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Old 30-06-15, 19:50   #76
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Bumpers look only to be a touch touch darker! Thanks for the info Craig, you the boss!
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Old 01-07-15, 09:13   #77
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Now that this beast is finished, does that just leave the A9Y to be done?


I'm sure I can spy it in the background
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Old 01-07-15, 13:26   #78
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Attention to detail is amazing. Well done Craig, you're an inspiration to the VL community,

Now you need to do an updated photoshoot with all your vl's together
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Old 01-07-15, 15:27   #79
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Best thread ever, amazing. Well done!
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Old 01-07-15, 20:04   #80
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Old 02-07-15, 11:27   #81
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+1 for engine bay pic.
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Old 27-07-15, 11:24   #82
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best build I've seen on here, bugger tubs and all that - this is how a VLT should be done.
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Old 29-07-15, 13:03   #83
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Old 29-07-15, 15:59   #84
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whats the go with the calais wagon in the background rusting away?
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Old 03-10-15, 11:09   #85
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Wow Craig That is awesum looking Black VLT
Great Restoration!!! I could just sit and look at that for Hrs in the Garage with a beer
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Old 10-02-17, 21:32   #86
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Amazing car , taken a vl restoration further than anyone else and the attention to detail is spot on , how is the car going these days?
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Old 14-02-17, 18:38   #87
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cars are never done. theyre just done for now

congreats mate another one down. now a thread on the gold one and the a9y\
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Old 23-12-18, 04:32   #88
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Old 24-12-18, 20:04   #89
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Wow - awesome stuff.

Well Done Craig, the attention to detail is incredible. I remember sending a PM to your earlier this year and asking for pics of your tuxedo VL as I have a tuxedo VLC and we both live in SA. Yesterday someone posted to this thread which alerted me to your build on this thread so I read through it all. Makes me feel like I should be motivated to do my car but it won't compare to the brilliance you have achieved with your Tuxedo VL SL Turbo. I'm a Holden man through and through but I spent 16years working at Mitsubishi vehicle manufacturing at Tonsley building Magna's and Mitsi 380's before they closed. Looking at the stages of your build brought back memories of my time building cars on the production line. I worked in Quality control for several years at Mitsi and we used to check over brand new Ford's and Holden's at the time and neither of their factory finishes compared to the Mitsi build quality but no-one wanted to buy the Mitsi product. I understand though, because I would much rather buy a Holden with all their years of race heritage/product styling/cult following etc. Looking at your thread I would say your build quality is off the charts and wouldn't be the norm for a car off of the production line at the time. Once again, well done and I hope to see your Tuxedo VL in person one day
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Old 04-01-19, 23:36   #90
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Craig are you still lurking??
How have you enjoyed the car since mate?
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Old 20-01-19, 17:41   #91
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Well Done Craig, the attention to detail is incredible. I remember sending a PM to your earlier this year and asking for pics of your tuxedo VL as I have a tuxedo VLC and we both live in SA. Yesterday someone posted to this thread which alerted me to your build on this thread so I read through it all. Makes me feel like I should be motivated to do my car but it won't compare to the brilliance you have achieved with your Tuxedo VL SL Turbo. I'm a Holden man through and through but I spent 16years working at Mitsubishi vehicle manufacturing at Tonsley building Magna's and Mitsi 380's before they closed. Looking at the stages of your build brought back memories of my time building cars on the production line. I worked in Quality control for several years at Mitsi and we used to check over brand new Ford's and Holden's at the time and neither of their factory finishes compared to the Mitsi build quality but no-one wanted to buy the Mitsi product. I understand though, because I would much rather buy a Holden with all their years of race heritage/product styling/cult following etc. Looking at your thread I would say your build quality is off the charts and wouldn't be the norm for a car off of the production line at the time. Once again, well done and I hope to see your Tuxedo VL in person one day
I did a stint in quality control too at Mitsubishi’s, you should have seen some of the stuff I was forced to send out the door by my bosses. Even when I was at Holden’s - same deal (most cars had 20 defects on average - that was passable).
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Old 22-01-19, 19:18   #92
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I did a stint in quality control too at Mitsubishi’s, you should have seen some of the stuff I was forced to send out the door by my bosses. Even when I was at Holden’s - same deal (most cars had 20 defects on average - that was passable).
Hello again Craig,

Small world, I was in Mitsi Qual Control approx late 90's to early 2000's and yes there were a certain amount of small defects that were passable however Mitsi was very fussy with trim fitment and correct gaps and flush fittings of parts against other parts and panels of the car. Even every single rental car was sent down the Qual Inspection Line as Mitsi wanted anyone who rented a car to be pleasantly surprised by the build quality of the car and potentially become a buyer. A few people left the Mitsi factory and worked at Holden's production line. I new the writing was on the wall for Mitsi/Ford/Toyota manufacturing in Australia but I always hoped Holden would last through the tough times. Oh well, times change but it makes me more sentimental about the older cars like my VL Calais and LJ Torana. Regards, Chris
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Old 06-03-19, 20:10   #93
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Still here. Sorry, I keep forgetting to log in and check what's going on.
Mileage has been down in the black car pending all sorts of little engine drama's . Nothing serious, just running rich and being annoying. All sorted now though and it's getting some miles under it.

The engine bay I heard people ask. It wasn't the worst I'd seen, but needed quite a clean up...



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Old 18-03-19, 13:47   #94
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Still here. Sorry, I keep forgetting to log in and check what's going on.
Mileage has been down in the black car pending all sorts of little engine drama's . Nothing serious, just running rich and being annoying. All sorted now though and it's getting some miles under it.

The engine bay I heard people ask. It wasn't the worst I'd seen, but needed quite a clean up...



Hi ya Craig,

Hope all is well.

What were the issues causing it to run rich?
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Old 28-03-19, 21:57   #95
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Old 28-03-19, 22:09   #96
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Absolutely a pleasure to see this in the flesh last weekend Craig. You have done an amazing job. Credit to you.
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