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Old 05-03-17, 21:46   #326
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UPDATE: What happens if you don't drive your VL....

As many who've been following this thread would know, I had the engine stripped and rebuilt. Thing is, as I'm not here most of the year, I don't drive all that often and the car hasn't even racked up 2000kms since 2010/11.

But besides going through 4 batteries during that time, my water pump gave in this trip.

It was in Rockingham when it finally gave in. Rather than drive with a can of water and top her up as required, and possibly fry the engine, I opted to get her towed to Morley.

Upon taking the water pump off, we noticed a lot of muddy crap in there. The radiator and whole system needed a high pressure flush but I'm doing that again when in get back end of the year. Anyone have any ideas how to slow down or stop the muddy crap buildup from car sitting around I'm open to ideas.

Oh, BTW. Thermostats (genuine) are rare as rocking horse crap so unfortunately had to go non-genuine.

---------- Post added 05-03-17 at 23:04 ----------

UPDATE 2: That Old Steering Rack

I've been wanting to get the steering rack replaced now for two years and finally got it sorted this time around. Bought online through an exchange service this was waiting for me when I got back to Oz.

I managed to even find a BRAND NEW IN BOX Power steering reservoir bottle. Woo Hoo!!

When the work was done there were two issues;

1. We didn't have the boss removal tool so couldn't straighten the wheel. I was flying out a few hours after this work was done so it has to be left until I get back. Can someone on here lend me the tool in December?

2. The steering now seems heavier. Again didn't have time to troubleshoot but if people on here have ideas I can go through each suggestion when I get back.

---------- Post added 05-03-17 at 23:31 ----------

UPDATE 3: More Modifications

Ok, these might be going slightly off brief to what I originally wanted as a "Concept Car" but I think will be invaluable for ongoing use.

Heads Up Display - Version 1

Finally installed this thanks to the help of a few members here (esp. Steve & Simon

Next time I'm back, I'll get the little unit which is quite covertly installed colour coded and matched to the dash and see whether I can coat the glass rather than have that small reflective patch, which looks so aftermarket. So the glass may have to come off. But it does the trick. I haven't lost demerit points in over 10 years and last year I lost 6 in a 2 month period.

This of course supports my little digital dash customisation which was a key part of this build.

USB Phone Charger

Yeah yeah, this was never anything anyone ever thought of in the 80s for incorporation into a vehicle as USB wasn't invented (millennials freaking out reading that...and we thought hard drives with 20MB were huge....) but I'm sick and tired of my phone battery draining. So, we looked how they would have done a similar customisation in the 80s and it's apparently vinyl! We manufactured the piece to fit where the ashtray went. Lights up in a nice green to match everything else.

I also did a couple of other mods worth about $7000 which I probably shouldn't put on a public forum but all I can say, to quote Han Solo "I've made a few special Modifications myself..." including a key attribute of the Klingon Bird of Prey....

Anyways, 10 more months and I think I'm on the final leg of the mods including seats retrimmed and restoration.

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Old 06-03-17, 09:27   #327
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very nice.

i thought if you use the correct coolant it didnt rust?

ive been following for ages and was just recently thinking tech changes so much that there are a few things you will need to change so the HUD and usb charger are good.
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Old 03-04-17, 05:54   #328
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The first photo looks so gross! It's like a dirty wound...
To want to, is to be able to.
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Old 03-01-18, 14:08   #329
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Final Stretch....Me Thinks...

Back in Perth and Iíve already taken the olí Girl to Toodjyay and Lancelin with no incident. Will be taking her to Margaret River a well. I miss driving long distances in the VL. Itís a second to none feeling putting the foot down and rocketing by cars on an overtake.

So whilst Iím here for the next two or so months, the following will be happening;

Steering Wheel Restore - Currently happening. Get it back Friday.
Dash wiring for digital dash - making the wiring a bit more accessible by extending the loom.
HUD Customisation - Going to mould the HUD into the top of the dash and have the speedometer numbers appearing just above the steering wheel at the 12 oíclock position (its off to the side now)
Rebuild and Re-upholster the 2 front seats - Iím waiting for some Repro samples from Melbourne and then Iíll buy the material and get the two seats to the upholsterer.
General tidy up of engine bay - got a nice black anodised thermostat housing to replace the one thatís slightly rusted. Replace the coolant reservoir with a NOS item and just a spruce up.

And then...I think Iím done.

Letís see whether I can get it all done in 2 months.
I will be really busy so see what I can fit in. Some of you know Iím a pro standup / musical comedian and will be preparing and appearing at Fringeworld in Feb with my show ďThe Rock Ďní Roll Relationship Show. Even got a car song for ya.
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Old 03-01-18, 21:45   #330
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Spewing, I can't see the pics
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Old 05-01-18, 00:16   #331
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Originally Posted by EvilPet View Post
Steering Wheel Restore - Currently happening. Get it back Friday.
Where have you sent your steering wheel to be restored?
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Old 05-01-18, 02:20   #332
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Where have you sent your steering wheel to be restored?
Hillseez. Heís on Facebook. Got the wheel back today. Oh my god itís like new!
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Old 10-01-18, 13:39   #333
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Before and after pics! Must have.

I've got a mate that wants a skyline wheel restored but nobody locally will touch it. I'm sure my mate would happily send it over to WA
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