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Shortstuff's VR wagon - in progress!

Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by Shortstuff, May 20, 2010.

  1. Shortstuff

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    Ok, i've owned this wagon for about 18 months, but it's only been on the road about 2 months.

    I bought it for $600 from one of my workmates when he got caught unregistered in it. I put it in my girfriend's shed (which went down like a lead balloon!) and slowly got bits and pieces I needed to get it roadworthy and tidy it up.

    For roady it needed all rear control arm bushes replacing, rocker cover gaskets replacing, steering wheel re-glued at the top, windscreen, handbrake adjust, exhaust and four tyres.

    So it's a VR Lexcen, but I changed the front end to a Commodore one because of the damage to the front bar when I bought the car.

    Modifications so far:-
    VS front end
    VS Berlina grilles
    VS Berlina chrome door moulds and bumper strips
    2.5" catback single muffler exhaust
    Lowered with king springs superlows (sedan springs in rear)
    Removed rear wiper
    Tint

    I've got some International rims to go on soon. Just need to sort tyres!

    I've also got a leather centre console from a VS Statesman to go in when I get time. I'm going to be changing a fair bit of the interior over the next few months.

    Ideas i've got in mind for it are:-
    Statesman chrome inner door handles
    VS Calais seats / door trims
    Electric windows
    Twin 'D' shaped chrome exhaust tip
    Velour sun visors
    LSD
    Rear dust deflector
    Foggies (possibly - not sure if I like the look yet!)
    Crystal clear headlights / front indicators
    Clear tinted tail lights

    The transmission started slipping badly, so I replaced it, but I have to put my old valve body in the new trans to get TCC lockup. When I do this in the next few weeks, it will be getting a shift kit and corvette servo.

    This is how it looked when I got it. It looked pretty rough, with dints and scrapes all over the front bar. The rear bar and tailgate were smashed too and it only had half an exhaust.

    Sorry about the crappy photos - took them with my phone. Any comments or suggestions for the Wagon welcomed!!

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    This is how it looks now.

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    looks way better with the commy front. also it may be just the pics but the strips look hologram
     
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    It's just the dodgy phone pics that make the strips look strange. Yeah I much prefer the Commodore front. I almost went for a Stato front so I didn't have to change the guards, but it was too hard to find a decent one for a reasonable price.

    It's pretty straight but nothing special at the moment. Hopefully things will start to change a bit now it's on the road!
     
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    Some slightly clearer pics after a wash today. For some reason the pics make the very slight colour difference between the front end and the rest of the car stand out like dog's b**ls! Really can hardly notice it when you look at the car in natural light.


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    I managed to do a couple of bits to the wagon yesterday.

    Painted the mirrors which came up ok but could do with a final coat of paint.

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    And also fitted a Level 3 cluster. I'm hoping to get the Stato console in this weekend if I have time.

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    I fitted a H4 HID conversion tonight. It was pretty easy to do (got a kit that just plugs in) but had a few problems along the way. All good now and I have nice bright bluish lights : ) Also got a slimline number plate for the front.

    Here's a crappy phone pic!

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    Had a bit more progress with my wagon - I fitted a Stato leather centre console and chrome inner door handles which tidy the interior up a bit, and finally put my Internationals on today after having them sitting in my garage for almost 3 years!!

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    Looks great! Any future plans?
     
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    Thanks! Yeah i'm hoping to put VS II Calais seats and door trims in soon. Loads of bits I want to do to it but i'm happy just doing it slowly.

    I replaced the trailing arms today and fitted an adjustable panhard rod which has made the rear end much tighter. More to come next week!!

    Also got to start doing some general maintenance on it as i'm hoping to drive over to Perth in april.
     
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    Did a manual conversion last week. It goes ok but the starter motor I got with the conversion is rooted so i'm driving my girlfriend's old EF Falcon at the moment!

    Got to sort the wiring and put the interior back together then it needs a good clean and i'll get some decent pics!
     

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