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Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by losh1971, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. MrVR263

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    Hi Losh1971
    If your looking to mod a v6 for your next project I can sell you my pro stroke built 4.3ltr Buick v6 with t5 and all the bits to convert a auto to manual with loom and computer and tuned memcal. It's maybe done 40k and have invoice for the engine build from the original owner not sure on price.
     
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    Not sure if I'd be interested or not. I certainly don't want to fit a manual. I prefer an auto and I need column shift as i need the third seat. If the engine is the right price i could consider it if you're willing to split it up. Had this came six months ago it may have been a different story as i just sunk around $2500 into my engine.
     
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    5L>throwing more $$ at a 6 lol
     
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    In hindsight I should have gone V8. But its not until you start sinking a few bucks and a few more before you reach a point that you have to decide keep going or change direction. And in reality V8 conversion is also a waste of money, when you can buy a factory VS V8 cheaper than you could drop an 8 into a factory V6.
     
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    V8 would be nice but if a V6 is doing its job why would I want to complicate anything by having to do a bucket load of changes and extra cost? I don't need a fast car with cammed V8. It's a DD that i know reasonably well now. I have the RD to go hard on and its been built to thrash. My bus goes pretty ok and im fairly happy with it.
     
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    Context dependent. Not suggesting a v8 conversion. Just that I wouldn’t spend a heap more on v6 performance if the desire for considerably more power arose.
     
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    HP is a funny thing, its addictive because no matter how much you have, you always seem to want more. I know with my bike I'm always thinking of new mods to increase power.
     
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    Why do you need more powah ?
    If you accelerate quickly from the lights, you are drag racing.
    If you exceed the speed limit, you are endangering innocent people by reckless behaviour.
    Baaa !! :rolleyes:
     
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    No i said prior i don't need more power. However I did point out power is addictive and its easy to want even more, after you do each upgrade. I also said i have the RD 400 that I need as much power as i can get. Because on that i accelerate hard, corner hard, brake hard and go flat out, revving the ring out of it.
     
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    Hi
    Did you take car to mechanic who did the engine work?
    If so, what did he say?

    What happened to the perspex you where cutting?

    If you have already answered these questions, sorry l missed it.
     
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    Yeah, the PC gestapo are a frustrating lot but remember that "needs" and "wants" are two different things ;)

    Still, i laugh in sympathy when i see a Ferrari stuck in bumper to bumper traffic along side the more mundane runabouts :p
     
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    Sorry, misunderstood your cravings. Thought that you may have been in the process of going to the dark side of todays expected social behaviour.
     
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    Perspex worked out great. I cut a new one. Still need to get to the mech. I am having trouble seeing him during opening hours as I work. Thinking of seeing the workshop next to work and just paying him a few bucks to have a listen and given me an idea. I was meaning to go in on Tuesday just gone but my second job requires the ute and trailer and I didn't have time to take two hours off work that morning, as it is I got home at 7pm and then needed to unload the trailer and ute.
    I am concerned about the noise but because it disappears after a minute or two I am not panicking.
     
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    I'm hoping it's just a balance shaft rattle. I did ask him to disco it but he hooked it back up as the teeth were still good, unlike the cam chain gears. When I found out the engine had already been sealed back up. I was annoyed but didn't want to make him dismantle everything again.
    I doubt it's a main or BE death knock as that wouldn't go away. My concern is it could be worn cam bearings and once the oil gets circulating well they quieten down. I am wondering if I try some 15w 50 instead of 20w 50. I'm wondering if the thinner oil will circulate a bit quicker and the noise stop within a few seconds.
     
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    Workshop next to work reckons it a balance shaft as I suspected. I guess its really only an annoying issue rather than a pressing one. Makes me a little angry when I asked him to disco it, as I was pretty sure I had a BS rattle for the last few years. Have to decide do I make him rip it apart and disco it or do I just learn to live with it??
     
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    I'd still take it back o the original mechanic, who did the job.
    Ask what he thinks of it?
    Least then, he is aware of the problem, & maybe warranty of his workmanship?
     
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    I think I will Lex. I won't make it a matter of urgency but if I can slip away from work early one day I will go straight there and hopefully he hasn't knocked off.
     
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    The funny thing will be, he will say nup can't here no rattle...... I'd have to let it sit for three hours for it to make the noise.
     
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    If it goes away that quickly don't worry about it - it's not a new car and those engines live through much worse than a bit of tapping on startup.
     
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    Yeah I think you're right. I like the mech as a person and to hound him to rip the front of the engine off, just to disco the balance shaft is something I'd rather not do.
    Do wish he had done as i requested and removed the cog. I will probably point it out to him in case he ever replaces another timing chain on a Buick, just so he knows next time it's best to remove the cog.
     

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