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Old 03-08-11, 20:20   #1
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Join Date: 06-07-11
Location: Perth, southern suburbs
Car: 88 V8VL Calais, x2'88 VL Berlina's, V8VLBT1, V8VNcalais
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Jimmy's Red/Red/Red&Silver 88 VL Berlina Project

Hey Guys Bout time I put my Reader Ride up,
My Project atm is my Red 88 VL Berlina, Grey Interior,

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I already had an 87red berlina project, engine swap, Fresh black VK lights,
Extractors, Creamy tan interior, looking forward to a Turbo,
Sadly it was stolen in the night.....

When I found this 88 berlina, I had a think and decided,
"No, I want a RED BERLINA to sit next to my blue/blue/silver calais!"
"Just like i had planned, Red turbo Berlina & Blue v8 calais"
"Start Again I will" Persevere!

Anyway So I scored it for a reasonable sum, with some front left damage,
Badly damaged Grey Bumpers, and a rusty boot,
A few distant prangs, but exellent insurence fix's involving new paint.

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I changed the nosecone, bonnet and qtr panel,
Without much hassle bending the headlight plate back into posotion,

Gave it a brand new front bumper kit (kingswood country $110)
And an exellent orig silver rear bumper set up,
and painted the door moulds silver also.

But really I've alway's Enjoyed the thought of a Red Interior,
I believe only 86's came out with the Red Interior...
I've thought of painting stuff red, But rather the Authentic thing!

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So after much searching around the right Berlina popped up for 1k,
I bought It, Took all the goodies off and replaced them with oldies,
Took all the Red stuff and replaced with Grey exec stuff,
So I still get to keep my grey berlina set interior up.

Surprised by the Red Interior, the Seats and Door trim-
are of a really course carpet like material?
Compared to the slight fluffieness of other colors.... anyway-

I painted the Steering Column metal part, Handbarke & Gear Stick Metalic,

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I couldn't rip the roof out... I'll just get It Redone in Valour Red later-
In the mean time I brought some Red fabric dye - in a can,
Taped up all the usual spots, and whacked it on in the usual manner,

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I used a whole can on the first day, It was still a bit light,
The second can really coated it and it came up quite nice,
I could of got a darker Red but thought It Might Go too Dark-
Ventilation was an issue for me, should have prepared for that lol!

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I haven't Put the dash in yet, I'll keep going tomorrow,
Put the door seals on, dash in, seats in, new map lights,
See how she turns out!
Future involves;
Engine out,
work done,
bay smoothed out,
boot pimped out,
Aero Skirts on,
engine in,
turbo on,
Wheels, All the usual's
& Ye olde Black VK berlina tail lights!

Thanx guys keep ya posted
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