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Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by EYY, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. EYY

    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys!

    I ended up polishing the front end too, and tried to polish the roof in some spots looks a bit cloudy (tried to polish it out, but it seems to be underneath the clear.
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    And onto the power steering rack. The one on the right is the old one, and the one on the left is the good second hand one from the wreckers. Just cleaned it up with a wire brush and some degreaser and replaced one boot.
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    It might be a bit hard to see, but it looks like the plunger/valve for the variable steering is stuck in the old one and has something wedged in it.
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    Cleaned the engine bay - I didn't put the HSV badge on the CAI by the way :p
    The alternator had been out in the weather for about 12 months with the old engine, so looks a bit rough. I'll pull it apart and rebuild/paint it one day.
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    aaaaaaand I bought another stato off a mate a couple of months ago...
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    It's a VR V6. Ended up fixing it up and selling it since I can only drive one at a time :p
     
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    Looks good mate, turned out great.

    Thought about polishing the plenum? :p
     
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    Wow. Nice work on the paint job! Can't even tell its been resprayed.
     
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    WazzaVN Wazza VN

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    Keep up the good paintwork man. Looking nice and shinay!

    Hope you have better luck with your power steering than I have. I gave up on the variable and have normal steering in my VP lol. I will probably have a go at rebuilding some of the racks in the graveyard though, one day.
     
  5. EYY

    EYY Well-Known Member

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    I've though about it, but since i try and keep the bonnet closed it's not really an eyesore :p

    I've got an l67 here for it which may be going in within the next 6 months or so. There's been a bit of a setback with that now too though, was putting it back together yesterday and cleaned the heads only to find that both heads have cracks between the valves of one chamber. I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow to get prices on having the injector holes drilled in a set of ecotec heads (heads are the same apart from the injector location). If it ends up costing too much, I'll probably either put a 5L in this one, or get the blue stato registered and drive that instead.

    Yeah the power steering on these things doesn't seem to be the most durable/leak resistant haha. Found a crashed stato at the wreckers with this rack, I've been looking every time I go there for the past few years, but every stato/calais rack has either been taken or is covered in sludge. I only had to disconnect the lines, someone else had done all the hard work for me! Some poor bastard was probably coming back to grab it later lol

    Still need to replace the bushes in the front end and get a wheel alignment (hence the stockies - I don't want to destroy new tyres) :p
     
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    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Been slowly changing and fixing things over the past week or so. Bought a full leather caprice interior (series 2 with the cloth inserts), which I've been keeping an eye out for a long time to find something half decent. Fitted the seats, door trims and S2/S3 console insert over the past few days. It now has electric seats which I've wired up exactly the same as they were from the factory. I removed all of the wiring from the car that was being wrecked, and even though it's all taped into the main loom, it's relatively easy to separate the seat loom. The hardest part was getting the wiring for the memory module though the rubber boot between the body and the door :p

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    Excuse the dodgy sunroof wiring with the scotch locks.. Can't believe it's still working fine after 21 years lol
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    Had to remove the brackets for the rear headrests and fit them to my car as only the caprices and senators had the adjustable rear head rests (afaik).
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    Still need to clean and apply leather conditioner to the rear seats - I've already done the fronts. The seats are much firmer and definitely give a little more support. Only downside is that they're ridiculously heavy (I'd say that they'd be close to twice the weight of the originals).
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    Also picked up some s2 caprice rims with almost new tyres from the same guy.
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    Put the senators back on and washed it:
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    I'd been having some fuel economy issues with her too. It kept getting worse and worse over a long period of time. Last week I only managed to get 380km from 60L of gas, which is worse than the 308 in my HJ... Even after tuning the gas system, replacing the air filter, O2 sensors and servicing it. I ended up changing the thermostat and coolant temp sensor and it drives much more nicely. So far I've done 330km, and the gauge still says that it's half full which is nice for a change.
     
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    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Sold the caprice rims a couple of weeks ago, and ended up buying another set in worse condition with the plan to polish them. They had a fair bit of peeling clearcoat and were a bit rough overall.

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    Sanded with 120 (pretty sure, sanding disc didnt have any writing on it lol)
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    Sanded up to 320 on the da sander since those were the finest discs I had, then sanded by hand up to 1500 then used purple metal polish.
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    Took about 2 hours to get it to that stage. Just ordered some more sanding discs which should make it a bit easier. Started on the second wheel this morning too :p
     
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    Understatement of the day !
     
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    Looks good mate, great job on the paintwork, and the rim polishing!

