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Solids new VP Calais (soon to be turbo)

Solid8

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Well I have taken a deposit for the turbo kit on the Calais so I have removed the kit in preparation for its new owner. It was time to get a new set of wheels to start another project. I looked for a bit and found an original VP Calais. I picked her up last week for a decent price. It is totally stock except for a Pioneer head deck and cat back exhaust. She has done 275,000kms and drives real nice I must say. She has nice cold air cond and all electrics work for now. The car is pretty clean and I must say is a pleasure to drive. It is ridiculously slow though which I cant stand.

I have wanted to make up a single turbo kit to suit VN-VR for quite some time so this will be beginning next week. I will be using a Garrett GT3582R with internal wastegate and I will be selling them as a full bolt on kit once it is developed and tested thoroughly. Pics will be added as progress takes place.


 

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Can't wait to see the progress on this one Shane. It looks quite neat.
 

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hey mate im looking at putting a turbo on a vp calais too can u keep me up to date with what your doing it would be greatly appriciated
 

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hey mate im looking at putting a turbo on a vp calais too can u keep me up to date with what your doing it would be greatly appriciated
No worries mate, stay tuned here for progress. I have done a bit so far including some work on the manifold and intercooler. I have looked at how many other kits are done and I havent seen one which retains the air cond. Every other kit you have to remove the condensor from the block and all the hoses. I dont want to do this and the way I am doing it you will keep the air cond which is a damn good thing. It is a bit tricky, but I can do it. Here is a few simple pics so far. I will put some pics up later this week or next week showing the manifold and turbo position.


 

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what size cooler is that mate?
do u have a photo of it with the front bar back on did u have to cut much?
 

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nice man, love the VP calais' espcially the white over grey
 

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what size cooler is that mate?
do u have a photo of it with the front bar back on did u have to cut much?
I have actually moved the cooler up a bit higher than in the pic. I havent properly fitted the bumper up but it will need just a whisker taken off the base, nothing much though :) The cooler is a 600x300x76
 

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Some beter photos of the whole front and how u mounted the cooler with bar of and on would help me heaps thanks mate :)
 

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I havent done much on this project lately but today I made up the manifold. Here is a pic of the turbo sitting on the manifold. Next I will do the crossover pipe and after that the dump pipe and a few other small things. Should be ready in a month or so being realistic. The turbo is a Garrett GT3582R from a XR6 turbo. I will get some decent quality pics with my SLR soon as the phone cam is ****

 

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I took some decent pics of the manifold yesterday. I have made up the crossover pipe and dummied up the dump pipe also. Getting there, still a few things to do but most of the hard work is done


 
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