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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!

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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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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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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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This thing sounds like a monster. i'd love to see some pics...
 
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