Triangle.

Brett said many people believe it's linked to the Y-plan of Canberra that emerged in the '50s and '60s, as the city grew. The real reason is far simpler.

"I wasn't there in 1948," Brett said, laughing, "(The) ACT being a smaller jurisdiction I believe was allocated simply with a Y."

Missing YAA plates


Photo: The recipient of the ACT's first Y number plate poses with his car in 1968. (Supplied: National Archives of Australia)

The city's first Y number plates were made available in 1968. At the same time the ACT became the first jurisdiction to trial reflective number plates.

Before 1968 the ACT had been issuing numeric number plates and combinations were running out. The last plate to be issued was 99-935.

Curiously, the first Y number plate to be issued was YAB-000.

Wanting to find out more, I contacted the Number Plate Collectors Club and found Pablo Serazio, who collects ACT plates. I visited him in Oakes Estate, where he has a shed dedicated to his ever expanding collection.


Photo: Pablo Serazio has thousands of ACT number plates in his collection. (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

The YAA plates, I discovered, were kept aside for Canberrans who owned an original numeric plate.

"They were going to get rid of those and everybody was going to wear a Y plate," Pablo explained.

"And YAA plates were held back for people who would like to swap their numeric (number plate) for the YAA… Number two did that, so he was given YAA-002."

I'm told that many in the community resisted, which is why you'll still see numeric ACT number plates every now and then. Numbers 1-999 were allowed to remain in circulation.

Of all the Y number plates Pablo's seen, and he has thousands in his collection, one stands out as a crowd favourite.

"A few years ago YOB-0 was quite popular because that was YOBO," he said.

Did other states stick to the plan?

Photo: Access Canberra is currently issuing a second series of Y number plates. (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

Back at the Motor Registry in Dickson, Erin wanted to know whether the ACT was the only place in Australia where Y number plates are issued. Turns out the allocations made in 1948 had their limits.

"The convention's changed over the years and jurisdictions now are issuing number plates that have Y," Brett said.

"And certainly we've seen New South Wales and Victoria now have Y series number plates as well."

According to South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the state began using its allocated letters in 1967 but abandoned the series in 1981. Y number plates were issued between 2000-2008 but to motorcycles and trailers only, before the series ran out.

A statement from VicRoads revealed that Y number plates have been issued several times, first in 1939 before the state based allocations were made. They became available again in 1977 after number plates within the allocated GAA-000 to MZZ-000 range were exhausted.

The ACT had the chance to move beyond its original allocation too, in 1998, when the first series of Y number plates in the style YAA-000 ran out.

"Y plates have been synonymous with Canberra since 1968 and I think the decision was simply made to retain the number plates because it's fairly well associated with the ACT," Brett said.

Photo: Before 1968 the ACT had numeric plates. (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

Access Canberra is currently issuing a second series of Y number plates, in the format YAA-00A.With around 35,000 new plates issued each year, this series is not expected to run out for another decade.

The only change we're likely to see in the coming years is a new number plate slogan.

Earlier this month the ACT Government launched an online campaign, asking Canberrans to suggest and later vote for a new slogan. But if the past is anything to go by, any change to the territory's number plates might take a little while to get used to.

"Every time a new slogan comes out, there's always people who want to stay with the old one, they don't want to move on," Pablo said.

Glancing over his personal collection that spans all the states and territories, he has a personal preference.

"I think the plates from all the states that have their full state name across the bottom look the best. It's a clean line, you know where they're from.

"There's no funny slogans, which can often be politically motivated."

And while there's an increasing variety of personalised plates available in the ACT, many of the Canberrans who asked us to look into this question said they'll be sticking with Y number plates.

Do you have a question for Curious Canberra? You can also listen to the stories, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Who asked the question?


Photo: Curious Canberran Erin Swinsberg (ABC News: Sonya Gee)

Erin Swinsberg moved to Canberra with her husband after a stint in the UK.

Her days are busy, she's studying a Masters of Biological Sciences, runs a catering company and has two young kids.

Up until now, thinking about the city's Y number plates has been inescapable.

"Every time I see them I think about it and it bugs me!"

Katrina Shaw, Kym Nixon, Jian-Wei Liu and Peter Baker also posed this question.

#147261 NT - CA = Central Australia

Posted by Matty_769 on 06 September 2016 - 01:14 AM

CA171 - Palm Valley Gorge, Central Australia, with touring car CA171 and three tourists pictured.


