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Sam's VN Lexxxcen LS1 T56

Discussion in 'VN - VP - VG - VQ' started by savage1987, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. savage1987

    savage1987 Donating Member

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    This is my little project


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    I've owned the car since 3.1.2006 and it has well over 500,000km behind it by now. It's on its 3rd engine, 3rd gearbox, 4th diff and 4th interior .. not because anything broke (except for two diffs), mainly because I couldn't leave it alone and didn't make up my mind early enough about what I wanted to end up with.

    1989 VN series 1 (Lexcen)

    Here are some photos from a couple of years ago:

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    a couple of pics that some people generously drew up :)

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    shot of the old twin sway bar setup (I since removed this, it was a bit rough and clunky)

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    and a quick snap of where it lived for pretty much the whole motor swap :)

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    Interior and stereo:
    Alpine head unit
    Alpine 4" front speakers
    Alpine Type S 6" rear speakers
    Small Clarion 2ch amp
    2xCPU cooling fans for head unit
    Mulberry interior (interior number four)
    New cream coloured roof lining
    Momo Corse steering wheel
    VP Calais parcel shelf, speakers under stock grilles
    VN Calais L3 instrument cluster and trip computer
    All sound deadener stripped from floors and boot
    5" tacho w/shift light
    Fuses/relays hidden behind kick panel
    Isolator switch
    Battery relocated to boot

    Exterior:
    VZ R8 19x8"s
    Letterbox grille
    Clear front indicators
    35% tint
    Electric antenna

    Motor:
    LS1 (VX series) 5.7L
    MAFless tune
    CAE tri-Y extractors, dual cats, twin 3"
    Powerbond 25% underdrive balancer

    Suspension and driveline:
    T56 6 speed manual gearbox
    GMM Ripshifter
    Shortened and rebuilt tailshaft from the old T700 auto
    King superlow springs
    Koni adjustable shocks (red)
    Noltec adjustable strut tops
    HD sway bar link pins
    Whiteline strut brace
    VY HSV 330mm front brakes
    VY V6 quick-fill master cylinder, VS V6 booster & reservoir
    Braided brake lines front and rear
    Mal Wood pedal box with under-dash clutch master cylinder
    Harrop Truetrac 3.9:1 LSD


    The 5.7L when I picked it up:
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    It's now in and working fine. Plenty of loose ends to tidy up after the swap, this is an ongoing process for now.



    Best ET with the V6 was 15.762, with the LS1 I have run a 13.216@107mph. I'm sure there's more in it yet.

    Sam
     
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    wheres the pics man? sounds like a nice cruiser and very good mods
     
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    Hey Mate

    Sounds like a good little project, you got any pics mate ??
     
  4. savage1987

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    Yeah I have a few, I'll have to find them though. Might just have to get some new ones..
    I'll warn you though, with the unpainted bodykit and a 2 colour interior it's not pretty :p
     
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  5. savage1987

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    Finally got some pics up, just took some new ones. Sorry they've been a while coming.

    Hope you like it :)

    Sam
     
  6. nicko

    nicko Carbon Positive - DO IT!!

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    nice ride mate :thumbsup: jst need to get the kit sprayed, or re spray the car
     
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    calaiscruzer I drink beer, and I vote!

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    Looks like its got alot of potential, i had a vx kit until recently..
    I reckon you should spray your car black, would look mean as.
    Got interior pics, i wana see those VY SS pedals.
     
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    may i ask why you installed the belmouth.
     
  9. savage1987

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    None yet mate, it's kinda half brown half blue and grey combo.... yuk. Halfway through the world's longest conversion. I'll take some if you like though :) VY SS pedals should have been standard on all VN onwards Commodores though, they look awesome. I needed something better looking under my interior neons :p

    You certainly may... Thought I'd try it for $5, couldn't really go too far wrong, I figured if I didn't like it I'd tear it out and throw it in the bin. $5, no great loss. Anyway, I put it in with the 2 gaskets and it improved the idle, and there was no loss of power. Not noticeable anyway. I like it with the bellmouth, so it's staying there :):) The reason they were designed in the first place was to stop 2 of the cylinders from leaning out and another 2 from running rich ... the car had 425000km behind it so anything I could do better for the motor... you get the picture.

    Sam
     
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    look like a nice lil project u got there goin man how u doin the body kit 2 tone or just 1?
     
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    One colour. Initially just white; the paint on the rest of the car is in near perfect condition. I detail for a living and the guys that work with me say it's the best factory VN paint they've ever seen. Another cut and polish should work wonders on the factory paintwork once the rest is sprayed white.

    I do have a quoted $280 worth of fibreglass work to get everything lined up perfectly before painting so it will be like this for a while. My 5L seems to be getting all the attention lately..... :(

    I'm thinking of eventually respraying the whole car in a gunmetal grey (black would be great but takes far too much maintenance) like the one on the VEs, or a BMW grey maybe. Ford also have a good one on their BA or BF XR Falcons. Gunmetal metallic with dark charcoal highlights. I think it'd look understated and classy, with the right set of wheels of course..

