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ATT: Streatneat

Hurry up and update your shed, I'm growing impatient,Nah only joking I know you are an extremely busy man, I must of been through every single photo in your shed three times. Love your work. That was also a nice article you did in Street Machine on the floor pan.
Thanks for providing an insight into your world of panel beating.

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Lowering LX 173 compression

Now that I have convinced the owner that having the head redone with harder seats will eventually be a good idea, I am also looking at ways to reduce the compression to allow use of ordinary ULP.
The car is just a daily so outright performance is not a top priority.

Would a 202 LX head (or similar) have a larger chamber? I could not find any specs for this in an Ellery manual. I may have to bite the bullet and get a factory manual even though it's not my car :-/
If the 173 and 202 heads are the same then I assume that any compression adjustment was done with the piston dish, which makes things a bit trickier.

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Rusty - Oldholden merchandise

Hey Rusty,
Just wondering what merchandise do we have for oldholden.com again. I know there are t-shirts and hats. Do we have any stickers that we can whack on the back of our cars. Would be good particulary if i can get the next perth cruise organised for motorvation 2005 in Jan
Regards
Matty

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gearbox troubles

hi, i just put a hr or hd trimatic (i forget which one, the one with electronic kick down) in my car. when i drive it about 60 and just coast along it kicks up into second with a rather large thud, quite uncomfortable when you are not expecting it and not good for it either. how can you fix it? should i try and restrict the flow in the vacum line to the gearbox? (thats another thing i dont get, how do you get a flow of gasses/air in a vaccum)thanks

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Dip switch settings on VDO Tacho

I have a VDO street eliminator Tacho that I am trying to connect to my 350 chev which has electronic ignition. I cant seem to get the dip switches right. At the moment it seems to be showing double the actual RPM. It has 4 dip switches on the back. Does anyone know what the setting should be?

Cheers

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rice burner crash

hey all see that rice burner crash in the pole and split into 2, i know i am a few days late but still interesting to get people opinion on it, now it was like 160 in a 50 zone, what a crazy wanker, i reckon its rediclious
thanks rob

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Starving ?

I'm happy to say my EH converty is now with its new owner in Gladstone. I'm very pleased with the deal which included a lovely EH auto wagon. Except its missing a bit and occasionally stalling. Plugs and leads have been swapped with no effect but I think its starving for fuel. The (new) fuel filter is almost bone dry and the pump bowl is almost full but fuel doesn't cover the mesh filter, it just kind of laps up at the sides.
Is there a way to test for fuel starvation ?

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VL VERY THIRSTY

Hi, My VL wagon seems to be very thirsty to me. Is this a normal problem with the VL or do you think something might need checking? Thanks to anyone who might be able to suggest something.

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front swap...

hey fellas,
just wondering how easy it is to swap (eg-same bolt holes? parts needed etc) a WB front with a HZ front. Already have the nose, radiator support, and guards.
Are the bonnets and the inner guards the same?

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wiper stalk

hi ive just fitted a wiper stalk into my hq, ive joined the wires to the original wiring but from the stalk there is another 3 wires,
2 are black with a white trace
1 is orange
where do these go as the wipers arent working, does anyone have a wiring diagram for the newer model stalk? thanks

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lead replacement

G'day I have a red 202, in ,my swb series 3 landy. It's been recently rebuilt approx 35,000k's ago and want to know what fuel I can run it on. Premuim is so expensive and LPG has no upper cylinder lubricant. Anyone got an answer?

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lead replacement

G'day I have a red 202, in ,my swb series 3 landy. It's been recently rebuilt approx 35,000k's ago and want to know what fuel I can run it on. Premuim is so expensive and LPG has no upper cylinder lubricant. Anyone got an answer?

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HELP

Hey all, thanks for the responses and thomo I will be in touch (in out in werribee) but now i have a hella big problem. Here i was this arvo only a few hours after picking up the ute i just bought and wouldnt u know it...I had smoke pouring out from the under carriage. When i finally was able to pull over I noticed that the transmission was pouring out fluid. after letting it cool down it looks like that the fluid is leaking from a hole in the housing. ( IS this possible?) I am totally comnfused in regards to this matter!! I have a quick shift thingy but no idea wot type of trans i have...so what do i do? I have been told of a couple options i could do...

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5L-HG

G'day Chris
How did you get on today with your engine bloke.....any closer to finding the problem?
Ps. sent you email....
Cheers mate

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Exhaust valve recession

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This is valve recession due to running no added lube when on gas.........VN v6 230,000km's .....the exhaust valves pulled up 3.64mm enough to collapse the lifters and hold the valves open causing the motor to misfire badly.....
Had hardened valves and seats factory fitted to suit unleaded but they did not cut the mustard when it came to gas......
use lube!! when running gas......

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HG stud pattern

Gday guys,
i have a HG prem that is sitting on good new performance 15x7 wheels, but i want to put a set of 17 inch chromies on her.So i want to change my brakes/stud pattern to get these wheels on as they suit commodore, is this expensive and what are the best brakes(commodore) to get??

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1970 HT ute Engine upgrade from 186 red to 253????

I am thinking of upgrading my Ht ute 186 red motor to a 253 for greater power as the 186 is lacking power. I am very new to the game of car mechanics and would love to do this myself at home and not pay a shop to do this. I currently have a celica 5 speed attached as well as torana disc brakes all round. I need some help as to whether the 253 and g/box would bolt together and does the 253 bolt straight into place of the 186?? or do i need to play with mounts in the bay. I I am assuming that that the drive shaft and diff needs to be upgraded aswell but since there is no books on this i need help from you guys, Any help with this whole process would be excellent..

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HG 253 shuddering clutch

Any ideas on why is my clutch shuddering? I replaced the 161 3 speed with a 253 3 speed. Clutch that came with the box looked good and wrecker said it drove fine. Engine doesn't drop oil but clutch shudders like an earthquake, especially in reverse. Went to a clutch specialist, said it needed replacing and flywheel machining, done all that, still shudders like all hell. Then he says that model had troubles with shuddering clutches when the mechanical linkages get sloppy. Thanks for waiting till then to tell me!. Welded and filled all linkages, no slack, still shudders. Swapped linkages with two other cars whose clutches work fin, one of which is a factory 253 3 speed, still shudders. What am I missing here? Engine mounts are new, could it be axle hop due to lowering blocks? Swapping to an hydraulic system is easy enough to do but still a biggish job I don't won't to do if I still have the same problem.

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will a celica 5 speed handle my 308's tourque?

Will the 5 speed Celica gearbox be able to handle my motor?

I am looking at having about 230kw's once the exhaust is changed?

Cheers

Thomo

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mr and mrs hzv8s new hz....mags fitted 3hrs later

the new hz after fitting the mags....looking better...mmmmm needs the 308 now....

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