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Thanks Puff. I can understand why so many divorces result from car builds. The time involved is immense. Let alone the financial commitment.

 

Once I got the engine, I wanted to keep the Grp A theme running... I sourced a set of bare Grp a heads. Unbeknown to me, the heads had a LOT of material removed form the sealing surface. So much so that we had to get a 0.120" head gasket. The heads had received some major porting work and flowed around 640 hp. 

 

I had the heads fully reconditioned, with new Manley valves, Isky and Lunati springs along with genuine Grp A roller rockers.

 

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I'm not a ford snob either, but I know the VN was an amazingly oversold heap of junk in many mechanical respects... so if someone is going to spend thousands restoring one, they'll have to be a massive fan to the contrary to their original quality, at a minimum, and I see no harm in pointing that out.

 

You can also enjoy threads without reading what others post in response, you know ;)

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9 minutes ago, k31th said:

You can also enjoy threads without reading what others post in response

 

That like saying you can enjoy a root even though the hooker is a 90yo toothless man from brazil :stirthepot:

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On 13/06/2021 at 6:03 PM, k31th said:

I'm not a ford snob either, but I know the VN was an amazingly oversold heap of junk in many mechanical respects... so if someone is going to spend thousands restoring one, they'll have to be a massive fan to the contrary to their original quality, at a minimum, and I see no harm in pointing that out.

 

You can also enjoy threads without reading what others post in response, you know ;)

 

To me, it's an investment. The costs to build the car is very reasonable. I will more than likely double my money in the next 12 months.  Besides that, it's a tough streeter. What's not to like?

 

While were on subject of the driveline. I managed to get a hold of Daniel Reid from Reidspeed. He had previously manufactured a few serpentine kits to suit the 2400 Whipple on a Expensive Daewoo V8.

Daniel stated that he wasn't making any more, but had the original proof of concept kit that he developed. Indications suggest that it will work with my blower. It should look something like this.  Fingers crossed...

 

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The new alternator and power steering pump arrived the other day. Can't wait to see it all on the engine.

 

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Totally Agree these days, The build is one thing but the valve attached to these sought after vehicles is almost making it a no brainier especially if you enjoy the process and then the final result of an amazing street vehicle ! 

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The build was also a means to an end.

 

My ex poisoned my girl's brain and I've had  zero access for the over 18 months. The build kept me busy, focused and broke all at once.. 😄 

 

This build (to date) has been exceptional in every regard. The flow of trades and just steer good luck with all aspects has been uncanny. It's like this was meant to be. Let me explain...

 

A very short time after purchasing the short engine and heads. I came across a new ZF S6-40 manual transmission. The same gearbox shared between the C4 Corvette and the VN Group A. Bloody beaut bit of kit, but there was a small issue that I had overlooked. The shifter on this unit just so happens to be built for a Corvette, as the shifter is offset 37 mm to the left.  Not good.... Those Grp A  Mofo's are like rocking horse sh*t. Search failed...

 

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Not one for giving up,I trawled the net and managed to establish that a European turbocharged sedan (Lotus Carlton) shared the same box and shifter. Anyway, I found a pick on the net of a shifter and investigated its source. It turned out to be some exhaust shop in Wales. Turns out the guy was the President of the local Carlton car club. I managed to source a new old stock shifter, and an additional low Km used unit  for $1,300.  I couldn't believe my luck. But I wasn't holding my breath on them actually arriving. Sure enough.. Bam! shifters arrive. but it didn't stop there...

 

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Now I had two of the three parts that I needed to make this box fit. Next part required - bellhousing. Lo and behold, a new old stock VN group A bellhousing pops up in one of my searchers. I'm like WTF !!!! sh*t like this never happens to me. 

 

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On 26/06/2021 at 7:00 PM, bossmang said:

not the vn ss I wanted but its going to be my toy to fiddle

 

stuff u keif ha ! hold ennn ftw 

 

 

I'm not brand biased. I like lots of cars.   It's al about how they make you feel. 😄

 

We all know that K31th isn't right in the head. Hasn't been for some time.... :crazystuff: Love ya work K31th. 😄

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By the lack of comments, you all must be bored of paint pics. So I'll move it forward a bit.

 

Assembly...  

 

Now this took a bit more planning than I initially thought. I should have blasted the bolts and commenced the re-plating process much earlier. This held me up somewhat at the local business I used to plate everything was a little overwhelmed with the workload that placed on them. Albeit a slow process, they did a wonderful job. 😄 Thanks heaps  MCX Rockhampton..

 

I installed Bilstein shocks with Pedders springs. New wheel bearings, hand brake pads and VN Group A calipers and rotors were fitted. As well as new hand brake cable. fuel and brake (Hard) lines for the whole car. 

 

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1 hour ago, HI PSI said:

We all know that K31th isn't right in the head. Hasn't been for some time.... :crazystuff: Love ya work K31th. 😄

Cheers for the helpful input ;) good project is good

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