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At this stage the gearbox was all done, I'd put clutch resiviour in, bleed and put new oil in the box, all the interior was taken out and cleaned, carpet washed with soap and a water blaster (bit oil stained)

And installed the battery in boot properly with all-thread welded to the boot floor, with a steel hold down clamp , with isolator in passenger footwell which can shut all power down to the car, after all the wiring has been moved so much I thought it a good idea. The inside was now much cleaner and tidier.

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Some of the stages the engine bay went through, rattle can painted white, but my paint had a reaction or something and though it looks nice on pictures, it cracked horribly all over, so this is now on the to-do list, took me a while to get the proper 5litre vt front cover

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During this I'd gotten a fenix radiator, which was a bit too tall and the hose inlet was in the wrong place so I modified the way it was mounted, just barely fits, and fan shroud.

I made it so the whole unit comes out now (fan, radiator, adjustable fan controller) by just removing the 2 wires, 3 hoses and lifting it out of the custom rubber mounts, no bolts at all, has saved a lot of time...

Also made a cold air box with pod filter inside that's sealed from the engine bay, and a pan, or folded alli plate that seals the front area so air can only go through the radiator 

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I had a set of brakes from the vs ute, slotted drilled rotors and master cylinder etc, had to buy hub adapters to make it work as well as a spacer for the booster, and now works great, the rotors are a bit bigger, calipers finned, rotor no longer house wheel bearings, mate at work skimmed the front rotors to make for a nice brake setup, that can still have small wheels go over I believe.

And got certified, first time around was a fail on speedometer out and a fuel line fastener in one spot, not bad! Fixed those things and all done !

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Made a washer resiviour with a twin water pump setup rather than the weak original vk one shitty pump which only powered one windshield nozzle while the other just dribbles , welded up a custom tank, fitted some pumps and it works 10 times better than factory as well as removing the old washer parts from the engine bay for a cleaner look

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