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Discussion in 'VT - VX - VU - WH - V2' started by c2105026, Apr 4, 2017.

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    Hello all,

    Starting a build thread on my next Commodore after the aborted S-pack project.

    So for $2k I'm getting a 1999 VTII Olympic pack sedan, in Bermuda. 235k, mechanically very good upon inspection. All electrics work (incl AC). Drives very well, not much really to be done relatively speaking! I still have all the goodies from the S-pack project if I ever need them any way lol! Interior is excellent, not really a cent to spend. Under the bonnet only fault is a leaking rocker gasket. Motor, tranny, diff all good. Steers, rides well - pulls a bit to the left under heavy braking but maybe a reconditioned caliper and new brake hose/s would sort that out.

    Main issue is the body. It was in a hail storm. Before making an offer to the seller, I showed it to my PDR guy who gave me a verbal quote and confirmation that it would be fixable. Even taking the PDR into account would still be way cheaper than the other project! Paint is ok without being great, lots of fine scratches but I reckon a good polish would really help.

    So the vehicle comes with very good history - it was a fleet vehicle for the 2000 Olympics (with documentation and badging to that effect), and afterwards was sold at the big clearing auction they had to a guy from Orange. He had it for 10 years, current owner (elderly couple from nearby small town) have had it for 8 years. It was parked in front of a business that is next to the gym I go to.
     
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    Well after some digging around its an August 2000 compliance, appears to be registered to SOCOG 17 Aug-8 Nov 2000, then sold onto the fellow from Orange, spending 9 days in the dealership system.
     
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    Ok so I picked up the car today.

    Firstly, it came with every single receipt related to its upkeep from new until c2008. It came through different Holden dealers than I assumed (delivered new through Boyded Holden to SOCOG, then on through Ross Granata motors at Mudgee after the games).

    Mechanically it's alright, brakes pull a bit to the left, may benefit from a wheel alignment. Interior is smick, could do with a clean and detail.

    Under the bonnet it is grubby, but alright. Rocker gasket on left bank is leaking.

    Body has many small scuffs and scratches, I foresee much polishing in the week ahead! It has hail damage but I have lined up a PDR guy to fix this.

    Mods - could you please change title of thread as it's a 2000 model?
     
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    Done :)
     
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    These shots were taken as soon as I got home.

    This afternoon I took off the sign writing, washed it, and polished the LH side of the vehicle, as well as some other larger scuffs and scratches. Also hosed out under the bonnet. A little bit of polish has made a huge difference to the appearance of paintwork and has greatly minimised most defects.

    If it was 30 yrs in the future and I was doing a ground up restoration on perhaps a rarer and more valuable vehicle, a full respray would be on the cards, as every panel has a ding and/or a scratch of some type. But such an expense cannot be justified for now, so for now PDR is taking out the dings, I'm polishing out and/or touching up scratches where I can. Won't ever be concourse material, just a nice tidy driver to take on club outings and enter in appropriate show and shines eg. All Holden Day.

    Wheel alignment and balance booked in for Saturday. Tomorrow I will be doing a full service, as the last recorded service was in 2015.
     
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    Well today I replaced the plugs, lead, oil, oil filter, coolant and air filter. Gave the front end a thorough examination - I cannot find anything wrong with it. Only thing is yes the springs are sagging and the shocks are what it rolled off the line with. I have the FE2 springs I was going to put in the white one, but I'll see if I can get a return on them and get some proper factory height springs. I have the struts already (bonus).

    I examined the brakes. I greased the caliper pins; the pads are wearing a little unevenly so I dare say its in the hydraulics; I dare say there are some remanufactured calipers and new hoses in my future.

    Did a compression check as well. For the mileage, fairly impressive - 150, 156, 151, 146, 149, 168 psi. Well within tolerance, according to workshop manual.
     
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    A caliper repair seal kit is legit $25 for both calipers and $16 for a can of brake paint. It'd probably be a couple hundred dollars for reconned supplied calipers. Easy job to do it yourself.
     
