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Discussion in 'VB - VK Holden Commodore (1978 - 1985)' started by vc resto, Apr 13, 2009.

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    hi, first post here, nice site!

    I have a VC Wagon (Vacationer) that we have had since new. i am currently putting in a LS3 V8 (LS376/480) while having the vehicle fully restored inside and out. looking for ideas or suggestions (and maybe some parts).

    the idea is to have the exterior look completely original (only a slightly larger exhaust) with pin stripes, roof rack all as new. exterior is brown (sort of goldy brown)

    the interior is to be redone in leather (x27 - porcelain in colour from Mercedes S and CLS class)

    creature comforts include DVD (in headrests for kids), Nav, bluetooth, ipod interface, new a/c, new power steering, power windows from an SL/E, new or refurb seats and whatever else needed to make a comfortable ride

    17 or 18 inch wheels depending on brake requirements - looking for styling from the period or soon after...will also try to source the following from an SL/E

    - SL/E steering wheel (or may go after mkt)
    - SL/E centre console with power window controls
    - SL/E power windows and door trim if reqd
    - SL/E rear seat headrests


    intention is that it is replacing a nice german wagon so needs to compete well with it on comforts and gadgets if not ride quality and handling

    anyway, whatever ideas or questions you have i would love to hear them, especially on what parts i could use from an SL/E and where i might find them!

    thanks for reading
     
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    SL/ENUT The SL/E Fanatic!

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    what era SL/E, VB, VC or VH?.
    For the steering wheel, i would prefer after market, the SL/E wheel just doesn't look right.

    Great project though. I'm wanting to do something like this to my VC SL/E 6 banger
     
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    I was thinking the same thing steering wheel wise. Find something woodgrain and throw that on instead.
     
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    yeah, the steering wheel's from then were not the best...will have to look around for something decent
     
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    to answer the SL/E question, i am not really fussed, which SL/E i get parts from , so long as they match well and do the job
     
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    jakbob Lighten up.

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    Mate if you do that you'll have one freakin sweet car. I'd love to do something similar with my vc daily after i get my vk on the road. It looks terrible with surface rust and flaky faded paint, I figure maybe I'd just fix the rust and leave it with grey primer. Then squeeze a blown ls2 and 6 speed manual into it. It'd be an awesome sleeper.
     
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    thanks
    should be done within a couple of months
    still looking a for a decent steering wheel - any ideas?

    also would anyone know if there is a wrecker or parts dealer with quality SL/E parts like the console, pwer window motors, buttons, headrests etc?
     
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    red_vb i am a she, not a he...

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    i have a vb sl and a nice wood grain with chrome center i think it looks nice its a bugger when the sun catches the chrome and the light shines in ur eyes, but oh well.
     
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    VKCOMMO Carpark Mechanic.....

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    This thing sounds like a monster. i'd love to see some pics...
     
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    Man am I reading right? Did you say a 6.2 litre V8??!!! Woohoo crankin!

    Sounds like a cool project but is it a wagon you need especially? You could just get a SL/E that has all those goodies already.
     
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    will try to post some pics, they are not great shots

    i still need a few bits and pieces like power window motors for the front, chrome inserts for the rear doors and rear quarter panels

    otherwise, she is almost done
     
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    some pics

    some pics
    the photos dont really do it much justice
     

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    paint job progress, this was a while ago
     

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    still on the paint job
     

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    dont have any with the engine in, its waiting to go back in now
     

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    the car was pretty straight with no real damage or rust - i had it in storage for about 8 years after my folks stopped driving it - just waiting for the time and chance...

    ended up choosing a momo wood grain steering wheel that is having shifter buttons installed on the underside.

    hopefully be finished this month, although i said that in november


    18 inch wheels from a VT GTS (silver)
     
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    half finished the update, will get some more pics up soon
     
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    almost finished, just looking for that damn power window motor...will have near final pictures up on monday
     

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