My long time V8 wagon project

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My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:47 pm

Started this more years ago than I care to remember. Picked up a rolling shell
(original Prem) with all the original doors, clapped motor, trans, diff and front end. No interior and rubbish front sheet metal and stuffed chassis. No tailgates or lights. Sadly I have no pics of when I picked it up or any of the early stages. This was going to be a 6 cylinder with VK injection celica 5 speed and the usual HR discs. I had it all mocked up like this but I knew I wanted to go V8 sooooo the plans changed. The combination is 253, Aussie 4 speed, Commodore disc rear end with HR front end and HZ discs and calipers drilled to commodore pattern. Steering is via a Rod's Racks rear mount Commodore rack. Brake master and booster are out of a V8 VN Commodore. I can hear people say "why that combo, better performance from a V6, you still have to do all the same work" The answer is simple: it dose not sound like a V8 and I once had a factory V8 Torana with the same combo and I loved it. Cheap and easy to fix and not too heavy on fuel. Anyway this is what it looks like at the moment. Still a ways to go and I will put up some older build pics in the next few days time permitting.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:57 pm

Ok these are the oldest pics I could find. It was a runner. This was some time around 2011, it had an auto and 8" double diaphragm booster and HQ master
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. After showing this to an engineer in Victoria he suggested a bigger booster so it was changed for the VN V8 booster and matching master. I got to thinking about the auto and knew I would not be totally happy unless it was a manual. More to follow.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:55 pm

More of the story. This is the engine bay after I changed the Booster & master cylinder and mods to take a clutch cable. I also had to move the bonett hinge over to clear the booster.
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This pic shows the firewall mods to accept the booster and clutch cable
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by Spaghettijet » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:21 am

As I am acutely aware a labour of love! I am glad I’m finishing mine but then again I have two more projects a HQ and a p76 need ia falcon to capture all as makes I have the running valiant .
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Hq Monaro
Vf hardtop
P76 targa
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:13 am

If you are looking for a Falcon it need to be from the 60's
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:10 pm

Hi all, the story continues. A few more pics of the journey. First one is the modified clutch pedal. I just copied a Commodore set up to accept a cable, and in the last post you can see it coming through the fire wall beside the booster. Next is part of the bonnet hinge mod to move it over so as to run the larger booster and use the original brake and clutch location. The last few pics show the rust in the rear beaver panel (inner and outer) and a general look at the car before I pulled it apart to start the body work. You may also notice in the earlier post that the dash is blue but the outside colour is green, I replaced the dash early in the build as it was butchered.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:17 pm

A new week a new post. Just a few pics of the strip down for body work and up on the home made rotisserie.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:27 pm

Hi all, good to see people are looking in on what I have done so I will keep posting. Rust wise the shell and doors were in good condition. Three of the doors were totally rust free with only the passenger front needing work. I replaced the hole outer skin with a new one I got from Craig at Rust a problem? At the same time I also got my outer beaver panel, minus the exhaust cutout and both lower rear 1/4 repair panels. Later on I got a tailgate skin from him. The inner beaver panel I got bent up from a local sheet metal shop. Anyway enough dribble, I know we all come for the pics.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:17 pm

Seat belt post. Nothing fancy. Inertia reel on all outboard seating and a lap belt for the rear centre. The front upper belt mount used the original inner holes. I did this by removing a section of the "B" pillar, fitting a captive nut to the appropriate size piece of 3mm plate and welding back together. Fill in the outer hole and all is good. Got this idea from the Victorian EH club site.
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The lower mount was done by cutting a hole in the inner sill as pictured and feeding a plate through the hole with a nut welded to it and welding it all back together. I got this idea from the engineer I took the car to earlier. The inner mounts use the factory location on the side of the tailshaft hump (no pic sorry, we all know where that is). :D
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The rear seat belts use a drop belt design you see in later model wagons such as a Subaru. The upper mount is in the side roof rail above the rear window using the same idea as the front lower mount. Cut a hole further back, feed in the plate and weld.
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The seat belt inertia reel in mounted behind the back seat using a pillar mount designed to be mounted at 60*. Bit hard to work it out without the belt being mounted. I will add another pic of this when I finally mount them in place.
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Finally the floor mounts were added to the centre hump and back wall behind the seat base.
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Thanks to all that are looking in. Feel free to comment or ask any questions.
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Re: My long time V8 wagon project

by 64v8wagon » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:33 pm

Time for more pics. These are from when I modded the front chassis.
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Washer bottle.
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Overflow bottle.
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Bonnet hinge and booster.
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This is where I had to make clearance for the alternator,I changed it later on to make room for the A/C compressor with the alternator moved to the driver side with the same mod to the inner guard.
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A couple of pictures of the assembled front off the car.
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The rad is from a VS 5 Ltr
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And a few shots after it was painted the first time
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The last one is the painted firewall. This has also been changed slightly with more of the holes filled and all repainted.
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I will post more pics of the A/C and alternator mounts when I refit the engine.
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