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    Default Vh Commodore (long term) Project

    Hey guys, I had a impulse buy a while back in this Vh commodore. I brought it as project so I had something to carry on with after I finished my XW, which is getting painted in the coming weeks.

    Now Iím a first time Commodore owner so Iím still researching and learning about these 1st gen commodores. I have a very loose plan on how I want the car to turn out. How it is now I would like a mild street/strip car and possibly delvelop it further in the distance future.

    The running gear I have in mind will be stroker 355 or 383, t400 and a built Borgwarner diff and may mini tub it. I not interested in LS engines and 9Ē diffs.



    The previous owner did attempt some form of body work, which is of poor quality. The car will be bare metal and started again properly.

    I will have a few questions along the way and any help and advice will be appreciated.


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    Good stuff. Will follow eagerly.

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    Ah yes. Another VH restoration staying faithful to the iron lion

    Look forward to seeing what you get up to with it mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PSI 304 View Post
    Ah yes. Another VH restoration staying faithful to the iron lion

    Look forward to seeing what you get up to with it mate.

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    Thanks mate, it just feels right having the holden donk in it.


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    I've accepted the fact that persisting with the Holden motor probably isn't the smartest decision, but its definitely a cooler choice! And with the brains trust on here, you'll find some great know how to give it plenty enough poke to keep the conversion blokes honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PSI 304 View Post
    I've accepted the fact that persisting with the Holden motor probably isn't the smartest decision, but its definitely a cooler choice! And with the brains trust on here, you'll find some great know how to give it plenty enough poke to keep the conversion blokes honest.
    Yea bang for buck the ls is the way to go but cause Iím not after a record breaking quarter mile times the 5L will do.


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    These days it seems the 4.0L barra is the go, and if im honest I'd rather see one of those in a commodore anyhow... at least they're Australian! Lol.

    With a few tools and a couple of cartons of beer you'll soon make this car move along plenty fast enough
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    Quote Originally Posted by PSI 304 View Post
    These days it seems the 4.0L barra is the go, and if im honest I'd rather see one of those in a commodore anyhow... at least they're Australian! Lol.

    With a few tools and a couple of cartons of beer you'll soon make this car move along plenty fast enough
    Iíll definitely not a purest but when it comes to putting ford products into a gm or the other way around I personally donít like it haha


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    Bang for bucks go with efi 304 from later model...use it all from the radiator all way through to tailshaft...with basic mods it will be from.

    As for tubs widen the stockers or just use sledgie for the 2 sections that rub...mainly depends if want lowered on 255/60/15 or big rims small sidewall simmons/momo/aero.

    Do like b/w diffs except the for $$$ to build one nowadays even just starting with 'cheap' vk or vl b/w housing...rather narrow crewman diff or go 9'

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrboyy View Post
    Bang for bucks go with efi 304 from later model...use it all from the radiator all way through to tailshaft...with basic mods it will be from.

    As for tubs widen the stockers or just use sledgie for the 2 sections that rub...mainly depends if want lowered on 255/60/15 or big rims small sidewall simmons/momo/aero.

    Do like b/w diffs except the for $$$ to build one nowadays even just starting with 'cheap' vk or vl b/w housing...rather narrow crewman diff or go 9'
    Iíve got a complete vt 304 lined up which I believe is factory relived. Iíve planned to just widen the factory tubs at the moment (plans might change). Itís not so much the $$$ for the diff, itís the weight of the 9Ē. The 9Ē centre I have in my XW weights 40kgs by itself!!!


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