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    Commodore race car

    After abandoning a project I had an engine, gearbox, fuel system, ecu and few other parts hanging around and went looking for a replacement chassis to put them in.

    A couple of thoughts and options later, this ended up in my driveway.







    First thing to do, get it on the scales and see how close the internet was to its real weight, complete with 173 6 cylinder motor, 4 speed gearbox but missing a battery and with a bone dry fuel tank.



    I was told it wasnít running because of carby issues, I didnít question this but though I would have a quick look at getting it to run so I didnít have to push it around. Turns out it had no spark, throttle cable was disconnected along with a heap of other stuff. So to make it easier to push around, it went from this



    To this



    And this was sold to some Commodore loving person



    Since I had an empty engine bay, it was time to see how the engine fitted in



    Note that the lower section of the sump had to be removed to clear the reinforcing bars on the K frame.
    With the booster and master cylinder removed, I could fit the inlet and exhaust manifolds.




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    Now that the engine was looking like it would work, I put in the fuel system I had hanging about



    And removed the pesky interior



    Which was replaced with a floor mounted pedal box and Racetech seat



    I then made some mounts to fix the engine and box in place







    Not wanting to scrimp on safety, a few bars went inside the shell





    Continuing on with the safety theme, in went some bigger brakes, AP 4 spot with 330mm on the front and VT commos on the rear




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    Next up was some plumbing, braided lines replacing 90% of the lines.



    Because I have a morbid obsession with drag racing a small capacity circuit car, a blue bottle went in the boot



    To get rid of the worst bits of paint in the car, a couple of black bits came in to the garage





    Starting to get some electrons moving was next in line



    As was cooling it down



    And getting the spent exhaust out






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    The ugly factory column had to go as well





    Getting fluids to the right place as the engine bay started filling up





    After some initial start-ups discovered a blown coil, LS1 coils went in. The exhaust was coated at the same time



    The doors were obviously too heavy and full of stuff





    I got annoyed with a custom lead company not doing anything and made my own



    Then it was time for the dyno




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    And then I pulled it apart



    So I could stick in on its side and clean up underneath



    After welding a bunch of bits, some shiny paint was put on it make it brighter when working under the car



    With complimentary white for the inside and engine bay



    Up until now, the suspension was stock, time to change that with some Bilstein inserts and coil over sleeves for the front



    Lots to adjust wrong on the front





    Starting to look like a car again






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    Just about all bits bolted on







    So now I have an almost race ready 1050kg car with ~160rwhp for the circuit and ~250rwhp for the strip.

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    Time for it's first day out at Wakefield.






    No times gathered and not as many laps as I would of liked, but it's going and now it's time to get stuck in to sorting out the inevitable teething issues that showed up.

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    Nice build.

    SR20VE?

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    Errr, I am confused. You bought a Commodore. And then proceeded to fit a Honda (no idea what else has a K series) 4 cylinder motor to it?

    Okay then!

    Looks pretty schmick. Nice work.

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    Bravo for getting it to the track man.
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    I'm not sure how I feel about this engine conversion but there is a rather confused boner involved.
    Do not listen to anything this man says. They are insane, illogical thoughts propagated by us, the voices in his head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terribleone View Post
    Nice build.

    SR20VE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Errr, I am confused. You bought a Commodore. And then proceeded to fit a Honda (no idea what else has a K series) 4 cylinder motor to it?

    Okay then!

    Looks pretty schmick. Nice work.
    SR20VE, stock apart from inlet, exhaust and ECU

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    Bravo for getting it to the track man.
    Thanks

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    Unique combination, I like it !
    Green as well, how ironicÖ.
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    Definitely different. Very neatly put together car!

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    I feel cheated, it's like watching the last minutes of Breaking Bad and seeing Walt mow everyone down with the RC machine gun without getting to see the five seasons leading up to it....
    "Reacher figured if he could put that drivetrain in some battered old sedan body, then that would be his kind of car"

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    Awesome build. Have you got any of the old VH bits left from the refurb? Chasing radiator and indicator stalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potsy View Post
    Unique combination, I like it !
    Green as well, how ironic….
    Co-incidence only, not planned

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    Definitely different. Very neatly put together car!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by ALLMTR View Post
    I feel cheated, it's like watching the last minutes of Breaking Bad and seeing Walt mow everyone down with the RC machine gun without getting to see the five seasons leading up to it....
    Now I feel cheated... I haven't finished watching Breaking Bad!

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    Awesome build. Have you got any of the old VH bits left from the refurb? Chasing radiator and indicator stalk
    Thanks. All the removed parts are gone. Luckily it's just as easy to get rid of Commodore parts as it is to buy them

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    How does this 4cyl Commodore compare to say...a Starfire commodore which I could also afford?

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    Teh fuck.. who purposely builds a 4cyl commodore ?

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    Looks very tidy. Love the Mitsubishi horn button.

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    A 4 cylinder Commodore circuit racer?

    I like it! Great it see something different like this.
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    I like this. A lot.
    Even more because no turbo.
    So jealous.

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    i don't get it
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    Good on you mate. I have no fucking idea why or what possessed you to do a 4 cylinder Commodore but meh - as long as you're turning laps and having fun who gives a fuck ?

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    Im a bit with Dave. As much as I love reading about quirky projects I don't understand the benefits of putting of 160rwhp NA 4 in a commo? They're not even that fast in a datto 510 which is 300kgs lighter.
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    Great work on the set up of the car! Real tidy work and best thing is if you do want to change the power train it would be quite straight forward.

    I'm guesing you've set the car up for a junior to learn on? Not been rude but such a well thought out set up would be a bit under utilized with a N/A 4 cyl imo.

    I would be interested to see how cornering balance goes with that light donk shoved way back there near the firewall. Bet you give some more powerful cars a hard time on turn in and mid corner!

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    i dont understand why the huge brakes either....

    how much did it weigh in the end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoganDAVE View Post
    i don't get it
    That he finished building a Commodore?

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    Nice work, would be keen to see timed laps from Wakefield.

    So what does it tip the scales at now that it's finished, and how has it helped with the corner balancing with the smaller motor?
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