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#175696 Aus - The Illegal Thread - ALTERED & FAKE PLATES

Posted by Matty_769 on 04 October 2018 - 09:29 PM

This afternoon walking along Elizabeth Street in Melbourne's CBD to checkout some old exposed advertising when i stumbled upon this car.... :wtf:




As you can see... something isn't right.... that's a stick on letterbox / house number from a hardware store.... WBA380 :?:




Hang on.... That's not WBA380 ....  WBA280 on the front.... :surprise:




Unexpectedly .... an obsolete registration label from 2014 was still in place :clap: .... Meaning i could instantly identify the correct registration.




Then i noticed the door wasn't closed correctly... the car unoccupied... So, i put WBA980 in to VicRoads rego check.... :police:


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Moving away from the vehicle i called Crime Stoppers to report the situation.... They assessed the information and transferred me to Emergency 000


Stating i've found a stolen vehicle, gave the correct registration, description and the location etc... They were very interested to know how i knew it was stolen and any persons of interest etc. Pointing out the altered plates got my attention, and thankfully the vehicle still has an obsolete rego sticker... I entered the registration into the VicRoads rego check site and it shows the car as stolen and to contact police... which is why i'm calling... answering many questions... Oddly, the altered registrations were not requested, so i made a point of giving both to the operator... Then of course i had to give all my own personal information.


Operator said police will attend when available and thanked me for calling.


So with nothing else to do.... i took a seat at the nearby tram stop and waited.... 55 minutes later.... a divisional van arrived. The officers inspected the vehicle for 20 minutes... opening the unlocked doors, looking thru the car, checking the boot and under the bonnet etc. Taking photos and communicating with base etc.


Now... the part I'm really having trouble understanding....


They left the plates on the car, and also left the letterbox / house numbers in place....  :wow:


This could lead to more public reports and wasting time of the informant, phone operators and possibly police!


What if someone returned to the vehicle and continued on with further criminal activity ?  ( we'll never know what else they have already done )


How about those with vehicles under the fake combinations ?  ( one is current and the other shows as "record not found" )


Sure, they have it all recorded... However, is it a reasonable expectation they should've removed plates or at least the stickers ?  :ohwell:

#174635 Plateshed - Farewell from Moz

Posted by pageoz on 13 September 2018 - 04:51 PM

While I have been collecting for nearly 50 years I am only new to Plateshed.  Wish I had joined years ago.  It has been a real eye opener for me. I am still working my way through all the threads and while it is time-consuming I don't mind putting in the effort to locate my photos and reduce there size so they can be down-loaded to this site.  All the more practice for me on the computer.  Sad to see MOZ go but I am sure Steve will do a great job.  

#167797 Police Vehicles - New & Old

Posted by Keats on 04 March 2018 - 12:56 AM

In my driveway this evening... 1973 VJ Valiant Ranger sedan.


Not a genuine ex-Victoria Police vehicle, just a replica - but still the coolest damned thing I've ever owned (or part-owned, in this case).


Been after one for years, finally got it this arvo. All the period-correct police gear will be properly fitted over the next few weeks.


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#159631 Appropriate Plates

Posted by 944 on 31 July 2017 - 09:53 AM

SA custom WOOF.00



#156731 Interesting eBay Lisitings

Posted by andynchap on 20 May 2017 - 09:12 AM

Ok, so this isn't plate related, but it is something we can all relate to.
Read the whole ad, the Q&As too.
Aussie humour. Love it. :laughter:
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Barn find kit:

1x 20L bucket of red dust.
2x cans of spray adhesive.
1x jar of mixed spiders (actual content may vary between kits but should be at least 2x daddy long legs and 2x red backs. Combined packing may save on postage cost but may also halve the spider population due to them eating each other).

1x voucher for a pet store rat (apparently we can't offer actual rats on ebay) (we can call ahead to the pet store though and ensure they are pre-starved for 3 days so he chops into the seat foam as soon as he's released into the car).
5x used shot gun shells.
1x 30ml jar of liquid pigeon manure.
1x 50ml water bottle with drip nozzle (to add leaking shed effect to dusted surfaces).
1x tyre puncture kit (ok so it's 3" nail but it does the job).
1x set of old spark plug leads (some kits will be 3 different colours, others only 2 depending on stock availability).

