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Kempy's VH SL/E 355i

Discussion in 'VB - VC - VH - VK' started by juiceie vh sle, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. juiceie vh sle

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    hey all thought it was about time i chucked up a thread of the project im working on its a 1982 dark blue VH SL/E. it originally had a 202 trimatic in it but i quickly pulled that out to make way for a injected 355 . the body is straight and the paint is fairly neat as it has had a respray some time before i bought it.

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    i cant find the pics i took of her before i started pulling it apart so this is all i got.

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    here is the mighty 202 blue motor hahah

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    here is the best power mod ya can do for a 202

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    before shot of the engine bay

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    just a during shot of some of the smoothing ive done

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    at some stage the battery was leaking a lot and done some serious corroding to the radiator support area.

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    and here is the stroker 355. scat crank and rods with hypertec pistons

    stay tuned ill put some more up tonight
     
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    Have you still got the 202?
     
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    Nah flogged it off for a couple of cartons ... It was very tired and the sle fuel flow sensor didnt work
     
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    hey all found some more pics

    as i was saying there was a lot of acid corrosion around the battery area and also the radiator support and bumper support area. pretty much just looked like swiss cheese.
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    this sort of work is new to me but the best way for me to learn is to just jump right in and give it a go so i cut the old section out and measured it up and fabricated a new piece to replace it.
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    it turned out better then i thought i could get it and with a coat of under body stone guard ya cant even notice it.
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    next step was to get it blasted and put in etch primer.
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    but one i got it back i wasnt happy leaving that factory dent that is on the right hand side in front of the tower so the sheet metal and welder came out again. now im pretty happy with the results.
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    so now i have started doing the bondo work and its coming up a treat but once again ive never done this type of work before so progress is slow with a lot of sanding and 90% of the bondo ending up as powder on the floor hahah

    and here is my little side kick he is useless at welding but he's good to have around
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    I'm doin the same. Just got another Vh SLE body and goin hard at it doin the body. Stripped everything out of it ( i mean everything) except the wiring. Gota replace the upper cowl and rear beaver panel cause there rusted out then smooth the engine bay. It's white but going for a darkish candy apple red. Keep the photos comin.

    Cheers
     
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    there's nothing sexier then candy apple red... im going traditional with mine blue over silver. the blue will be impulse blue from the VZ commodores and quick silver from the VX i think. ya might not have to get the whole panels replaced as the rust is normally only small but looks bad on the surface. ive got a few spots in the same places but im just gonna try and blast them out and TIG them up if i can saves replacing a whole panel.
     
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    The beaver I'm just gona cut out whr the rust is but the upper cowl im gona replace cause it's fuct. Rusted rite along the bottom and started going up both sides of the front windscreen about 3-4 inches. Big job that one lol.
     
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    ah yeah that sounds like a big job... you going to tackle it yourself or get a panel shop to do it
     
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    My mates a welder for 15 years so we gona do most of it then let the panel bloke finish it. I'll smooth the engine bay and sand the car. It's pretty str8. My floor where the drivers seat bolts down is cracked. I heard some whr along the line it's common and Holden will still repair it. Have to check that out. Iv got some photos of how I got it and whr in at now. Will start a thread like this and keep people updated soon. Good luck with urs.
     
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    Yes I was told this years ago when I had a VC with cracked floor. Apparently it was a recall type thing and to this day you can drive a VB-VC-VH to the dealers and they have to repair it.
    Can anyone confirm this?
     
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    very interesting im about to pull up my carpet and replace it so ill have to check mine out.
     
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    here is pretty much how it sits at the moment. little bit more smoothing to go and its time to paint
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    P.S.... i hate sanding
     
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    What filler are u using mate?

    Also great build! The vc will be copping the same engine bay treatmeant one day..
     
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    not to sure man the guy at the crash shop gave it to me out of a bulk container that they had at the shop.the tin they gave me has no label on it... does it make much difference i thought most bogs will be the same
     
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    I've been told some bogs will crack from heat?
    Good work either way.
     
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    i hope that doesnt happen. i know nothing about this side of cars its all a learning curve for me. its always good to get some new skills under ya belt
     
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    I'm in exact same boat and mindset currently...
     
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    all finished sanding and its back in etch primer ready to be painted next weekend hopefully ... really happy with it so far..... will get pics soon
     
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    ok here are the pics of how it sits now. its just in etch primer ready for some high fill primer and paint this weekend hopefully.
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    this is a little side job i did when i was bored on night shift. seeings were getting below 0deg now i think it will get a work out.

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