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Been Holden Out- Middle Aged Noob gets First Holden Ever- VS Ute- This Gonna be Fun!

Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by TribUte, May 6, 2016.

  1. CCCMikey

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    My Speedo, Temperature and Fuel gauges all stick sometimes; and a whack fixes them all for the rest of the trip. I don't think it's bad soldering because the one whack keeps them going for the rest of the trip and usually for a few days for the small gauges and a few months for the speedo. I think it's just sticky old lubrication. Dry joints (bad soldering) is usually much more intermittent, like my 85 Bluebird with vacuum fluorescent gauges. It's like a disco in that car sometimes!
     
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    It kinda looks like a lead that you attach when installing a hour meter on a dirt bike (monitors spark pulses and counts how long the engine runs) I have one on my 4 stroke pit bike.

    Maybe the previous owner had one installed but removed the meter and left the wire in place?
     
  3. TribUte

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    I was thinking something similar re the spark pulses perhaps being related to the LPG setup? Dunno.

    Tomorrow is the 1 week mark for my Ute ownership! So Straya, Much Bloke. :driving:

    Today I put on the new Fuel Filter which was easy as to do and well overdue by the looks.

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    In the name of Rego, I'm really only wanting to do what I need to pass but also a bit of reliability peace of mind and safety thrown in, which leads me to a slight change of plan.
    I was going to get and replace the water pump tomorrow but as it's working and I discovered this crack in the belt tensioner, I think it wise that I try to do something about this first. Repco tomorrow.

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    I'm wondering if this Belt is putting too much tension on and is too short? Looks like the lower right idler is stuffed so a shorter belt has been put on instead.

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    Ebay purchases are in the mail in the form of a reco Hazard switch and a bargains worth of RDA Brake package consisting of front and rear Rotors and Pads for under $200!!!

    a recent wash and a quick spritz of silver can to mask the nasty rusty hubs makes Pete a Sexy Beast. lol

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    nice job mate and welcome to JC
     
  5. TribUte

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    Thank You! :)

    So between Autopro and Speeds, I got a New Pulley and Belt to match aswell as a secondhand Tensioner, New O rings and got into it.
    The old plastic pulley had truly shat itself and yeah the shorter belt 6pk2370 got replaced with a 6pk2720.
    Also I used silicon spray on the O rings as I do not own vaseline and figure KY was likely not up to the task. Hahaha!!!

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    Followed the guide on here and got it all back together as it should be, topped up and bled the cooling system and all is well.
    This little diagram off the Googles helped... [​IMG]

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    Found my can of Airflow Meter cleaner and cleaned the AFM, topped up the steering fluid which got rid of some groaning sounds, removed 20kgs of Towbar and Poisoned 5 RedBacks!!! Twas a good day.
     
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    Coming along very nicely should fix up to be a very nice ute
     
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    Did you have the heater on when you filled and bled the system?
     
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    Just saw your ute thread, they're like Brothers, I wish my paint was as tidy as yours though and that stock steering wheel... WTF?!!!
    Looked like it was eaten by a Cockatoo.
    I'm guessing these wheels have No Airbag so it's legal to go aftermarket? Mine doesn't says SRS anywhere.

    Yes Sir!!! with nose pointed up hill and an inverted bottle jammed in the radiator.
    Is there any other way? ;)
    I just wish the bleed screw didn't shoot the waters straight at my coilpacks.
     
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    Good boy :beer chug:
     
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    This stash of parts arrived through the week.

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    Today it all happened, drivers front hub was ever so slightly wobbly so 2 new hubs went in, followed by RDA rotors and pads front and back.

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    Installed my new hazard switch and replaced the fuse. It works.

    Fixed the horn by cleaning up the contacts behind the steering wheel. It works.

    Put the passenger side guard liner back in as it was in the back of the ute when I got it.

    Rego is getting closer... :D
     
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    What a great thread to read I previously owned a series 1 VS sedan and loved it, Commodores so easy to work on and great due to the amount of parts available both second hand or new
    Goodluck on the road to rego
     
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    *UpDate*

    So... a month ago the engine started making a Shockin' Knockin' noise (which I suspected was the bottom end), so Pete v2 got SOLD. :(
    Shame as I had spent a fair bit of time and (not a whole lot but) a bit of Dosh and everything was going well, but I learnt a fair bit and wanted more.

    Fast Forward to today... Pete v3 is on my front lawn. :D (pic from Gumtree ad)

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    '97 S2 Auto V6, Rattle canned Black, 5 good tyres, less dings, reco steering rack, new battery, thermostat and sun gear with a selection of Rims.
    No Rego, No Dual Fuel and seemingly no major issues!!!
    Basically I'm in the same, if not better position than I was before but with one less seat. :)

    The Aussie Bloke n00b Journey Continues...

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    Couple of Daylight pics and I bought some cheap hubcaps for now. (VT Acclaim?)

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    Nice ute mate, i like the flat black colour makes it easy to paint bodykit if you choose to get one. You should look at getting some chrome 17s.
     
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    Geez - bad luck with the other ute mate, looks like you had spent some good time on it so its a shame for it to die for you. You must be really enjoying these utes to go find another one though. I think i would be the same if mine died too.

    Hope you have better luck with this one.
     
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    Got my thread moved!!! Thanks to ClairBear.


    Nothing major done, just a few little things and getting ready for rego inspection tomorrow. Got a week permit.
    Replaced a blown parker bulb and also the bulbs for the auto shifter and ignition.
    Got a lense for the interior light and replaced the electric mirror switch but the passengers side still won't work.
    Pair of Grills off eBay...

    Various other bits n pieces from eBay and Gumtree should be here soon.

    A pic at 6:35am this morning. Snow Day!!! :D

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    Passed Rego Inspection!!! :D
    Only advisories were "Faded Front Indicators", "Exhaust starting to Corrode" and "Handbrake Travel".
    Gotta be happy with that.

    now for some TLC and personal touches.
     
  17. Adelaidetradie86

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    Nice one... just read your thread at lunch today.
    Im in the process of fixing those niggling little issues on mine.
    Got a list that im checking off.
    It all adds up.
    Whats the future hold for the old girl now? Maybe set of wheels or get her closer to the ground?
     
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    The Green Ute was in need of a fair bit more I think, so was a bit of a Blessing in Disguise that it died and this one took it's place.
    (I think the God of Fuel Injection may have Smiled on me) :)
    The little things definitely were adding up fast indeed and this was likely to continue.

    I was pretty surprised at the ease of today's Rego pass but all in all (and despite the paint job), this one seems to be a much tidier example.

    Wheels and Lows is Exactly what I have in mind. ;)

    When I bought this Ute I got a set of 17" VX Clubsport? rims (painted dodgey Black) with 2 shot tyres thrown in And a set of silver 16" rims with 2 tyres aswell.
    2 of the 16's have HSV stickers on them and center caps but I'm not sure what they actually are.

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    Likely I'll get some tyres on the 17's for the moment but would ideally like some VT SS rims.

    Some Lovell's Rear springs have already been acquired and I'm looking to get some similar Fronts and slap the lot on.

    Stay Tuned.
     
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    Silver ones arent holden rims... should look alright though.
    Vt ss rims would be go though
     
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    The vx clubsport rims should be 18's
     

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