Application process:
In order to add maximum value to your classic car follow these instructions along with your barn find kit:

Step 1) Park car in a garage, shed or if you're lucky enough to find one in Australia an actual barn. (Please don't be one of those fools who tries to call them "Shed Finds" in Australia. Barn Find is the internationally accepted term for any vehicle found in a Shed, Barn, Carport, paddock, field, garage or Tee Pee for an extended period of time).
Step 2) Swap spark leads over with those supplied in kit.
Step 3) Apply spray adhesive to underside of car, suspension, brakes, engine bay and door jams. Within 10 mins throw liberally handfuls of red dust into these areas where it should instantly stick giving that 10 years of farm use look.
Step 4) release 2 spiders inside the car, 1 into the engine bay and the remaining spider onto the diff. (assuming 4 made it to you in working order).
Step 5) scatter shotgun shells around passenger front floor.
Step 6) throw some random bric-a-brac in the boot, a dirty towel, one gumboot, a rusty bottle Jack and a couple of rusty spanners should suffice.
Step 7)Ensure all windows are up and boot closed. Then release rat inside car, closing the door behind you.
Step 8) Apply tyre puncher kit to one tyre (remember only one, letting two down is a rookie mistake and looks like you've staged it, kiss you bidding war goodbye).
Step 9) Evenly scatter remaining red dust over the car. Turn on windscreen wipers once then apply a light final coat of dust.
Step 10) Carefully apply pigeon manure in spots approx 2cm round, be sure to group these in line with overhead beams of the garage.
Step 11) Carefully apply water drops , also following overhead beams or joins in roof sheeting.
Step 12) Get your 12 year old neighbour to take pics of your car and write you a 3 sentence description, be sure to remove all punctuation before uploading your eBay listing.

Now sit back and watch that cash camel ride into town.

Note: Due to high demand, please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. Also please do not buy if you do not plan to pay for this item. Sellers fees are a killer these days.
We accept PayPal, Bank deposit, Woolworths vouchures, Naked Photos of Betty White or successful purchase leads to actual barn finds...

Be sure to see our other items (Mostly XA XB XC Falcon).


Question & Answer


Will this kit work for non vehicular items such as washing machines, fridges, old egg cartons and bananas? I have abundance of all these items.


Hi mate. Sorry for the slow reply. Been out bush collecting more spiders as we ran out. Yes the kit works great for almost anything. For best effect pile as much stuff into your shed as possible. If your short on items just go for a drive during a council collection week and grab some random bits (avoid the metal items, those scrappies can get pretty feisty if they think your stealing their loot AkA denture fund). Grab a few random bits (old tea chests and blanket boxes are always a winner for space fillers). Get everything in the room then apply the kit. Next you'll want to advertise the sale as a deceased estate auction and be sure to show the hint of a tail light (even if it's your neighbors 2009 BMW X5) the meers thought that there could be a car under that rubbish will be sure to see 1000 bidder cards poking out of pockets as punters rummage through your rubbish. A couple of good items will be sure to bring MAXIMUM value due to no one wanted to leave empty handed. Cheers.


That's Gold.... Are these kits New Old Stock or reproductions ? Looking forward to your Speedy reply Thankyou Johnno


Hi Johnno, sorry for the delayed reply. I thought you asked for a seedy reply not speedy. I spent last week baking cookies with Oregano in them and made myself sick (apparently the recipe called for another kind of herb but I have seen that since I was a teenager) . Ive only just been well enough to reply. Were possible we use original items but some parts are more cost effective to buy repro (were all about maximizing the returns on our investments), you have no idea how much can be saved on cage breed spiders. We do have a 100% NOS kit for the HIGH end barn finds like Phase 3s, HK 327s, E49s and P76s. It's around 3x the price but the dust comes from the rafters of the corresponding manufacture production lines (strictly no mixing Mopar dust with Holden dust). Pigeons are also sourced from the same buildings (bugger of a job catching those little flying rats). Cheers


Hi mate I'm very INTERESTED in getting maybe two of your barn find mussle car kits, my question is inotice you said they work well on gt falcons, do they work on holdens aswell? As I have a Holden hj panelvan & a 4 door lc torana? Any help would be Great Thanks from magdog adrian


Mate, it definitely works on Holdens as well. We've got some optional extras available for both the models you've mentioned. Our Shaggin Wagon add-on pack is just $29.95 and includes a lacey G-banger to hang of the rear view mirror, also a thong of the double plugger kind (broken of course) and an old wool blend blanket with some suspicious white stains (don't worry it's just clag glue). The Torrie kit has a pair of Y front undies with a P Broch signature (he's the old Norwegian guy who does our packaging). There is also a couple of old HDT enchanted stickers, put one in the engine bay and the other on the rear window, they have been given a quick wipe with thinners so they look authentically aged. Cheers



I notice your listing states for muscle cars. Would the kit be suitable for a 61 model split screen Kombi with rust in the usual places and heaps of original patina? The rust is an easy fix for someone handy with a welder and reproduction panels are readily available.


