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Fuel Octane Rating for Stock Blue 308?

I've got a stock blue 308 in a WB - 9.2:1 compression ratio iaw published literature - I've been using PULP 98 Octane in it - expensive...do I need to do this ? - I just put around - it's not a performance car...I've had difficulty finding a reliable source of info re what to use - will 91 or 95 Octane be ok for a 9.2 engine - what about E10? What are others using with acceptable results and can anyone point to a good reference source?

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New to old cars: should i go all gas

Hi All

I need to seek some advise.
I have just acquired a 1984 WB panelvan, mostly in original condition, 3.3L blue motor, 3 speed Auto on column.
Just picked van up after first road worthy attempt. Van is dual fuel, gas and petrol. Runs rough on petrol, good on gas.
Has almost all the emission fitting missing.
Speaking with mechanic, I asked is it better to go Gas only, no need for emission fittings. Would need to remove all petrol tank, pump, hoses etc.

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83 holden wb ute for sale - toowoomba qld

for anyone interested this is for sale.

we bought this as a barn find,

had plans to fully restore but do not have time, have completed the basics to get it registered and on the road. has been used as a daily work driver.

we fully stripped the interior as it was rotten, have wire buffed entire interior and painted black, fitted 2 cheap racing seats to get it registered , has been mod plated for bucket seats.

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Brake pedal

Did the WB auto ute come out with a large or small brake pedal

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Front wheel bearing seal?

I've just replaced front wheel bearings on my WB. There was a slight amount of play in the bearings on one wheel and while the bearings looked okay when I pulled them out (no discolouration or scoring, pitting etc) I thought it'd be cheap insurance to just replace them. Even with the new bearings, it has exactly the same amount of play... if I tighten the castellated nut to the next opening for the split pin, it just seems too tight, as in the torque applied on the nut increases a fair bit. I'm familiar with trailer bearings and the amount of play is acceptable but is it on a WB?

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WB Statesman aircon hoses

I have had all sorts of grief getting my WB's aircon in order over the last year. Bought a reco A6 compressor (the original one had the clutch/pulley missing), new receiver dryer, NOS condensor, replaced the vacuum pods...
Yesterday I noticed that the air isn't blowing that cold anymore (just had a regas a few weeks ago when I had to replace the orifice tube).
One of the high-pressure ac hoses is leaking, just pin hole leaks but it needs to be replaced.

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WB Caprice Rear Ride Height

was wondering if someone could tell me what the standard rear ride height should be with std 15 inch rims and 225/60 tyres and where you have taken measurement from eg ground to lower edge of chrome trim of wheel arch...Mine is sitting quite high, the service records show it was fitted with some h/d pedder springs - the part number corresponds to std height but the old fella I bought the car off said he had higher springs fitted for towing his van and they look like it to me.

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WB Headlights

G'day all

i have just purchased a wb ute and having some issues with headlamps.
first i had LHS not wokring. took the globe out replaced with new. still no dice.
pulled globe out. no power to green wire for high beams but power to low beams brown wire.
fixed wiring issue and have a bit over 10 volts when engine off.
pluged globe back in again no dice.
just wondering whether anyone on here has some ideas of things to check that would be causing that. im no expert but there is power to the headlamps??
cheers in advance

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Swap Meet

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Holden WB aircon

hi I am currently restoring a WB Ute 1984, we are putting a rebuilt 253 in it, and we decided to use Aircon. everything is already bolted into the firewall for Aircon, there is the 2 big hoses and all the gas stuff there and wiring, but I have a Holden 202 compressor. do you guys think that it will work? it's a Delco one from what I can remember. any other tips you guys have for setting up Aircon would be appreciated

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Alloy heads and rockers

Hi, has anyone used the alloy heads and or roller rockers that AT racing advertises on ebay? Would love to hear your feedback good or bad as I'm thinking of buying both products. For use on a 304
Thanks Mal

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Panelvan resto

This is a very broad quearion. But it have a panelvan in the shed I am thinking of starting a resto on. It's got a little bit of rust in the doors and the sills and little bubbles starting to form on the roof around Ariel. now I just want the body cleaned up of rust and primed to sit back in shed untill I can afford to continue. Just after a very broad price.Not expecting anything on the money just want a something to start with. Cheers guys.

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Carby stains

Anyone got any ideas on cleaning up the petrol stains and that crud look they get without removing it and soaking.thanks all.

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wb spoiler

anyone know where to get one like this??

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WB Statesman Side Mouldings

I want to "restore" the faded side mouldings on my WB Caprice. The car is silver and the side mouldings in certain light/angle are looking pale and whitish. See the pic (not the best). Anyway I was just going to clean and respray but I'd like to confirm if someone can that they would have been originally the same colour as the car? Or would they have been different. I had a white one years ago and they were white so it didnt matter.

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WB holden caprice radiator senders/switches

Hi can anyone help me.

On a 1980 WB caprice radiator there are two senders/switches.

One is under top inlet and has two prongs/spade connectors.

The other one is on front of radiator on opposite side and has one pin.

The car is fitted with air conditioning.

can anyone tell me there functions please.

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Eurovox for sale.

Have for sale a Holden Eurovox radio/cassette MCC6615, $60. AL 0409135900 (Now believe its for VN-VP-VR?)

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What carbie

Hi all OH fans, I'm about to put a 355 stroker together for a WB 1 Tonner project and was wondering what Carburetor people might think as the best option. I already have a 355 in my Torana and it has a Q-Jet and I'm more than happy with the way it goes but it's a mongrel to start after a few days without use. I've over hauled that carbie, resealed the plugs in the float bowl, fitted a one way valve in the fuel hose but it still looses fuel after a couple of days. So I was thinking of going down another path with this one. I would like to go spread bore with a similar CFM as the Q-Jet.

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Door Rubbers

Hi All ,I'm coming over to Aussie in April (Queensland) And was going to get the rubbers for the doors and tailgates on my wb Pano can anyone point me in a positive direction ,Phil's Rotarys north of Brisbane seem pritty cheap ,but are they any good .
Cheers Kev

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202 EGR Vac Switch

Was just wondering the web looking for an alternative to GM460408 (NLA)
I dont know the specs of either so I can be sure

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