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Willipede's 1996 VS V6 Ute

Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by Willipede, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Willipede

    Willipede Member

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    Willipede's 1996 VS S pack V6 Ute

    Hi everyone, this is my first post and new to the forum. I will be showing of my first car It needs a bit of tlc but should come up nice with a little bit of work, Interior is pretty shabby and needs a few things, I need to fix up the stereo system as the fusion unit doesn't work properly (when you try to change the volume it only goes up unless you do it a certain way, also the speakers are ####ed probably dodgy wiring), i've got a replacement quarter panel that I'll be spraying and fitting, also needs two new rear tires and new globes for the headlights. I'm looking for a wreck to buy to pinch parts off which will be door plastics, hand brake boot/cover, steering wheel, glove box, tonneau cover and some floor mats. Also plan on painting the engine cover If i get time when respraying the quarter panel. Here's a few pics of what it looks like at the moment.

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  2. spauldj308

    spauldj308 S Pack Man

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    Looks good chief! Is it a factory S pack?
     
  3. Willipede

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    Thanks mate, and yeah I think it is factory s pack.

    Gave the car a good clean today, used a clay bar on it today and worked a charm, it had bits of concrete dust and #### on it which is now all off, now I just need to hit with the buff and get the guard painted and fix up the door
     
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    Not too bad by the pics.
    Some TLC will get to nice.
     
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    Update: lots of work done

    Just thought I'd give a quick update on the progress, I've recently purchased a vr acclaim for a parts car. I've been busy on my days off work and heres the list of stuff I've just completed.

    - Installed a new jvc head unit KD-X320BT soldered and heat shrinked all working well
    - Replaced my seats and door trims
    - Swapped over and painted the centre console and fascia with grey vinyl paint
    - Glove box in
    - Swapped over heater controls\
    - Saas boss kit & Autotecnica steering wheel installed (yet to be painted in satin black)
    - 2 new tyres fitted
    - Got a tuff stuff tonneau

    Current problems

    - Carpet wreaks (going to spray in with some glen 20 and get it shampooed)
    - Strong fuel smell inside and outside cabin
    - Black substance from exhaust (small puddle)
    - High beams don't work on driver's side
    - Need to replace globes for brake light and reverse light

    I'll get some more photos of the progress up when I can and if anyone can help me with any of these problems it would be appreciated thanks
     
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    I've found to fix the highbeams I think I have to replace that stalk just wondering if it's a simple job?
     
  7. skappascrap

    skappascrap Herp is for the derp.

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    Replacing the stalk is a walk in the park.
    Release the lever on the steering column and pull the steering wheel towards you.
    Remove the 1 or 2 (if they are even there) screws.
    Fiddle around with the plastics until they come off.
    Unclip the stalk and put a new one in.
     
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    It`s a good idea to push your hazard light switch on every now and then.
    People have replaced the indicator stalk because it was playing up and it ends up to be the hazard light switch.
     
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    Vs ute updated with pics

    It's been a while since an update, so far I have
    - Serviced (plugs, oil change, oil filter, flushed radiator & added coolant, o2 sensors)
    - Replaced fuel breather line
    - Bought Hsv Seat covers
    - Swapped cluster
    - Fixed all the lights behind switches and in shifter area
    - Replaced indicator stalk
    - Replaced blown globes

    Still to do:
    - Get some component speakers (not sure which ones yet)
    - Cut and buff

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    shes cleaning up nice mate
     
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    Looks like you've done some good work there.

    Keep your eye out for interiors coded 25i (SS, Calais, BT1 etc) so you can grab the door cards to match your dash.
     
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    A quick update-

    *Gave her a cut and buff
    *Got some pioneer ds-550a tweeters given to me and have some passive crossovers on the way
    *Bought some new door speakers - Pioneer ts-g1645r waiting until I get the crossovers before I install it all
    *Got 14.66L/100km on my last tank in town traffic
    *Acquired a dent in my tailgate
    *Put headlight covers on it off of a vr acclaim
    *Put front mudflaps on it

    If anyones got any things I should look for to lower my fuel economy that would be great, I've done the basics o2 sensors, checked breather lines and fuel lines, checked fuel pressure regulator vacuum line for fuel smell to no avail.
     
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    A new air cleaner element would also help...
    And maybe remove plenum and give it good degrease and clean (remove top to see if lots of crap has built up inside...)
     
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    Looking good
     
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    Update:
    New reco air filter

    And cleaned the Plenum it had a fair bit of crap built up on it. I just used some supercheap carbie cleaner on it and idling much smoother, we will see if this makes a difference to fuel economy much

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    Update:

    Pioneer - ts-g1645r in the doors, which are between 6 and 6.5 inches and just fit if I bent the mounting brackets around the edges that weren't needed.
    Pioneer - ds-550a tweeters in the factory position
    Crossovers installed under glove box area and in drivers side fuse panel area under steering wheel
    Sound deadening on outer and inner door skins

    14.97L/ 100km on my last tank


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    Looking good mate. That fuel economy isn't bad if its all around town. Try an engine oil flush on your next change plus some Nulon full synthetic oil and PTFE additive. Usually works alright for smoothness and economy.

    Tyre pressure will want to be about 34-36psi as well for maximum economy.

    Also try seeing how your diff oil is. Big chance its never been changed.

    Cheers - boingk
     
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    Cheers boingk, I will check my tyre pressure when I fill up next

    My fuel economy is getting worse got 15.3l/100km last fill up, I also noticed my thermo fans weren't kicking on and I've pinned it down to the coolant temp sensor, Bought one for $27 and now it's on the to-do list to change

    I also gave my plenum cover a quick polish spent about 45 minutes on it and i'm happy with how it turned out for the amount of time I spent doing it, I'll post a pic soonish
     
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    Furk was pretty mint when u got her ;) How the hell does someone let a steering wheel get that bad? Cleaned up nice mate just in the process of fixing up my interior. The sound deadening on the doors makes a big difference did my one a while ago. Whilst u have trims off not a bad idea to give window tracks a bit of a lube up, i used a special lube and made windows slide so much nicer
     
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    I have no idea how the steering wheel got so bad and thanks. I feel like the sound deadening does help but I put new speakers in at the same time so I'm not exactly sure how much of a difference it was, and yeah I completely forgot about the window tracks which do need to be greased up but I could not be rooted to take all the door trims off again just for that.
     

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