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Rory's VZ Thunder SS Crewman

Discussion in 'VY - VZ - WK - WL - V2' started by rory, Dec 18, 2012.

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    rory Donating Member

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    Thought after quite a while i should probably post a build thread for my Crewman. I've had the car since around August.

    Name: Rory
    Model: 2006 Crewman Thunder SS
    Colour: Odyssey
    Engine Type: L76
    Engine Mods: None
    Gearbox: 6 Speed Manual
    Diff: Stock LSD
    Brakes: Standard
    Suspension: Lowered springs front, Lowering-Blocks Rear
    Interior: Black Leather, Sunroof, Roof-Mount HBD DVD Player
    Stereo:
    Pioneer AVH-P8450BT Head Unit
    Alpine Type R Splits in front
    JL 50 watt coaxial's in the rear
    400 watt Kenwood Sub (Strapped down with seat belt on the rear seat)
    Alpine PDX-V9 amp under the passenger seat powering the sub and splits
    Future Mods:
    Stage 1 power kit from Active Automotive (OTR, Tune, Exhaust) (when $ permits)
    Phreddy dash (Blue)
    Fix front bumper (cracked from last owner)
    fix sunroof (whistles when closed and driving at 80km/h+) (any help?)
    anything else I think of...

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    any thoughts appreciated
     
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    Oh yeh sounds good, any pics mate ???
     
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    Some updates;
    Firstly gave it a service a few weeks back, image is of old vs new air filter due to living up a 500m gravel driveway... (note to self, replace this more often)
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    Also the serpentine belt let go and did this to itself:
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    Started building a sub box for under the rear seat but have taken a break for now (see here: http://forums.justcommodores.com.au/car-audio/214287-crewman-under-seat-sub.html)

    Also been doing a fair bit of country trips lately (Wyalkatchem, Bunbury and others) and just enjoying the V8 power... Also went to the cruze on Saturday night and got a chance to see some awesome cars and people. Picture courtesy of kikki (Christie Lyn Photography)
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    Some more updates, zip tied under the front bumper to stop the crack from moving around. (no pic yet)

    Have also been flushing the clutch and power steering fluid by draining the reservoirs and filling them with clean fluid (anyone that has bled a T56 will understand)

    Also 2 weeks ago my rear indicator blew, replaced it with Narva and it blew again so I get a genuine Holden (Philips) globe today and put it in and hoping that it lasts.
    also while my tray liner was out I removed my other side lens and removed the Moth that has been stuck for months... don't know how he got in either.
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    I also replaced the screws that attach the hard tonneau to the tray because they were rusted as (surprised that they came out to be honest) and also cleaned up the aluminium where some rust from the screws had tarnished it with some light sand paper.
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    This was before I finished polishing the aluminium up but shows the screws a little nicer than before
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    Crewman has been broken for 6 weeks and have finally got it back, some details can be found here: http://forums.justcommodores.com.au...-2006/217168-crewman-drive-shaft-blowout.html

    This afternoon I got the Crewman back as I needed it for work. It's still a bit noisy but with the lack of manual v8 Crewmans at wreckers it was going to be an expensive exercise to replace the tailshaft with no guarantees to fix the sound so it's drivable until I sell my Alloytec ute or I figure out what the go is with it :) so happy to have it back though.
     
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    Good to see you've got it back.

    What needs to be done to get it properly sorted ?
     
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    The guys at the shop aren't entirely sure, they believe its the tailshaft as Jeeps with the same CV before the diff make the same sound but they cant be 100% sure and don't want to throw money at it if it won't fix the problem. (Genuine tailshaft is 2400 and genuine axles are 900 each)
    Yesterday however I called Veem Engineering and they said that they have done a full 9 inch diff and new tailshaft and everything on a crewman before so they might be the place to go to to get it sorted. They also said that they would inspect it obligation free so thats good for me :)
    Veem said that the Crewman diff is built more as a cruiser so skids don't do it well but I don't know about going all out on the Crewy, especially under only stock power at the moment. This could be changing soon though :) watch this space :)
     
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    Isn't a 9 inch a lot of extra weight to lug around ?
     
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    To be honest I think its a little extreme, I was quite impressed with the ability to do it but would also write off any load carrying ability too I would believe.

    The reason I thought Veem might be the go was because they might be able to be a bit more scientific with their testing and be able to at least say definitively that tailshaft is or isn't the problem. I've done about 200k's since I've got the car back and I'm hating the noise but loving the car :)
     
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    Tell you what its a great feeling :) loving it being back. Cannot wipe the smile off my face when I put the foot down.
     
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    Got back into the Crewman over the weekend and pulled out the passenger seat to mount up the amp properly.
    These are the results:
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    It sits really well under the seat and behind the adjustment handle and out of the back seat footwell which was the main aim as it was sliding back there before :)
    much happier now :)
     
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    Not yet, it's sitting out on the table waiting for me, couldn't do anything with it until the crewman came back, once I'm done with my white ute I plan on getting back into it again. Working 5 days during the week now uni's over and working at least 1 day on weekends doesn't leave a lot of time for glassing :/
     
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    Looking at this reminds me that I need to plug in my rears to the amp at some stage, meh it can wait until I next pull my dash apart as they are currently hooked up to my HU...
     
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    fair enough, I know that feel. I'm starting work the same time as before (early), but I'm working until later in the day with possible sundays on the cards again.
     
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    Took some photos tonight as I haven't got any of the interior, advanced apologies for crappy iPhone pics. Also apologies for the dirty as fk floors.

    Drivers seat :) love that leather.
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    Amp with passenger seat all the way back
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    External pic, its quite dirty but hey, I still love it.
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    Over the last 2 weeks I have managed to:
    Changed oil / oil filter and replaced with the same oil as before; Penrite 10w-50.

    Changed air filter (even after the advice in CB, sorry guys) because I hate my driveway, this one will be in for a while longer.

    Hook up the rear speakers to the amp under the passenger seat, which were soon after faded out to the front, it was just one of those things I have been wanting done for a while and finally got around to it :)

    At the same time I pulled out the Head unit and re-aligned it so that it was facing upwards a little more (was some cables under the back of it leaning it forwards).

    I also loosened the passenger seat when amping the rear speakers and realigned the plastic that sits between the seat and sill so that there wasn't any more gaps.

    I have chucked a relay under the dash so that the foggies only come on with Highbeams and then put some 55w 4300K HID's in the foggies so they are now essentially spotlights (never drive in fog, often drive at night)

    Replaced the AC belt which ended up being in ok condition but I didn't like the fact that the serpentine was new and the AC was old.

    Hardcover will come off again tonight so that I can pick up a dryer tomorrow.

    Thinking about repainting the hard cover as it is going patchy white in one area and peeling the paint off. Any suggestions here would be appreciated.
     
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    I saw your post about the ditch. What happened and are you OK ?
     

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