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I have a HZ panel van with a 6 in it at the moment and looking to restore it. Just wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions for me? Also wondering how hard and expensive to drop a 8 in it would be?
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best tip, suggestions and advice i will give you is too buy one already done and just enjoy it

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Depends on if you're going to do the work yourself or have a restorer do it?

Plenty of old posts on conversions to V8 on here if you tab back in time at the bottom.

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Long time looker, first time owner.
(1979 HZ)

Check out my shed.....

Just getting one roadworthied this week
Hopefully fully registered next week & cruising.

Pm me any questions about it.

Cheers Al.

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hi
i spent loads of time and cash doing up my hg pano.
I now know what to avoid!

Everything is going to cost you through the nose, however, the more you spend the better it should be.
Get new rubbers. For the whole van. Pricey but it makes it so much better.
I got rid of all the rust but it the respray i think there is a pin hole where a leak gets in after 3 years, rust is returning, guess where? on the rails. of course.
Find a mechanic who knows holden engines, someone you can really trust. They will be able to tune it/fix it so its smooth.
spend the time and cash now, dont skimp cause you may regret it down the line.
it may take you 2 years (what it took for mine to be on the road and im still doing bits and pieces now) but its worth it to see it rolling like you picture it in your mind.
Labour of love. enjoy.
Tim

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Big job. Even if it looks ok, double the amount of rust hidden in the body. Standard drive line is easy and cheap, even to do a V8 conversion. The costs go up with horsepower wanted.
Check your van for rust first - floors on both front pans, sills, hinge pillars ( this area can be terminal and/or expensive), winscreen channel where the chrome trim fits and either side in front of the screen, plenum area either side where the two air tubes drop air to the floor. Pull the vents out and feel in there particularly to the sides and front for those annoying pin holes that drop water on your feet. Rear quarter panels of course. The rails on these things rarely rust out but can crack, especially on V8s.
Time is the enemy and depends on your age and income.

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