Thanks for contacting us. We actually have a special this month for Kombi owners. For just $29.95 extra we're offering some items to make your barnfind Splitty even more desirable. Aside from the regular items you will also receive a withered daisy chain head band, a pair of rainbow patterned flares, 2 (reproduction) tickets to Woodstock (1969, not the one from 2008, we only put those tickets in the late model bettle kit along with a handful of pink pills with smiley faces on them). For a limited time only we have some authentic acid, best slipped to the buyers with a cup of green tea before you take them out to the barn. It's sure to be a spiritual experience that will end in a lucrative sale for you.


Hi mate, wondering if there is any chance of having a 1/2 size kit as I only have a pre-war one owner German Harley Davidson with side car? Also do you have any other suggestions for photos as my neighbors are Asian and they keep asking me to take photos! Regards A.Hitler


Guten Tag, you may be in luck, we've recently had an enquiry from a B. Munro in New Zealand with an old Indian that also wanted a 1/2 kit. So we're happy to split. Unfortunately rat is already on the way to NZ, we were all out of white rats anyway so probably safer for him in NZ (nothing personal). Everything else is easy enough to divide up (you'll get the water dropper in lieu of the rat). In regards to your neighbors, show up naked with dim sims and a video camera. They'll either stop asking you to take pics or you'll have a very memorable night. It's a win win situation.


Hi mate are these genuine oem barn find kits or the cheap shit chinese repro import ones?


Tricky question that one. Some of the dust is OEM collected from the beams of the old Chrysler factory in Sydney, the Pigeon poop however we did get cheap from Shanghai (may have been cheap due to the bird flu infected birds it came from). Spiders are genuine (bugger if we're going to compromise our products with imported spiders, they'd be in awe of a carbied V8 and forgot how to build a web as they'd feel unworthy) only local spiders have muscle car DNA in their little fangs. Rats though are Korean imports, we've found their pallet doesn't like the taste of lucas wiring so they tended to aim for low value items like carpets. Glad to hear you take pride in the quality of the products you put on your vehicles.


Will this kit work on a 91 VN Commodore Exec with the 3.8 litre engine?


Yes indeedilydo. However after paying $495 for the barnfind kit you may not break even on the sale. Whilst I hate to loose a sale you may just wish to go with the $12 turtle wax wash kit so you can still at least get a profit of $483 (assuming it's the vacationer. Otherwise take the best offer over $128). Cheers


Gday,any chance of putting together a larger kit as an aircraft hangar find kit.I would require a kit suitable for use on a repro p51 mustang that I wish to prepare for sale.Could you please advise me of the price for a kit that would meet my requirements.


Certainly mate, I must warn you they aren't cheap. Price of our war craft kit is $3295. It includes several fast growing vines sourced from the Amazon. There is a real skeleton (source is confidential, but let's just saw Harold Holt didn't get taken by a shark). We have a limited supply of WWII flight suits but there is 3 in stock. Our regular dust is included but you'll get 4 bags, the shot gun shells are substituted with 50 Cal shells. The rat is also replaced with a large python that is ready to shed its skin so effectively doubling the impact. For an extra fee we can replicate the cockpit glass in pre-faded Perspex with an array of bullet holes. Cheers Cam


I am so pissed off now, just spent $35 on wash an wax and 5 hours washing my car, now I find out it is going to cost $495 to get it back to how it was !!! Can you please cut me a deal if I buy 2 kits ?


Don't tell anyone else mate. I'm going to cut you in on a little inside secret. Grab yourself a can of WD40 (the cheap brand from the crazy bargain store is fine), give it a good shake and spray it all over the car. Now go find the nearest council car park and cut some mad hoops. She's be looking dustier than a cowboys chaps in no time plus your tires will have that cracked and charred look that normally takes years to achieve when just sitting. If you want the rats, spiders, shoots shells and the whole 9 yards unfortunately you'll have to pony up $440, I'll hang onto the dust. Cheers


i nearly clicked 'buy it now' but then realized that the title says 'ride the boom' not 'ride the broom'. This sale isn't for me. - Wicked Witch


He can also do an antique look broom closest. They come as an MDF flat pack and some mission brown fence paint. Same spiders as the barn find kit, though we stopped supplying the rats in those kits as the mandatory black cat was eating them in transit. Nasty situation, well not for the cats, they were happy as pigs in sh... We did have a customer who requested a couple of bats but they tormented the cat to much so we had to can those as well and have substituted those with a Golden Snitch for those who partake in a game of Quidditch.


