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Heron's VK SL Project

Discussion in 'VB - VC - VH - VK' started by Heron SSV, May 19, 2014.

  1. Heron SSV

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    The fun has begun.... Picked this up on Sunday from Gundagai, the owner was nice enough to drive it up from Albury to save some travel for me. Still was an 11 hour round trip. Specs and plans are below:

    Year: 1984
    Make: Holden
    Model: VK Commodore SL
    Engine: None
    Trans: None
    Diff: Salisbury 3.08
    Brakes: Stock. Not working at the moment. Currently using bricks and prayers to baby Jesus
    Interior: Some tan, some white, some black, some stupid VR or VS door pods
    Body: Pretty straight from what I can see, haven't had a chance to have a thorough look yet. Been painted white recently, whoever did also gave it the old Calais silver bottom half but didn't put the door moulds on. Also has a Group A front bar extension but it hasn't been installed properly and is pretty much falling off. Haven't found any rust apart from a bit in the bottom corner of the front passenger door. The boot floor has also been cut out and replaced. Engine bay has been painted flat black.

    The dude threw in a tail shaft and brand new master cylinder. It also has some Pioneer 4 ways in the parcel tray, but no head unit.

    There's probably more info, but I can't think of it now so I'll add it later. Overall, not a bad pick up for five greenbacks.

    Here's a few pics, I have a heap more that I'll put up tomorrow:

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    Plans are to build a Blue Meanie replica, so full respray in formula blue, smooth engine bay, standard interior, L98 or LS3, auto, single turbo. I have no time period, things will get done as funds allow, so it's gonna be a slow build. First step is to get a note book and start writing lists of what needs doing in each area (body, interior, electrical, driveline, engineering).

    I'll no doubt have a million questions, a lot will be stupid, so please provide suggestions to help me get to my goal.


    Cheers,
    Brett
     
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    that was dirbatua's old bar. i painted it for his VK project that got chopped up. he sold that bar to the guy that bought this car and they fitted it (i.e. i wash my hands of the fitment issue). the silver is not asteroid, its a heavy flake silver i got made up. its basically the coarsest flake i could get over some nissan metallic. the bar was painted at a different time to the car so the colour may not match up perfect, but its the same colour. the car just had a stock VK bar on it when i sprayed it. which IMO looked good.

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    the white is "high opacity white" and will be difficult to match. its white but highly transparent so you match it by getting the right amount of layers.

    that car was dead straight when i finished up. the only gripe i had was the top of the drivers door, i just couldnt get to line up. it was damaged when someone broke in to it (hence why there are no door locks) and i could never get it to sit properley.

    there used to be an LPG filler near the petrol flap which also got deleted.

    the boot floor is a bit of an abortion, ill admit it. i was being an idiot by trying to weld a flat piece of steel on. the car used to have a tow bar and they had drilled holes in the rear beaver which leaked out and rusted everything also the bottom of the spare wheel bay had a repair.

    biggest repair is the back window. a leaky seal meant the parcel shelf was ROOTED:

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    after looking at small patches for a while i decided it was better to just replace the whole thing:

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    have fun reading through my old thread. or not. youll cringe when you see what i did to the bonnet :p


    man, this car was a WEAPON when i finally got it all done. straight as die. got dyno'd at 150rwkws, but i managed to get a bunch more power out of it when i did the 3rd rebuild. but thats a moot point cos youre gonna out a decent engine in it :p

    it was a factory 308/trimatic btw.

    enjoy.

    edit* you mention it had some rust on the bottom of the passenger door?? it shouldnt have, i took those corners back to metal and there wasnt any probs with the passenger side (that i can remember)
     
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    Not sure if it's a blessing or curse with one of Ari's old cars....

    But nice pickup Heron.
     
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    What are the f**kin chances of this! at least i can see some of the history of the car now, lol. Yeah theres a bit of rust in the passenger door:

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    i have a heap more photo's, i'll put em on Photobucket today and put em up
     
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    Thanks Stockies. Not sure if i wanna read through Ari's thread now, lol
     
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    wonder wtf happened to aris engine and box from the car.
     
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    VRnathan is using it. he contacted me a few months back about getting it running. turns out he left the 6al and took everything else, then wondered why it wouldnt start... he was a bit of a 1st year really. hopefully the 6AL is still attached to the firewall :p
     
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    Warranty repairs anyone?
     
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    Its got a standard bonnet thats got a bit of surface rust, so i'll either try and clean that up or get another. it was gonna come with the original one, but i wasnt to, uh, keen on the bulge.... anyways here's the bay:

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    looks ready for flushing!!
     
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    AHAHAH dafuqs wrong with ya? that scoop was epic!

    ahahahahahahahahahaha. i had fun doing it, thats the main thing.

    ps. that power steering hose you can see in pic #2 cost me 150 bucks, so look after it :p
     
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    lol im about half way through reading your thread, f**k me you put some work into it!
     
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    More pics:

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    My dog Larry giving me the same look most of my friends gave me when i said i was getting a project car:

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    my other dog Jeff not giving a **** cause he doesnt carre about anything unless he can hump it:

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    Jeff looking for things to hump:

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    Well if thats the only rust i have to deal with then i'll be happy. Looks like you did all the hard work lol!

    The straight body will make it a bit easier to whack on the formula blue. I'll have a closer look on saturday when i have some free time and some daylight. Also gotta try and get my head around the wiring. looks a bit hacked away as it sits now.

    The guy i bought it off had it for a bit over one year, got it as a roller but didnt do anything to it, he paid 1400, i paid 500. not a bad deal.
     
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    dude that bought it off me paid 5k :D

    FYI paintwork is done in 2k epoxy etch as a base, then 2k hi-fill, then 2k solid white (2k metallic COB on the bottom). so if you wanna go blue i wouldnt worry about going bare metal. that base should last for a good few years to come. youll be able to just fix any small areas and scuff up with scotchbrite. easy as. i painted that 3 years ago and going by the mould growing on the boot trim, it looks like its been outside, so its proven itself as a solid base. that makes me happy.

    just out of curiousity, can you see any break-outs at all? around the rear window especially top and bottom. i remember the windscreen scuttle panel was immac. 100% rust free, but that got buzzed back and epoxy etched too.

    repairing that front door rust will mean you need to cook the outer skin, so thatll have to go back to metal, but i cant think of any other problem areas. it should all be taken care of.

    the wiring was fked when i got it and didnt improve. honestly, id consider finding a full loom with a non-melted fuserail and replacing the whole lot. itll save you tonnes of headaches.


    mate, im actually really happy you scored this! its nice to see it again. we spent a lot of time together.
     

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