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Old 16-09-12, 19:44   #26
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Old 22-09-12, 18:21   #27
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Will need to clean 24 years of dirt from under the car!



Took out petrol tank - quite an exercise. It needs clean and paint.


Decided that I will remove diff and suspension, and clean and underseal whole under body as it has a little bit of surface rust but no holes. A bit more work but better to do it properly
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Old 22-09-12, 22:40   #28
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well done another vl in good hands
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Old 23-09-12, 07:27   #29
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Old 24-09-12, 09:56   #30
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Making good progress, well done! We gotta save these ol pigs from the slaughter ay! Your doing a nice job, keep it up
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Old 24-09-12, 15:47   #31
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Making good progress, well done! We gotta save these ol pigs from the slaughter ay! Your doing a nice job, keep it up
Thanks mate! I think I got it just in time. Nothing that a clean and paint wont fix. I have invested in some POR 15 so will see how that goes
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Old 29-09-12, 18:11   #32
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Just an update. Started at the back. Ready to remove diff and rear suspension. Surface rust developing




Pulled diff out took a fair bit of time, work and swearing!. Bolts had pretty much ceased and needed brute force. Must be leaking oil and was covered in crap. I stuffed up one end of the brake line, will probably replace the whole line that runs along the diff. Had quite a bit of rust on it anyway



Diff after a bit of degreasing and cleaning. Looks like it will come up pretty good after repaint. Suspension arms will need repainting also. Will check and maybe replace all bushes. Rear shocks where absolutely stuffed, they had no resistance and were leaking. Also got a couple of litres of underseal to start on underbody





Wheel bearings probably need replacing as well (one side a bit noisy), dont know hard they will be to replace. I understand the bearings need to be removed and replaced with a press. Ive read on one or two forums that a hammer and some persuasion works but might seem a bit crude! Any suggestion welcome

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Old 29-09-12, 18:46   #33
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far out looks like you getting stuck in alright. good stuff
Have you got a dead line or date you want it on the road?
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Old 29-09-12, 19:49   #34
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far out looks like you getting stuck in alright. good stuff
Have you got a dead line or date you want it on the road?
Na no deadline. Just trying to keep things moving Would be good to get it running soon though
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Old 01-10-12, 07:54   #35
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not sure if its an illusion, but what size are your rear tyres?
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Old 01-10-12, 14:39   #36
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not sure if its an illusion, but what size are your rear tyres?
True! They look really wide!!!
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Old 01-10-12, 16:43   #37
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Haha yeah they look like steam rollers! Probably just the angle of the photo. They are actually 255s which were on the car when I got it. They are a bit too wide - the front ones rub on struts
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Looking good bro. Definitely press the wheel bearings off and on. Split the collar off.
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Old 01-10-12, 19:05   #39
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Looking good bro. Definitely press the wheel bearings off and on. Split the collar off.
Thanks mate. Will let you know how I get on
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Old 02-10-12, 18:11   #40
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good effort man .
i have just done this to my vl also. looks mint now and should last another 30yrs haha.
products i used were a rust converter/primer- tergo blackguard- 2 coats and acralyne 2pak black.- 2 coats. i reccommed these for price and performance.
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Old 03-10-12, 14:32   #41
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good effort man .
i have just done this to my vl also. looks mint now and should last another 30yrs haha.
products i used were a rust converter/primer- tergo blackguard- 2 coats and acralyne 2pak black.- 2 coats. i reccommed these for price and performance.
Thanks for the advise. I was thinking along similar lines
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Old 16-10-12, 20:52   #42
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credit to ya mate! Nice to see a poor VL being nicely revived Respect.
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Old 21-10-12, 14:24   #43
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Been a while since last update, but have been busy. I finished cleaning and under sealing the back half along with repainting and the suspension parts and replacing all the bushes. Took a bit longer than I thought. Brute force wasnt enough for some of the bushes and I had call in some favors from mates.
I also decided to start stripping the interior. Took out part of the dash, console and door panels.


Dirt removed and under sealed.


Diff painted, bearings and seals replaced, ready to fit.


Control arms sand blasted and painted with new urethane bushes.


The result of &#$@ hard work and lots of swearing! Was much easier to pull apart than put back together


Low cobra springs fitted and shortened Monroe shocks.


Rear finally back on ground ! and on new wheels because old ones were stuffed


Cleaned and painted ready to fit. Maybe next week


While tank was out decided to replace the petrol flap with a VN Commodore one. Gives a sleeker look. Had to drill a hole for actuator and decided to smooth the welds at the same time.


Started stripping interior. Some parts may need paint.



Cleaned door panels. Look good A bit more effort and should be like new

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Old 21-10-12, 17:16   #44
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Holy crap man that looks fricken awesome


I tell ya, what you've done under the car is better than how they were new
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Old 21-10-12, 17:35   #45
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Bro, that's insane. I'm jealous. Top work.
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Old 21-10-12, 18:03   #46
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Thanks guys ! Hope all the hard work pays off
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Old 22-10-12, 06:35   #47
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Old 22-10-12, 06:45   #48
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awesome work man, such a prick of a job to do, just done my bushes too so feel your pain there.
Well done, keep up the god work. It all pays off in the end result
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Old 22-10-12, 06:51   #49
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looking goodmate,keep it
Thanks mate. Making progress but still have heaps to do!

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awesome work man, such a prick of a job to do, just done my bushes too so feel your pain there.
Well done, keep up the god work. It all pays off in the end result
Thanks man. It was a prick of a job alright! haha. Your wagon is looking awesome too

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Old 27-10-12, 16:18   #50
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Spent a few hours removing the rear windscreen, quarter glass external and internal trim and backseats.

Was expecting rust around the rear windscreen, but nothing to be found - there was rust behind the quarter glass though but not too serious



Found more rust under door panel


Seat fabric is a bit faded but should clean up alright. Surprised at the condition after all these years.


Also found a small rust hole in the floor by wheel arch. Not too serious.

Question, any one know how to remove the rear head rest pins from the brackets on a series 2? Took the seat out but pins stayed in the brackets.
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