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Discussion in 'VN - VP Holden Commodore (1988 - 1993)' started by Long time fan, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Long time fan

    Long time fan New Member

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    Today I was lucky enough to pick up a VN factory V8 manual Calais. They're pretty rare by all accounts I've seen.
     
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    pics or it didnt happen?

    is it clean and unmolested?
     
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    Lol hakhawk.

    Largely unmolested which makes it an even better find.

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    nice...

    now all you have to do is ditch those side skirts, paint the lower half silver, sills/bar lowers black, and track down some door side molds...

    should look like this

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    Thanks hi ryder. The skirts are original factory option and fitted then. Car was reprayed 2 years ago by previous owner. He decided to have it painted all white. I intend to return the original lower half colour. I also want to track down some badges and put them back on.
     
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    just because its a factory option doesn't mean it looks good. ss lowers on a calais makes the car look like its has loaded diapers hanging off the sills and bar lowers..... but thats just my opinion.

    most likely youll have holes drilled in the front and back bars to fit those lowers anyway, so even if you did want to take them off you'd have to fill the holes or source some second hand bumpers...


    actually id be interested to see the broadcast sheet on this car. should be under the carpet in the passenger front footwell.
     
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    Pollushon Boost gives me a bar....

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    VN skirts can look nice done right. It doesn't help that the car looks like grandmas Sunday special and the kit is incomplete. Nice pick up mate.

    [​IMG]
     
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    looks good on an ss.


    an ss....

    plus previous owner recons they were a factory option, but his side skirt looks like one piece. aftermarket?
     
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    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    One piece would be aftermarket for sure.
     
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    That's good to know about the skirts. I was under the impression that the formula kit was an factory option, so I just assumed it was original because it has the other options like LSD and rims. Makes sense now because I was wondering why it had the bumpers, and skirts but not the wing. If it isn't original, I can get rid of it. I'm happy for anyone to pick up and comment on all the non original bits. I'll post up more pics tonight so you can spot all of the post factory add-ons and replacement parts. I aim to make it as close to original as possible. I've already identified a few, so it will be interesting to see what everyone else picks up.
     
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    I was also told by the previous owner that there were only 100 sets of these rims created. Would that be correct?
     
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    Sounds like the owner just made **** up to sucker you in....worked. Wonder if the T5 is even factory to be honest.
     
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    Can you tell by the VIN that's shown just what it is?

    Must say it does look nice to me. A friend of mine some time back had a real one in a sort of deep bronze colour as such and sold it for plenty.
     
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    As gossie has suggested the built plate that I put up in the pics shows it's a factory manual.
     
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    There might be a build sheet under the passenger side carpet if your lucky.

    Edit: Ah missed it yep factory manual. Sweet. Those rims look aftermarket. Obviously had a strut brace put on. Also some ones put the supercharged 6 intake on as well. Well the bottom part. Missing the part that sits on the radiator. No big loss. Got any rust?
     
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    Build plate indicates its a factory v8 Calais with manual trans AND FE2 suspension; a rare combination indeed.

    About the only way I would believe the story on the wheels would be because they are bloody ugly and they couldn't sell any more than 100! Forget the wheels and bodykit- neither add any value to the car (if anything, they subtract from it). return it to factory standard Calais with the two tone and you will have a nice machine.
     
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    The Formula kits were a dealer pack. The factory had nothing to do with them. No different to a VT GTR (lol) which was also just a bodykit to try and sell the car.

    I almost bought a VN Formula as it was a V8 with the full SS kit. Chose against it in the end and bought my Berlina LX wagon :D
     
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    A few more pics. Feel free to comment about what you believe isn't original (what's been added, what's been removed and what's been substituted).
     

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    Bonnet struts on an 89 VN? Didn't think they weren't introduced until the VP.
    Not a calais steering wheel either.
    2 tone grey dash and center console?
     

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