For those who are wondering, this is still a thing - I had an earlier thread but after nearly a year of no updates and a huge number of changes it is largely irrelevant. Had some major life changes (surprise, surprise) so in conjunction with some bad luck (bought two boxes for it and both were beyond fixing - not even enough good stuff to make one box) I have also had to on-sell a lot of the parts I'd collected which left me back at square one.
Had one many years ago and always wanted another. In fact I should never have bought anything else but it has taken me 15 years to come to that conclusion.
1987 VL Commodore Sedan
125 pack (SL, Turbo, Manual)
SL does indeed stand for superleggera and this is backed up by the fact that the only non-essential feature was a radio. With all the turbo gear in it they weigh up at 1330kg which is reasonable for a big six cylinder sedan with a decent driveline.
I bought as a roller, as genuine VLTs went through a stage about 5 years ago where they were worth significantly more in parts than they were as complete cars. This one was stripped of everything useful, and more, and had just had a base model diff, struts and steering put in loosely with a few bolts so it was a roller.
First job was banging in an old bare block so I had an idea what I was working with for piping etc.
Chucked on some misc stuff for shits and giggles.
Obviously as a roller there was a lot I needed to do but that gave me a clean slate. As far as items that WEREN'T a clean slate:
* predictable calais mockup - for the most part not even done with Calais parts, just painted lower doors etc
* 'advertised at tax cheque time' bogan-spec popup sunroof
* a fairly significant bit of... er... engineering of the inner guards for multiple cooler pipe setups
Everything else on the car itself was great as far as general straightness, accident history and soundness from a rust perspective. Well within the top 5% of VLs for body condition despite the poor paintwork. The main issue was the battery tray, an impressive assortment of holes in the inner guard for 16 different intercooler setups, and as mentioned the sunroof.
Tiniest ding at the front isolated to this panel only. Can see small view of battery tray rust.
No surprises here. Rusty battery tray and after drilling out spot welds, rusty inner guard below - in hospital two days later with metal in my eye.
Slightly complicated panel and a bit more wavy than it looks, so judgement call to make a sectional replacement.
With the combination of the healthily-sized rust repair patch and the manky cooler hole, decision again made for sectional replacement.
Same story on the other side. I have a better cut than the one in the photo but that's the only pic I had.