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VS 2000 ute (ex ambulance)

Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by CNsylvester, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. CNsylvester

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    Hi everyone

    I've just finished the young family and baby scene family car routine and decided its time to buy my first ute and live again!

    I chose a LWB VS because I need to carry special other vehicles in the back.

    My ride is an ex ambulance by Jakab - Tamworth. (much different from my old HJ Caprice - my last GMH). These are 600mm longer than the standard VS and extended in the area between the cab rear and the wheel arches.

    I bought it with 89k on the speedo and with the ambulance pod still attached. I've been slowly bringing back to a decent ride, my ride.

    Returning it from an ambulance to a ute included:

    Disconnection of the A/C and electrics to pod
    Purchase of 6 side panel covers and 2 fuel tank covers for the ute tub (removed to reduce weight apparently).
    Purchase of rear window
    Purchase of tail gate
    Purchase of 2 bumperettes
    Purchase of 4 tonneau rails (they remove these for fitting of the pod
    Regass the A/C
    Relocate the number plate lights back to their original position

    And thats about the start.

    Next is:
    Suspension
    Roll bar
    Tub cover (hard or soft?)
    Sound
    Tint


    The SS wheels helped a lot and the whole unit gets heaps of second looks.

    Any hints, tips or comments most welcome.
     
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    Any pictures?
     
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    STEALTHY™ So Wet For You!

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    Are you in adelaide, i've noticed one driving around a bt lately!
     
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    Yup, photos hopefully attached and I'm in Queensland.

    This thing performs so much better without the pod. I just know I'm going to get a ticket before too long.

    Regards
     

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    sweet as man..


    love the look of the extended ute..

    that must be a longer wheel base than the statesman etc.

    good luck on your future mods.

    from the look of the pictures it would benefit from some lower springs.
     
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    cool, ive seen one of the long wheel base ones around here also, they definetly grab ur attention
     
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    yep the suspension hasn't been changed from when it was an ambo. Thats next on my list. The ride is currently hard.

    I had a work Crewman at home recently, the Ambo was still approx 10cm longer in the wheelbase.

    The mrs said it doesn't grunt enuff (comparing to the old HJ 308) !!
     
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    Considering a normal ute is the same wheelbase as a stato, it would have to be lol
     
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    if anyone wants one of these in sa. a mate has a 5 litre one on gas lowered with body kit, and its not thrashed.. hes forty and uses it as a work ute.

    gotta love these things though :) more pics mate :) particularrly inside the back
     
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    Thats probably the one i saw then;)
     
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    lol hes up in the adelaide hills dude :p its tough though.. and 5 litre which is odd
     
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    Photo of inside the ute should be attached I hope.

    When the ambulance pod is removed, none of the normal ute tub panels were present ( I had been alerted this might be the case). Apparently they are removed to reduce all possible extra weight.

    I had to buy 2 fuel tank covers so the body worker could weld them together to make one large one to cover the space. I also had to buy 6 smaller panels for the inside walls of the ute tub. The wrecker guys thought I was nuts.

    The inside was painted by a paint shop with an industrial strength skin. Seems ok.

    Note the rear window also from the wreckers with the free sticker (I picked that window esp!)

    Cheers
     

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    Quick question - I was underneath the rear end today, near the spare wheel, under the floor of the ute there is some apparatis (could be mistaken for a wire coat hanger) with a chain attached and has a brake line going into it.

    What's it for?

    Regards to all
     
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    brake bias adjuster. adjust your brakes accodring to the weight in the back
     
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    Thanks for that davecunno -

    Another question - has anyone tried to put a statesman interior light into a ute? The ute roof curves at the light position and the statesman light is slightly longer.

    ThankS!
     
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    you should cut it up and make a crewman out of it
     
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    I did a quick search and didn't find anything...

    has anyone ever mounted a small winch inside the tub of a VS ute? ( to assist moving bikes etc into the ute)?
     
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    Well this week I had it lowered, 2 new tyres and installed a woodgrain stato console.

    Pleasure to drive + some extra creature comforts now!
     
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    nice Ute man i love the long wheel base ones, it'll look sweet as slammed maybe even bagged with 20's. i would loose the cowboy sticker throw
     

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