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Old 18-05-10, 21:14   #1
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Jarrods '87 VL SL TURBO

Make / Model: 1987 VL SL
Colour: White over MX grey
Bodykit: No way
Engine Type: RB30
Age: 18
Engine Mods: nup
Power: not really.
Exhaust: No name brand extractors, standard cat, 2 1/4 cat back with single muffler, sounds decent.
Gearbox: Factory 5 speed
Diff: Standard
Brakes: Vl Turbo front brakes, drums back
Suspension: Ultra low king springs and Pedders shocks.
Wheels/Tyres: 205 chasers. Chrome dishes and chrome metal centre caps.
Interior: Clean - factory blue. High rise calais centre console
Stereo: Clarion deck, VR door pods and baskets in front doors with kenwood 6.5", kenwood 6x9s, all 4 running off kenwood 4 channel amp. 160rms to a 12 inch MTX sub in custom fitting VL box.

Other Mods: Cold air intake, rear bearlina lights.

Future mods: Short term - Paint VR door pods to match blue interior plastic and inlay blue carpet.. maintain a stock as possible look. Custom boot layout with inlayd sub/s.

Long term - Injected 5000 back by a T56 6 speed and lots of other things...
New plan, 300rwhp turbo setup built ready for my full licence. I never plan on selling my car.


I bought this car at the old age of 16 - still on my Ls, on the 9/9/09. I always loved VLs, wanted one and it had to be manual.. hate driving autos. I told my oldman and he said i better start working, so i did... i was a labourer when i was about 15 for $100 cash a day working in school holidays. I worked hard and saved it all knowing it'd pay off one day. I called up countless number and test drove around 7 or 8 VLs, all over priced or in crap condition, except for 3. I was going to buy one neat as SL 5 speed from a car yard until the guy backed out on the deal. Another was a hi priced berlina with a calais conversion and 5 speed of ebay untill it was sold it from under me. Third time lucky, i found mine on calais turbo by chance, got it for $2200 in well taken after, yet rusty conditon.





Just leaving from the blokes house to drive back to mine as we jsut signed off the deal. Man - i could not stop smiling, never been so happy.



It runs and drives well. I had to a few things to it when i got it.. reco'd radiator, water pump, timing belt and tensioner a CAS later on as it is afterall a VL lol.
Next was a new stereo... Got a killer deal on 4 speaker, deck, amp and a wiring kit. Bought a 12inch MTX for ebay for $30 and pick up an amp for it.
Made a new parcel shelf out of 15mm MDF upholserted in blue carpet and screwed up from the boot through existing holes, looks neat. Next made a sub box to neatly squeeze in opposite the spare tyre, wedged underneath the boot gutter, also neat





I picked up a cheap exhuast on ebay second hand, 2 1/4 with a single muffler and came with a spare empty cat for $50. Put it on and was impressed with the note!



Got my P's First go



Then came the body work which it still in process. Getting all of dents straightend out, and cutting out the fairly bad rear rust and welding a new panel in. My panel beater is a lazy **** and only works sundays lol So its coming along slowly. But he does very good work.




Donor panel... absolutely no rust! And i mean not even chipped paint and surface rust. Bargained em down to $150 lol


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Old 14-06-10, 21:01   #2
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UPDATE!
All the dents and dings have now been beat, bogged and primered and it is now straight as gun barrel.



The keener eyed ones amongst you will notice its got no boot and for good reason. Started the serious body work today got the rear window and boot lip rist cut out and the panel in.

Got the boot lid off and popped the rear window out, it was not pretty!
Like, bad....
After it had been cut out.



On the donor panel, the glue used to hold the window in was very thick, sticky and moist... on mine it had fully dried out, absorbed moisture and rusted away my window lip

And the car looking like this





Much better - that took no time at all



Yet to be welded in yet, just made to fit and screwed in - thats next week.

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Old 28-06-10, 16:58   #3
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Welded in!


All bogged up and sanded. Just needs a final sand, paint, and the window to be put back in - and its done No more rust blowing out, no more leeking boot.





Its getting there!
When its done it'll of still worked out to be cheaper then buying other rust free VLs for $4000+ which i was looking at, and now i know its totally rust free and been done properly as im planning on keeping the car for a while...

