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Exteriors and Interiors / Re: Collapsible steering column choices
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:15:05 PM »
A bit more info that might help people doing a V6 swap.
The 202 is recorded as having 101kw.
The VT V6 is recorded as having 147kw.
the difference being 46kw (We won't go into how this was all measured in the day but suffice to say, "lies, more lies and statistics".
46/101 = 45% (and some loose change)

So, when we check on the NSW RTA site, we are allowed a 45% increase BEFORE i am required to fit a collapsible steering column.

Hopefully, Happy days.


Exteriors and Interiors / Re: Collapsible steering column choices
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:00:46 AM »
Thank you for your replies.
I was concerned about wiring and strength of the column to support the instruments.  I assumed that the outer case would be "flexible???" to allow compression as well and was wondering about it's ability to hold the weight.
Also, I was unsure about the wiring if Commodores had an earth back system in the column instead of the "Prince of Darkness's" live wires.

I do wonder if i might be able to put up the argument that it already is collapsible.  We'll see.

Thank you everyone.  I will go find a VN column and see how it looks.



Exteriors and Interiors / Collapsible steering column choices
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:04:20 PM »
Hi all,
It looks like i may need to change my steering column to a collapsible one for NSW engineering after the V6 transplant.  Because  have increased the horsepower by more than 40% I must now have a collapsible steering column.  >:( 101kw to 147kw :-\
So, I need help. (Some would probably suggest that this statement is very accurate  ::))
I have seen whole of dash transplants from Commodores etc but I am keeping the Bedford instrument binnacle and am wondering if there is a collapsible steering column that will pretty much bolt in.

Has anyone got any suggestions or had any experiences that they can share?



Exteriors and Interiors / Re: Pedal rubbers
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:52:57 PM »
I would say that you would not need one as if your foot slips off it would not be a safety issue or an emergency situation
I agree.  Mine did not have a rubber on the accel. pedal.
If they want to give you a hard time you can always glue some sandpaper onto it for a non slip surface.  Or hit it with a grinder.  Or rivet a bit of chequerplate to it so it is a non slip surface.  Can also buy some universal pedal pads from Supercheap or Repco and use them.


Driveline / Re: Let the VT V6 swap begin
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:37:18 PM »
Good photos and very good swap.  Every time I see how someone does this swap I am amazed at the different ways that people do the same thing.  All of them seem to work too...I will post some more photos of mine soon.

Driveline / Re: Auto Tanny
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:33:47 PM »
Hi Pirate13,
I've been looking around for a more 'modern' box conversion, check out this
red 6 / t700 conversion...worth a thought. Has anyone done it? cheers

I have all the parts, 2nd hand auto and new adaptor plate kit sitting in my shed.  I'm doing a V6 swap so if you want it PM me and we'll talk.


Driveline / Re: Let the VT V6 swap begin
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:59:43 AM »
Well, Hope everyone is recovered and into 2013.  Remember less than 50 weeks to go to Christmas :o
I have been into the V6 swap and all is progressing well.
not running yet as still have more to do but progressing well
Will post some photos and more details soon(ish) but in the meantime here is some brief info.

Floor - Cut about 50mm from the passenger side.  About 25mm from the driver side.  Nothing from the rear.
Air intake - Cut the VT air cleaner box down and mounted it under the brake booster.  Piping runs across the top of the motor and back to the plenum chamber much the same as the original Bedford.
Computer - Under passenger seat.
Wiring - Went straight to V6 conversions. Brilliant!!! and it works.  The computer controls too many things in Commodores not to have a good, reliable wiring conversion. ;D ;D
Engine mounts - made up plates from 6mm steel using the original V6 locations. Used the 202 rubbers with 50mm RHS posts welded to the chassis.  LH side fits nicely behind the AC compressor.
Gearbox mounts - Standard X member spaced down 50mm.  Original trimatic mount using 6mm steel plate for adjustment.  This plate also allows me to mount the gear linkage cross over shaft.
Gear linkages - original beddie auto shifter on RH side and cross over shaft to V6 4 speed linkages on left side. (yet to be finished)
Sump - rear facing CRS sump with 'hammerhead' shape (IE capacity out to sides)
Radiator - Bedford 3 core radiator with electric fan and lotsa shrouding to control air flow.  Not sure if this is going to be a success but we'll see how we go.  V6 radiator=2litre capacity and Beddie 3 core=2.6litre capacity.
Coils - had to relocate because of shape of Beddie floor.  Made up a bracket and mounted them above the thermostat.
Tailshaft - 2 piece tailshaft with 55mm cut from front shaft.
Fuel - external EFI pump mounted in a VL commodore mounting bracket.

That's all for now.
Still got more to do but as each problem arises I have been able to overcome it so far.



Driveline / Re: What speedo gear
« on: December 18, 2012, 02:36:46 PM »
I use my GPS its spot on
I agree about the GPS but make sure you allow yourself a 'fiddle factor' in your reading.  The radars work on total accuracy so if we take away the normal speedo error then a camera might be a bit trigger happy.

ADR allows a certain percentage error but what is not generally talked about is that any error has to be on the high side by ADR rules.  That is, it shows 100kph when you are doing about 96 actual. 


For Sale / Re: hwy diff for sale
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:18:34 PM »
Don't suppose you have 2 of them Ben?

Introduce Yourself / Re: new member hello!!
« on: October 10, 2012, 06:24:49 PM »
am still tryin to work out if im a lucky guy,... or a glutton for punishment dano.... lol  ::)  ::) 
there's a fine line between pleasure and pain.  Or so the song goes
 ;D  ;D

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