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My 5.0 VN Calais freshen up thread

[email protected]@is

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hi all :) i have recently got back to working on my VN which i fitted a 5.0 to about 20 years ago then never really used the car much ever since, i moved on to newer cars and different projects at the time and just left the vn in the shed to "mature" lol i feel like its time to give her a birthday and get it back out and about, its been about 5 years since it was last used on the road and about 2 years since the 5.0 was fired up, I started doing some jobs on it about 15 months ago then for a few reasons including health i never got back to it until this week, this is an all round please help thread to get the VN up and running without posting a million different new threads along the way, i will try to ask most things here unless something absolutely requires a thread of its own


To start with i have a couple questions about the order i should be doing the jobs that i started 15 months ago

- I have a vs brake booster and vt master cylinder to go on the car and the rocker covers are currently off getting polished, should i leave the rocker covers off until after i fit the vs booster or can i put them back on whenever

- can i fit the vs booster to the firewall and connect the pedal without fitting the new master cylinder or do they really need to be fit as a pair, i would rather leave the master off until i get to the rest of the brakes so i can bleed it on the bench and because there is currently no calipers (or front suspension) on the car

- been chasing a vs brake reservoir GM-VS21166 which i believe is also au falcon but its no longer available through the dealer, any clues on where i might get one of those?

thanks very much :)

Matt
 

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Are they VN rocker covers that you sent off to be polished? Because I don't believe the LH VN Rocker cover has the scallop needed to clear the VS brake booster.
 

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Yes, you can leave the master cylinder off the booster until you're ready to do the brake bleed. It won't hurt the booster....

Any wreckers would have a VS master...Or alternatively, look at classifieds on facebook/gumtree for a VS being wrecked.....If you find one newly listed, that has recently been put off the road, get the master off that, as there is a better chance of it being in good condition, rather than one that has been sitting....

Best of luck and keep us updated
 

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Hi Matt, welcome back.
I would think fitting rocker covers after booster should be fine. Although I didn't know that some VN covers didn't have the cutout for clearance.
I have VZ HSV booster/master (which reverses the taper on the booster) on my VR and I need the crank at 270° so #7 intake is down so that I can remove my rocker cover. Surely yours won't be that bad.

Keep the questions coming.
Keen to help where I can. As others will be too.
 

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Hi all, thanks for the welcome back and for the answers so far i really appreciate it, i struggle doing stuff once these days let alone twice lol :)

yup they are standard vn s2 rocker covers and one is scalloped, also the booster is outward tapered for the win! i guess that means it can go either way without issues so i will bolt the booster up first just as i hoped to and hopefully i don't run in to trouble with the vs booster as deuce did with the bulkier vz booster .. should be good

i have a new vt master and a used vs master (and tank) still on the vs booster, would love a new reservoir if i can find one if not the used one will just have to do, its in okay condition but not awesome

Keep the questions coming he said lol :) ... well actually I already have the next question ready but rather than be lazy and give everyone the chits i will try the search tab first

Cheers all thanks again
 

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Decided I might remove the ac compressor and bracket as the ac has never worked anyway, half the lines and hoses are missing or been open ended and exposed so probably contaminated, I don't use ac anyway im from Tassie where it's always bloody cold the last thing I want on nice warm day is get cold again lol, it will be a cleaner looking engine bay without it, but ..

I have a aeroflow gilmer kit to install which comes with long bolts or studs for the power steering so if I delete the ac that means I will need to take up about 10mm extra on the power steering? Anyone been up against this ..

I could be talked out of removing ac if it's not a major thing to get it serviced but seems like it will be a messy nightmare for something I would rarely use anyway

Cheers
 

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Decided I might remove the ac compressor and bracket as the ac has never worked anyway, half the lines and hoses are missing or been open ended and exposed so probably contaminated, I don't use ac anyway im from Tassie where it's always bloody cold the last thing I want on nice warm day is get cold again lol, it will be a cleaner looking engine bay without it, but ..

I have a aeroflow gilmer kit to install which comes with long bolts or studs for the power steering so if I delete the ac that means I will need to take up about 10mm extra on the power steering? Anyone been up against this ..

I could be talked out of removing ac if it's not a major thing to get it serviced but seems like it will be a messy nightmare for something I would rarely use anyway

Cheers
If the A/C evaporator has developed a leak due to being open you might as well forget about the A/C forever- you have to pull apart the dashboard to replace it and new evaporators are unobtainable.

If I lived in Tassie and the A/C didn't work I'd take it out.
 

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Still need AC in Tasmania. Are the evaps same as VP? If yes I believe a smart AC tech can make a VR one fit with some mods.
 
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