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1999 VS SIII S 5.0 Ute

Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by whiskeytango, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. whiskeytango

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    My mate bought this back in 2010 pretty much as is with 19”s but in mint condition.

    He drove it on and off for a few years but it was mostly his second car so didn’t rack up too many ks. He did not however do much maintenance at all. For the last couple of years it sat outside neglected under a tree.

    I was in the state for work for a few months so got it going and drove it around. It was in below average condition and needed some real attention and I fell in love with it.

    I was never a Holden man but I enjoyed fixing it up and flogging it around so bought it off him. I gave him $2000 and got it shipped up North.

    Since I’ve been driving it I’ve done what feels like 10 years worth of neglected maintenance.

    In between trips down south it took me 6 months of googling and replacing parts left right and center to fix a ridiculous amount of engine problems. I essentially replaced everything fuel and spark related and now it runs and drives a treat.

    It currently stands as follows

    - 1999 VS SIII 5.0 Ute
    - 158,000km.
    - 5 Speed Getrag Manual.
    - VT 304 Roller cam 304 engine.
    - Pacemakers PH5000D 1 5/8” primaries and 1 7/8” secondary’s.
    - Dual 2.25” pipes with stock cats and rear dual straight through 3” res.
    - BW78 Live Axel LSD 3.08.
    - Lowered on Kings/Pedders SL Front L Rear springs.
    - Lowered Sachs Shocks.
    - Pedders strut brace and rear panhard rod.
    - VT Front brake upgrade and DBA slotters all round.
    - 18” Wheels with 235/40/18 tyres.
    - VR statesman interior wit electric windows
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    I got it with these 19s that were hideous and drove like utter **** on 100 kms worth of the back country roads I was driving weekly so swapped them out. I also got pulled over the first night I drove through Daylesford for clear taillights and how loud it was. They let me off luckily so I swapped them out with the 17s to reduce the cop attention.

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    This is when I started cleaning it up.
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    I got some 18" CSA wheels with good tread on the weekend. I'm not the biggest fan but they were cheap and are growing on me.

    Here's a few more snaps. I'll leave it at this.

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    Nice bus.
     
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    Drawnnite Obviously Unsensible

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    Clean and tidy.
    Manual, v8 with low k's for that price, cant go wrong with that.
     
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    Haha cheers mate!

    Yeah I'm happy with it. I think it's the first car I've owned that I will actually get my money back for one day. Also loving driving a manual V8 around!
     
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    Dam nice, can't go wrong with a good vr/vs ute.
     
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    I agree, looks good and ticks quite a few box's
    Strange it never had electric windows from the factory though.
     
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    Was electric windows SS or Olympic only?
    I’m a bit late but yeah nice...
     
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    Yeah I dunno I've seen a few SIIIs without electric windows so I assume it was an option only. Good news is I got some statesman seats, door cards and switches I just need to go pull the wiring out next weekend and get it in.
     
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    I put some new struts, SLs and sway bar link rods in the front yesterday.
    Handles like a dream in comparison just need some new shocks in the rear to complete it.
    Today I got VR statesman seats and door cards but am awaiting on the wiring before I put the cards in.
    I also fixed the hand brake, CAI problem, new air filter and gave it a scrub.

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    The old springs were so sagged the same physical height raised it a good 4-5cms.
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    Camels lol.

    Doubt there are any other member's car pics with camels in them.
     
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    lol yeah I looked up and they were lined up perfectly.
     
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    Put some VR statesman seats and trim in as well as carpeted the rear of the cabin.
    Just have to reglue the top lip but looks pretty good for my first attempt at upholstery.
    Also spent several hours figuring out how to be an auto electrician and install power windows with no loom.

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    A couple of months ago I decided to fix everything suspension and driveline wise before I touch the engine. So I’ve recently spent a few bucks and a heap of time doing the following.

    - New front DBA slotted rotors
    - New pads all round
    - Fixed A/C
    - Installed electric windows
    - Replaced F/R sway bar bushes and links
    - Fixed some rust in the tailgate and around the seal
    - Serviced including plugs
    - Fixed a sump leak with gooo but will need a new gasket in the future unfortunately

    Today I replaced the front control arm and radius rod with nolathane bushes and still waiting for new ball joints and rear shocks to show up tomorrow or Monday.

    It was convenient while I was driving out of repco with the new bushes today as the steering rack went bang and went full armstrong. Pulled it out after the control arms and cleaned it up this arvo. Totally emptied the PS pump which was full last night. Over a liter of oil pissed out everywhere when I pulled the boots off. Assume some of the seals are a little stuffed.

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    Will see what a reco costs tomorrow.

    Anyone rebuilt a rack themselves?
     
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    Seen as I’m waiting for a steering rack I had a big weekend while it’s on the stands.

    I removed the headers, cleaned them up and gave them a coat of heat proof paint.

    At the same time I resprayed the sway bar, radius rod, and threw a very light coat under the guards so it all looks a little cleaner side on. Then refitted the above with new nolathanes.

    While I was doing this I realized the passenger side front brake caliper was pissing out fluid. So I cleaned it up and resealed it. Rear Forza pads also arrived so I fitted them and flushed all the lines.

    I’m still waiting on tie rod ends and ball joints which should arrive tomorrow.

    Just for the record, I haven’t done a lot of these things before and if not for the search function and decade’s worth of people constantly asking “stupid questions” the last few months working on this thing would have been a lot more difficult.

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    Argh should have titanium wrapped or better yet ceramic coated those extractors.

    After secondaries 2.5' pipe to cats...2 vn-vs cats will do the job if you got good ones.

    Check earths are good or even add some if you want at back of head & other at front
     
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    I was only doing a cheap touch up wasn't going all out. It looks better and should last as I did an ok prep job.

    Already had the exhaust when I got it and without being biased it actually sounds really good for a stockie with no drone.

    It has what I think are VS cats after the flange but yeah it's dual 2.25" into a 3" straight through resi at the rear. Wont change it until I go more power.

    I'll check out the earths!
     
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    The dual 2 1/4 is ok for stockers...alot of dudes back in the day when dynoed noticed changing secondaries off extractors to cats picked up decent torque & little hp even on stockers...bigger gains again for mild to wild engines yet lost a tad if they went 3" unless it was a crazy high comp big banger
     

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