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WB Ute, Injected 5 litre Project.

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I have been in the process of building this ute for quite some time now but i though i would post some info and pics of the build.

Vehicle: WB ute

Engine: Injected 5 litre from VQ Statesman

Transmission: T700 auto

Diff: VS Commodore LSD

At the moment, its has the motor & driveline all in and is driveable. The interior needs some re trimming and new carpet and hopefully i can find a decent GTS dash. It has a B&M pro stick shifter.

The bodywork/paintwork is next on the agenda......still yet to decide on the colour. I am looking for some wheels at the moment, i really want a set of Weld racing pro stars, but if funds dont permit just yet i will probably get a set of GTS rims and get some 15" bands put on the rims, 8" on the rear and 6" on the front. I'm also on the hunt for a WB statesman, so i can get some bits & pieces out of it. I want the Stato front, electric windows, powersteering, you know all the creature comforts......

All the work so far has been done by myself! Everything.....wiring, diff, exhaust (Half system:yeah:) the lot!

All the bodywork will be done by me & painted by my brother.

Anyway, there are some pics attatched.

Pics 1 & 2 are what i looks like at the moment
Pic 3 is the 5 litre as it came out of the Statesman
Pic 4 is with the motor trial fitted
Pic 5 is just after the motor went back in after being painted
Pic 6 is how it sits at the moment (except it has AU thermo fans instead of the clutch fan)
 

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Looking good Tim:thumbsup:

When you finish this one I know of a project for you if you get bored:p
 

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How did you find such a mint ute?!, did it come from up North somewhere?
 

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Yeh....let me guess an L67 into a VS Berlina??? LOL

Trust me, i never get bored!
LOL, How'd you guess:whistling

Yeah I imagine between the Torana, Calais and now this you'd be kept busy car wise...
 

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Na, we bought it off a guy that restored it. He got it from a decesed estate, it must have been in really good nick when he restored it though, cause the floor pan is mint....not a spot of rust anywhere, no patches welded in, nothing! We used it as a work ute for about 3 years with a V6 in it, then i decided i wanted it to use for myself. It's got a bit of rust in it now that needs fixing, but bugger all. It is definately a good base to start with....thats for sure.
 

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Love it!!! perfect conversion and will look sweet with stato front.
Any clue what color you will paint it?
 

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Still trying to decide on a colour.......problem is there are so many nice colours around nowadays its so hard to choose! If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to post them!

Progress is about to get under way again, just waiting for some rust repair sections to arrive and away i go on the bodywork. So, i really need to decide on a colour asap!

Also, scored a second hand hard top tonneau cover to go on too! Got it for less than buying a normal strap type tonneau, so i couldn't pass it up.
 

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i would go a deep purple looks nice btw
 

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Nice ute, looks pretty mint! ;)

Oh god, not another WB statesman ute!!!!!!!! Really, I wouldn't do it, I'm over them.
It seems to me that every Tom dick and harry that buys a ute automaticlly goes "Wreck a statesman and do up my ute just like veryone else!!"

Lol, got nothing against them, but sometimes, to keep it as it is, wouldn't be such a bad idea. ;)
 
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