Hello new here from NZ.
Heres my VK Royale I picked up after it had an engine bay fire and required most of a front end rebuild.
It was built as a blue meanie rep, the colour isnt quite right so im keen to keep it as a streeter with a combination of group A and 3 kits.
It came with a healthy 300hp+ 308 and trimatic.
I resprayed the front end and tidyied up engine bay and interior, sold the trimatic and fitted a celica w50 gearbox.
After 2 gearboxes, 2 diffs and 2 headgaskets I fitted a w58 supra box and single spinner VL V8 diff. I had some more fun then killed 3 more gearboxes.
Ive decided to go for a T56 6-speed and while im at it why not build a nice efi 304 for it. I have sold the 308 and supra box conversion and also brought an lsd from a vr. I have purchased a stripped good condition 304 from a vr to start with.
So plans now are:
Flat top pistons (10.1 comp)
Cam (Silimar to crane 286 grind)
Link plus ecu
Manifold (havent decided yet)
T56 chev pattern
Hydro clutch conversion (VL Pedalbox)
VR 28 spline LSD 3.45 gears (Higher gears later on)
18x8 ROH R/T rims 235/40R18 Dunlop Direzzas (Goodyear Eagles next)
It has King springs all round shortened shocks and bigger front brakes. Handles and stops as good if not better than dads VX R8.
Aim is a streetable daily driveable powerful (400hp?) strong, fun car with plenty of gears for drag racing and circuit/ track days. Lots of sideways fun.
Heres shots of the original build and result.
Im expecting reccomendations for stroker kits or f/i but ive got quite a few parts already im happy to have a revvy n/a 5L, Id love the hear what people have got out of N/A standard stroke 304's.
Cheers for looking, whats your thoughts.
Last edited by TUFFVKV8; 04-11-2012 at 09:00 AM.
Looks mint! Should go mint with a 304. So your sticking with efi?
Thanks, yep much perfer it to carby, have dyno and tuning software at hand and already had a link ecu and LS1 injectors. I will miss the sound though.
Your early girl looks mint with the 304 in there.
Nice, love that color, ive got that green color u dont c much, all resprayed. Havent got the motor in yet, 304 and i going carby too. i reacon they sound better. How long did it take u to finish??
Thanks took me about 6 months because thats how long I lost my licence, since then its been an ongoing project to keep running.
My daily is a VP SS manual. Unfortunatly I will have to sell for funds but its for a good cause.
I brought it with intention of stripping as donor car for vk but decided its too nice to strip and the T5 wont last.
Last edited by TUFFVKV8; 04-11-2012 at 09:07 AM.
Cheers mate. It's a shame you have to sell the vp. Think I saw it on trademe this morning, Looks mint!
Looks made mate my dads all ways wanted a vk brock replica and he has had xb gt coupes monaros toranas he loves them. Cant wait for the end result.
Yep VP is on trademe.
Thanks, good to be able to appreciate fords and holdens. Im keen to start building the motor soon.
Updates long overdue
Engine parts arrived a while ago:
ACL Flat top hyperutectic pistions 20 thou
Kelford cam 520 lift
High volume oil pump
Rebuild gaskets and bearings etc
T56 is here off an LT1 Chev V8
Block has been bored
Heads have been machined for valve springs
Long block is built, just bolted roller rockers on the other day now adapting a 70mm custom throttle plate to the bananas, will upgrade to carby style manifold at a later date.
Custom billtet flywheel spun up to mate the T56 and pull clutch to the 304.
Have started polishing rocker covers, engine covers, fuel rails etc what a job lol.
B/W 28 spline LSD is built tight shimmed in a VL sedan housing with disk brakes and is back under the car, 4.11 gears should suit 6 speed great.
Only need a steering rack to put rolling body back on the ground to push into workshop to install motor, ordered a VK power steer rack off trademe turned out to be a VL after a long wait, now deciding to get a later crossmember to match for more header room or get another VK rack.
Need to install a master cylinder for the LT1 slave cylinder. The LT1 push clutch uses a fork instead of the thrust bearing type cylinder like the LS Series, what size master will I need?
Once motor and rolling body is finished I can dump the motor and box in and weld up a gearbox crossmember and start wiring the link.
Heres some photos of parts I will take more up to date photos soon:
And my new runaround 1986 Commodore VK, 3,3 Black 5 speed manual executive. 219000km interior mint, exterior average.
Its now lower than the photo:
Theres a rather large update for one post, thanks for looking.
Last edited by TUFFVKV8; 04-11-2012 at 08:55 AM.
Very nice mate, I love it.
Love it mate!
Love to see the blue meanies reppin' it overseas!
http://forums.justcommodores.com.au/...first-car.html My VS Ute, 99', S Pac, 5 Speed.
Cheers guys, I brought a house and did alot of renovating so ive just started back on the car again. Updates:
VL Clutch master installed, adapted to VK pedals.
Nissan Slave installed to T56, bracket made.
Brought 80mm alloy polished T/B and adapted/ bored the bananas to suit.
Modified the VK K-frame and bolted up a VL rack and steering shaft.
Hunted down some engine mounts, accidentally let the last ones go with motor.
Beat up the tunnel for the reverse lockout solenoid.
Bolted all the motor and gearbox together.
Yesterday I swung the motor and box into the car and was annoyed to find the sump dosent clear the K-frame. The motor is sat up and the sump is off, the engine is an HSV mantra engine so maybe HSV runs a bigger sump? I am unsure, if anyone knows the difference between carby and efi/ hsv sumps I would be greatfull. Looks like a simple mod to the sump is in order anyway.
Now have to do something about shifter position and make up a gearbox mount.
Thanks for looking, heres a quick chop of what im going for:
Last edited by TUFFVKV8; 04-11-2012 at 09:09 AM.
Turns out the motor is sitting to far back, the engine mounts arent right for the commodore so ill have to modify them, it will help with shifter position, sump fitment and distributor access.
Last edited by TUFFVKV8; 10-11-2012 at 12:06 PM.