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Anyone got a VZ Cross 8 Crewman? (But now I have one :) )

Fu Manchu

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Got the fkn seatbelts back in. Super hard in a crewman. Not fun.
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That plastic box is glued to the floor and also seals the floor from the road.
Not able to be removed without “issues”.

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So hands don’t fit in well. Just used finger tips to screw in the bolts. 2hrs. They could have easily gone under that plastic box while trying to thread them back in. Hand doesn’t fit well. Worst case scenario, fumble one and it goes under there through a gap at that spot. No chance of recovery.

I might add that the plastic box prevents a socket getting on there easily. It’s a struggle getting it on there to remove the bolts. Would have been good for Holden to have had some cut outs to accommodate that. Clearly the belts are fitted first on the assembly line. Then the plastic boxes are glued and bolted in.

The belts are housed in those boxes which are bolted to the floor.

Lots of my favourite pop up sprinkler lube on the threads before re installing them.

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Also put the top cross beam trim back on. All looks new.
 
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Rerouted the firewall earth strap. Supposed to go through the hole.
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Cleaned out the corners by the hinges.



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And cleaned out the mirror mounting area.

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Cleaned behind the indicators. Had some WL indicators to go on, but one of the clips was broken :(
 

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Got the front door insulation sorted. Glued the felt and foil over some wadding. Used the wadding to fill spaces in the door card shape.
 

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I found some panel sealing that needed attention. I completely overlooked it. So did Holden on the day. Again.

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I cut away the sealant crevice (above that green line) and cleaned it out. This sat against the metal, no rust, thankfully.

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I got some new sealant in there and made sure there was nowhere for grot to pool up.

Not the cleanest finish. It’s done though so nothing I can do. It’s better than it was.
 

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On another note, had a look into the top on the head through the oil filler and it’s clean as in there.

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There is some evidence of some sort of massive coolant failure in the engine bay in this cars history. Maybe it has new heads. Doesn’t look 300,000 kms worth in there.

When I get the motor done, we will find out more I guess.
 

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I have thought about doing it myself.

Also spent a fair bit of time thinking about a VF LS2 and 6L80E combo. All comes unstuck at the rear transfercase adaptor and rear mount.

Would need one fabricated.
The 4L80E transfer case adaptor was borrowed from the US, but haven’t been able to find from what?
From what I can find, the AWD transfer case was designed by Holden, but so far have found similar looking ones on S10’s.

Be good to find a 6L80 adaptor to fit our AWD transfer cases.

That side is pipe dreams for now.
Hi I came across your post whilst I was looking for information on the required electrical interface between an LS1 and 6L80E in a cross 8 Crewman. I am currently getting pricing on manufacturing the required adaptor housing and the stub shaft between the 6L80E and the transfer case. This housing will leave the transfer case in the same location in the vehicle, so that the drive shafts will not need changing. It looks like the transfer case mount may need a bit off a grind. Did you end up finding out any reliable information on a stand alone transmission controller. Wholesale Automatic Transmissions in Victoria, have a Compushift controller and I have requested info from them, but to date they have not responded. I am also working through what to do with the 4L65E TCM and its interface with the BCM and ECU. I am thinking that I might just get a manual tune on the LS1, but I want to make sure the CrossTrack system still works, I only use the car for charity rally's and the cross track is invaluable. If you are interested let me know and I will keep you in the loop. Regards Clive
 

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I need to change my pants.
 

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Cross trac works independent of the transmission, instead using the abs for traction control.
 
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