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VZ ute project

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Hi Team,

This is our VZ ute project (sons and I). It started from nothing really - our VY V8S work ute hit a roo and was written off. We purchased her back from the insurer for $300 and ripped out the engine, box and diff, pacer extractors, X force cat back exhaust, and the harness/computers for use sometime down the track.

We happened upon a VZ ute shell, SS seats and interior and FE2 suspension for a song. The downside – sprayed in rattle can white with matt black DIY “racing” features, tub shrouds done in matt black with a paint brush and skirts painted in hammer finish silver. WTF were they thinking?

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So far we have been paying attention to the go fast bits. New VCM 262 Cam, springs, dual cam chain and sprockets, lifters and oil pump. We have also installed a mantic clutch, replaced the front rack, added a new radiator and converted the LS1 from cable to drive by wire. A new ECU was purchased from LS Extreme as the VY computer wasn’t transferable. An OTRCAI is ready to go on and a MAFless tune is in the wings. Missing the clutch line, an alternator (of course they changed) and a couple of O2 sensors to get her on the road.

The interior is in average shape – seats are OK but as with most 15 or so year old seats need some work; as does the wheel. There is nothing to play the tunes with either. Will add a behind the dash UHF for comms as she will be our quote and run around ute. Fastest quotes in the area.

Panels etc – straight as except for the front bar which has some deep gouges along with a lot of superficial cuts and bruises, May just opt to run a 5 poster to deal with the roos. Apart from that no real plans except for some decent paint. We will de-badge the beast and run her as a sleeper until we get the time and beer tokens together to do the paint work.

Any thoughts or recommendations appreciated.

Cheers n Beers

Jolls

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Good project there.

What is the convertible on the other side of the shed ?
That is the wife's old Ford Capri turbo. Had a leak in the passenger side door around the rag top. After much pain found out it had been in a prang. Sourced a shell and doing a rebuild. It is in the process of being reassembled. Shell has been stripped back to nothing , rust cut out and resprayed. Requires finish coats, clear and final assembly. No rush on that one as I am waiting until 2023 to put it on historic plates. No comparison to a V8 ute but fast and fun all the same. Cheers Jolls
 
Hello Jolls, looks like a great set up garage you and your son have for the project, I am never surprised how much damage is caused when Roo runs/hops in front of a car.look forward to seeing it when finished, well done.
 
Hello Jolls, looks like a great set up garage you and your son have for the project, I am never surprised how much damage is caused when Roo runs/hops in front of a car.look forward to seeing it when finished, well done.
Hi David, yes we are fortunate, converted part of an old shed. As for roos - second ute we have badly damaged or lost over three years to a roo. Building in rural areas has some advantages butcomes with a couple of drawbacks,
 
The ECU from LS Extreme can it operate a flex tune to run e85? Asking for a friend and how hard was it to change from cable to drive by wire?

Thanks in advance
 

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