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Losh's VR Ute build thread

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

  1. deserthead

    deserthead Well-Known Member

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    Is there mesh still in on the air intake? Underneath the wiper plenum?

    Dude, thats soooo bad! I overhauled/refurbished mine and the old evap was nothing like that(Lucky maybe?)
     
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    Yes there was mesh.
     
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    Your ute is coming along nicely losh1971 sounds like the car gods have it in for you never catching a break with anything. Just as you fix one thing something else breaks or turns pair shaped.
     
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    It's getting there now. Once the B shaft is sorted I should be rid of the 1-2min rattle on start up. It will be good to work on some more fun stuff soon. I need to hold off on spending too much for a bit after I pick up the bumprettes and have the BS sorted. Although I say that, then with a few weeks I seem to find money to spend on it again. New house block goes through Fri so hopefully I can concentrate on getting the new shed up. I've nearly got enough, so be good to get a new project on the go and one that's an investment.
     
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    Got the bumprettes back today. I had them professionally done in 2k. They look good. I may only get one fitted this week as I'm still waiting for the rear panel to harden so I can buff it. 20200506_122436_resized.jpg
     
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    Nice they look good.
    I've been going to get my right hand one cutout for a dual exhaust setup so it doesn't drone as much. Also I haven't seen it before so I think it'd look neat.
    What did it cost for the paint?
     
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    $200 to top coat them. I had already prepped and plastic primered them.
     
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    Yeah nice, just got quoted $50 to cut it out the half moon and said it wouldn't need painting. I was going to holesaw it so it'll probably turn out a little neater lol
     
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    Ok will post here from now on. I can get Viton from the bearing supplies but it will mean a trip to Town when I have transport. The one in it was just rubber by the look of it. Hopefully Burson have supplied me with a Viton o'ring, as I think an o'ring would actually work looking at my spare engine with one in that, instead of the flat outside faced one. I don't know what temp rubber can handle but I was thinking Viton would be better. But I looked at the seal and didn't think I could use an o'ring until I saw what was on the spare donk.
     
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    Just on the subject of sealant; the mech who just fixed the balance shaft used orange RTV on the water pump. Not sure why considering the time before that he didn't, and just used some Holden sealant on the bolts. I used some grey gear today but only on the bolts. Orange gear stands out like a bastard and looks terribly messy.
    Not sure what to do about the thermo housing?? I just messaged the wrecker to see what we wants for a SH one I'd like a PS resi as well, as mine has a belt rub mark on it from years ago. Probably would have leaked enough out overnight that it needs a top up anyway. So could mean trying to get home or buying a litre of DX3 from Burson next week.

    Edit, wrecker wants $50 for the two parts not sure I want to pay that right now. Need to think about it.
     
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    Hey Losh ! .......it's only money ! ;););)
     
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    Oh and don't forget to smear a bit of Vasoline over that Viton seal before inserting the tubular assembly into the housing, also just prior to that use a bit of 180 grit or thereabouts to clean up the mating surface / seat inside the alloy casing.

    Please don't use any 60 grit etc., as that will just bugger it up.
     
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    Cleaned the hole out with wet n dry. Bought rubber grease at 14 bucks for a tiny tube. Wife gets home and I opened the seal pack. Damn wrong seals. The o'ring will slip off the pipe as it's loose.
     
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    That's what always happens when sending the wife out to do the husbands job I say. Honestly I'd never send my Missus out for car parts unless it was already ordered and all she had to do was pick up the item as she was passing through.

    A bit like sending me to "Spotlights" for some dressmaking material I guess or even worse Sewing Machine needles, now that's a Minefield in it's self.
     
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    It's the same storey for apprentices. Auto parts guys have no idea either which is why I always order heaps of stuff from Wurth then put up with my boss winging.
     
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    Difference is though I have to get car out of the shop that day.
    The orings come in the intake gasket kits.
    Just if it was me I would just pull the whole engine and rebuild it. But I have the tools so yea....
     
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    Engine has had extensive work done already. Has new big ends, mains, timing gear, at some stage will get reco heads. Can't remember comp figure but they were well within spec, hopefully the latter means rings still have tension and no rubs on bores.
     
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    On another note I have just got the PS pump back on along with the tensioner bracket. I now need to decide whether I buy the parts from the wrecker. I've asked for a price just for the PS resi only now. I will have a think about the thermo housing might be better to inspect my spare when I can get home or buy a new one knowing it should be really flat.
     
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    Question, does anyone know the size of the alternator bolt to tensioner bracket. Mine old bracket was stripped out, so I stuck a random bolt and nut in it, after drilling it out and now it won't screw in to the replacement bracket as it's the wrong thread.

    I don't even know if its metric or imperial as there is so much mixture of imp and met on a VR.
     
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    Yep the ol' Imperial and Metric mixture on these old girls.

    Maybe Shane could help you with one of those millions of Helicoils he's got so you could use the correct bolt again and use those 3K tools to do it with ?;);););)
     
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