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Old 13-01-13, 10:46   #76
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I used to have a spare factory grill with the rectangle hella lights,But I sold them only a few moths ago when we moved,If I had known you could of had them for nothing.Bugga.
They still are a nice looking car.

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Old 13-01-13, 11:44   #77
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I used to have a spare factory grill with the rectangle hella lights,But I sold them only a few moths ago when we moved,If I had known you could of had them for nothing.Bugga.
They still are a nice looking car.

Cheers Marty
Thanks mate. I have acquired a few spare parts as I bought a pink stickered MK 5 and stripped it for parts. Unfortunate thing is that they are pretty rare now and parts are hard to come by. As you can see the VL is a bit of a change from the Cortina (V8 aswell ). No worries about the grill, appreciate the thought. Cheers
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Old 13-01-13, 17:50   #78
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Glad to hear your going with painting the bay body colour
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Old 15-01-13, 15:43   #79
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Just a quick update. Started filling, sanding engine bay and trying not to get too carried away. Results are starting to look good - definitely the right decision. Still needs more filling and sanding - slow and painful but will be worth the extra effort.


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Old 15-01-13, 15:58   #80
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looking good man nice and smooth
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Old 15-01-13, 17:35   #81
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Looking good man, was good choice to do it while you could. It's my favourite part of the builds, standing back and seeing how your hard work takes shape
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Old 15-01-13, 18:17   #82
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Thanks guys! Im quite impressed of the difference that its made even in primer. Hopefully wont take too much longer so that I can paint it
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Old 30-01-13, 08:18   #83
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Starting to really make some progress! Glad to hear your going with body colour engine bay to!
What trans are you planning on using?
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Old 30-01-13, 09:25   #84
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Starting to really make some progress! Glad to hear your going with body colour engine bay to!
What trans are you planning on using?
Thanks mate. Was definitely the right choice. Almost finished engine bay prep, will update pics soon. Had a 253 trimatic, but looking at a celica 5 speed.
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Old 30-01-13, 09:45   #85
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Thanks mate. Was definitely the right choice. Almost finished engine bay prep, will update pics soon. Had a 253 trimatic, but looking at a celica 5 speed.

Owww nasty choice of box... If your on a tight budget & you really want that clutch pedal thing, i'd go for a V6 T5 & shorten the imput shaft. They work well, cheap as sh*t and will last fine behind a mild 308. Just my 2cents..
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Old 30-01-13, 18:33   #86
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Owww nasty choice of box... If your on a tight budget & you really want that clutch pedal thing, i'd go for a V6 T5 & shorten the imput shaft. They work well, cheap as sh*t and will last fine behind a mild 308. Just my 2cents..
Cheers for that. Will do some more homework
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Old 02-02-13, 15:45   #87
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Spent a few nights and weekends sanding, filling, priming, sanding.........
Finally primed the whole thing, needs some fine sanding before the top coats go on.
Big difference with the lighter colour. Even more convinced that painting it body colour is the right decision!





Have been spending money ha!. Have new bushes for the whole front end - need to paint control arms etc before fitting, have a reconditioned power steering rack, and rather than the trimatic ended up buying a t5 manual gearbox. Need to start painting the engine bay before fitting everything together.

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that looks mint man
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Old 02-02-13, 17:45   #89
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Where did ya get the reconditioned steering rack and how much was it?
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that looks mint man
Thanks mate. Been admiring your ride. Your set ups mean

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Old 03-02-13, 16:40   #91
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Lokking good mate, good choice going with the T5.
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Old 09-02-13, 15:30   #92
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Finally painted the engine bay. Just need to buff it a bit in the next few days. Still have to black out a few bits like where the headlights sit and around grill area. Thanks for the prompt Ben and everyone else, was definitely worth the effort!





Also painted all of the front suspension parts. Will put in new bushes in the next few days



Just received the T5 gearbox today. Next major exercise after installing the front suspension. Should be interesting!

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Old 09-02-13, 17:07   #94
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That engine bay look friggin awesome bro. Dam. Nice work. Components look fresh too!

Not to kill your build buzz. Just a version of the Walkinshaw I have always liked and are very rare. The Calais Walkinshaw. It was a walkinshaw with out the body kit and just the bonnet scoop. Would look cool with the nice wheels and not the stocks.
Some pics I have found from the Internet.





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Old 09-02-13, 17:15   #95
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Looks the ducks guts mate, well done. well worth the extra effort.
You must be stoked.
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Old 09-02-13, 18:21   #96
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Cheers mate. Fair bit of work. Hopefully get the engine in and running before too long. Looking forward to it!

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That engine bay look friggin awesome bro. Dam. Nice work. Components look fresh too!

Not to kill your build buzz. Just a version of the Walkinshaw I have always liked and are very rare. The Calais Walkinshaw. It was a walkinshaw with out the body kit and just the bonnet scoop. Would look cool with the nice wheels and not the stocks.
Thanks - was your suggestion that started it all haha. Turned out better than I thought it would.

No worries with the Calais Walkinshaw - had seen it before on a website. Looks really good, but a bit tame for my liking. Also I dont think my son would forgive me if we go down this route! But if we werent doing a full Walky kit, would definitely do something like this.

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Looks the ducks guts mate, well done. well worth the extra effort.
You must be stoked.
Thanks mate. Really happy with the results. Took bit more time, but looking back at the photos before there is no comparison!

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Old 16-02-13, 20:09   #97
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Removed heaps of dirt from the rest of under the body, rust killed and under sealed it.


Blacked out the areas around radiator and headlights so you wont see anything through the grill.


Replaced all bushes with urethane items. Assembled and fitted front subframe.


Fitted new cobra springs and new shortened shocks, replaced front wheel bearings and fitted new rotors while I was at it. Shiny and new!


Also put on the new wheels and finally dropped the car back on the ground


Slowly starting to look like a car again

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Old 17-02-13, 06:00   #98
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hey mate am really enjoying watching this thread, love the attention to detail. keep the good work up
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Old 17-02-13, 07:33   #99
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Great build! Keep the updates cummin!
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Old 17-02-13, 17:30   #100
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Thanks for the words of support guys! Much appreciated
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