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Old 24-08-07, 02:18   #1
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Olivers 86 Calais Turbo Restoration/Rebuild Thread

Hey Guys,

Well the time has finally come for my restoration work to start. I've got a 1986 Series 1 Factory Calais Turbo with leather interior. I've owned it for 8 years and havent really spent much on it. Its all original except for the stereo and ct.com.au sticker, and I still have the original stereo if I want to take it all the way back. Its been daily driven and used to tow the boat and has had a track day out at Wanneroo. (Standard VLT brakes are a bit hairy around there all day.)





Seen as now its starting to show its age I have decided to start putting some money into it, so on Tuesday its off to get all the rust removed and prepared for some new paint.

A few photos of the rust problem...















I'm also building a new & improved engine, I havent decided if I'm keeping it original or not yet but I'm thinking of going for a sleeper look with the polished calais rims and a decent engine under the bonnet.

I'll keep updating this thread with progress pics etc. If anyone needs any advice or parts (I have plenty of them) send me a PM I'm happy to help people out.

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Old 24-08-07, 10:22   #2
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Good stuff mate... Looking forward to seeing how your car turns out!
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Old 24-08-07, 10:31   #3
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damn thats ashame about the amount of rust, goodluck!
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Old 24-08-07, 11:06   #4
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bloody ripper...thats alot of rust
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Old 24-08-07, 11:17   #5
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nothing a couple of new panels won't fix... bring on the rebuild!
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Old 24-08-07, 11:26   #6
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Nice boat got any pics?
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Old 24-08-07, 12:06   #7
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hahaha pete aka rex hunt gets a woody over the boat
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Old 24-08-07, 12:47   #8
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hahaha
will be looking shmick again soon!
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Old 24-08-07, 13:15   #9
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thats a tornament yeah?? i fit those boats out at hayway haha well till they changed their name gluck with the car,, lotsa skin cancer to fix $$$$$
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Old 24-08-07, 13:34   #10
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Good on ya Oli, will be good to see the car looking mint man. Thats a lot of rust but the end result when its all fixed will look the goods.

Good Luck man
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Old 24-08-07, 13:51   #11
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That is alot of rust Oliver. After living with that for a few years, the difference after all the removal of the rust will probably be a welcome change on your behalf. Hope it goes well and look forward to seeing more progress pics.
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Old 24-08-07, 19:47   #12
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lol

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Old 24-08-07, 21:03   #13
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Good luck oli... cant wait to see the finish project. go the sleeper.
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Old 25-08-07, 14:03   #14
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yo!!

Good work ol!!

Nice to see you have committed to the VL. 8 years is a good haul plus the next 2 or so you will spend building it... then the years of enjoyment post build!!

I say keep with the original theme - love the burgundy colour scheme (wish i still had my burgundy one ), leather mmmmm but with a swish donk

Catch up soon!

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Old 25-08-07, 17:33   #15
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Good luck with the build. Looks like this beast has been for a swim with that boat. it would be great to see some step by step repair pics on this car.
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Old 25-08-07, 18:02   #16
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mmmm

its a vl and once u start doing it up... the rust wouldve been the smallest of ur problems

this car is sik and i heard its damn good on fuel.... goodluck!
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Thanks for the comments guys, fair bit of work but I think it will be worth it in the end! I'll get some pics of the new engine etc up as well for you to have a look at.

Burgo88: Yeah its a Tournament

Stevie: Yeah keeping the original colours, the champagne colour in the door moulds looks awesome in decent light.
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Old 28-08-07, 12:37   #18
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Just got back from dropping the car off with Gary @ Malaga Rust Repairs. Anyting that is rusty is getting removed fixed properly and ready for new paint. Decided to go to a one piece seal as they fit a lot better then the standard seal.

He's taking progress pics for me so I'll post them up as I get them....

Here is a photo of the new engine, genuine A8 block, that cam is only a standard turbo one, wont be using it will be going aftermarket.



Still a long way to go but will be awesome when finished!
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Its started man - thats all that counts at this point!!

You've got the motor to work on too - whilst the body is getting done!
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Just went and had a look at the car, its looks awesome! Nearly done so should be able to cruise on Friday night



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man!

thats crazy good progress!!
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Wow that happend fast, congrats, it's looking good.
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Did they do it in metal or bog? very fast job.
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Did they do it in metal or bog? very fast job.
Its all metal. When I pick it up Thursday I'll post up the progresss pics they took while they were doing all the work. I was looking at the old boot channel panel this morning picked it up and it crumbed in my hand, was slightly buggered
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Old 04-09-07, 21:41   #25
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can u let me know how much the rust repair was
send a pm if u want
im looking at getting my front window done very soon
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