After being stuck for what seemed an eternity with a gutsless 2.6l 4 cyl '95 TS Magna, I finally got my first Commodore. It belonged to a friend of a friend over in Melbourne, and had been sitting neglected in a shed for a year.
Me and a mate took the train over from Adelaide to go have a look at it, and potentially drive it back. After checking it over, replacing the battery (0.1volts left lol) and giving her some new fuel, she turned over with little drama. We ran it up and down the driveway, trans worked fine, and it was holding all its fluid in. So it was off to VicRoads for a UVP to get it back to Adelaide.
That night we cleaned it up, got the year old shrivilled Maccas fries out from between the seats, stapled the heavily sagging roof lining back up, and gave it a pressure wash. The next day it was on the road, ready for the trip to Adelaide. We were a little worried at this point, it had been sitting for a year, and we were about to rocket it down the open highway for 1000k's. But aside from an annoying rattle in the front, which we later found to be crapped out stabilizer bar mount rubbers, all was well.
13 Hours later we arrived back in Adelaide, without a single major drama the whole way! All that needs to be done to get it on the road here is fix the suspension, get a new bumper (the last one was busted up on one side and held on with wire) and sort out the roof lining.
Don't really know what (if anything) I'm gonna do to it yet, I just wanna get it on the road, and sort all that out later.
Model August '89 VN Executive
Colour "ROSE GREY METALLIC" 2H025
Trim "New Grey" 16I
Engine Stock 3.8L V6 LG2
Diff Stock 3:08:1 GU4
Trans Stock 4 Speed Auto MD8
Computer Stock ATJR4357 3.8L V6 Auto & Man TCC Prod Change from 6/89
Wheels Stock 14" steel with Stock Wheel Trims
Sound Poorly fitted Sony Explod system with some non working speakers. (With original tape deck in box in the boot)
Last edited by Archon; 17-04-2010 at 12:04 AM.
Well, its been on the road for 2 months now, and everything is mostly going well. So far its only needed a new water pump and new rear brake rotors. (Down to metal-on-metal ) Only issue has been overheating in traffic at times, and cutting out completely at lights. (Solved this by tightening loose Main fuse)
Only been able to do a basic poor man's service on it (Coolant, oil filter, oil change, air filter) and installed a sub / amp I had lying around the house from a mate who didn't need them anymore. Fitted a Level 2 dash, and cleaned & resprayed the grille and boot lip / plate thing, because they were faded and yellowing.
Might have a job again in the next few weeks, so looking for suggestions on where to go from here. I desperately want to ditch the big plastic moon wheels first, they're bloody awful. Not looking to lower it though, I do a bit of country driving, and I like the way it sits atm.
Commodore pictures by Archonwolf - Photobucket
Last edited by Archon; 17-04-2010 at 12:04 AM.
At least ur first car is more powerful than my first. Nice one mate.
See if u can find urself a cheap set of 15" or 16" rims
The Blue One
Need some silver stockies on that VN !!
HEARRRY, HEV YU HEARD OF REKALL?
Nice first commy mate.
My first was a clapped out old VH..
Looks in pretty good nick for it's age, and in fairly original condition too.
Which is a good thing, cause it hasn't been messed around with and modded by previous owners, a nice blank canvas to start out with.
Yeah I'd go with 15" Interceptors, cheap as to buy, and still look the part on commy's, also it's much easier to get 15" tires too, getting harder to get decent 14" in commy sizes, as they are slowly being fazed out.
Last edited by BoNeZ-01; 13-04-2010 at 02:14 PM. Reason: typo
I like ya story about gettin it and the worry about driving it so far
Worst part about gettin it over from Melbourne was winding down the drivers window at Geelong and watching the whole thing disappear down inside the door. Veery cold by the time we got to Mount Gambier and decided to do something about it. Ripping the door apart in the Woolies car park got us some looks. We were actually quite surprised nothing major did go wrong. Sitting in a shed for over a year, then a 1,200k drive in a single day. Thankfully it was only after we got back that the radiator decided to split open.
Still, can't complain too much. The car itself was only $250. (The trip over, the fuel back, speeding fine.....etc, that's another story lol)
Last edited by Archon; 17-04-2010 at 12:05 AM.
would have been a great Road Trip
Found the build sheet under the passenger carpet. It's in mintish condition, and tells me what I already knew. It was built super basic.
Good find! that's a pretty early VN