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Old 24-01-17, 07:22 AM
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Default VL Group A Resto

Hi page is a bit slow but I thought I would do a thread on the resto of my VL Group A been at it for about 18 months hopefully in the next three weeks it will get some paint on her. I have spent about 300 hours on her so far and my mate who is helping me only does top quality cars (three cars in top 60 at summernats so far) so am hoping for a great outcome. I hope photos work I am hopeless with computers















As you can see it is nearly ready for paint I will try and keep undates as I work on the car. The engine is coming out before it gets painted for a rebuild I am after about 350 horses can anybody help with the best combo to get this outcome? I am sure I will have some question along the way as this is my dream car and am trying to make it the best I can. Feel free to leave feedback and help me along the way.
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Old 24-01-17, 02:42 PM
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Looks like a great job you're doing there.
Well the first engine "mod" I'd be doing is arranging for a Harrop stroker crank.
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Old 25-01-17, 12:00 PM
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Thanks for reply PGB005 stroker is the way to go I know but I do not want to modify the block so I am going to stay with thr standard crankshaft .
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Old 25-01-17, 04:26 PM
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what I've done with my VK Group A is I bought a late model roller block and built a nice 355 as I didn't want to touch the original motor. Still runs early heads etc so it looks original.Crankshaft Rebuilders crank was used
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Old 26-01-17, 12:19 PM
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Good to see another one coming back to her former glory.

Re the engine rebuild there is only 1 options and as the others have said you need to go a stroker. You can build a mild set up which can still run the std inlet and carby and you wouldn't have any idea what was in her unless you pulled it apart.

If you didn't want to go 355 (where you need to relieve the block) you can also go a ? 330 or something like that, but a 355 is how I went.
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Old 27-01-17, 12:18 AM
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Nice to see another resto. Keep the pics coming.
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Old 14-02-17, 08:18 PM
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Getting to the point of no return getting ready to pull the engine out to paint the bay at the same time as the rest of the car




Engine out bit of an oil leak but all original never been out of the car before



Engine bay not too bad should clean up easy



Motor ready to go off to the engine shop for a rebuild I am using Pat Purcell to build the motor.
can anybody let me know is the oil cap chrome on these cars, my is not chrome but all other photos i can see they are chrome. If it should be chrome I will send it off with the rockers to get chromed.
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Old 27-02-17, 03:19 PM
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Oil cap should be chrome, I wouldn't go a stoker on a homolagation special just a nice cam maybe bump up the compression race team air tray and twin cat exhaust.
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Old 04-03-17, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for the reply boy racer I will get the oil cap done in chrome.
Next question I am close to painting I have two questions
1: are the blackout painted in high gloss or satin when I stripped the car they looks like high gloss but am not sure
2: What paint code or colour is the black from factory
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-03-17, 06:27 PM
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Pretty sure black is gloss, I believe there is a GM black, would check to see if holden or a paint supplier can confirm.
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agreed, it's gloss black.
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Oil cap should be chrome, I wouldn't go a stoker on a homolagation special just a nice cam maybe bump up the compression race team air tray and twin cat exhaust.
Yes, keep it as a 304, otherwise you'll break other stuff.

Kick the compression up from the woeful 8.5 to early 10s, around 10.3, and a cam of 240 or so @ .050.

Before, during and after the valve seats is where to spend time with the porting tools.

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Old 21-04-17, 09:02 PM
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Been a while since update but finally getting some paint on the old girl







Ready to do the blackouts on top of doors

Now with the black done





Now for some colour on back or door and bonnet and boot





Paint the doors and boot next week as well as some on the plastics then in two weeks do the body. Very happy with how good the paint came out.
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Old 24-04-17, 08:16 PM
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Paint on some of the hanging panels very happy with how they turned out dead straight









Look at light reflection of the booth lights on the door no ripples dead straight





Car should be done in two weekends time can't wait
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Looking great. Keep it up.
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Looking good!
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I`m jealous. Great job mate
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Old 10-05-17, 08:22 PM
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Updates I got the Blackouts done







Also the engine bay and boot were done today










The car should be red by Monday cannot wait thanks for the comments guys very happy with how it is coming out.
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A very thorough job.
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Old 14-05-17, 11:58 AM
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Where's the Like button!!
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Well done 8banga. Its a credit to you.
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Well done 8banga. Its a credit to you.
Thanks VC110 car is getting painted tomorrow cannot wait. A build of your quality is what I am aiming for.
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Old 16-05-17, 10:23 PM
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Thanks VC110 car is getting painted tomorrow cannot wait. A build of your quality is what I am aiming for.
I think its fair to say after its painted your on the down hill slope. But the hard work has only just started.

I have found its much easier to take one apart but a lot harder to put it back together.

And you have to look at it one nut and one bolt at a time.

Good luck and take your time, I think your doing an amazing job.
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Old 17-05-17, 08:14 PM
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Taped up ready for painting took me about 6 hours very tediuos work but it has to be done









all painted very happy











All that rubbing was worth it very very straight and thanks my mate Adam no orange peel straight off the gun. This is the first car Adam has painted hard to believe. He owns a company called Pay's Restoration think he has a page on facebook, does some of the best work I have seen. Thanks again for the comments now to pull the front end out and get that sorted and put the jigsaw back together again
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