Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:44 am Post subject: Introducing myself from Australia :)
I'm new to this forum though have been on a couple of forums in Australia
my favourite has been http://calaisturbo.com.au where I offer
technical comment mostly on the VL Turbo Calais models
as well as promoting a product that fixes electrical fuse problems.
I'm looking forward to feedback here as I used to live near SouthEnd up
until July 1969 in Mountdale gardens, my friends and I often went down
to the pierand walked past Carwardines which I had a coffee at back in
1984 when I revisited as part of trip around UK, so be gentle for me
for residing in Perth, Western Australia.
My ride is now considered a classic in Australia its a 1986 VLCT (for VL
model Calais Turbo) has a Nissan RB30ET 6 cyl 3L motor and I run 10psi
boost with a 3" exhaust. I say its considered a classic not only because it
was the first Australia factory turbo and it goes rather quick but many
people are now on the lookout for body shells and making project cars
from scratch. There are some great examples on the calais turbo web site.
The car is mostly a daily driver though I try to go country in Western
Australia when I can and I manage quite good economy of 9.58L/100km
from Perth to Esperance of some 780Kms but only get 11 to 12 L/100Kms
in the city. Heres a picture of my ride when parked next to the beach at
Trigg, some 10Kms north of Perth on the edge of the pacific ocean:-
As you can see the car is on twin tyres, the 4 front ones are 125/85 VR 16 and the 4 rears
are 125/90 VR16. The rims are 5spoke single piece and made by Crimson Inc now part of Enkei.
I have about 30 rims and a pallet of new tyres only for sale in Australia to friends and trikes
and motorcycle side cars that use 16" flat profile tyres. There is an old advert for twin tyres
on the bottom of web page from my signature. Avon produced a few
batches and a large number went to Seattle from UK about 10 years ago.
I work for myself as a freelance electronic engineer and mainly design around several
different types of microcontrollers in the paging and communications fields but have also
done a power system upgrade in the jungles of Sabah for a remote community
and designed switchboard controllers and stationary diesel genset starter controllers.
Some 3 years ago I designed a fix for the electrical problem that plagues the VK, VL
Holden commodore models over here in Australia, the original moulding which I am
told comes from USA suffers from warpage and sometimes can even melt.
Our summer temperatures can be 46 deg C and with all the engine mods people do to
their turbos causes lots of underbody heat and the copper fuse holders
also lose springiness causing computer intermittents.
In the last 3 months I upgraded my design following customer feedback
and amended the cosmetics so its more suitable for project restorations
and for people that want some help in diagnosing electrical problems,
my unit has fuse fail indication and other freatures, here is a pic:-
The original holden moulding, I am told comes from USA and I am looking
around to find which Cadillac/GM/Opel models in UK used this and if the same sort of
problem has occured here, can someone point me to any UK Opel models/years ?
Here is the original one by GM but there are 3 variations which
are very similar, part numbers are 92017433, 92030036 and 92044799:-
Ideally I would like to find car restoration forums in UK that feature the
GM models mostly and offer this unit as an option for upgrades etc.
as I will happily release all circuit diagrams for the upgraded part.
Hoping to do the right thing here, I'm wondering if it is ok to make a post
in the for sale section or which other section would be appropriate ?
How do you go about fitting tyres like that, do you need special rims?
Yes you need special rims but any tyre place can use the ordinary
equipment for mounting, just one tyre each side, heres a more detailled
I've been collecting rims for a few years, have about 30 or so now,
4 different types:- 5 spoke, Dished (pictured), Mesh and hotwire for Jag,
still have a few tyres as well and I have a contact in USA for more but,
probably will be reserved for motorcycle sidecars and alternate
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