New to the forums here...just bought my first car a month ago and have allready begun to make changes to it. Its my new project!
Got some big plans and the availible funds but its just a matter of when i have time...
Model: 2002 VY Commodore Executive
Engine Type: 3.8Lt Ecotec
- Tinted Windows
- VY SS Rims
- Pedders SL's Front & Rear
- Pedders SSL's in Rear
- Monroe GT Shocks
- Black Spoked 19" Rims (Tough Choice...)
- VY Calais Bodykit
- Black Door Strips Removed DONE
- Towbar Removed
- Debadged DONE
- VZ Calais Tailights
- SS Headlights
- Pacemaker Extractors
- Stainless steel Custom 2.5" Exhaust, Straight Through Pipe with Twin Dumps
- MACE Cold Air Intake System (Enclosed POD, Airflow Metre and Throttle Body)
- High Ratio Roller Rockers (Maybe...)
- NGK Iridium Spark Plugs DONE
- Eagle 8mm Ignition Leads DONE
- Performance Chip
- 2x Subs & Amps with a Decent Head Unit
- Personalised Plates
Within a week of buying it, a good mate of mine sold me his VY SS rims + tires for $500!!
A week later i got it lowered with Pedders SL's all round...im pretty happy with it atm but in the future i may chuck on some 19"s, SSL's in the back and get all the guards rolled.
Getting the front/rear bumpers, side skirts & numberplate surround painted silver, the black door strips removed/painted and the towbar removed sometime within the next 2 weeks. Will also debadge it as soon as i can.
Also looking at getting the exhaust and the pacies done in about a month...
Sorry about the pics...they were taken on my phone and i didnt know i was gunna join you lot!
After i chucked the SS rims on and washed it
After it got lowered (springs have worn in and it has dropped abit since)
Ill post some better pics once all the spraying has been done...going to be an exciting next few months!
Any comments or suggestions would be appriciated!
Last edited by Asa Spades; 11-02-2010 at 05:46 PM.
that sits nicely mate, if anything u would want it an inch lower if that, ive found go for sound quality in the vy, its such a big car to try get alot of bass out of them, should look mint when ur done good luck mate
Thanks mate...yeah i might head back to the joint and get the rear springs cut instead of chucking SSL's in. Gunna put the 19's on and get the guards rolled then see how it sits. Also gotta put some pedders shocks in too cause its abit too bumpy at the moment!
Finally got the qoute for the bodywork i want done and was blown away! Those black door moulds cost an arm and a leg to spray!! Must find a cheaper way to alter them...im thinking of either taking them off myself or spraying them myself...
Gunna buy the vz calais tailights off ebay and the rear vy calais bumper off holmart next week then book her in for her facelift!!
Pics to follow facelift
Just bought a Pinstripe Remover Wheel and a bottle of Goo Gone off ebay...hopefully they come in next week so i can have a crack at these door moulds before it goes into the bodyshop for its facelift...
Also thinking of lining the back of the front bumper with some black mesh instead of those crappy plastic bits...
Finally got around to doing one side of the door moulds with the caramel wheel...only took me 3 hours lol
After i finished taking the other sides moulds off (I was using a bodyboard as a knee rest lol):
1 door complete:
I had to buy another wheel off ebay and that came in yesterday, so now that iv finished work for the year i can finally start getting something done!!
Will start on the other side tomoro
All door moulds are off and everything has been debadged apart from the bootlid holden badge.
I have vy calais front and rear bumpers and vz calais tail lights ready to go in...exciting times ahead!!
Also got Iridium spark plugs for $10 each lol, so their going in on the next service which is next week.
Im looking at booking her in for the facelift within the next month or so...cant wait!!
im so glad you made this a priority on ur mods list, I cant stand those black strips, ide been hunting for a new car for ages and just because of them i completely ruled out any stock exec's with them, finally found myself a VY s-pack for 10,700, was completely stoked, hope your door moulds come up nicely mate, i pick up my car on friday...i feel like ive drunk about 10 cans of mother im that antsy to go pick it up, lol goodluck with ur work!
