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My A9Y VL Calais Wagon

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Hey guys, I've had a few VL's, 10 to be exact but always had a soft spot for the one wagon I had. I looked for ages everywhere to find another wagon but to no avail until a mate said he knew someone who had a wagon for sale. A Calais wagon.

The next day I went and had a look. Wasn't immaculate but was genuine A9Y. Needed paint and interior was needing some love. We both knew what they were worth and we agreed on a price.

Make/model: 1988 VL Calais Wagon
Colour: Cardinal red over asteroid silver, satin black surrounds
Drivetrain: RB30 n/a 4 speed auto

Future plans : restore to its former glory, turbo conversion, manual conversion. A long way down would love to put an 8 in.

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I immediately gave it to a mate for a respray and tidy of the exterior, bit of rust removed. I already had a rust free tail gate which saved a lot of headaches. The roof had to go back to bare metal the same with the bonnet.

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More prep

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This is the final result, still needs a cut and polish and a few exterior blemishes fixed.
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Currently have all the interior strippe out bar the dash. Carpet was filthy but came up well after I pressure washed it.
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And also got a set of mint door trims and a working of windows and regs which hopefully will be in in the next few weeks.

Plans for the weekend are to rustkill the floor and refit the seats and carpet.


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Also picked up some polished Calais wheels



Kind of having a tough decision deciding what to to drivetrain wise. A lot of purists would love to keep it 100% original but I'm considering either a turbo conversion or efi 5L. But would love to just get it on the road and drive it for now.


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Cleaning up the floor ready to spray down some rustkill.


 

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Let the rustkill dry and sprayed fish oil over that. Will start fitting the underlay and carpet tommorrow. Then I can re -assemble the interior. Just wanna drive it :(


 

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Awesome work - good to see another one saved:spot on:
 

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Got the underlay down



Not 100% happy with the carpet, few little stains that hopefully I can touch up. Carpet is back in and also fitted the rear seat, left the hex bits at work so couldn't put the front seats in today.


 

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Alright guys, not much has happened since the last update, just been saving hard. And it paid off, picked up this yesterday.



Standard a8 with an mx7 behind it, pedals, ecu and tailshaft. Aiming to have it in and running by the end of November.
 
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