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    I'm not sure I have all the tools. Don't you need an air compressor?
     
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    You'll need an air compressor but for the price of reconned one you could probably buy a compressor with airlines and an accessory kit when they come up at supercheap on special every second month or for around $50 on gumtree. Very handy thing to own.
     
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    Well wheel alignment was a no-go, castor rod bushes are shagged. Wheels weren't balanced as back 2 tyres are almost bald.

    Ah well, just as well that I had all the suspension parts anyway, and the tyre size is cheap to replace.
     
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    Started my scratch removal mission this afternoon. Wetsanding is quite useful, of all scratches attempted, was able to get most out.
     
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    looks like a good solid daily (if that is the purpose intended).
    Will be interesting to see how it progresses over time.
     
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    Thank you

    My daily is a 2015 Mazda3 - this is my 'classic' for the lack of a better word. When I was looking to replace my '81 Volvo I went back and forth and concluded that the 'classics' that I lusted after as a teenager in the 90s had shot up too much in value to present any reasonable value now, especially pre 1980 Aussie cars. Additionally, on a personal level I couldn't really relate to the older stuff anyway - as I am only in my 30s I cannot recall what motoring was like in the 70s/80s.

    After some dithering, I decided I'd want a Commodore again. I was looking around for a Commodore that was at least 15 years old. After a convoluted story I wound up with this - on a personal level, I loved the VT when it was new, and my parents bought a VTII Acclaim new. As my first car, I wanted a VT, but unfortunately (in a way) wound up with a Corolla instead.

    If it was just a regular VT Exec I may not have given it another look but it was in reasonable condition, had fully documented history and the interesting talking point of being an ex-Olympic vehicle.

    Plans are to polish/wetsand the paint to restore the finish and remove the hundreds of fine scratches on the vehicle, and to have the hail damage removed by my PDR guy. Then I'll be rebuilding the suspension (shocks, springs, front bushings), the brakes (discs, pads all round and reco'd calipers at the front) and replacing the rocker cover gaskets. Rear tyres are bald-ish so they'll need replacing too.
     
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    So anyway I ordered the rest of my parts just now. Reconditioned calipers front and rear, some genuine GMH brake hoses on the front, set of new front mudflaps, new radio antenna, new headlamp protectors. Tyres booked in for Thursday afternoon.
     
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    New tyres fitted; highway vibration has ceased
     
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    this is my 'classic' for the lack of a better word........... lol.... if u have a 2015 mazda3 for a daily why do this for a project? In the end it'll always only be worth what a daily driver is worth for what it is. I dunno..... lol
     
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    I can't talk much because my current daily is a VY wagon..... & I'm in the process of doing a VH commodore wagon for my winter daily as it doesn't have A/C.... & my projects & summer weekend cruising vehicles are a little special or maybe I'm just special ed hahahaa
     
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    If you read that earlier post, you will see why I chose this vehicle as a project. Not doing it for the money. Just something to do.
     
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    I sometimes wonder if people on this forum really understand what owning and restoring an older model to the best standard possible is really all about.

    It's not about the money. It's the satisfaction and feeling of achievement that goes with doing it yourself and knowing that it won't let you down because you know what you've done to make it reliable. So what if it's just an Exec or a limited edition model that doesn't have a high resale? If you like the car and enjoy building it up into your pride and joy, screw those who say "why bother?"

    If you've never done it, you wouldn't understand.
     
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    Thanks Calaber.

    Also bear in mind that if history repeats itself, all family Holdens become appreciating classics - eventually. VT-VX models will never be getting any cheaper. A 2000 model car is already in the 80-85th percentile of cars that are on the road in terms of age.

    I could have saved up more and got the SS that I initially wanted but the history, the fact it comes with original number plates, all documentation, to me makes it more interesting than an SS with precisely zero background story and 20 owners.

    But anyway I replaced the caster bushes just now. Absolutely dead simple, easy job to do. Has improved the 'brakes pulling to the left' issue but not completely - front wheel still locking prematurely. I will still be rebuilding the brake system when I have all the parts in.
     

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