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Old 09-01-08, 23:10   #1
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well the old girl decided she had had enough yesterday and has pretty much shat it self.. so i am yet to decide what to do i dont wanna sell the car as it is coz i will get hardly anything for it. so now saving money for either a rebuild and turbo conversion or save a few grand then sell the vl and buy another calais already turbo lol.. let me kno what you think i should do.. cheers
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Old 09-01-08, 23:36   #2
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if the body is in good nick then have yourself a good chassis to build a decent turbo in
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Old 09-01-08, 23:51   #3
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the body is in good nick except it has rust in the back window channel.. which i had noticed is pretty common. its the only thing wrong with the body.. i just cant seem to part with it.. i really dont wanna sell it but im not sure what will be the best thing to do.
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if you like the body then why not get the motor built up for a turbo? its a good excuse to have the work done
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Old 10-01-08, 00:00   #5
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yeah thats what i had in mind just wanted to see what other people thought.. cheers man now i just gotta save a bit more lol thanks for the advice.
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no probs hope all goes well with the buildup =)
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Old 10-01-08, 00:02   #7
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if your body is all good and your happy with your car then just build the engine buddy. think about it. if you buy another calais god knows what this other one will need service'ing and body wise. let alone before you start on the preformance aspect. at least you no what your car is now and the problems it did and does have. buying a whole other car may lead down a whole different road with different headaches too.
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Old 10-01-08, 00:09   #8
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yeah i kno and i was thinking if i spend say around 1.5 to 2k on a rebuild then aboutt he same on turbo set up (as im not looking for huge power) then at least i kno that it is gonna have a good engine.. thanks for the feed back fellas..

ok so i have been ringing around a bit and have come across a vlt original motor fully reconditioned and i can get it fully installed everything included for a conversion for $3000.. so now im thinkin of just doin this what you guys think ???
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Old 10-01-08, 14:31   #9
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Id take a little time to do minor body repairs myself, who cares if there is a
little paint colour mismatch it can be fixed eventually you learn a heap doing that.

what was wrong with your original engine ?
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Old 11-01-08, 00:59   #10
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Id take a little time to do minor body repairs myself, who cares if there is a
little paint colour mismatch it can be fixed eventually you learn a heap doing that.

what was wrong with your original engine ?
yeah well that was the plan to do all that first but now that the engine has shat itself i wanna get that fixed as i kinda need the car running to get around in i do have another car but its not very relible.

well it just started at a very loud ticking like lifters but louder, then it slowly got louder and louder and louder and now it sounds like a tin full of nuts and bolts getting thrown around.. it sounds like its time is up to me but i dont kno much myself. all i kno is im to scared to drive it..
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Old 11-01-08, 01:07   #11
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Sounds like the big ends or a broken lifter, when the sound is so bad it can be
hard to localise it, I changed my big ends twice while block still in car, its not
that hard and lasted a while and changing the lifters is also not hard, both
can be done seriously in a day each with time to spare and pretty low expense.

Big ends for me cost nothing except time as I sized up the s/h bearings.

Lifters was just matter of inspection and servicing, no need to take head off.
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Old 11-01-08, 01:16   #12
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yeah i kno lifters arent that hard have done them before. but the thing is i wanna go turbo and my engine has done around the 300,000 mark and i kno its been thrashed by the previous owner. so i thought while i was doin the turbo conversion get a recon engine.
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Old 11-01-08, 01:22   #13
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Yeah makes sense, better to do it properly, can be a bit of a gamble otherwise,
I run 10psi mostly quite lean and used s/h big end bearings from another motor,
there is a lot of propoganda (tradition) that you dont do that, but I thought
I'd buck the old view and give it a whirl, unfortunately my torque wrench was
out of cal (the internal mechanism had dried grease) so the bolts got way
too tight and busted a bearing, so did it again a year or so later and its been
fine for a couple of years - just the beginning of that now familiar sound again
but hey this time I might lash out and use new big end bearings and put a
whole $90 towards it

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I might add I wouldnt do it if the compression was down, as it would then be a
waste as there would also be piston slap, broken rings.

But hey if your compression is ok then its at least worth an inspection, have the
right tools and a keen eye with a digital vernier and notebook and you can happily
get 2 to 3 years from bunging in another set for very little money and still run
a hi comp setup for turbo. I mean the price you pay for a mechanic/rebuild its worth half
of that to do it yourself and get some great tools in the process...
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Old 11-01-08, 01:37   #14
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yeah i kno it would be great. but i have not very much skill and dont have manny mates that kno much so i recon ill leave it up to my mechanic and get it all done properly and profesionaly. all i want is to boost lol thanks for the advice Niche been a big eye opener
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