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Discussion in 'VB - VK Holden Commodore (1978 - 1985)' started by Goon, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. Goon

    Goon Scientific Tuning

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    Hey All

    What would be best option travel over 600k at night or during the day? I won't be the only car, ill be taggin along with a F**D

    Up here at night its starting to get cold, under 20 atm, and during the day it can get really hot well over 30! The negine runs hot i know that but in my mind i think id make better progress at night

    Would it be worth giving her a small rest or longer rest in between? shes old, hasnt had a rebuild to the engine itself, but ive done a fine service all over!

    I'm planning on just sitting on 90 - 95 until i get close to my point then dash at 100, might save an extra liter or so on fuel.

    Just asking before i go on friday, as ive only driven ricers on long trips like the one im about to do.

    cheers in advance.
     
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    defenetly go night man, i am in two minds weather or not to drive down to melbounre from sydney, i'd defenetly be leaving at night if i do do that path.
     
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    I'd say if your worried about it overheating go at night? I don't know... But me personally if overheating was an issue I'd take it when temps are down.

    And christina, have you had any problems with overheating? I've driven up to NSW is the middle of summer during the day and had no problems... I'd say leave early morning! and have a couple rests :p
     
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    It's not overheating being a real issue, is more along the lines of she heats up & performance it becomes abit sluggish in the mid day between 11 and 2 but i expect that, but i also expect her being to cold it can damage the core but i doubt that will happen as ive decided to give her a few laps to warm up around the city and my auto choke works right.. sometimes.

    Anyhow next questions...

    Do u think e10 would be a good choice on a long trip or best stick with unleaded?

    I've heard of coils playing in old rides on long trip 'the engine just cuts off?' is there anything i should do if this happens?

    Whats abnomral oil pressure? Just so i know :)
     
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    Provided your car is still in good nick (mechanically), it shouldn't be too bad during the day on a long trip, i drove mine back from Adelaide (sitting on 110 most of the way), during the middle of the day and didn't notice much difference to performance, and the temp gauge never went past 1/4.
     
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    Thanks for that bit of info on the temp mate :thumbsup: I'll be sitting under 100 most of the way.. i love to drive to much & don't wanna be done for speeding ;)

    I have to cross the mountain/hill terrain first, up hill's going to be something & well down hill :p

    Should see abit of fuel usage there. will see :)
     
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    get a little thermo fan for your car, I have an 8" on my Vk and we were driving in 34 all day and it neaver left cold :D best thing ever!
    It should be fine, Don't forget you have the 202 in front of ya! un-breakable!
    Hope the trip goes well! btw where are you going?
     
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    Goon, chill out. If you can't drive your car for a 1000 K's non stop anytime of the day, then there is something wrong with your car.

    Coolant ok? Oil ok? No leaks? everything else ok? Then no problem.

    I drove a Corona (with Starfire 4cyl Holden motor) to Cairns from Melbourne doing 110 K's an hour and 700 K's a day. It went fine. This car had 450 thousand on the motor and still went good after it was traded in. The old Holden motors are brilliant. My old man took an FE to Cairns and back and stood up to it years ago. The Holden motors are tough. As long as you have everything in order fluid wise and no major leaks, the motors will last forever.

    If your motor runs like crap in heat, then there is something wrong.
     
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    bit of both, travel late afternoon+late night. get up mid day, get ready to leave then do so late afternoon again.
    ie, leave around 4-5ish pm, travel up till around 2-4ish am then rest up b4 leaving again at 4-5ish pm. (just what i do on long trips)
    Better traffic conditions, sorts your car heating problem and you still get a decent snooze ready for the next part of the trip.
     
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    I prefer leaving at around 4am, and arriving around lunchtime to 2pm or whatever, but I'm used to early starts for work, if you dont normally get up early dont do it as you wont be awake properly.

    do all your checks before you go, pack a small toolbox with some basic tools along with a spare fanbelt and a couple of coke bottles full of water, for the engine if required and for drinking if stranded for a while if the worst does happen...

    travelling at night rocks but you have lower visibility and run a greater risk of animals on the road (a wombat can ruin your whole day or night).
     
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    Thanks all :D

    This is all great info to think about :)

    I just had an expertise say on her a few hours ago, and shes all good ! :D

    systems check 4 sure cane it :thumbsup:

    Thanks again, i might have some vid footage after the trip.. :whistling
     
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    i once drove from perth to margret river (bout 600 kms) in my beut LX torana with a 202 red in the front. She dint even come close to missing a beat.:w00t:
     
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    theyre awesome cars, once theyre well sorted, they just go forever.
     
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    Hey, im doing a service before i go, i found dot 4 moblie hydralic brake fluid in my garage, can i use this? my book says dot 3.. My fluid is green, this dot4 stuff is blue.

    Doesnt matter overall, ill just go and get more fluid in the morning if i have to :)

    I havent had to touch my brakes much, so i havent asked before :D
     
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    Yes! DOT 4 is perfect! Back in the old days was dot 3 but the replacement is dot 4. There is no problem using it but if it's more than 5 years old, throw it in the bin & go down to Woolies and get a fresh lot of Castrol dot 4 :thumbsup:
     
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    Cheers Slim :drink:

    Would it be a good idea to remove all the old fluid out, as much as i can? before refill? or just top up?

    I don't know how old this current fluid is in the car, but it still does the job.
     
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    Just top it up. Technically it should be flushed every 40 or so K. It isn't hard to do.
     
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    Thanks again mate :thumbsup:

    I have in mind i can do over 300k per tank, we will see :thumbsup: i get atleast 60 -70 - 80 k off 10 dollars depending on speed and traffic..
     
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    yeh thats right.. dot 4 is a better product that dot 3.. soo it doesnt hurt at all.. the reason it is green, well that is a good indication ur fluid is F*** and u need to flush the whole system.. if you do u MUST bleed the brakes, easy procedure takes 5 minutes... but bak to the topic all brake fluid is originally sky blue... if u want to test it what u can do is get a bit out with an eye drop and put it on a pan and see what temp it boils..
     
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    I can't believe that people are suggesting to drive at night rather than the day.

    want some reasons why it isn't a good idea?

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