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Discussion in 'VB - VC - VH - VK' started by Darren_L, May 2, 2009.

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  1. Darren_L

    Darren_L Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    just joined up. Here's my ride.
    I bought it about 5 years ago, as a stock VH SS (4.2L 4spd). It was sold to me by a dodgy sort of guy who had performed a quick paintjob on it and obviously wanted to make a few bucks. It was wtock right down to the original SS 14 inch Cheviot alloy wheels. Engine, gearbox & suspension was stuffed, so I basically drove the thing home on a trade plate, parked it in the garage and pulled it to pieces. I replaced fairly much all of the interior - including recovering the dash(previous owner had removed the SS door trims and seats, fitting beige..... door trims & seats..... great match to the remaining SS dark claret dash & roof lining.... . Replaced all the suspension, built up a warmed 304 out of a VR coupled with a T5 and dropped it in.
    It now has a HDT Grp 3 bonnet scoop fitted to accomodate the Trickshift manifold, I also plan on fitting a matching Grp 3 rear boot spoiler when I get the chance.


    Model: 82 VH SS Commodore
    Engine:Holden EFI 5.0L, balanced, ACL pistons, Crow Cam/valve springs, Rollmaster double row timing chain, Y/T roller rockers, Trickshift TTB intake manifold, Bosch 044 fuel pump, Kalmaker SP3 ECU, tuned by Paramount Performance
    Gearbox Borg Warner T5 5 speed & RPM H/D clutch
    Exhaust: Pacemaker headers, 3 inch single exhaust, resonator
    Suspension: Koni adj shocks f&r, lovell s/l springs, whiteline sway bars, kmac camber adjusters, nolathane bushes, Pedders adjustable panhard rod
    Brakes: VN Grp A 330mm front rotors & twin spot calipers, Grp A ventilated rear discs & calipers
    Rear Axle: 10 bolt Salisbury 3.08 LSD
    Wheels: 16x7 'Walkinshaw', 225/50/16 Toyo R1R Proxes tyres
    Interior: recovered dash, re-trimmed velour door cards and rear seat in original 'dark claret', VS front door speaker pods, Cobra Daytona front seats, Momo wheel, electronic VDO speedo painfully....integrated into instrument cluster
    other mods: VN 80L fuel tank, oil catch tank/seperator, fuel surge tank, VS steering rack & k-frame, battery in the boot
    power: 275 rwhp
    future mods: cylinder head port job, 3.36 diff gears with true-trac centre
     

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    Awesome car, motor looks tough with the twin throttles.

    The combined weight of the VH with a worked 304 would be fun to drive.

    Got any interior pictures?
     
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    sweet VH mate :thumbsup:
     
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    Darren_L Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys. :thumbsup:

    some pics of the interior as requested
     

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    Great looking car there Darren i just tyring to think where i have seen this before???lol
     
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  6. Darren_L

    Darren_L Well-Known Member

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    probably in my garage stranger ;)
     
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    VK SS Jeff

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    Very nice as always Darren mate
     
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    looks great
    love the red paint on the ss
     
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    Great looking VH mate well done
     
  10. Darren_L

    Darren_L Well-Known Member

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    UPDATE:
    the next thing to tick off my list

    VN Grp A 330mm rotors & C4 twin spot calipers.
    Bought these beauties a few weeks back.
    [​IMG]

    Spent a few hours tidying them up with the wire brush & aluminium cleaner, machined the rotors, ran a kit through the calipers and some paint. Came up looking good.

    Had to get another brake hose made up for the r/h/s as one of the hoses that came with the brakes was blocked. I've got to fit the drivers side up yet, but trial fitted the wheel on the passenger side and geez it's a CLOSE fit under 16's!! The outer edge of the caliper just touches on the wheel weights. Might just touch up the fins on the outer edge of the caliper, otherwise the wheel weights would have to go on the outside of the wheel, which I don't want.

    [​IMG]

    I'll put some more pics of the brakes with the wheels on once it's done to show how close they are. They look good though with the wheels on. One step closer to getting it out on the circuit for some laps!
     
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    man that looks relly nice good job. the red looks tops
     
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    that is an awesome looking vh.

    please keep the photos coming
     
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    good work lookin good mate
     
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    VT_II_Calais Car Whore

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    Very tidy mate. Makes me miss my ol VH SS!
     
  15. Darren_L

    Darren_L Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys, I'm really happy with the car. Absolutely love driving it. Looking at taking it out on a few track days soon, hence the recent addition of VN grp A brakes.

    It's been over 6 years in the making & my list of 'things to do' is almost all checked off.
    Want to put it on another dyno as well, to see how it goes. The guy who tuned it said their dyno tends to read a bit low compared to most, so maybe there's a few more hp there yet. Not that dyno readings mean a lot, but makes for good boasting rights ;) Also plan on taking for a few runs down the quarter mile, see how both the car and the driver go lol :)
     
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    VKCOMMO Carpark Mechanic.....

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    looking good darren
     
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    got any pics with the bonnet scoop on yet darren? i havent seen ya in ages to see what it looks like now.
     
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    Very nice.

    What speedo did you use and was it hard to wire up?
    I'm looking at doing the same but also installing a matching Tacho.
     
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    thats standard isnt it?
     
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    i beleive its a stewart werner cause its pretty close to original looking. but darren will verify.
     

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