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Old 23-08-10, 18:19   #4
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Lovley HSC trials exams are slowing my down a bit with progres.. still reppin the patches!
I hooked up all my speakers to my speaker amp and tuned them along with the sub, sounds nice and loud

I was hunting around everywhere for a LSD and was almost going to mini spool it when i couldnt find a LSD for less then $300..
Until i found a 2.92 25 spline borgwarner LSD from a 302 XD falcon for $80

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Old 23-08-10, 18:28   #5
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2.92? you'll never get off the line till next year
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Old 23-08-10, 18:45   #6
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I know, i know.. im going to be using my 3.45 gears.
The 2.92 ratio LSDs accepts bigger diff gears... ie 3.45 VL gears. Where as the more common 2.77 25 spline borg warner LSDs are not interchangable with other bigger diff gears.
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Old 23-08-10, 19:09   #7
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Good stuff mate keep it up
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Old 28-09-10, 20:29   #8
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Went out to WSID the other night for $50 of fun. Ran 3 16.3's and one 16.2.
Atleast im consistently slow



The car is currently sitting on axle stands with no diff in it as it is in the process of a LSD.
My LSD centre is at the diff shop currently being reco'd with two new bearings and being re shimmed so itll be tight as
Im going to get them to fit it to my stripped diff, then ill come and bolt it all back into the car.
Itll be good fun at an aggressive driver training course that im attending shortly and during '+100hp' wet weather. Hey, im a P Plater.




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LSD = a success. Its very tight and is very good fun in the wet weather

My OG metal centre caps



Plan for the car is to make it semi berlina spec... ive already got original berlina tail lights, and im going to red pin stripe it on the bumper trim.
A local graphic shop sells 10m rolls of 3M automotive grade pin stripe in varying colours and sizes (3mm size...3,6,9,12) for $20! Ill use 6mm.

My inspiration (for rims aswell.. i (L) pentagons. Except white body colour SL spec door frames.)

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Started the front windscreen. The rust does look to be nearly as bad as the back (touch wood) but still needs doing.. do it once, do it right.
I took all the plastic trim of and peeled of the rubber molding.
I wanna keep the trim for the OG look and it luckily didnt snap, just broke the plastic tabs underneath. No biggue, ill just glue them back on



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Got the front windscreen out. Not much rust in there, just a few little holes and some rust bubbles. Despite everyone telling me the windscreen would snap, it wouldnt of cracked if i didnt accidentally pinch the glass with a pair if pliers when i was trying to pull out the trim clips. I was quoted $180 for a new screen fitted with a new seal, which isnt bad at all.

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nice man i love progress pictures. keep at it dont stop
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nice man i love progress pictures. keep at it dont stop
Thanks mate. Good to hear some feedback!


Windscreen rust all fixed





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u shouldve just done the front window and rust at the same time as you sprayed it coz its gonna have to come back out again now lol.


looking really good but man just hurry up and paint it!
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Old 19-11-10, 16:20   #15
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u shouldve just done the front window and rust at the same time as you sprayed it coz its gonna have to come back out again now lol.


looking really good but man just hurry up and paint it!
Cheers man. Yeah i wasnt sure about the windscreen, i asked my beater and he wasnt fazed, thought we might be able to peel it back and get paint in there.

Not much has been happening lately. Got a blue berlina/calais sunnies holder to add to my berlina theme. The console looked empty without it, much better now. (interior pics soon)
Im getting my hood re-aligned soon as it drops off on the passenger side on the front, and steps down slight on the passenger guard. It $hits me up the wall!
Im now currently working full time, and when i get back from schoolies in two weeks ill have not but $$$$ for the VL fund
The best quote i got for a respray was $1500-$2000 for 2 pack shut door job. Dont get too excited... thats for myself doing all the sanding and masking, and not including bumpers+bars (spraying them myself)
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Interior shots





Interior mods and accessories include:
-Momo 'Racing Line' steering wheel
-Berlina/Calais hi rise and sunglass holder
-VR/VS speaker baskests and pods. Resprayed interior blue and new carpet inlayed (same carpet i used on my parcel shelf, and i will use for the backing of my sunglass holder gauges... we have a theme!)

I get back from Schoolies on Dec 5th. I dont start my apprencitcip until the new year and am currently on good money working as a labourer so its all VL fund

I wrote up a complete list of every single thing i want to do my car.. have a read. You may want to get comfortable
Oil pressure sender
new 02 sensor
chrome wheel nuts
red pinstripe
new window 1/4 (broken)
shift light (hidden in air con vent)
respray car
respray chasers
front seat retrim
custom boot layout
new horn (klaxton/arooogah horn )
sunnies holder gauges
VLT diff + LSD
V8 304 + T5 manual - VN donor car
respray rear lights and garnish
respray front badge
Respray bumpers and moulds
19 inch pentagon rims (copies)
polish rocker cover
roll gaurds
new front blinkers
reco head lights (new lenses and bulbs)
polish window chrome
install my venetions
new fuse rail (melted hi beam)
new boot lid (mine doesnt sit right)
central locking kit
fix volts gauge
new exhaust tip
fix ciggy lighter
make a new hand brake boot
...are the main things, plus 100 other little things and maintenance things
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Just been busying myself with little things until the cars resprayed...
I wired up my oil pressure gauge with a sender of a berlina.
Got a klaxton horn, good for a laugh and beeping chicky babes.
New wheel nuts so i can put my center caps on when i respray my chasers.
Got a central locking kit and top of the line alarm (2 stage immobiliser, rock sensor)
Also two 6.5inch JBL component speakers for the front so itll be sounding good.