Is the kit made up of NOS or reproduction parts. I am creating an authentic ‘Bathurst HK Monaro’ barn find. As I am going for top judging points, I can only use original or NOS parts?


Hi Wardy, The nail is a genuine one owner Zenith brand nail. All supplied rats are virgins (makes their appetite somewhat more vigorous, almost frustrated...) The dust is genuine, created at the dawn of time by the original Big Bang, we refuse to use repro dirt. The spiders are all fairly new hatchlings, never touched a toilet seat as it's hard to keep up with stock and collecting old spiders is slow due to our OH&S officer yelling at us for sticking our bare fingers in all the Bathurst tanks from our own barn finds. The water bottle is a repro sorry, dawn of time canvas bags tend to leak. Shorty shells were original used by Ned Kelly's great nephews barbers neighbor on the first night his daughter had her boyfriend over). The pigeon poop are from well kept homing pigeons. We lace their seed with bad tandoori the night before harvest to ensure only the freshest and most acidic pigeon poop on the market. Spray adhesive is NOS (you try getting it back in the can when used).


I don't have a Barn, can you supply.


Any out building structural will suffice. If you want to give it that more traditional barn feel, you will need to add your own livestock and hay flooring. Alternatively for a more authentic Aussie Barn find you can add half used tins of paint, an old wooden ladder and 3 Malvern Star pushbikes (be sure to remove all chains and at least one wheel). Note a true master will know to add a Victa lawn mower that potential buyers must step over to get in the door.

#154345 Aus - HM Electors Parliament Plates / UPMART

Posted by andynchap on 18 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

I saw this one at Toowoomba swap meet a month or so ago.
I made the mistake of photographing it, as the owner yelled out at me from some distance.
He asked me what did I think I was doing, and of course my reply was that I was taking a photo of his number plate.
'Oh no, this is not a number plate' he answered, 'it's a vehicle identifier'.
I was dumb enough to ask what the go with it was, and out came a 9 page official document that he shows the police every time he gets pulled over.
'Read it' he says, 'Read all of it!'
He went on and on and on....and on about how our rights are being abused and we should have the freedom to do what we want.
He has been to court numerous times, represents himself, and I would imagine makes a loud thing of it.
There is way more to this story, but I am getting a headache thinking about the ordeal.
Up until now, I had wiped it from my memory, but sorting through some pics bought it all back.
Look at the photo, and think yourselves lucky that there are some of us that go through hell to get pictures to post here. :laughter:
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#151966 Qld - Highest Issues Spotted

Posted by 944 on 08 January 2017 - 08:15 AM





#148665 Train Pictures General

Posted by B 67 on 13 October 2016 - 09:00 PM

Speaking of drones, here's one example. V/Line train on the Avon River bridge at Stratford.

I have some nicer ones, but so much detail that I can't seem to get them under the 200k upload limit. Even reducing the size and resolution.
Train in station. Stratford. Taken from my backyard. :train:


Righto - found the problem. It was in the processing to remove the fisheye effect. The unaltered version has a much smaller file size.

I've learnt something today. :)


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Avon River, Stratford Vic.

#134250 The Photography Thread

Posted by moz on 23 August 2015 - 04:32 PM

It's been a while since i posted in this thread. 


Over the last couple of years I've travelled a lot and seen some amazing places. I've shot hundreds of landscapes and until about an hour ago (while looking for photos to share here) I didn't realise how many photos I've actually taken. I have just gone through files and folders and it's brought back some great memories.  I've been hanging off cliff edges, taken my Alfa four wheel driving, spent hours in complete darkness in the freezing cold and been neck deep in water, at night, with just my head and camera above the surface.


I've broken two tripods, I've gone through a couple of camera bodies, I've smashed a $2500 lens against rocks, dropped my grad filters down a waterfall and slipped and fallen over wet rocks and gone in for an unwanted swim too many times to mention. 


I couldn't decide what to share with you here so here's just a few of my landscapes from random places throughout Australia. 




Boab Dawn




Cliché Cable Beach




Sugar Wharf




Four Mile Beach




Sunset & Shadows




Bone Dry




Autumn Drive




High & Dry




New Years Eve Sunset




Rusty Relic




Chained By The Tide




Blue Ice




Illuminated Guidance




The Love Boat




Sunset Symmetry 




On The Rocks Selfie




St Kilda Sunset




End Of The Line




Sheepish Sunset




Chasing The Sun




Olivers Jetty




Illuminated Guidance II




Break of Dawn