    Thanks for the comments guys, makes me feel a bit better about the old girl :) It is easy to get a little bit down when a project just seems to drag on forever.
    Sam
     
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    check redbook and it sez S1 come out with more torqe because it didnt have bell mouth.
     
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    Yeah i know, but it's a sacrifice I'm prepared to make. This car never gets full throttle any more, she's just a cruiser. I'm not too big on thrashing my cars nowadays... Basic intake and exhaust modifications mean the factory power figures don't really apply any more anyway.

    Point taken though, and well spotted, I hadn't thought to look. Still, it's not a dyno car... Like I said you'll never notice the loss of power or torque but you will notice the smoother idle.

    Sam


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    Just a thought.... I might see about getting 20% tint on this car depending on how my VR goes. I have every intention of tinting the VR to 20% as soon as I've done the rear tyres. $280 of fibreglass work and the VN will be ready for paint..... It's so close, yet so far away. Sucks so many other things to do first...


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    It's now 11pm and I've just finished putting my car back together, complete with my freshly machined front brake rotors All the shuddering and vibration that used to accompany any sort of braking is gone altogether. As a bonus, since I did all the removal and installation myself, giving the mechanic the rotors and not the whole car, it only cost me $20.

    Best $20 I've spent in a long time, braking is no longer scary.

    Sam


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    Automatic is getting torn down and completely rebuilt tomorrow by Alfred Cove Automatics in Myaree with a small shift kit included. Hopefully it's a nicer drive afterwards

    Update #1: Picking the car up tomorrow, I hope there's a difference
    At least I don't need to worry about the gearbox any time soon!!


    Update #2: Gearbox rebuild has made a massive difference to how the car drives. Definitely worth doing. Next thing to sort out is this damn bodykit!


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    SAAS steering wheel installed yesterday, made a world of difference to the interior. No more brown Lexcen wheel!!

    In fact, apart from the build plate, that's the last mark of Toyota in the whole car gone, unless you count the Lexcen instrument cluster.. which nobody can tell at a glance anyway

    Have to do the instal of the wheel again though, boss kit is on a bit crooked to allow the wheel to be aligned properly and as a result the indicators don't self-cancel quite as they should.

    edit: it's been a while since, can't be bothered. Just turning off the indicators when they're not wanted isn't too hard


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    I have a transmission cooler on the way for this car, should be on within a week hopefully. Mechanic (Jarad, Street Torque Automotive) is ordering the biggest one he can find (within reason:)). This should look after my freshly rebuilt auto a bit better!!

    Also got a quote for a new rear window.. $330 installed. I need one before I get the car tinted.

    Sam
     
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    How meny Ks it stilling on now?
     
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    lol not sure to be honest, odometer is about 30,000km out at a guess (wasn't working for about 12months) so somewhere around the 470,000km mark I think, maybe more. Still hasn't missed a beat.

    I should also point out that the car has only broken down once in the 3 years I've owned it.. split the radiator doing donuts a couple of years ago :p and that doesn't count because I could still drive it home. Also seized a water pump just afterwards but I drove that home too; they are the only 2 serious problems I've had, and both were the direct result of silly driving :)

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    You need photos, new steering wheel looks hot as (believe it or not)
     
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    lol @ VN... It's still a lexadore at heart man, i can tell :p
     
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    you are...


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    Greenfoam's tuning skills will be applied to this car within the next month or so I think.. should wake her up a bit but I mainly want the better cruising economy. Cogez, you should get in contact with him and he can sort out your stupid Calais :p

    Also, this afternoon I'm finally picking up the L67 CAI from Holden, I've decided to run a proper intake and not just the hacked up airbox I currently have. Cold air = good for an old motor.


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    VS cold air intake is in Quietened down the induction rasp a bit, which is what I was hoping for. Note: I did not install this part in the hunt for horsepower, that's the last thing she needs at 470,000km or whatever she's really done by now.. it's on there because cold air induction just makes everything work that little bit better.

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    Couple of new pictures, just because I gave the car a quick tidy up and my fiancee Sami decided it was time to update :)
    So.....

    VP blue conversion is finally done on AT LEAST ONE DOOR!! Also, VY SS pedals as requested, calaiscruzer! Been a while coming, I know...
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    New steering wheel
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    Couple of new stickers...
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    And one to show off the fact that it's about the only VN left with 5 WORKING BRAKE LIGHTS!!
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    Hope you like them
    Sam
     

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    calaiscruzer I drink beer, and I vote!

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    Whoa thats amazing! Must have been a rare option on that model.lol
    My top right doesnt work, like most vn's..

    Yeah looking good inside, i really like those pedals, they look tough:thumbsup:
    they suit the steering wheel also..
    maybe just black out ur number plates in pics, safer that way incase some dick wants to lag on you..
     

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