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Whoa, Black Betty - VY SS 6 Speed

Discussion in 'VY - VZ - WK - WL - V2' started by Pollushon, May 6, 2016.

  1. Pollushon

    Pollushon Boost gives me a bar....

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    Allow me to introduce Betty. A fun packed VY SS 6 speed that needs some serious cosmetic love but she was on the road for a song, 220k on the clock.

    It once was a dead stock series 1 VY SS with leather, TV/DVD player and tow-pack options from factory. Spent most of its life as a family car. The thing that really grabbed me was that the previous owner spent some serious coin on it and took really good care of it mechanically, runs smooth and quiet, great compression, new clutch and only the expected T56 clunks and groans. He treated the paint and interior like shit towards the end of their run though. It was sitting around for nearly 18 months in a neighbors front yard.

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    PBR C5 brake kit front and rear (330mm)
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    VE 60th Anniversary 18" rims

    Not my first choice in suspension but combined with the T56 and C5's it certainly handles a whole lot better than a VS Commodore. I'd forgotten how much fun manuals can be and it sounds pretty damn nice (and loud). No idea on the power output but it's definitely slower than Mangforce 1 on launch and in a straight line......but that torque. Gives a man wood.

    My future plans are simple: Boost all the pretty things.

    I'd also like to drop the spoiler, badges and then wrap it matte black. Needs a RipShifter and Truetrac. Fluid changes and an interior overhaul is the first order of business though.

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  2. Pollushon

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    Lots happening lately, interior is looking fit for humans now. Replaced sway bar bushes and link pins, it's amazing the impact when they're stuffed. Also dropped some fresh fluid in the trans. Besides being brown and smelling like shit it was about 500ml short. I've not only chucked in a fresh 4L of Dex III (Nulon semi-synth) I rolled her up on her side and threw in an extra 500ml as per Tremec advice. Immediate difference to the box, quieter and shifts are much better. New fuel filter went in, bit of a PITA as per the Internet but not too bad if you're patient.

    Next on the mech list will be clutch fluid change, LSD fluid and new driveshafts which should be about it until it's boost time for tiny town.

    Lined up a new JVC head unit and ISO's for plug and play plus I get to keep the steering wheel controls. I'm lining up an IR receiver and headphones for the TV in the rear, separating it from the stereo so the adults in the front aren't subjected to entertainment they can't see.
     
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    Got any before & after interior pics ?
     
  5. Pollushon

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    Here's some befores, I'll grab some afters today, decided work can get stuffed and am cleaning all the spilled plaster out of the boot. He used Betty as a ute replacement (he's a builder) for about 3 months while waiting for his new ute and Betty had been replaced with a Gen-F for family purposes *facepalm*

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  6. Pollushon

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    Held off on pics til the work was complete. I've put the glove-box back together, scrubbed and treated the trims with some conditioner, painted the fascia and console, installed the new head unit and I picked up a VY S2/HSV steering wheel for $90 off eBay which leaves the stock wheel for dead. Also covered the seats with some fluffy covers, does the job. Think I'll call the interior good enough for boost :)

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    Yeah, looks boostable.
     
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    Looks good, seat covers make it look extra comfy, shame what he did to the seats though. you will enjoy it with forced induction . I'd go the side mount supercharger, but I'm bias, love the supercharger
     
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    $90 for a new steering wheel is an excellent deal!
     
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    Have to admit looking like the Raptor side-mount is going to come up trumps. Finally got her retinted, nice clean 18% titanium, didn't realise how much I missed the film til I saw her.

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    After a week away up north I came back and the bugger decided to drop her radiator and exhaust (thanks to my fixation with puddles). Few bucks and a few hours and she was back to tip-top condition.
     
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    Trayner Fresh prince of Pakky

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    Shes needs a set of duel tips on the exhaust
     
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    Haha great minds think alike, that's next ;)
     
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    Twinsies! And a complete exhaust reseal, new manifold gaskets and O2's. Think I've gained about 30HP back....now I just need Timmy to come through with another 140HP and the circle will be complete.

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    looks mint reminds me of my Vy ss
     
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    So a bargain came along that I just couldn't ignore. Not quite what I was chasing but when opportunity knocks...

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    Haha i saw that for sale on Facebook, good pickup mate :D
     
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    Nice pick up man
     
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    Scored it for an awesome price, cheaper than the Raptor! That said then a bloke put up a T04B kit for the same price but I have to admit I'm a fan of the centrifugal after the Raptor for a daily and I only need some 60lbs injectors and an intank 400lph to get cracking on this one. Plus she has lots of head room, comes at 6PSI, should be able to crank 12PSI/550HP before I'm sick of it.
     
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    nice pickup should make some good power
     
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    Finally got into some prerequisite work for the blower. Found a manual from DNA for a kit almost identical to mine. Need to reroute a bunch of cooling, wiring, PS reservoir, ECU... among other things.

    Moved the ECU from the engine bay to the cabin (LHS footwell), PS reservoir, installed a slimline thermofan and shroud setup and chucked on a new water pump for good measure. Should have hose rerouting and replacement coolant transfer next weekend.

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    Of course you always find gotcha's, the new one being I appear to have a Powerbond 25% underdrive HB, the 1930 belt was the giveaway. So now I need to get myself a stock balancer and belt as the charger crank pulley won't fit anything else. I don't think I'll shed many tears for the loss of a couple HP, just the 500 extra unplanned bucks

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