    Question for ya, what size tyres do you have on the senator rims?? Cause they were VS Senator rims, which were also on the VS Grange. I'm looking at buying a set with no tyres, but can't decide what size to put on. The Senator came with 235/45s, but the Grange had 225/55's. So the same rim, but different size tyres.
     
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    Yeah, i get the feeling that they were on a burnout car judging by the shredded tyres (I've already put a new tyre on the polished rim) :p but they were really cheap so that's not really a problem lol

    Cheers mate! They're 235 45's. Speedo reads ~4% higher than actual roadspeed. (96 on the gps and 100 on the speedo). On the old caprice wheels with 215 60 16's it was 100% accurate.
     
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    After having searched for l67 heads for a while, it seems that almost all heads are cracked to some degree. N/A heads don't seem to have this problem, so sourcing good l36 heads is no problem.

    I've started to make a jig so that I can drill injector holes in standard ecotec heads, turning them into supercharged heads (ecotecs have injector holes in the plenum, l67's have the holes in the heads). I'll post pics comparing the two along with my idea for a jig later on, it's a bit hard to explain without the use of pictures. It bolts to the front and rear of the head, with a piece of angle iron running along just above where the injector holes will be drilled. 3 holes will be drilled and guides welded in the correct position at the correct angle for each hole. I've done a test run with the 14mm drill bit on a scrap head, just into the surface of the head and the finish is nice and smooth, and the injector fits perfectly.

    If that fails, it's probably time for a v8.
     
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    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Small update. Sold the 'senator' rims that were on it and purchased some genuine HSV stamped ones with good tyres.

    I ended up buying another car with an l67 in it, so decided against the l67 for the VS. So decided on the 304, with the exhaust note being the swaying factor lol

    The cam, lifters and gaskets for the 304 arrived today, so will be starting on the V8 conversion in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll be able to knock it over within two days when the time comes.

    Will post pics when the engine work is happening :p
     
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    That color paint looks great. What cam did you get? Are you doing compression on the engine and what exhaust are you thinking of?
     
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    Winning....
     
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    Lol that's what I say before every 2 week project!

    Sounds good mate hopefully it's all smooth sailing. Gotta love the sound of the old 5ltr!
     
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    Thanks mate, yeah I like it too. I ended up going with the crane 268 since it's a daily driver and I want to have reasonable fuel economy, so I thought it'd be the safest bet. Another appealing thing about the 268 is that I can run the stock tune while I'm trying to get the rest of the car sorted. I'll be leaving the compression as is, but may shave a little off the heads if I ever need to take them off. Planning to fit some LT1 valve springs though down the track.

    As for the exhaust, I have the stock HSV headers which will go into twin cats, twin 2.25 pipes/mufflers and twin 2.25 out to the rear (the stock vy SS mid section, with the rear section modded with a smaller resi). That's the long term plan anyway, it might just end up with the extractors and a single cat & 2.5" cat back to start with to get it on the road.

    Decided not to go too crazy with a full rebuild and aggressive cam - that's what my HJ is for.

    Yeah I've pulled enough 5L's out now that I think I should be able to have the engine out, tidied up on the stand with the cam fitted in one day and ready to go in the following day. In theory anyway :p
     
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    It'll be good to see it go together and hear what you think of it when it's up and running. Yeh which ever exhaust you end up with I'm shore you'll be happy, they're two slightly different sounds but you can't beat the assie v8 for that sound. I can't believe I waited so long to change my standard exhaust out. I love the sound of it now. You should like that cam, a little better than standard, so a little bit of extra go and if you behave shouldn't drink much if any more. I know with mine I seem to be averring about 0.5 to 1 l per 100 klms more and think I could get closer if I tried but where's the fun in that !!!
     
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    Fingers crossed the fuel economy isn't too bad lol. Shouldn't be too expensive to run on gas anyway :p

    Parts ready to go :p
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    Pulled it all apart today, and it looks like it's only just been rebuilt! The crank has been ground, it has new pistons, welch plugs, gaskets, rollmaster timing set and it also appears to have reconditioned heads with hardened valve seats. The cam I removed looks perfect and was a dynotec cm305d which is just a stock replacement.

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    Removed a bearing cap to see what I was working with. Perfect:

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    I hope to get it mostly back together tomorrow.
     
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    need some more quality pics. tell us about the donor car. what are you thinking of doing while its all out
     
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    His donor car is a blue Stato like his that is now missing a 5L lol. Please tell me you're getting a new phone for your birthday, potato camera on this one has lived long enough surely :p
     

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