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#401 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 13:32

Thanks for that, Pat...

 

This is the kind of thing which shows how deserving Bob is:

 

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Barry Mobberley's photo of Barry Randall, who had the Macarthur car between Doug's time with it and the Gibsons. As it accelerates out of MG Corner and towards The Copse, the monocoque wheels are again evident along with the nice smooth lines of the car. Under the skin there is more, of course, with the central monocoque chassis section, tubular frames front and rear, fabricated uprights and so on.

 

Thanks to Mark Bisset for bringing this pic to the fore.



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#402 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:34

Bob is still working away in his shed each day...

The new car, with the replica 300S body still to be delivered by Lew Puklowski, is really getting his attention now. Bob was concerned that he'd bought a manual gearbox to fit behind the Commodore V6 engine and didn't have a flywheel and clutch and I told him I'd seek one out for him.

On Friday I got him a flywheel and pressure plate from a Toowoomba wrecker which specialises in Holdens and Falcons, the price was quite reasonable, there was no clutch plate but they're not expensive apparently.

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I had been led to believe there was a lot of differences in these, but essentially this one will fit from the VP right on through. The car the engine came from was a VS2. As can be seen, it's for the Borg-Warner T5 box, which I'm sure is the one Bob previously purchased (from a VP model).

He tells me the frame is coming along well with the front suspension more or less made up and the rear coming together, including the diff mounts. The de Dion tube is still to be made.

#403 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:41

Bob is still working away in his shed each day...

The new car, with the replica 300S body still to be delivered by Lew Puklowski, is really getting his attention now. Bob was concerned that he'd bought a manual gearbox to fit behind the Commodore V6 engine and didn't have a flywheel and clutch and I told him I'd seek one out for him.

On Friday I got him a flywheel and pressure plate from a Toowoomba wrecker which specialises in Holdens and Falcons, the price was quite reasonable, there was no clutch plate but they're not expensive apparently.

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0219pressureplate.jpg

I had been led to believe there was a lot of differences in these, but essentially this one will fit from the VP right on through. The car the engine came from was a VS2. As can be seen, it's for the Borg-Warner T5 box, which I'm sure is the one Bob previously purchased (from a VP model).

He tells me the frame is coming along well with the front suspension more or less made up and the rear coming together, including the diff mounts. The de Dion tube is still to be made.

There is 3 distinct engines in those models. VN1 is a front drive Buick engine with the thermostat at the back!!. VN2 and VP are very similar. VR is simply an improved sub model in those. VS ecotech use a rubber damped flywheel like an LS Chev does. Bad news though you can now buy decent aftermarket steel ones.

VS  usually used a Getrag gearbox which are not as good as the T5. And cost a lot more to fix. And I feel the clutch plate is different as well. VN VP and I think VR used T5. VS VT ecotech very often have cracked heads a well

The one good thing OEM they all used the same computer 6 & 8.

I have done an engine swap in a couple of VRs and what a mongrel job! And wrecked a manual VP which was a lot easier. Simply sliced through all the wiring with an angle grinder! The car was scrap. Though removing all the pedal set was a major job as well. Yet a Falcon is a 20 min job.

Word of warning as well. The most over lubricated part on those engines fail regularly, the oil pump so while the engine is out have a good look at it and replace as nesecary. And probably the timing chain while you are there.

I do have a manual T5 bellhousing if required from a VP.



#404 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:33

Lee, the Holden parts book shows the same flywheel for the T5 box from VP to VS...

The dual-mass flywheels are another story.

#405 Pat Clarke

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 01:05

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The dual-mass flywheels are another story.

Dual mass flywheels are an invention of Satan, inflicted on us by a superior being who wants us all to drive automatics.

 

Pat



#406 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 12:10

Lee, the Holden parts book shows the same flywheel for the T5 box from VP to VS...

The dual-mass flywheels are another story.

VS defenitly were the first with them,, as well as the Getrag Have been through this trying to supply parts for conversions.

The theory of dual mass flywheels is excellent. Dampen the crank both ends, autos do it with the converter.

BUT the practice is far less satisfactory. And when worked hard they shake worse!!

And while I think of it VS utes went to around 2000. 

Yet I have serviced VT manuals with T5. And no idea on the flywheel.



#407 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:31

From Mark again...

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Richard Fleming at Symmons in his BN7.

#408 GeoffR

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:38

Oh no, not the infamous Silvers Nightclub in Hobart! That didn't end well!



#409 MarkBisset

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 20:28

Couldn't find it when I was in Hobart the week before Xmas Geoff!
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#410 GeoffR

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 21:29

It was around in the mid 1970's Mark, also sponsored our Lancer rally car in 1977. The owner reputedly tried to blow it up to collect the insurance money so long gone!! The sponsorship of the Rennmax fits in with the time it operated.