Me and my panel beater are going to prep the car for a respray in the next week or two (after christmas)... welding and bogging up the two locating holes from the old windscreen trim, shaving the passenger door lock, sanding it, spraying and feathering the paint chips, masking it up and ill then remove all the exterior trim like bumpers, mirrors door handles, wipers etc etc. Cant wait!

PS Im always wanting to hear feedback or suggestions off people!!
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Installed my new component speakers and central locking motors. Much better sound and can take alot more power.

Im physically installing the central locking and alarm myself.. installing the motors, running all the wires, drilling grommet holes and running wires to the doors etccc.. and im then taking the car to be wired up professionally.





I hid my tweeters in the factory speaker hole which i was pretty happy with




Some body give me feedback/suggestions
I feel like im updating in my private diary or something lol
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Started rubbing my car back for a respray (finally) Stripped all the trim off and got busy with the wet and dry. Im feathing out as many chips as possible but some of the bigger chips will need to be primerd and then sanded again... there is alot of paint chips.



The door bars are a pain to take off. I was expecting the worst (snapping) but with a long sharp knife and some patience they came of eventually.



Resprayed my chasers aswell, chrome center caps, chrome trims and chrome nuts



Restored front badge



Otherwise ive just been busying myself with stuff like finish off the wiring for alarm/central locking and respraying my mirrors, wiper arms, badges etc.

ITS GETTING THERE!
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Patches is almost ready for paint, about 85% done.
whats left to do;
-Sand the bumpers and door bars
-Give the car another once over with 1200 wet dry
-Paint all the featherd paint chips with a spray can and dry sand them smooth
-Paint! (Hoooooopefully next saturday 5/2/11)

Got all my central locking, alarm and immobilisers wired up... i love it, works perfectly! And gives a bit of peace of mind.

Currents pic from today





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looking good mate.... all the hard prep work pays off after its sprayed.. are u stayin white with mx grey bars ??
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looking good mate.... all the hard prep work pays off after its sprayed.. are u stayin white with mx grey bars ??
Thanks mate.. good to hear some feedback. I cant wait for it to finally be done. Well the body work anyway... the car is never done
Yeah im doing it white over mx grey, i like the colours together and theyre the original colours. Plus i get away with not having to spray the door and engine bay this way.
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More progress pictures. Since last time ive primered all the featherd chips, dry sanded them out with 1200. A few need doing again cause theyre still a bit 'stepped' from being sanded back to metal.

Whats left is rubbing the door frames, the sills, pillars and all the plastics (bumpers, bars, and rear 1/4 window trim), bog the old trailer plug hole in the bumper... i sheeted it from the back with perfex and plenty of sikaflex... and paint!





old windscreen trim hole welded up, just needs to be grinded, bogged, sanded, painted, sanded, painted again and sanded once more. too easy

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I started making a type of built in phone and ipod charger.
I took an cigratte lighter - usb port charger for my ipod, pulled it apart and hard wired it up so that it could be hard wired to the cigartte lighter power on the car. I wired it so that the built in fuse would will be used.
I did the same with a nokia cigartte lighter charger.
The charges themselves will be tucked up the inside of the center console at the back, with each charger wire coming though the storage area of the console, so you flip up the arm rest when you need to charge your phone/ipod, grab the cord and hide it away when youre done. too easy!



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I started making a type of built in phone and ipod charger.
I took an cigratte lighter - usb port charger for my ipod, pulled it apart and hard wired it up so that it could be hard wired to the cigartte lighter power on the car. I wired it so that the built in fuse would will be used.
I did the same with a nokia cigartte lighter charger.
The charges themselves will be tucked up the inside of the center console at the back, with each charger wire coming though the storage area of the console, so you flip up the arm rest when you need to charge your phone/ipod, grab the cord and hide it away when youre done. too easy!

I was concerned that running both chargers at the same time could draw too much power and blow the cars ciggy lighter fuse. My thought was to wire them up through a 3 way switch so only one charger could be used at a time. Anyone help me out with this?
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This time tomorrow patches will be painted
Getting the car on and off the trailer was the biggest head F!&K... bottoming out, timber blocks under the wheels, we were late getting to the spray shop. stressed! We got there in the end and it was all good.
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