Hahaha thanks man....yea their bloody ugly things!! God job on buying the s pack...thats a bargain! The hunt paid off lol.
With all the money iv spent buying stuff for my car in the last couple of weeks i could have probably bought a vy calais or an sv6....buuuut im enjoying modding my car which is all that matters i guess.
Also just bought a chrome vy calais numberplate surround and a calais handbrake
yup was an absolute steal, got it from my mates dad who owns a car dealership on sydney rd in melbourne, im thinking about swapping the spoiler/headlights/tailights for the SS versions cos ive already got the foggies n my 18's are goin on the day i get it, hopefully i can find somebody around here whos taken their SS spoiler off..fingers crossed
nice, clean ride mate. good work!
Thanks man...yea its a really good building block! Watch me slowly transform it into a quality looking/sounding car!
yeah it should be good to keep an eye on, i think you need to find some showier rims though, unless u have plans for it to just romp fools on the road at every traffic lights im not a huge fan of the SS wheels, i know you got em dirt cheap so thats fair enough i would"ve done that too, but i think they just tend to match tuff units, so unless ur gonna go all out on performance on this bad boy, i reckon it'd look better as a nice cruiser instead..just my opinion though...everybody has their own visions for their car, cant wait to see next pics on how the moulds are comin along! gl
Haha yea man there coming off dont worry...gunna get some black spoked 19's in a few months and chuch SSL's in the rear too. Prolly around tax return time lol
And yepp its just gunna be a cruiser...no point in stuffing around with performance on a v6 imo. I just want it running smoothly, sounding good and looking good
At the moment my priorities are:
- Getting all the bodywork out of the way (2 weeks)
- Then come back to the wheels/height
I got the moulds off over the holidays! Its looking sweet....ill have a photo sesh after all the bodywork is done
- Just got it back from a service, installed the Iridium plugs and 8mm Eagle ignition leads
- Installed vy calais chrome numberplate surround
- Bought a vy ss chrome/leather auto shifter
- Bought a series 2 vy calais grille
*Bodywork booked in for Tuesday the 9th of feb
Things getting done:
- Vy calais front and back bumper getting sprayed and fitted
- Side skirts getting sprayed
- Vz calais tail lights getting fitted
- Vy calais grille getting fitted
- Chrome/Leather handbrake and auto shifter getting installed
sounds good mate, should look sweet, sounds like uve got the same view on things as me, who cares about performance when u can slow cruise n look the goods anyway? performance on V6's pretty much are pointless cos u could put 10 grand into it and an SS will still fly passed u anyway
Hey mate, I am too wanting to get rid of those hideous black strips off my VZ wagon took one side off but that goo stuff still there. what do I need to remove all signs of the black strips???? also how do you remove the strips leaving minimul goo on the doors thanks in advance
HOW TO Remove Sikaflex from Panels
To leave minimal sikaflex you basically just have to try to cut as close to the paint as you can...be very carefull though. I had a mate with me and we were using the flat top end of a butter knife plus a hairdryer. Heating the area then cutting through, heating the area and cutting though and so forth.
You can also use fishing wire to cut through it and use the hairdrer too.
Once you have the strips off you use a caramel wheel to buff away all signs of the sikaflex left over.
Its a timely process but its worth it! I bought two off ebay...but i just checked then and there is none availible
Keep checking ebay for 'Pinstripe remover wheel"
Let me know how you go
Iv had a change of heart...decided to cancel the bodywork the other day and instead try to sell the car and buy a vy berlina or calais or a vz exec, berlina or calais instead. It was a big decision but i know its a good one for me
I will start advertising it publicly in about 2 weeks...
So if you know anyone that wants a nice, clean vy with a pefectly running engine then please feel free to PM me
Im looking at selling it with everything on it except the calais no. plate surround for around $11,000
Also will be looking at selling the calais front and rear bumpers...
ey mate was just wondering how things progressed with selling it, n what did you end up getting?
Hey just wondering if you're selling the calais tail lights seperately?
Also just wondering how much the calais front and rear bar?
Would you be able to send me pictures by PM?
good work. i like